The Show Must Close

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Khizr Khan with his wife, Ghazala Khan, during the Democratic National Convention. (Michael Bryant / Philadelphia Inquirer)

Watching the antics of Donald Trump is like watching the best reality show on TV, except that this is for real. Just when you thought that he could not go lower, could not cross one more uncrossable line, he does. There is both a horror and a thrill watching this election. Horror as the sheer banality and ugliness of Trump. Thrill at the show.  

Having watched both conventions, at the risk of repeating what many commentators have said, the Republican National Convention was dark, angry, and amateurish. The Democratic National  Convention was professional, uplifting, and filled with heartfelt emotion.  

I was deeply moved at the Democratic National Convention by the Mothers of the Movement, the speeches by Barak and Michelle Obama, of Joe Biden, and of course by Khizr and Ghazala Khan. 

The uproar that has erupted in this country about Trump’s denigration of the Khan’s is the uproar that should have erupted much earlier in this campaign cycle over his ugly and divisive comments. The country is finally waking up to who Trump is and it is not a moment too soon. 

A number of commentators have suggested that Trump has a Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and having read about this mental disorder, I agree.  

The Mayo Clinic website has the following summary of the condition: 

“Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of ultraconfidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.” 

Does this sound like a description of Donald Trump?  I think it does.  

When Ghazala Khan in her opinion piece in The Washington Post titled: “Trump criticized my silence. He knows nothing about true sacrifice”, I was moved by her message. She wrote, “Because without saying a thing, all the world, all America, felt my pain. I am a Gold Star mother. Whoever saw me felt me in their heart.” This is so true. All we had to do was look at her standing resolutely next to her husband and we knew the pain she felt. Only a person completely lacking any empathy for other person’s pain could have denigrated Mrs. Kahn the way that Trump did. 

It is time for this show to close. Donald Trump, from his outrageous and hurtful behavior, has shown the world that he is ineligible to be the President United States. I am pleased the country appears to be waking up to the risk he poses. 

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