1 To disqualify Trump as a racist, sexist, reckless, authoritarian ignoramus a critic need only quote him or run the tape.— Dale Carrico (@dalecarrico) August 6, 2016
2 But to disqualify him as "crazy" critics smear him with stereotypes the recourse to which harms vulnerable people who aren't Trump.— Dale Carrico (@dalecarrico) August 6, 2016
3 I'm certainly not happy about the sexist pathologizations of HRC that substitute for deliberation about her fitness for the presidency...— Dale Carrico (@dalecarrico) August 6, 2016
4 ...but recognition and resistance to this pathologization demands its consistent application.— Dale Carrico (@dalecarrico) August 6, 2016
ADDED: None of this is to deny that Trump (or me, for that matter) is clinically diagnosable nor that were he so diagnosed this would be relevant to his professional qualification for the presidency (that would depend on the diagnosis), but only to notice that nobody diagnosing Trump to disqualify him has, as far as I can see, both the qualifications and the therapeutic context to be doing so. Also, I do think that there are character, temperament, and moral standard tests for the presidency that are actually being expressed through some of these pathologizations and I may agree with the substance of those assessments were they translated back into terms of character, temperament, and moral standards. It is hard to say because the discourse of pathologization itself muddied the assessments, even while the scientificity and clinical neutrality of the form of the discourse is deployed precisely to produce an aura of clarity and objectivity where contestation and subjectivity are palpably in play. One thing that is clear is that there are lots of people living with diagnosed conditions who are widely misunderstood and vulnerable to mistreatment and it is easy to see how they are hurt by a national dialogue ridiculing Donald Trump as a crazy man when it should be quite enough to point out instead that he is a bigoted, belligerent, bullying, breathtakingly ignorant man incapable of doing the difficult job he is applying for and in fact actively disdainful of most of the people in whose name he would be doing that job.
5 I see now I've long been too glib allowing figures of pathology to carry weight in my polemics and analyses of political life: It's wrong.— Dale Carrico (@dalecarrico) August 6, 2016