‘Beyond narcissism’: Dr. Charles Krauthammer has a diagnosis for Donald Trump

There is little love lost between Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer and Donald Trump, but the syndicated columnist was especially venomous in his latest offering on how fit Trump is to be president.

With a focus on the ill-advised feud with the Muslim father of a slain U.S. soldier, Krauthammer said the GOP nominee “can’t help himself,” explaining his “governing rule in life is to strike back when attacked, disrespected or even slighted.”

Others might call that self-defense.

“To understand Trump, you have to grasp the General Theory: He judges every action, every pronouncement, every person by a single criterion — whether or not it/he is ‘nice’ to Trump,” Krauthammer wrote.

“You’re a fan of his, he’s a fan of yours. And vice versa,” he added. “Treat him “unfairly” and you will pay. House speaker, Gold Star mother, it matters not.”

Krauthammer then likened Trump to a 1-year-old toddler.

“This is beyond narcissism,” he said. “I used to think Trump was an 11-year-old, an undeveloped schoolyard bully. I was off by about 10 years. His needs are more primitive, an infantile hunger for approval and praise, a craving that can never be satisfied.”

And Krauthammer was just getting started, saying “Trump lives for the adoration.”

“He doesn’t even try to hide it, boasting incessantly about his crowds, his standing ovations, his TV ratings, his poll numbers, his primary victories,” he said. “The latter are most prized because they offer empirical evidence of how loved and admired he is.”

Noting that “success is self-validating,” Krauthammer said the more Trump won the more validation he earned, but “this may all now be jeopardized by the Gold Star gaffe.” He praised Trump for “normalizing the abnormal,” before adding that some now “question Trump’s psychological stability, indeed sanity.”

Krauthammer then compared the 2016 election to 1980, explaining that Reagan won because he passed “the threshold test for acceptability” … that he assured Americans they “could safely entrust the nation to him.”

“Trump badly needs to pass that threshold. If character is destiny, he won’t,” he concluded.

Of course, much has changed in America since 1980 and the mark of character will ultimately be decided by the voters, not the pundits.

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