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Seen it All Before

Dan Wasserman
© Dan Wasserman

While Trump’s boasts of sexual assault are loathsome, it is ironic that his sexism brought him down more than his assaults on liberty and justice. What happens to the rule of law when a presidential candidate threatens to throw their opponent in jail? When he lies even about things that are easily verified to be false, and yet continues to lie about them with impunity and often gets away with it?

We’ve seen it all before, but mostly in dictators, con men, thugs, and sociopaths.



  1. ebdoug wrote:

    Could you give reasons you think Trump is NOT a sociopath? We learned the differences between psychopath and sociopath. Trump does fit the sociopath.

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 5:04 am | Permalink
  2. Jonah wrote:

    If there’s any rigging its coming from the Trump side. Multiple wikileaks from the Clinton side but nothing from Trump? They couldn’t find anything????

    And notice the rumour mongering style of “multiple” sources?

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 7:17 am | Permalink
  3. Dave TN wrote:

    First off Ebdoug here are 16 key behavioral aspects of sociopath per psychology today:

    Superficial charm and good intelligence
    Absence of delusions and other signs of irrational thinking
    Absence of nervousness or neurotic manifestations
    Untruthfulness and insincerity
    Lack of remorse and shame
    Inadequately motivated antisocial behavior
    Poor judgment and failure to learn by experience
    Pathologic egocentricity and incapacity for love
    General poverty in major affective reactions
    Specific loss of insight
    Unresponsiveness in general interpersonal relations
    Fantastic and uninviting behavior with alcohol and sometimes without
    Suicide threats rarely carried out
    Sex life impersonal, trivial, and poorly integrated
    Failure to follow any life plan

    The lack of remorse or shame is particularly telling, but the Untruthfulness and insincerity are spot on.

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 9:55 am | Permalink
  4. Wildwood wrote:

    Wiki leaks main purpose at the present is to bring Cinton down. We need some really really bigly good hackers on the other side to find more Trump dirt. And most of all his tax returns. I’m thinking there are more sexual assault victims out there as well that need to step into the light. My own versions of sexual assault are very minor but I still don’t talk about them, so I understand the reluctance. But if it were Trump, I would hope that I would be able to tell the story.

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 10:01 am | Permalink
  5. ebdoug wrote:

    I agree with you Dave, thanks

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 10:44 am | Permalink
  6. Iron Knee wrote:

    It is important to remember that everyone has an agenda. I say this as someone who has strongly supported WikiLeaks in the past, but it appears that Assange has made this personal. He has never hidden his dislike of Clinton (nor she of him). Perhaps he thinks that he could work a deal with Trump that would buy him his freedom from the Ecuadorian embassy.

    Regardless of that speculation, I can see why Ecuador cut off his internet, while reaffirming their commitment to granting him asylum. As they explained in their statement, Ecuador does not like the way Assange is interfering in the US election. After all, Ecuador has a left-wing government and Trump is certainly not a leftie, and his ties to Russia must be giving them heartburn. Not to mention the evidence that it is Russian state hackers who are feeding documents to Assange.

    As for rumors that the US State department pressured Ecuador to cut off Assange’s internet, that assumes that the State department is stupid enough to think that cutting off Assange would stop WikiLeaks from releasing any more documents.

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 11:24 am | Permalink
  7. Dave TN wrote:

    Jonah, IK, here is a link concerning some of the wiki leaks authenticity.

    It covers an Email supposedly from Sidney Blumenthal, a person directly under Hillary Clinton and follows the trail back to the actual source.

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 6:34 pm | Permalink