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Former Obama aide: Trump meets the clinical definition of a "psychopath"

2016.08.29 05:24

 President Obamas former campaign manager called Donald Trump a "psychopath" Sunday, continuing the 2016 campaigns descent into questions about the heath and mental fitness of the candidates for president.

"Basically, we have a psychopath running for president. I mean, he meets the clinical definition, OK?" David Plouffe told NBCs Meet the Press.

"Wait a minute. Wait a minute," host Chuck Todd interrupted. "Do you really think diagnosing people on air — I assume you dont have a degree in psychology. Is that fair? I mean, were jumping to conclusions here, I think this is what gets voters a little frustrated with this campaign."

Plouffe defended his diagnosis. "Well, you know, listen, the grandiose notion of self-worth, pathological lying, lack of empathy and remorse. So I think he does."

He then conceded, "Right, I dont have a degree in psychology."

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the guidebook for psychiatrists, says that antisocial personality disorder is characterized by manipulation, deceit, callousness and hostility.

Plouffes pronunciation followed a week of excoriations from both sides. Last Sunday, Trump surrogate Rudy Giuliani accused the media of covering up an unspecified illness that he claims Hillary Clinton suffers from. On Thursday, Clinton tied Trump to the so-called "alt-right" movement, calling him "profoundly dangerous." Trump repeatedly last week called Clinton a "bigot." And on Friday, Trumps physician admitted that his pronouncement that the real estate mogul was the "healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency," was perhaps exaggerated.

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