Recently, the president’s niece, Mary Trump, came out a book in which she seeks to explain some of what led up to the current moment, in which Donald Trump melts down on a daily basis while simultaneously serving as president of the United States. The book is called Too Much and Never Enough, and in the book, Mary — who is a licensed clinical psychologist — offers a family history of the president alongside some of her own observations about his behavior and the path he took to his current state of dangerously pathological narcissism. During a Thursday appearance on The View, she explains that she thinks that her uncle, Donald, is subconsciously “terrified” of getting revealed as the fraud that he really is.
She told co-host Whoopi Goldberg:
‘I wouldn’t say it’s conscious, but very deep down, he’s terrified of being revealed not to be any of the things he claims to be or believes himself to be. You know, the best, the greatest, the smartest, the man who knows more than everybody else, the self-made man and the incredible success.’
As president, Trump’s lies have serious consequences. He’s used lies about how great his administration has been responding to the Coronavirus as an excuse to not act more aggressively and effectively. Recently, he posted on Twitter:
‘You will never hear this on the Fake News concerning the China Virus, but by comparison to most other countries, who are suffering greatly, we are doing very well – and we have done things that few other countries could have done!’
This claim is entirely false — the U.S. has staggeringly high rates of both cases and deaths per capita.
It's staggering that he can't feel in anyway someone else's suffering. He's convinced that only he has suffered from the pandemic and we are not suffering at all, because of his leadership. It's really sad, pathetic, and revealing. https://t.co/RSwCfQkYjB
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) July 21, 2020
During her time on The View, Mary Trump also offered a summary of her take on what led the eventual president down the path of his narcissism. She’s made clear that she doesn’t want to excuse Donald’s behavior by any stretch of the imagination, but she does want to explain what pointed him this direction.
‘When Donald was around 2 1/2 years old, which is an extremely crucial period in a child’s development, my grandmother became very ill, and for about a year, was in a hospital and was essentially unavailable to her children. And, you know, on some level, Donald for whom she was his main caretaker and source of love and human contact, probably felt abandoned. It certainly wasn’t her fault, but my grandfather who had no use for children did not step in, and did not provide Donald with the affection and caring and mirroring that he would have needed in order to survive intact my grandmother’s absence.’
Watch her interview below: