April 27, 2020
From the time he started his COVID-19 press briefings in March to the moment when he ostensibly stopped them on Saturday, April 25, tweeting that they were “Not worth the time & effort!”—President Donald Trump spent a total of ten minutes praising himself for every one minute he spent expressing condolences for the Americans who have died in the pandemic, Common Dreams reported on April 26.
Indeed, a new analysis—published Sunday by the nonprofit, independent news outlet— details a “shocking lack of sympathy expressed by the nation’s highest ranking elected official,” Common Dreams said.
The actual study, conducted with help from the data analytics firm Factbase by The Washington Post, looked at the cumulative hours of White House pandemic briefings since March 16—including a detailed breakdown of the last three weeks in which the press events have become increasingly concerning , the Post noted, as Trump pushed unproven treatments and, just last week, suggested that patients could be injected with disinfectants as a way to cure their illness.
Indeed, according to the Post:
- The president has spoken for more than 28 hours in the 35 briefings held since March 16, eating up 60% of the time that officials spoke;
- Over the past three weeks, the tally comes to more than 13 hours of Trump—including two hours spent on attacks and 45 minutes praising himself and his administration—but just 4½ minutes expressing condolences for coronavirus victims;
- The president spent twice as much time promoting an unproven antimalarial drug that was the object of a Food and Drug Administration warning; and
- Trump also said something false or misleading in nearly 25% of his prepared comments or answers to questions, the analysis shows.
The uproar over Trump’s mismanagement of the crisis and his increasingly erratic behavior led the progressive advocacy group MoveOn.org on April 24 to call for the president’s removal under the 25th Amendment.
Finally, a public survey conducted recently by psychology researchers found broad consensus among the American people—both Republicans and Democrats—that Trump exhibits clear traits associated with a spectrum of six personality disorders, including narcissism, sadism, histrionic tendencies, being passive-aggressive, an anti-social lack of empathy, and paranoia.
Research contact: @commondreams