Donald Trump's Pathological Narcissism and Sociopathy Leave Him Unable to Function as a Proper President, Says George Conway

George Conway accused President Donald Trump of being so mentally unfit for the office he holds that it is impossible for him to carry out his constitutional duties because he is incapable of putting others' needs above his own.

The attorney and arch-Trump critic is a former Republican who the president had at one time considered for senior judicial roles. Conway is also married to Kellyanne Conway, a senior counselor to Trump and one of the president's most trusted aides.

"Simply put, Trump's ingrained and extreme behavioral characteristics make it impossible for him to carry out the duties of the presidency in the way the Constitution requires," Conway wrote in an article for The Atlantic.

Conway outlined at length and in detail the reasons he believes Trump is displaying symptoms of pathological narcissism and sociopathy, otherwise known as antisocial personality disorder.

"It would take entire books to catalog all of Trump's behavioral abnormalities and try to explain them—some of which have already been written," Conway wrote.

"But when you line up what the [U.S. Constitution's] Framers expected of a president with all that we know about Donald Trump, his unfitness becomes obvious.

"The question is whether he can possibly act as a public fiduciary for the nation's highest public trust...Given that Trump displays the extreme behavioral characteristics of a pathological narcissist, a sociopath, or a malignant narcissist—take your pick—it's clear that he can't."

To act as a fiduciary "requires you to put someone else's interests above your own, and Trump's personality makes it impossible for him to do that," Conway added.

He discussed using section four of the 25th Amendment as a means of removing Trump from office, which various reports suggest has been discussed by senior members of the administration before.

This section allows for a president to be removed from office if they are "unable to discharge the powers and duties" they hold. But this is a vague and politically-difficult path to take.

"And so it turns out that impeachment is a more practical mechanism for addressing the fact that Trump's narcissism and sociopathy render him unable to comply with the obligations of his office," Conway writes.

House Democrats have already begun an impeachment inquiry into Trump over the Ukraine-Biden affair. But with Republicans in control of the Senate, the president's eventual removal from office is unlikely.

The White House did not respond immediately to Newsweek's request for comment.

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U.S. President Donald Trump in the White House October 2, 2019 in Washington, DC. George Conway said Trump is mentally unfit to perform his constitutional duties as president. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images