Imagine this: A shooter has entered a public place, where you are
walking with your family. You have but a minute to realize you
can save your 2-month-old by using your own body to shield him
from the bullets raining down around you. Mere days later, your
baby, the youngest survivor of the El Paso massacre, will appear
on television with the very man who inspired the terrorist who
killed both you and your husband. A photograph is taken, for
Neither the president nor Melania so much as glances at Baby Paul.
Oblivious (as ever) to the solemnity of their occasion, they smile
broadly, matching veneers on full beam. Your husband came from a
family of Trump supporters. Perhaps, in a different world, you
might even have wanted to meet Donald Trump, or take a photo with
him as he gave one of his signature thumbs-up gestures —
everything is A-OK here.
This photo isn’t emblematic of what’s truly wrong with Trump’s kakistocratic administration, but it is emblematic of the fact that he is clearly mentally unwell, so deeply in the grips of narcissistic personality disorder that he can smile and thumbs-up his way through a profoundly tragic moment. His supporters and shoulder-shruggers might look at this photo today and chalk it up to Trump being Trump, but the rest of us see what history will judge: he’s a sociopath with no capacity for empathy.