Trump stirring the pot
Labeled a loose cannon by some, Donald Trump has shocked America by his reactions to
controversial issues, global disasters and nuclear threats.
Examples including mishandling international affairs like the nuclear threats from North Korea,
attacking media outlets by calling them “fake news” and insulting Puerto Rican government
officials following a catastrophic hurricane are some of Trump’s failures.
Many newspaper organizations and social media outlets have raised questions of President
Trump’s mental state and his ability to act as the leader of the free world.
On May 4, 2017 USA Today reporter John Gartner wrote an article titled “Donald Trump’s
malignant narcissism is toxic: Psychologist.”
“If you take President Trump’s words literally, you have no choice but to conclude that he is
psychotic,” Gartner wrote.
From claiming that his inauguration crowd size was the biggest in history to accusing the Obama
administration of bugging his New York office, Trump believed that he was being conspired
against, said Gartner.
Harvard psychoanalyst Lance Dodes, asked by Gartner for his input on Trump’s behavior, said
“Trump tells two kinds of lies: the ones he tells others to scam them, and those he tells himself.
He lies because of his sociopathic tendencies.”
Using social media platforms as his personal battleground, Trump utilizes Twitter and its 140-
characters limit like a podium to push his agenda.
“His presence on Twitter isn’t a matter of too much,” said Eric Chiles, an adjunct professor of
Journalism at NCC, “It’s also something that bears scrutiny because the level to which he uses
Twitter is historical. Trump uses Twitter to help frame the public debate in his own term.”
Trump has used Twitter to attack media outlets, labeling them as “fake news.” He tweeted
“FAKE NEWS media knowingly doesn't tell the truth. A great danger to our country. The failing
@nytimes has become a joke. Likewise, @CNN. Sad!”
Chiles believes there's a method to Trump’s madness as he said, “Trump uses terms like fake
news to raise doubts in the public's mind about reports about him and his actions.”
Third-year General Studies major Alex Luca thinks Trump’s use of Twitter is “over the top,” and
said “Every time someone says something regarding him or anything that blows up on a national
or global scale he has to tweet about it. It really shows a side that says, wow he must have a
fragile ego, when one person has to say something bad.”
One of the most pressing matters is the threat of nuclear war America could face with North
Korea, yet Trump has insulted its leader Kim Jong Un.
North Korea's testing of nuclear weapons and first threat promising to turn the U.S. mainland
“into an unimaginable sea of fire” to which Trump replied, “Any more threats to the United
States” will be met “with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
Last month at the U.N. General Assembly, Trump insulted Kim saying, “rocket man is on a
suicide mission for himself and his regime.”
To this, North Korean Prime Minister Ri Tong Ho responded, “none other than Trump himself is
on a suicide mission.”
While antagonizing North Korea, Trump added insult to injury to Puerto Rico saying that “they
want everything done for them,” after his visit during the cleanup of Hurricane Maria.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yukon Cruz called Trumps visit “an insult to the Puerto Rican people,”
and referred to him as the “miscommunication in chief.”
International issues, however, were not the only area where Trump focused his attention. He also
targeted NFL players who protested by kneeling during the national anthem, saying that NFL
owners should say “‘get that son of a bitch off of the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s