His revelations about Donald Trump (74) caused a huge stir in Washington last week. Bob Woodward’s (77) book about the US President is now officially available in stores. Every American can now read for themselves how Trump deliberately played down the corona pandemic in spring, Exchanged love letters with North Korea’s ruler Kim Jong Un and talked about a new US nuclear program.
Donald Trump and his party colleagues have already dismissed the book as “fake news” – even though Woodward has published sound recordings. The US president told Fox News on Tuesday that he had read the book briefly the night before. “It was very boring,” said Trump. But there are doubts as to whether the president was telling the truth. Because on Monday he claimed to have read the book “the evening before”. The same statement twice within 24 hours. Confusion à la Trump!
Woodward’s bad suspicions
The journalist legend Bob Woodward, who started the Watergate affair, was able to conduct a total of 18 interviews with Trump in the past few months. Not only did the revelations emerge from this. Woodward, who has been writing books on US presidents for decades, has never drawn a conclusion in his career. With Trump he has now made an exception.
On the last few pages, Woodward draws a devastating conclusion about the US president – and explicitly calls for his election. Now he has defended this step in a CNN interview – and voiced serious suspicions.
“I don’t know if he understands what is real and what is unreal,” says Woodward. “That’s why at the end of the book I come to my conclusion that this is the wrong man for the job.” He had many conversations with the US President, and also with “people from the White House, the secret services and the Pentagon”. “How can you have this experience and not come to this conclusion?” Woodward defends himself.
What a psychologist says about Trump
His first statement caused a stir. Woodward is expressing the suspicion that several psychologists have already expressed in the media in the past: Is the US president suffering from a loss of reality?
John D. Gartner, a psychotherapist who taught at the Johns Hopkins University Medical School, classified Trump in an interview with “US News” as “dangerously mentally ill”. He believes Trump shows signs of “malignant narcissism,” the combination of a narcissistic personality disorder, highly aggressive anti-social behavior and a tendency to paranoia. Characteristic are pathological grandiosity (development of a self that does not correspond to reality or loss of reality) with a claim to power within a group, up to and including sadism and hatred.
CNN presenter Anderson Cooper asked the journalist legend towards the end if he had ever interviewed another US president about whom he would say the same. Bob Woodward’s succinct answer: “No.”
The US presidential elections will take place on November 3, 2020. The incumbent President Donald Trump is aiming for a second term. Can he keep his position or will challenger Joe Biden win for the Democrats?