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trump's narcissism has taken over america

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trump's narcissism has taken over america

in the greek mythological version of this presidency, our self-obsessed leader would already be dead of starvation, having been transfixed and immobilized by his reflection. but america has not let donald trump spiral into narcissistic irrelevance. the opposite has happened: we’ve all become as obsessed with trump as he is with himself. it’s the country that’s transfixed and immobilized.of course party operatives have always worried about how the president is perceived by the public. but there was once a time when the rest of us evaluated executive decisions based on what effect they would have on the world, not just on the approval rating of the person occupying the white house.we now filter much of our experience through whether trump’s actions are “good or bad” for trump. the nfl protests—good or bad for trump? nuclear threats against north korea — good or bad for trump? the latest attempt to repeal the affordable care act —good or bad for trump? the solar eclipse—good or bad for trump? (astrologers, for what it’s worth, said “bad.”)sure, we might also read about the political aims of the kneeling nfl players, watch a video about terrified south koreans prepping for disaster, or let our minds wander to the people who rely on health insurance exchanges. we understand, on some level, that there are lives at stake.who cares what’s good or bad for trump? what matters is whether his decisions are good or bad for the rest of us.yet our bad habit is as...