#UNFIT: The Psychology of Donald Trump
Director: Dan Partland
Spectrum / Documentary Edge Festival
The current sitting president of America – their 45th – is a horrible, uncaring, negative, double-speaking piece of shit. Or, in psychology-speak, a malignant narcissist. Yep, there’s a term for his brand of bullying and gaslighting – mixed with fear, arrogance, delusion and, well, almost every conceivably awful trait you can think of; you might have already guessed all this and might wonder why we need a documentary – another documentary – on the subject.
Well, as with a recent book (again, one of several) – this examination of Trump’s mental health and personality is by health experts in the relevant field. There are also talking heads from the world of politics – former staffers and pundits – but this is really about the diagnosis of malignant narcissism, thoughtfully and harrowingly explained via the use of examples; people that have suffered at the hands of a malignant narcissist are on hand to document their survival and explain the noticeable traits and excruciating evil of their situation.
George Conway, husband of Kellyanne and diametrically opposed to his wife on the political spectrum, might sum up the sadness and stupidity of the situation the best when, early on in the film, he refers to Donald Trump as being “a practical joke that went too far”. That seems to sum up his careers in business and politics, and the constant sideshow of his forays into entertainment.
But as captivating as all of this is – you could worry that this documentary isn’t doing anything, isn’t going to see any change actioned. It’s yet another desperate plea to vote for change. And that’s admirable. And needed. But will it be answered. That’s the hope the whole world hangs on really.
One psychologist interviewed here points out in a simple, matter-of-fact statement that if Trump behaved the same way in any other job in the world he’d be fired; removed from his role. The comical sadness of him being almost completely untouchable, unmovable from the top of the hill hits within every frame here.
And it’s a reminder – in the blackest of dark humour ways – of all the silly things he’s said. So many. The biggest. A bigly number. Too ‘uge to remember them all…
Remember back to when he won and was asked who he was consulting with and he answered, truthfully, that he had been consulting with himself. His brain so big, his genius so profound – yet stable.
The horse arguably bolted so long ago and we’re trapped in the circle watching more and more evidence of his incompetence, his negligence, his maliciousness, his cruel and unusual methods. The lack, in fact, of any real method at all.
He is a reactive, reductive clown. A low light cast from the dimmest of bulbs.
And to watch this is to be reminded of all of that.
And it’s utterly captivating. Sadly.
It’s also a snapshot of most of the dumb things he’s done and said and the impacts of them long before this year’s Covid-19 pandemic and the current Black Lives Matter campaigning.
Which is truly frightening.
It couldn’t really get any worse some people thought but stopped saying long ago. And daily we are bemused and outraged and insulted. The Malignant Narcissist in Chief must go. And if you need to borrow Cliff’s notes to read up on why then you could start right here.
This year’s Documentary Edge Festival is all online – #UNFIT is part of the program.
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