Part 6. “People Will Die Today”

Clinical Perspective: Trump Will Refuse to Leave Office

“We’re going to walk down to the Capitol and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women. (Sarcastically) And we’re probably not going to cheer too much for some of them. Because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to stay strong” — Donald Trump, inciting a mob to storm the Capitol, January 6, 2021.

Yesterday morning, I said four words to my wife before heading to my office: “People will die today.” No further explanation or discussion was…


Part 5. “This Can’t Be Happening”

Clinical Perspective: Trump Will Refuse to Leave Office

— “Now the Supreme Court has spoken. Let there be no doubt, while I strongly disagree with the court’s decision…I accept the finality of this outcome…for the sake of our unity of the people and the strength of our democracy…our disappointment must be overcome by our love of country…This is America and…we will stand together behind our new president.” — Al Gore’s concession speech, December 13, 2000.

— “You won’t know the election results for weeks, months, maybe years after. Maybe you’ll never know the election result.”


OPart 4. Trump Will Refuse to Leave Office

Clinical Perspective: Stormtroopers

— “Are you saying you’re not prepared to…commit to that principle…of the peaceful transition of power?” “What I’m saying is that I’ll tell you at the time. (taunting) I’ll keep you in suspense, Okay!” — Trump responding to Chris Wallace, October 19, 2016.

— “Will you accept the results of the election?” “I have to see. Look…you…I have to see. No, I’m not just going to say yes. I’m not going to say no. And I didn’t the last time either.” — Trump responding to Chris Wallace, July 19, 2020.

Secret Police

Last week, I urged Americans to begin to…


Part 3. Trump Will Refuse to Leave Office

Clinical Perspective: Bounties and Blackmail

“My people came to me…and said they think it’s Russia…Putin just said it’s not Russia…I don’t see any reason why it would be…I will tell you President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.” — Donald Trump, Helsinki Summit, July 2018, defying the unanimous conclusion of all US intelligence services regarding Russian 2016 election interference.

Bounties

On June 30, 2020 reports were leaked to the press that Russia had been paying bounties of $100,000 to the Taliban in Afghanistan for each American soldier killed…


Part 2. Trump Will Refuse to Leave Office

Part Two: Rattlesnakes and Rallies

“When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength. Our country right now is perceived as weak…as being spit on by the rest of the world.” — Donald Trump, 1990 Playboy interview re 1989 massacre that killed over 10,000 citizens.

The Reptilian Brain

How can we understand Trump’s utterly alien personality make-up? Given his jaw-dropping displays in actual words and actions, it…


Part 1. Trump Will Refuse to Leave Office

Clinical Perspective: Trump’s Wet Dream

“I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump — I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.” — Donald Trump, Breitbart News, March 14, 2019.

Lafayette Square

On Monday, June 1st, Donald Trump awoke furious and deeply humiliated by accusations of his cowardice in scrambling to the White House bunker two nights…


The Tale of Two Tapes: The Police Killings of Eric Garner and Tamir Rice

(First published December 9, 2014, examining two of the first videos of police killings, lightly edited and re-released as an historical comparison to last week’s police murder of George Floyd.)

Pictures have far more power than words to trigger massive social change. Iconic photos of a South Vietnamese officer in the act of executing a Viet Cong suspect; a naked young girl fleeing in agony after being napalmed; 500 bodies of dead infants, children, old men and women strewn about in the hamlet of My Lai…


With the verdict on Friday in which justice finally was served, I am re-issuing this article written in the immediate aftermath of the video of the barbaric murder of 17 year-old Laquan McDonald, shot 16 times by Chicago Police Officer, Jason Van Dyke:

Platitudes of the need to come together to heal and rebuild trust have zero impact on the national conspiracy of silence around police misconduct from top to bottom — police chiefs, police unions, prosecutors, other officers at the scene.

Barbaric atrocity is on full display in the video of Laquan McDonald’s killing by a Chicago police officer last October. Much more difficult to detect is the hope that a slaying so horrific has great potential to galvanize fundamental change in police accountability regarding excessive force whereas throughout our history, everywhere in America, we have had virtually none at all. The…


Following Donald Trump’s bizarre and deeply troubling subservience to Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, suspicion has escalated that Trump is the victim of classic KGB blackmail — Kompromot. Not only did he refuse to confront Putin for undermining the 2016 election, accepting yet again Putin’s “strong and powerful” denial of meddling, he blamed America for “stupid and foolish mistakes” in exacerbating the rift with Russia.

Shockingly, Trump went on to compliment Putin on his “incredible offer” for a reciprocal arrangement allowing Russians to interrogate specific Americans (whom Putin despises) in return for granting permission to Robert Mueller to come to Russia…


In the aftermath of the Trump-Kim summit, it is disturbing to witness the widespread opinion — even among those who ridicule the event — that we are somehow safer than we were “because at least we’re talking.” This viewpoint discounts the extreme psychological fragility of Donald Trump’s and his vulnerability to all-consuming rogue rage. Most ominously, he has repeatedlydemonstrated a tendency under duress to perceive the world in stark either/or contrasts of enemies versus admirers and attack versus adulation, in which people have no existence in their own right beyond their role of ornament or impediment.

Trump has exposed himself…

Michael J Tansey, Ph.D.

Chicago psychologist, author, professor, psychotherapist. Co-author of NYT bestseller, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump and 16 Huffposts on Trump’s fragility

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store