Donald Trump is incapable of lying.
How can that be?
Well here is the answer to the paradox of a pathologically lying truthful Donald Trump.
The key is that Donald Trump has multiple personality disorders.
More than 53,000 psychologists and psychiatrists have signed the Duty to Warn petition. They consider the president’s mental state and personality to be a threat to the country.
Over the years Donald Trump’s statements, interviews, speeches and behavior has been analyzed by mental health professionals and they have come up with various diagnoses:
- Narcissistic Personality Disorder
- Malignant Narcissist
- Antisocial Personality Disorder
There are many traits that define these conditions, and some of them are shared in the different conditions.
One characteristic many people with personality disorders have, is projection of an internal reality onto other people.
Most of us share a common reality. We may have different views and opinions within this reality, but we remain inside this shared reality. That is sanity, short and sweet.
A characteristic found in many people with personality disorders is having a unique internal reality that exists only in their inner mind. Donald Trump obviously has this trait. Nowhere else in this universe can Donald Trump’s reality be found. Not only that, but it is a dynamic reality changing with time. This is why during an interview Donald Trump will say one thing only to contradict himself a moment later.
This is not something Trump is consciously aware of. He actually believes his fantasy reality at that moment. When that imaginary reality changes a few minutes later, he will believe the new version of his Trumpian reality.
None of us go around thinking consciously about our reality. Our sense of reality is a process that takes place in our subconscious. We all function that way. Donald Trump does too. The difference between Trump and most of us is that our shared reality is stable. Interacting with other people sharing that reality helps us to subconsciously continually adjust and stabilize that shared reality.
Donald Trump is disconnected from that process, so his reality is in constant flux.
A person lies when some aspect of reality is not convenient, like doing something we are ashamed of. We “bend the truth.” The truth being our shared reality. So when someone says something that does not correspond with reality we consider that person is lying.
For Donald Trump, he never “bends the truth.” It is his reality that bends to eliminate the inconvenience. So we perceive Donald trump as lying because we assume he shares our reality. He doesn’t. He is not with us. He really does live in an alternative universe.
This explains his malignant narcissism. Donald Trump shows the classical narcissistic grandiose sense of self-importance without commensurate achievements. He believes he is very knowledgeable yet unbelievably ignorant for someone in his position. He was going to see to it that China will pressure North Korea, yet after a 10 minute phone call with China’s president he realized “It is not that simple.” He talks in interviews around subjects that he knows nothing about, and showing by his avoidance of specifics that he has no clue about the subject. These are subjects like NAFTA, health care, NATO, ISIS, the European Union, and even what the “border wall” is.
Donald Trump says whatever his perception of reality is at that present moment. In other words he is honestly true to his reality at that moment.
Unfortunately he is surrounded by people who affirm his bizarre reality. During an interview Trump was asked about China as a currency manipulator, which he was banging on about during his presidential campaign. He replied that China stopped their currency manipulation the day he took office. They didn’t. China stopped the currency manipulation years earlier. China was not manipulating currency while Trump was on the campaign trail.
Next to Trump sat Steven Mnuchin, Trumps Secretary of the Treasury, a Wall Street banker and former hedge fund manager. When the interviewer turned to Mnuchin, Mnuchin repeated that China stopped currency manipulation the day Trump took office.
Trump was not lying, because he believed that was true.
But Mnuchin? He knew very well that it was not so.
When Donald Trump was on the campaign trail promising to his supporters that he would deliver a “great health care” he really, really meant it. When he was president making every effort to push through a health care bill that was obviously not what he had promised, increasing premiums, denying preexisting conditions, penalizing the elderly, etc. he still believed he was keeping his promise.
Trump bragged about what a “great health care” bill this was. 83% of the population saw that they were getting a bad deal. Trump did not understand what was in the health are bill. He was not aware that he did not understand it. Trump honestly believed that it was a “Great bill. Best ever.”
The top 0.1% of the country were going to get incredible tax breaks. the top 1% were going to get great tax breaks. The rest of the population, the mere 99% were going to pay for this by losing their health care, reduced Medicaid, increased premiums and generally subsidizing the top 1% in one way or another, directly or indirectly.
Donald Trump does not lie. He appears to lie. But that is simply our perception because we assume he is sharing our common reality. Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America is living in a different series of changing realities than the reality the rest of us are in.
In Donald Trump’s world, he is absolutely honest, never lies, and cannot comprehend why he is constantly accused of lying.