Ever since Donald Trump lost the US presidential election by a margin, in electoral college terms, of 306 votes to 2321, that he described four years ago as a landslide, almost all he has done is tweet about election fraud. Trump has constantly claimed that there was widespread fraud in the November 3 presidential election, but he has provided no substantial evidence to back up this assertion. He has commenced numerous court actions to try to overturn the election results in several states, but again and again, judges, including assorted conservatives, and even some of Trump’s own appointees, have rejected these attempts to throw out millions of votes. He has had only one win out of over 50 court cases and that was in a minor case concerning a small number of ballots in Pennsylvania. This did not change the result in that state, which Biden won by just over 80,000 votes2.
Meanwhile, in the real world, at the time of writing, just over 305,000 of Trump’s compatriots have lost their lives, and they continue to do so at the rate of about 2,500 per day3. Despite this massive tragedy, I have not seen any sympathy from Trump for those who have lost their lives, or for their families, who were unable to be present as their father, mother, husband, wife, son or daughter died. One of the most upsetting photographs I have seen during this pandemic is of a small room in a hospital with a few dozen thin metal stands, each holding an iPad. These are to be taken to the bedside of a Covid-19 patient so their family outside the hospital could say goodbye to them as they died. I nearly burst into tears when I contemplate the appalling enormity of this. My mother died only a few years ago and she knew we were there, holding her hand as she drifted in and out of consciousness. Not being with her is something I could not even imagine, so I certainly cannot imagine the pain and emptiness of not being allowed to be there.
Trump’s lack of concern for those who have suffered the most from this pandemic is clearly the sign of a severely deranged personality. That personality has engendered much speculation, and that speculation seems to have settled on malignant narcissism as the disorder from which he suffers. Many psychologists have expressed opinions as to Trump’s personality disorder, but psychologist Elizabeth Mika put it most succinctly when she said: “My opinion, based on observations of his behaviour, public accounts from his family and associates, and all the information we have about his developmental and relational history, is that he is a malignant narcissist”5.