Behavior of Donald Trump

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Donald Trump, a successful real estate investor from New York City, was elected President of the United States in November 2016 and assumed office in January 2017. A narcissistic personality, his behavior, both before and after assuming office, has been a subject of interest.


Behavior

Rather than labeling Trump, as for example, a liar or psychopath, this article describes problematic behavior he has engaged in with respect to cognition, emotiveness, interpersonal functioning, or impulse control or other perimeters of personality.

Birther activities

Despite having no relevant information regarding Barack Obama's birth and having no basis for doubting Obama's birth in Hawaii, Trump played an active roll in promoting misinformation regarding the citizenship of Barack Obama:[1]

Obama's birth certificate

In March 2011, during an interview on Good Morning America, Donald Trump said he was seriously considering running for president, that he was a "little" skeptical of Obama's citizenship, and that someone who shares this view should not be so quickly dismissed as an "idiot" (as Trump considers the term "birther" to be "derogatory"[2]). Trump added, "Growing up no one knew him",[3] a claim ranked Pants-on-Fire by Politifact.[4] Later, Trump appeared on The View repeating several times that "I want him [Obama] to show his birth certificate." He speculated that "there’s something on that birth certificate that he doesn’t like", a comment which host Whoopi Goldberg described as "the biggest pile of dog mess I’ve heard in ages."[5] On the March 30, 2011, edition of CNN Newsroom, anchor Suzanne Malveaux commented on Trump's statements, pointing out that she had made a documentary for which she had gone to Hawaii and spoken with people who knew Obama as a child.[6][7] In an NBC TV interview broadcast on April 7, 2011, Trump said he would not let go of the issue, because he was not satisfied that Obama had proved his citizenship.[8] After Trump began making his views public, he was contacted by Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily, who was reportedly on the phone with Trump every day for a week, providing Trump with a "birther primer", answers to questions, and advice.[9] After Obama released his long-form birth certificate on April 27, 2011, Trump said "I am really honored and I am really proud, that I was able to do something that nobody else could do."[10] On October 24, 2012, Trump offered to donate five million dollars to the charity of Obama's choice in return for the publication of his college and passport applications before October 31, 2012.[11]

On September 16, 2016, as the Republican Party presidential nominee, Trump stated "President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period." Trump took credit for putting the controversy to rest and also repeated a false claim that Hillary Clinton (his opponent in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and one of Obama's opponents in the 2008 Democractic presidential primaries) had started the controversy concerning Obama's place of birth.[12]

Making stuff up

Or creating elaborate fabrications based on flimsy sources.

At a political rally in Birmingham, Alabama on November 21, 2015 Trump claimed:

"I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down" "And I watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering."[13]

This may have originated from a rumor regarding Muslim celebrations in Paterson, N.J. repeated by Howard Stern. Likewise, a cover photo in The National Enquirer alleging that an unidentified man standing next to Lee Harvey Oswald was Ted Cruz's father was cited in an interview on Fox News May 3, 2016.[14]

Schoolyard tactics

Michael Scherer Washington Bureau Chief for Time Magazine has described Trump's habitual method of getting his way as "coloring outside the lines and bullying.[15]

Taunting, repeated name calling, was used frequently in the presidential debates, "Lying Ted," "Crooked Hillary."

Effectiveness

In 2005 and again in 2009, psychologists Belinda Board and Katarina Fritzon at the University of Surrey, UK, interviewed and gave personality tests to high-level British executives and compared their profiles with those of criminal psychiatric patients at Broadmoor Hospital in the UK. They found that three out of eleven personality disorders were actually more common in executives than in the disturbed criminals:

According to leadership academic Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries, it seems almost inevitable that some personality disorders will be present in a senior management team.[17]

Notes and references

  1. "Donald Trump Clung to ‘Birther’ Lie for Years, and Still Isn’t Apologetic" article by Michael Barbaro in The New York Times September 16, 2016
  2. Wing, Nick (June 5, 2012). "Donald Trump: 'Birther' Is A 'Derogatory Term'". The Huffington Post. 
  3. Marr, Kendra (March 17, 2011). "Donald Trump, birther?". Politico. 
  4. "Pants on Fire: Donald Trump says people who went to school with Obama never saw him". Politifact. February 14, 2011. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 
  5. "Donald Trump, Whoopi Goldberg, Spar Over Obama on 'The View'". The Wall Street Journal. March 24, 2011. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  6. Mirkinson, Jack (March 30, 2011). "CNN's Carol Costello Tears Into Donald Trump: 'A Joke,' 'Ridiculous'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  7. "Time to Fire Donald Trump from Political Arena?". CNN. March 30, 2011. Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  8. "Trump goes after Obama on US citizenship, says citizenship questions remain unanswered". The Washington Post. Associated Press. April 7, 2011. Retrieved April 7, 2011. [dead link]
  9. Smith, Ben (April 14, 2011). "Trump and the blacks". Politico. Archived from the original on April 30, 2011. http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0411/Trump_and_the_blacks.html. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  10. "Birtherism Is Dead, But the Birther Industry Continues". Time. April 27, 2011
  11. Goldman, Russell (October 24, 2012). "Donald 'Bombshell' Fails to Blow Up". ABC News. 
  12. Flores, Reena (September 16, 2016). "Donald Trump: "Obama was born in the United States. Period."". CBS News. 
  13. "Fact-checking Trump's claim that thousands in New Jersey cheered when World Trade Center tumbled" article in Politifact by Lauren Carroll November 22, 2015
  14. "Donald Trump's Pants on Fire claim linking Ted Cruz's father and JFK assassination" article by Louis Jacobson and Linda Qiu in Politifact May 3, 2016
  15. Guest on "Morning Joe" MSNBC May 18, 2017
  16. Board, Belinda Jane; Fritzon, Katarina (2005). "Disordered personalities at work". Psychology Crime and Law 11: 17–32. Template:Hide in print. 
  17. de Vries; Manfred F. R. Kets (2003). "The Dark Side of Leadership". Business Strategy Review 14 (3): 26. Template:Hide in print. 
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