Armchair psychologists—and some actual clinicians—have accused President Donald Trump of several psychological conditions ever since he came to national attention in the 1980s. The most common accusation concerns Narcissistic Personality Disorder, but now people say Trump has a messiah or messianic complex.
A messiah complex is a term from psychology. It is closely associated with grandiosity, megalomania and delusional disorder: grandiose type.
It is defined as:
"A complex psychological state when a person believes that they are a savior destined to save the world/remake it in their vision. The individual may harbor the delusion of being divine or chosen by God."
So why are people accusing the President of having this diagnosis?
Another Twitter storm in which he quoted rightwing conspiracy peddler Wayne Allyn Root saying that Trump:
"is the best President for Israel in the history of the world and the Jewish people in Israel love him like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God."
“Thank you to Wayne Allyn Root for the very nice words. “President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for… https://t.co/2D8VVvh6jM— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1566387292.0
....like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God...But American Jews don’t know… https://t.co/6s0DSsIzA0— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1566387292.0
.....all Jews, Blacks, Gays, everyone. And importantly, he’s good for everyone in America who wants a job.” Wow!… https://t.co/jYKJfqmCdo— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1566387292.0
Trump then tagged some of his favorite media organizations—Newsmax where the quote originated from Root, Fox & Friends and One America News Network—presumably hoping they would amplify the message further.
You can watch Root's comments below.
Conspiracy theorist and notorious crank Wayne Allyn Root made the comment about American and Israeli Jews that Pres… https://t.co/FcvgR1vQb5— Matthew Gertz (@Matthew Gertz) 1566389412.0
Root, who calls himself the conservative warrior, runs a website and hosts a radio show.
He is also clearly a fan of the President.
https://t.co/V0zn9fR4jv— Newsmax (@Newsmax) 1566405068.0
This mini tweet burst comes in the context of the firestorm created by Trump's claim Jews who vote for Democrats are "disloyal." But even for Trump, the choice to share the quote on Twitter seemed extreme.
Medical researcher and physician Dr. Eugene Gu summarized most of the reactions in his response.
We learn in med school that if someone comes to the emergency room calling themselves the King of Israel and the se… https://t.co/jxObfQNj3Z— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD) 1566395022.0
@realDonaldTrump Trump is supposed to be the President of the United States not the President of Israel. He’s suppo… https://t.co/0thZLiAFoF— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD) 1566388098.0
@realDonaldTrump He even has the audacity and the messianic complex to praise himself as “the King of Israel” and “… https://t.co/sY8cAnXogB— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD) 1566388391.0
@realDonaldTrump How dare Trump use his massive platform to proudly quote someone saying that American Jews “don’t… https://t.co/sbi6JZNzry— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD) 1566388580.0
@realDonaldTrump It’s so disheartening and quite frankly disgusting to see that all those Republicans who were so b… https://t.co/tquAdUDTg6— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD) 1566388713.0
@realDonaldTrump And look at this. As if right on cue, the white supremacist anti-Semitic President of the United S… https://t.co/tkISvGrdO8— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD) 1566389107.0
@realDonaldTrump Trump and the Republicans have weaponized false accusations of anti-Semitism while being the worst… https://t.co/zIxuUM77Jr— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD) 1566389477.0
Others clearly concurred with the doctor's assessment.
Many referred to antisemitism in relation to Trump.
@realDonaldTrump Where President Trump doubles (triples and quadruples) down on hardcore antisemitism as he declare… https://t.co/NX1FM6xO7j— David Rothschild (@David Rothschild) 1566387940.0
Right-wing trolls clinging to fact President Trump was quoting someone else while trumpeting himself as the Messiah… https://t.co/INQFzt57hm— David Rothschild (@David Rothschild) 1566394970.0
@realDonaldTrump I said on my @hardball interview last night that the current occupant of the White House is pathol… https://t.co/ViiMvsf6a6— Fred Guttenberg (@Fred Guttenberg) 1566392444.0
@fred_guttenberg @realDonaldTrump @hardball @senatemajldr #MoscowMitch would have to care more about the country th… https://t.co/w5x3yaj3fD— Rebecca Rauber (@Rebecca Rauber) 1566393340.0
@realDonaldTrump Hey @realDonaldTrump, You are totally delusional. Please seek medical attention immediately.… https://t.co/aYVJu6oXR7— Dr. Dena Grayson (@Dr. Dena Grayson) 1566392441.0
And the American Jews the President insulted during his on camera interview were not feeling as enamored as Newsmax host Wayne Allyn Root.
@realDonaldTrump Wayne Allyn Root may have nice words for you, Donald, but the 79% of Jewish Americans who voted De… https://t.co/FbhSsjz6QY— MatthewDicks (@MatthewDicks) 1566387712.0
I’m an American Jew and an American patriot, and I’m proudly disloyal to Trump. #DisloyalToTrump— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@Jon Cooper 🇺🇸) 1566356564.0
If Trump's Twitter post was meant to give more fodder about his popularity to his base, objective achieved. If it was meant to make amends with Jewish Democrats in the United States, it looks like the President will need to try something else.
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