Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Peter Wehner on Trump's Central Sick Pathology: "[He] seems to draw energy and purpose from maliciousness and transgressive acts, from creating enmity ... and from attacking the weak, the honorable, and even the dead."

Sun-flooded daffodils in the tiny yard-let of 1709 S St NW, Washington, D.C. 2:21 p.m. March 17, 2019

The pictures in this entry were taken by me this past Sunday as I walked over to Georgetown, where I had lunch at the back bar of Clyde's and then stopped at Rira -- itself quite crowded and festive given that this Sunday was also St. Patrick's Day. They are topically-unrelated to the post itself.

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2000 block New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 2:18 p.m. March 17, 2019

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For this entry, I'd like to post excerpts of a Peter Wehner piece from The Atlantic. The precipitating event was Trump's extra-intense barrage of borderline psychotic rage-tweets this past weekend -- at least 50 -- from his antisocial personality disordered brain through his stubby fingers.


For its part, the New York Times had this piece (screen capture above and link here).

Anyway, without further ado …

Row houses, 1700 block S Street NW, Washington, D.C., 2:22 p.m. March 17, 2019

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A Damaged Soul and a Disordered Personality
Source here.

By Peter Wehner
Contributing editor at The Atlantic and senior fellow at EPPC
March 18, 2019

Excerpts:

Donald Trump is not well. Over the weekend, he continued his weird obsession with a dead war hero. This time, his attacks on John McCain came two days after the anniversary of McCain's release from a North Vietnamese prison camp …

Corner house located at S and 19th Streets NW, Washington, D.C., 2:25 p.m. March 17, 2019

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These grotesque attacks once again force us to grapple with a perennial question of the Trump era: How much attention should we pay to his tweets; and what exactly do they reveal about America’s 45th president?

The "Spanish Steps" (a.k.a., Decatur Place steps) at 22nd between S St and Decatur Place, 2:34 p.m., March 17, 2019

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I'm sympathetic to those who worry that too many Americans spend too much time paying too much attention to what Trump tweets. The danger is that we allow Trump to succeed in keeping us in a state of constant agitation and moral consternation, in ways that are unhealthy and even play to Trump's advantage, allowing him to control the nation's conversation.

Trees and sky as seen from the "Spanish Steps" at the edge of Kalorama, Washington, D.C., 2:35 p.m. March 17, 2019

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It doesn't take a person with an advanced degree in psychology to see Trump’s narcissism and lack of empathy, his vindictiveness and pathological lying, his impulsivity and callousness, his inability to be guided by norms, or his shamelessness and dehumanization of those who do not abide his wishes. His condition is getting worse, not better -- and there are now fewer people in the administration able to contain the president and act as a check on his worst impulses.

Dazzling sunshine and late winter-bare trees next to the "Spanish Steps," Kalorama, Washington, D.C., 2:35 p.m. March 17, 2019

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This constellation of characteristics would be worrisome in a banker or a high-school teacher, in an aircraft machinist or a warehouse manager, in a gas-station attendant or a truck driver. To have them define the personality of an American president is downright alarming.

Yours truly, "Spanish Steps," 22nd Street NW, Washington, D.C., 2:43 p.m. March 17, 2019

Of note, I've begun the (slow) process of removing all references -- images and pictures -- to that shit-baggy "MWT" from this blog.

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Whether the worst scenarios come to pass or not is right now unknowable. But what we do know is that the president is a person who seems to draw energy and purpose from maliciousness and transgressive acts, from creating enmity among people of different races, religions, and backgrounds, and from attacking the weak, the honorable, and even the dead.

ASIL headquarters at Sheridan Circle, Washington, D.C., 2:50 p.m. March 17, 2019

ASIL is the American Society of International Law, whatever that is.

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Donald Trump is not well, and as long as he is president, our nation is not safe.

The side of the Embassy of Greece, Sheridan Circle, Washington, D.C., 2:50 p.m. March 17, 2019

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I'd like to end this entry on a lighter note, but before I get there, I have to first state cite this New York Intelligencer blog piece by Kelsey Hurwitz and Yelena Dzhanova (link embedded): 100-Person Poll: How Will the Trump Presidency End?

This involves a canvas of 100 random New Yorkers going about their daily business. Replies are grouped into percentages. It also includes the views of 14 pundits, journalists, academics, and activists.

Row houses in the 2900 block of Q Street NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 3:03 p.m. March 17, 2019

Looking at the Google street view -- from July 2017 -- the light pink row house (the one behind the central tree in the image) was previously a sort of frog green color.

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I'd also like to quote the (sort scary) Andrew Sullivan take on it:

This is unknowable, but my sense is that the likely outcome will be, in descending order: (1) He’s impeached but acquitted and wins reelection; (2) the 2020 election is close, the Democrat wins, but Trump insists he won anyway, won’t quit, leading to federal marshals removing him from White House amid civil unrest; (3) a catastrophe in foreign or domestic policy (like, say, Katrina or Iraq) breaks the base; (4) he loses badly to a currently nonexistent Democratic candidate.

Afternoon view, 3000 block of Q Street NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 3:06 p.m. March 17, 2019

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And that brings us, finally, to the lighter note …

Ann Coulter had this to say (and to be clear, she had a big public falling out with Trump recently):

I assume you’re referring to some future Barron Trump presidency. As for the Donald Trump presidency, it already ended, killed by laziness and lies about the wall. Massive opportunity squandered. From now on, it will just be photo ops and depositions.


I often wonder if Coulter just comes up with this stuff right off the cuff in her machine gun-fire way or does she develop these thoughts? Regardless, if you view her less as a comedian masquerading as a rightwing provocateur performance artist, the woman actually is often hilarious.

The W. Taylor Birch House at 3099 Q Street NW, Washington, D.C., 3:08 p.m. March 17, 2019

You can read about this huge residential structure and see a series of pictures of it here.

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OK, that's all for now.

--Regulus

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