Peter Wehner has worked in three Republican administrations, rising to the rank of Director of the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives in 2002 under George W. Bush. He was recently part of a three-person panel discussing the firing of Reince Priebus and the appointment of General John Kelly as Priebus’s replacement.
While other panel members, like most pundits, contorted themselves around the elephant in the room, Wehner, in a sober and measured way, went there:
It’s really deeper than [Trump’s management philosophy]. It is a psychological and emotional affliction. He has a disoriented and disordered mind, and there is no controlling or containing that.
Wehner’s observation is manifestly accurate, but too many still regard saying it out loud as somehow crass or impolitic. There is nothing impolitic about the truth, and as I’ve been saying for months, Donald Trump’s problem is a readily diagnosed condition: malignant narcissism.
That — malignant narcissism — is an acute personality disorder closely associated with the moral and philosophical conception of evil. I will keep writing about it and exploring its role in our politics on a macro level. Til then, here is the video of Wehner’s comments (the salient part starts at around the 6-minute mark):