Paul Ryan studied how to deal with someone with narcissistic personality disorder after Trump won the 2016 election.
According to a new book, Ryan also spoke with a doctor in New York about it and read about it “for weeks.”
Ryan, then Speaker of the House, was reportedly caught off guard when Trump defeated Clinton.
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Then-President Paul Ryan began studying how to interact with people with narcissistic personality disorder after Donald Trump won the 2016 election, according to a new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa from the Washington Post.
Insider has secured a first copy of “Peril,” which is due out next week.
According to the book, Ryan was caught off guard when Trump won the election in a huge upheaval against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Republicans controlled the House and Senate, and Ryan, realizing he should be working with Trump, began researching how to deal with someone who is “amoral and transactional,” the book says.
A wealthy New York doctor, who was also a Republican donor, contacted Ryan later and told him, “You have to understand what narcissistic personality disorder is,” according to the book.
“What?” Ryan asked when the doctor sent the Wisconsin Republican an email detailing his “thoughts on how best to deal with someone with antisocial personality disorder,” Woodward and Costa reported. The email also included links to articles on the subject in the New England Journal of Medicine and information from the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Edition.
The book says that “Ryan studied them for weeks, convinced that Trump had the personality disorder.”
The relationship between Trump and Ryan has been fraught with tension throughout the latter’s tenure as Speaker of the House. Among other things, Ryan clashed with Trump after publicly defending the neo-Nazis who sparked a deadly riot in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.
“We need to be clear,” Ryan tweeted after the riot. “White supremacy is disgusting. This bigotry flies in the face of everything this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity.”
According to “Peril,” Trump called Ryan afterward and blew him up for the statement, shouting, “You’re not in the fox hole with me!”
“Have you finished?” Ryan would have screamed back. “Can I have some time to talk now?” You are the President of the United States. You have a moral obligation to do things right and not to declare that there is a moral equivalence here. “
But Trump refused to back down, saying, “These people love me. These are my people. I cannot stab the people who support me,” according to the book.
When Ryan pointed out that there were white supremacists and neo-Nazis in the crowd, Trump conceded, “Well, yeah, there are bad people. I get it. I’m not for that. against all that. But there are some of those people who are for me. Some of them are good people. “
The two also found themselves at odds in early 2018 after Congress sent Trump a $ 1.3 trillion omnibus package for his signature. The president wanted to veto the bill and, according to the book, yelled at Ryan during a White House meeting that “this is a terrible deal!”
“Who signed this shit?” Trump asked, the book says. “This is shit, a fucking bad deal.”
Ryan ultimately got Trump to sign the bill by sending Defense Secretary James Mattis to the Oval Office, saying, “If you’re there, he will.”
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