Morning Joe Wonders If Trump Has 'Oppositional Defiant Disorder'

NewsBusters | 3/18/2019 | Staff
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MSNBC's Morning Joe invited Professor Tom Nichols and Senior Fellow at the Ethics & Public Policy Center Peter Wehner on Monday morning to talk about Trump's tweeting habits and the state of the Republican Party. Nichols and Wehner, along with co-host Joe Scarborough, like to view themselves as the defenders of not just conservatism, but also of norms, institutions, and common decency in the age of Trump, but the hypocrtical discussion that followed violated all of those principles.

Nichols accused Republicans of losing "their moral bearings" and that it is all about "tribalism" and "making other people angry." He described the state of the Republican Party as "mostly an Oppositional Defiance Disorder among an entire political party and it really says that there's been a loss of decency amongst people who once praised things or at least claimed to praise things like character, honor, decency, [and] civility."

Credentials - Concern - Decency - Nichols - New

To showcase his conservative credentials and concern for decency, Nichols recently wrote a "New Screwtape Letter" about pro-lifers at CPAC arguing that "the condition of their spirit" was ripe for Wormwood to take advantage, because they spoke at the same conference as some more controversial speakers.

While some people argue that it would be best to ignore Trump's tweets, Wehner disagreed, also delving into whether or not Trump has a medical disorder, "these tweets shouldn't be ignored because I think they are an insight into a disordered personality."

George - Conway - Tweets - Day - Brzezinski

Bringing up George Conway's tweets from earlier in the day, Brzezinski echoed the idea that Trump has a mental disorder, "Tom Nichols, you brought up Oppositional Defiance Disorder, which is a real diagnosis, The Mayo Clinic says, 'Frequent and persistent pattern of anger, irritability, defiance, or vindictiveness.' ... What's the political goal? What's the goal of that type of behavior if it's not what I just read."

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