Donald Trump's niece Mary claims he's 'gaslighting' himself: 'He’s never accepted the truth of the loss'
Even though Trump's administration is gearing up to make way for the new president, Trump might never come around to concede
A month after the US Presidential Elections 2020, President Donald Trump still continues to believe that the results could be in his favor. Insiders close to Trump reveal that he might genuinely believe that the election was stolen from him. And one of these people is his niece Mary Trump, who says that he is 'gaslighting himself' into believing all his lies.
In a recent interview with VICE News, the clinical psychologist and a strong critic of her uncle said, "He's the only person I've ever met who can gaslight himself." She added that she doesn't think her uncle is even capable of accepting his current situation. "I don't think he's ever accepted the truth of the loss. I don't think he's psychologically or emotionally capable of that." Mary wrote the book 'Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man', in which she not only criticized the president and his ideologies but also called for his resignation.
Ever since the election results were announced, Trump starting making unconfirmed claims that his loss was a result of fraudulent votes, interference in the polls and voter booth fraud. Trump is not alone in thinking that the Democrats stole the election. If anything, a majority of Republicans believe what Trump says. "I think the thing he's feeling most is fear. But he can't acknowledge that," Mary said. "So it's translating into rage."
Mary is not alone in giving this rare insight into what is going on in Trump's mind all this time. His estranged former personal attorney Michael Cohen, who spent 15 years by Trump's side, tells VICE that the president believes his lies because he is a sociopath. "It's the difference between a bullshit artist and a sociopath. Donald Trump is a sociopath, because he does believe his own bullshit."
Being a clinical psychologist, Mary tried to give a picture of Trump's state of mind. It was Fred Trump, her "overbearing" grandfather who never allowed Donald to show any weakness and even punished him and his brother in case they did. Mary goes on to describe her uncle as a "deeply damaged person". "Probably the most central part of Donald's psychopathology is the need to deny any reality that paints him as a loser or as somebody who is weak," she added.
Even though Trump's administration is gearing up to make way for the new president, Trump might never come around to concede. Cohen had said, "His acknowledgement of the loss would be tantamount to an acknowledgement that he is a loser, something he is incapable of doing."
Now according to a recent report in The Washington Post, Trump is contemplating running for the presidency in 2024 within his inner circles. But both Cohen and Mary don't think it will ever happen. "If he does announce a run, I don't think it should be taken seriously. I don't think he'd put himself in a position of losing again, which he'd be doing if he ran again," Mary said. At the same time, she also adds that he might not be adept for the job at all. "He's a deeply unhealthy person, physically and psychologically. He doesn't exercise. He has undiagnosed mental illnesses that have not been treated. All of that is just going to get worse."