George Conway breaks down Trump’s deep ‘mental disorder’ and his obsession with John McCain
FFor months, the Conway family drama had played out aggressively in public. There was George Conway, the attorney and co-founder of The Lincoln Project, throwing daily Twitter barbs at President Trump; Kellyanne Conway, the president’s fiercely loyal adviser, defending his increasingly unbalanced behavior; and in the midst of it all Claudia Conway, the couple’s teenage daughter, creating TikTok videos about how hellish all the sniping between her parents (and Trump) has been.
Then, on Aug. 23, Kellyanne announced she was leaving the Trump White House to focus on her family, while George said he was stepping back from the Lincoln Project to do the same. The news came shortly after Claudia accused both of her parents of abusive behavior via social media.
Before all this fuss — which the more cynical among us might see as a post-Trump exit strategy from reality TV — George Conway directed and featured in #Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trumpa documentary in which some of the world’s leading mental health professionals and acquaintances of Trump offer their thoughts on his mental state.
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“The important thing to recognize about behavioral disorders is that they can be diagnosed by observation alone,” film director Dan Partland told The Daily Beast. “You don’t have to plumb the depths of someone’s soul to determine if they meet the criteria for a behavioral disorder. The DSM is written in plain English and can be easily understood by laypersons. ”
In #Unfitpsychiatrists, psychologists and George Conway determine that Trump suffers from “narcissistic personality disorder”. And in a scene that was left on the cutting room floor, Conway reads aloud the 5th edition definition of narcissistic personality disorder. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disordersor DSM-5, in order to see how many boxes Trump ticks.
“I have DSM-5 here,” Conway says, before reading the criteria for narcissistic personality disorder. “A pervasive pattern of grandiosity and fantasy or behavior, need for admiration and lack of empathy, as indicated by five or more of the following.”
“East interpersonally exploitative. Ask Atlantic City Entrepreneurs. Ask the women he abused or sexually assaulted,” Conway offers.
It switches to another indicator: Often jealous of others or believes others envy him. “I mean, he’s completely obsessed with [John] McCain, to this day,” Conway says. “He keeps attacking McCain because he’s jealous that McCain is so adored.”
#Unfit examines not just Trump’s psyche, but also the psychology of those who voted for him, and the societal factors that allow people to blindly follow someone with narcissistic personality disorder.
“Trump’s behavior has been visible around the world for almost five years now,” Partland says. “Read the diagnostic criteria and judge for yourself which ones you think apply. When met, the criteria tend to be accurate predictors of future behavior. A person with a Narcissistic personality is prone to a generalized pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration and lack of empathy One can only guess how many scandals and crises could have been avoided and lives saved if we had understood in 2015 how messy his behavior really was.