One of the great questions about Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is: What happened to you? The senator used to be the sidekick of one of the most patriotic, most honorable members of Congress Senator John McCain (R-AZ). Then, Donald Trump walked into the life of the senator from South Carolina.
Graham used to be humorous, animated, and above all a patriot. He stood against the Russians attacking America’s elections. He was concise, direct, and like McCain, honorable.
When Senator McCain died in the late summer of 2018, Graham might possibly have been a lost satellite looking for somewhere to land. That somewhere ended up being one of the most unlikely places, right next to Donald Trump.
It was interesting to look at the videos of the South Carolinian senator when he was with McCain. How different he appears from the Lindsey Graham of today. His demeanor, beliefs, and politics were reminiscent of the heroic Arizona senator.
A Thursday morning video on MSNBC showed him as a dramatically different man. He looks down, not meeting the eyes of the interviewer or the camera. One tweeter discovered this video of the senator Thursday morning:
‘Just saw wonderfully honest reaction to the now-absolute madness of Lindsey Graham. @GarrettHaake asked whether White House trumpsters will release intel for rationale to assassinate Solemani. Listen to Lindsey’s insane (magical) response, but also Watch Garrett’s face:‘
😂🤣Just saw wonderfully honest reaction to the now-absolute madness of Lindsey Graham. @GarrettHaake asked whether White House trumpsters will release intel for rationale to assassinate Solemani.
Listen to Lindsey’s insane (magical) response, but also
Watch Garrett’s face: 👇👇 pic.twitter.com/KlDqnhcH4R
— 🌊Bernice García Baca💞 (@bernice14) January 9, 2020
Mental health professionals have warned the country that Donald Trump is a narcissist. Perhaps, it is best to describe what life is like around a narcissist.
Findlaw describes the narcissist this way:
- ‘They are generally preoccupied with fantasies of limitless brilliance, power and success… generally be quite consumed with these fantasies. Advancement and achievement are extremely important to them and they envision the environment around them as one where they should be the center of others’ attention due to their achievements.
- …generally have an exaggerated sense of self importance that is not commensurate with their actual level of achievement…generally exaggerate his achievements to others… show a very arrogant attitude. The attorney with NES believes he is “special” and should only associate and work for other high status people and institutions.
- …lacks empathy and is unwilling (or unable) to identify with the needs or feelings of others. Interpersonally, they are often quite exploitative and take advantage of others in order to achieve their own ends…often views those around him as objects to be manipulated to be in service of their ultimate fantasies of power, for example.
- …require excessive admiration. They need constant approval from those around them…believes that he should be admired by others.’
So what is it like to be around a narcissist? There are four stages in a relationship with a narcissist, regardless of whether it is a work, activity, physical, or religious relationship.
- First, he understands and gives a person attention as others have not.
- Then, something happens within the narcissist’s mind, and he becomes enraged. He takes his rage out upon the other person in the relationship.
- Next, a narcissist reaches into that person’s heart to find the most vulnerable part and beats it up emotionally and verbally.
- The last stage comes when he sees no further use for the individuals and tosses them aside. Think of Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen, who is now in federal prison for actions he took on behalf of the president.
The result of such a relationship can be much like that in the battered wife’s syndrome:
”[The individual] suffering from BWS will frequently show signs of depression, too. They may be less enthusiastic about the activities they used to enjoy. They may also start to abuse drugs and alcohol. Once the signs of BWS are recognized.’
Hopefully, that is not Senator Graham’s problem.
Featured image is a screenshot via YouTube.
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