Trump – A Liar or Living in a Fantasy World?

A large portion of Donald Trump’s tweets, perhaps most of them, are patently false. Is the man a liar, or is he completely out of touch with reality? I lean toward the second explanation.

One of today’s Trump tweets was so far removed from the truth that surely anyone with a modicum of sanity sitting in the president’s chair would know it was untrue. Donald Trump appears to not know that.

122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!

The problem with that tweet is that Donald J. Trump got his presidents mixed up. It is true that 122 of the 693 detainees released from Guantanamo Bay are considered recidivists, but almost all of them, 113, were released by President George W. Bush. Only 8 of the prisoners who were released during the Obama administration are on the list of recidivists.

 Another of today’s tweets reads:

Don’t let the FAKE NEWS tell you that there is big infighting in the Trump Admin. We are getting along great, and getting major things done!

Getting along great? One of his cabinet members was asked to resign, another nominee withdrew his name from consideration, and another, Jeff Sessions, is under pressure to resign after it was discovered that he lied to Congress during his nomination hearing. Trump’s Republican FBI Director, James Comey, indirectly contradicted Trump’s assertion that Barack Obama had tapped Trump’s telephone. Administration employees are resigning in droves, because they cannot in good conscience work for a madman. What world is President Trump living in if he considers that to be “getting along great?”

Oh, yes! Let us return to the tweet, apparently based on invented stories from right-wing sources, that Barack Obama had ordered Trump’s phone to be tapped during the presidential campaign. Not only has FBI Director James Comey asked the Justice Department to state that there was no such phone tap, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper stated unequivocally on “Meet the Press” on Sunday that the US government absolutely did not tap Donald Trump’s phone.

Of course, it is possible that the tweet about Trump’s phone being tapped is true despite the denials of two big honchos in federal law enforcement, but if it is, why can Donald Trump offer no proof? Why is he even unable to name a single source for this fantastic accusation?

The answer, in my opinion, is quite simple: Donald Trump is living in a world created by his own imagination. I think President Trump believes his extravagant tweets when he sends them out. He does not have the mental capacity to check ideas that pop into his head against the facts. He cannot separate the pretend world he has created in his brain from the real world around him.

Psychologists have a term for this condition. It is called “fantasy prone personality” and describes a person who cannot differentiate between fantasy and reality. Many people with this disorder have pretend friends (Vladimir Putin?). Donald Trump also has pretend enemies who commit pretend offenses against him. We are being governed by a man who cannot differentiate between the real world and the imaginary world that exists only in his own malfunctioning brain cells.

In 1987, the New York Times published an excellent article that describes this mental disorder. You can read it by clicking here.