In his ongoing desperation to seize attention from his wife, who is constantly in the public eye, Kelllyanne Conway’s husband — George Conway — is now telling us Trump has… wait for it… a “narcissistic personality disorder.”
Great Sigmund’s ghost! Talk about factually meaningless! Virtually everyone who ever ran for public office has some form of narcissistic personality disorder, as described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, not to mention the overwhelming majority of the media, entertainment industry, and attorneys (like George Conway) who regularly hog the airwaves.
Is there some projecting going on here? Nah.
Just one phrase from the DSM-5’s diagnosis of NPDs — “Has a grandiose sense of self-importance” — describes about eighty percent of the people I know on one level or another, including myself.
And speaking of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association, what Conway fails to acknowledge is that it is as much a political classification system as it is a psychological and clinical one. It’s ever changing with the temper of the times. Narcissistic personality disorders have been ever with us (see every significant leader, good and bad, from Churchill to Caligula), but the clinical definition of such things as homosexuality has changed. The idea of gender dysphoria is now in flux.
But that’s the nature of trying to be scientific about human psychology when it, to some degree, defies science.
The more important question is: why in the Sam Hill is Kellyanne still married to this jerk? What kind of relationship is that? At first glance, George Conway would seem to be seriously misogynistic, unable to deal with a wife far more famous than he. If so, he needs to grow up and shut up. He could at least wait until Trump was out of office and Kellyanne was back at her day job.
He should have been doing that from the outset. If he doesn’t start now, painful as it is, Kellyanne would be well advised to start singing along with the great Tammy Wynette.
Roger L. Simon is the co-founder and CEO emeritus of PJ Media.