From LuckyOtter – not a rant, an indictment, or a diagnosis – both.
Most successful politicians are narcissists, or at least have more than average narcissistic traits. Narcissism is almost a requirement to be a successful politician, since it takes a high level of self confidence and an affinity for self-promotion. One must be competitive and like being in the public eye. People with high levels of narcissism are attracted to professions that put them in the public eye or give them power and influence over others.
If one looks at past presidents (pre-Trump), it’s fair to say that almost all of them have been narcissistic to varying degrees. Bill Clinton is one of the most obvious examples, given his actions with Monica Lewinski in the Oval Office and his subsequent lying about it. Nixon was also a narcissist, and in many ways his actions during Watergate and the hearings that followed mirrored Trump’s, but even he had his limits and eventually…
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