Trump adds up to one big psycho

To the editor,

About 14 months ago, in a letter to the editor in the Durango Herald, I tried to warn voters in La Plata County about the perils of electing a sick psychopath to be president of the United States. Trump supporters bristle at that characterization. You be the judge.

In the field of psychology, the gold standard for measuring psychopathy is the Hare PLC-R checklist. The PCL-R

measures 20 personality traits and behaviors. Score 2 for “often;” score 1 for “sometimes;” score 0 for “not really.” They are: glibness/superficial charm; grandiose estimation of self; need for stimulation; cunning/manipulativeness; lack of remorse or guilt; superficial emotional responsiveness; callousness and lack of empathy; parasitic lifestyle; poor behavioral controls; sexual promiscuity; early behavior problems; lack of realistic long-term goals; impulsivity; failure to accept responsibility for own actions; many short-term marital relationships; juvenile delinquency; revocation of conditional release (for prisoners – score zero); and criminal versatility. People with no criminal background normally score around 5. Psychopathic criminal offenders score around 22. A score above 30 qualifies a person for a diagnosis of psychopathy in the United States. In the UK it is above 25. They have a higher standard for sanity than we do.

Trump is a narcissistic, tyrannical, misogynistic, unpredictable, dangerous man. He is a threat to our environment, civil discourse, our ideals of inclusiveness and principles of democracy. For the sake of our country he must be removed from office as quickly as possible. Rational people must unite and work toward that goal.

– Jack Morrison, Durango