Respected psychiatrist and retired professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School Dr. Lance Dodes warned that President Donald Trump was a “psychopath” who would only become more dangerous in the months leading up to the election. He claimed that the president was easily manipulated and only cared about adulation and control, which could lead to the destruction of democracy.
Dodes was interviewed by Chauncey Devega at Salon and they spoke about the information revealed in John Bolton’s new book, The Room Where it Happened.
The psychiatrist warned that Trump wasn’t concerned with the citizens of the U.S. and lacked empathy. When his ego is injured, as Salon claimed happened with the recent Tulsa, Oklahoma rally — which featured a dramatically smaller audience than expected — Trump lashes out.
“His fundamental need to be always right and an absolute ruler, a God above all criticism, is what has led to his inability to tolerate democracy,” Dodes said.
He didn’t express surprise at Bolton’s claim that Trump wanted journalists to be killed or imprisoned, saying that a free press is a threat to dictators.
When asked about the point in Bolton’s book where the former national security adviser claimed that hostile foreign leaders like Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-Un know that all they have to do is flatter Trump in order to get what they want, Dodes noted the president’s behavior was common among those who crave adoration.
“It is extremely easy to manipulate Donald Trump, since he cares only about being worshiped and is indifferent to the truth or facts,” he claimed.
That, he said, was the reason the commander-in-chief appears to change his opinion so often. He is controlled by the last person who praises him. Once another person “worships” him, he’ll change his opinion again.
Currently, Trump trails behind former Vice President Joe Biden in various polls, which could mean he won’t get a second term in office. That being the case, Salon asked, what can Americans expect from Trump in the next few months?
“As Hitler did to consolidate his power, it is likely that Trump will create some type of Reichstag incident, such as starting a war with China or Iran, attempting to fool the American people into thinking there is a crisis that requires total obedience to him,” Dodes said.
He went on to add that there is a possibility Trump will cancel the 2020 election, since he has already claimed it is invalid. Trump is “a psychopath who will destroy decency and democracy” if people don’t make an effort to control his impulses, Dodes concluded.