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Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Whatever the outcome in November — whether voters elect former Vice President Joe Biden and vote President Donald Trump out of office or give him four more years in the White House — a long list of pundits, journalists and political insiders will no doubt continue to dissect and analyze Trump's presidency for years to come. Much of the analysis of Trump will take place from a policy standpoint, but the documentary #Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump mostly analyzes him from a mental health standpoint. And long-time Chicago Sun-Times film critic Richard Roeper, in an article published this week, explains why he is recommending #Unfit.


Roeper, despite his high opinion of the film, acknowledges that #Unfit is unlikely to turn Trump's hardcore MAGA base against him.

"Some might even sit through all the arguments and watch the presentations making the case Trump is unfit and react by saying, 'And that's exactly why you're all so scared of him and he's the greatest president of all time!" Roeper writes. "Nevertheless, we are recommending #Unfit not for any political reason — in fact, the film is not about Trump's policies, but about his personality — but because it offers some valuable insights into Trump's behavior."


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Roeper explains that on the whole, #Unfit is "about providing examples — and admittedly, very little of this is new — of Trump's word and deeds through the decades reinforcing his belief in unfounded conspiracy theories; his utter lack of personal loyalty…. his inability to experience normal human empathy or even a hint of remorse; his sadistic and vindictive joy in getting even or seeing others fail, and his all-consuming narcissism as he processes virtually every experience through a me-first filter."

#Unfit includes commentary from some mental health professionals, including psychiatrist Justin Frank and psychologist Suzanne Lachmann. But some political figures weigh in on Trump's mental state as well in the documentary, including conservative attorney George Conway — one of Trump's most vehement critics on the right. Although Conway has been very active in right-wing politics, he believes that Trump has been terrible for the conservative movement and is hoping that Biden will defeat him in this year's presidential election. Conway, in fact, believes that a Biden landslide would be the best thing that could happen to conservatism in the United States.

In #Unfit, Conway says of Trump, "Think of what you tell your kids. You tell them to be honest, you tell them to tell the truth. You tell them, 'Don't think of yourself, don't brag, don't trash other people to make yourself feel good.' How can you support Donald Trump? How can you support someone who essentially violates all of the things we want (our children) to follow? It makes no sense. It's corrosive for them, it's corrosive for you, and it's corrosive for the country."

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)