David Plouffe, who managed Barrack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and later served as a senior advisor to his administration, on Sunday diagnosed Donald Trump during an NBC interview as “a psychopath running for president.”
The assessment prompted a startled response from Chuck Todd, the host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” who questioned Plouffe’s qualifications to make a psychiatric diagnosis of a major party candidate on television.
Plouffe defended his opinion by pointing to what he said are the hallmark symptoms of psychosis.
“Well, listen, grandiose notion of self worth, pathological lying, lack of empathy and remorse,” he said
He acknowledged, however, lacking authoritative medical credentials when Todd asked him whether he was qualified to make an off-the-cuff diagnosis.
“Right, I don’t have a degree in psychology,” he conceded.
Plouffe postulated an abnormal mental condition as the likely reason why Trump is not running a better campaign and has not proven competitive in swing states such as Colorado and Virginia, where Hillary Clinton now appears to have an insurmountable lead.
Plouffe said he initially assumed that Colorado and Virginia would be tough states for Clinton because he expected “Trump would try and do some things to appeal to the middle of the electorate, to appeal to suburban college-educated for women.”
Trump instead, political strategists in both parties believe, has failed to reach out meaningfully to college-educated and women voters.
His unconventional tactics have confounded GOP leaders and strategists in Washington for months.
Plouffe said that’s because Trump is “basically a psychopath running for president.”
“He meets the clinical definition,” he added.