Keith Olbermann, former MSNBC host, posed the question, "Could Donald Trump pass a sanity test?" in Vanity Fair
Thursday and concluded that no, the GOP nominee could not.
Using the "Hare Psychopathy Checklist," devised by a Canadian criminal psychologist in 1980, Olbermann runs through the signs and symptoms of psychopathy, and determines that the billionaire Republican presidential nominee meets the minimum criteria for such a diagnosis. Although Olbermann confesses that he’s no an expert, he writes that he was guided through the evaluation process by a practicing therapist. He refers to the Hare list as a "triage" mechanism to rapidly sort psychopathic individuals from those who are hurt or on drugs.
Olbermann focuses first on Trump’s interpersonal abilities, recalling personal encounters in which the real estate mogul was "quiet, succinct, seemingly sincere," but then observing that on the political stage, he became someone else entirely.
"He got on the campaign stage and, boom! He was America’s newest Mussolini impersonator," Olbermann writes.
The political and sports commentator drew attention earlier this year when he sold his apartment in Trump Palace, the Manhattan building where he’d lived for nine years.
"I'm getting out because of the degree to which the very name "Trump" has degraded the public discourse and the nation itself. I can't hear, or see, or say that name any longer without spitting. Frankly, I'm running out of Trump spit," he wrote in an opinion piece for The Washington Post.
He ultimately sold the place this month, having listed it for slightly less than he paid for it, according to CNNMoney.
"Keith is a failed broadcaster and the people in the building couldn't stand him," Trump told CNNMoney in April. "He is just trying to use 'Trump' to get publicity and stay relevant," he said in the emailed statement. "The prices of Trump apartments are today, the highest they've been. When people find out he is leaving Trump Palace, prices will probably go up."
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