Donald Trump a ‘psychopath’, says ex-Barack Obama aide
David Plouffe: Republican presidential nominee ‘meets clinical definition’ of personality disorder
A former top adviser to President Barack Obama has labelled Republican nominee Donald Trump (above) a “psychopath”. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters
With a little more than two months to go before the November 8th US election, the comments by David Plouffe, a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama and manager of his 2008 presidential campaign, mark another escalation in a series of blows exchanged between Trump’s camp and that of his Democrat rival Hillary Clinton.
“Basically, you have a psychopath running for president. I mean, he meets the clinical definition,” Mr Plouffe said in an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press.
When challenged, Mr Plouffe acknowledged he had no degree in psychology but rattled off what he said were the New York businessman’s symptoms: “grandiose notion of self-worth; pathological lying; lack of empathy and remorse”.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Last week, Ms Clinton accused Mr Trump of fuelling America’s “radical fringe” with racist rhetoric, while Mr Trump said Ms Clinton was letting down black Americans with failed policies and called her a “bigot who sees people of colour only as votes, not as human beings”.
Mr Obama has also lambasted Mr Trump, saying of him: “Somebody who makes those kinds of statements doesn’t have the judgment, the temperament, the understanding to occupy the most powerful position in the world.”