The real reason so many women are still supporting Donald Trump

Of the embarrassment of riches that are the many felonies, lies and incompetencies that comprise the “president” of the United States, shocking though they all are, few are quite as shocking as Donald Trump’s history of sexual assault. To be sure, grabby hands and power are common bedfellows, and the history of the presidency is no stranger to such. But Donald John Trump is a breed apart.

Nineteen women have alleged sexual misconduct against Trump, twenty when you count Katie Johnson who claims Trump raped her in 1993 when she was just 13 years old. Numerous psychologists and psychiatrists have weighed in on the state of the “president’s” mental health, but little press has been devoted to healthcare professionals’ evaluation of the history of Trump’s sexual predation.

Until now. Palmer Report asked Shari Botwin, LCSW, for a professional opinion of the Pussy-Grabber-in-Chief. If her name sounds familiar you may remember Shari from the two Bill Cosby trials. Shari Botwin was the go-to expert of the major networks seeking opinions ranging from Cosby’s methods of grooming to the anatomy of victimhood and why it so often presents in apparently contradictory and counterintuitive ways.

“Trump exhibits classic symptoms of sexual predator behavior,” Ms Botwin says. “He openly degrades women without any remorse.”

Then why, Palmer Report wanted to know, are so many of his supporters women? “Some of his supporters stand by him because they come from a place where they have been abused or mistreated. So they know no different. Some stand by him because they lack a sense of self and are afraid of what will happen if they call him out on his behavior.”

How does this assessment of Trump slot in with the broader diagnosis made by the psychiatric community that Trump is a malignant narcissist?

“It is common for sexual predators to also have malignant narcissistic personality traits. Predators lack any awareness or empathy about the hurt they cause to others. They also lack a sense of self and the only way they can feel good about themselves is to squash or silence anyone that is vulnerable, especially younger women.”

When one sees Donald Trump in action, it’s sometimes easy to forget that he’s something more than a buffoon. He’s certainly a buffoon, and that’s a subject for another time. But he’s also a very, very bad man, a sexual predator. And we put him in charge.

Robert Harrington is an American expat living in Britain. He is a portrait painter.

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