President Donald Trump will fight to remain in power regardless of the outcome if the 2020 election is close, a conservative columnist warned on Saturday.
Andrew Sullivan blasted Trump in New York magazine, honing in on the commander-in-chief’s lying.
“For Trump, lying is central to his disturbed psyche, and to his success. The brazenness of it unbalances and stupefies sane and adjusted people, thereby constantly giving him an edge and a little breathing space while we try to absorb it, during which he proceeds to the next lie,” he wrote.
“This preternatural capacity to lie convincingly even when the truth is obvious is a very rare skill. Which is why it works, of course,” he argued. “You simply assume that a grown man with real responsibility wouldn’t behave that way. And you would be wrong.”
“This is not to deceive the public. This is simply the way Trump behaves — in private and public. It’s why I have long believed he is mentally unwell,” Sullivan wrote.
It gets worse every time Trump is allowed to get away with a lie.
“What Trump adds is a level of salesmanship that is truly a wonder to behold. He is a con man of surpassing brilliance and conviction, and every time he survives the fallout of a con, he gets more confident about the next one,” he argued.