Donald Trump and Joy Behar, along with the other women of The View, occupy a unique position as public figures that many may call narcissistic simply for the nature of their occupation.
On Tuesday’s episode of The View, Joy shared her thoughts on Donald’s “bar all Muslims from entry” comments that have been the dominating topic of domestic news since the presidential hopeful revealed them Monday evening. Behar, like many others from both outside and within the GOP, thought that the statement was an extremely unwise move for Trump, saying that it was revealing of deep character flaws — perhaps even narcissism.
Joy specifically touched on what detractors of Donald have been saying all along: Trump is a textbook narcissist with little to no regard for other human beings, particularly those in whom he cannot see himself. Behar recounted a moment when she recently ran into the Republican frontrunner at an Adele concert and had the chance to question the legitimacy of his candidacy in person.
“What is he getting out of this? When I saw him… I asked him, ‘Do you really want to do this, Donald?’ And he said, ‘Can you believe the polls?’ He’s fascinated by the fact that people are in love with him. He talks about the thousands who came to see him — it’s this narcissistic disorder. I wonder if they’re going to find that in his medical records when he has to release them.”
For once, it seemed like all of the women of The View more or less agreed with Joy — even the conservative Christian member of the panel, Candace Cameron. To characterize Trump as a narcissist is, after all, nothing new. Last month, Vanity Fair had a panel of therapists collectively agree that Donald fit the profile Behar defined him by on Tuesday. One clinical psychologist, George Simon, said Trump was practically a perfect walking example.
“He’s so classic that I’m archiving video clips of him to use in workshops because there’s no better example of his characteristics. Otherwise, I would have had to hire actors and write vignettes. He’s like a dream come true.”
Joy’s most recent comments are a slight turnaround from when she spoke about Trump on The View in October. At that point, Behar went as far as to say that Donald was the least offensive candidate in the Republican field; a comment she made based on his position on public healthcare, abortion, and the Iraq War.
“He’s not as bad as the rest of them on that team. I’m starting to warm up a little bit to Trump now… First of all, he may not be pro-choice but [Sen. Marco] Rubio [R-Fla.], for example, believes no abortion even in the cases of rape and incest. Donald doesn’t say that… He wants everybody to have healthcare from the government [and] he wants to raise taxes on the rich… He was against the Iraq War, and he said so in one of his books before 9/11 ever happened. So he was like Nostra-Trumpus, you know what I’m saying?”
Joy Behar returned to The View earlier this year, just in time for an election season rife with possible narcissists like Donald Trump, although it’s doubtful he’s the only one in the field, or the political arena, who fits the description.
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