Vanity in the Service of the Public Interest

Vanity in the Service of the Public Interest
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My Never Trump friends base their opposition on what they see as the president's pathological narcissism, his hunger for the limelight and celebrity, his vanity that seems to dwarf the self-focus of all his Miss Universe contestants put together. What else would lead a man to spend more on hairdo upkeep than I earn in a year? A wound to such outsize narcissism, a psychotherapist relative of mine opines, could lead an enraged Trump to push the nuclear button in retaliation for a merely personal insult, or start a war out of pique rather than a sober calculation of national interest.

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