Joe Biden Is a Narcissist, Not an Empath

President Joe Biden, we maintain listening to, is a deeply empathetic man. It’s that empathy that introduced him to the presidency—his deep and abiding capability to attach with others. In “What It Takes,” Richard Ben Cramer’s detailed blow-by-blow of the 1988 election cycle, Cramer describes Biden’s capacity to “join” as his biggest supposed ability.

This has been the pitch for Biden for many years: Not a lot in the way in which of brains, not a tremendously resourceful politician, awkward on his ft—however he cares. Within the phrases of Mark Gitenstein, Biden’s 1988 speechwriter and a four-decade adviser, “His capacity to speak with folks in ache is perhaps his strongest energy.”

Or perhaps, simply perhaps, Biden was by no means an empathetic man. Possibly he merely trafficked in ersatz empathy, all of the whereas feeding his personal narcissism.

That story actually seems to be extra believable nowadays.

This week, Biden visited Maui. He did so almost two weeks after the worst wildfire in fashionable American historical past killed over 100 People. In the meantime, Biden vacationed in Delaware on the seashore, telling reporters he had “no remark” on the state of affairs; he then jet-set off to Lake Tahoe earlier than lastly heading to Lahaina.

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As soon as he reached Hawaii, he proceeded to clarify that he felt the ache of these whose members of the family had been incinerated. In any case, he mentioned, one time he skilled a small kitchen fireplace.

“I don’t need to examine difficulties, however we have now a bit of sense, Jill and I, of what it was prefer to lose a house,” he jabbered. “Years in the past, now, 15 years, I used to be in Washington doing ‘Meet the Press.’ … Lightning struck at house on a bit of lake exterior the house. Not a lake—an enormous pond. It hit the wire and got here up beneath our house, into the … air situation ducts. To make a protracted story brief, I virtually misplaced my spouse, my ’67 Corvette, and my cat.”

In actuality, again in 2004, lightning prompted a kitchen fireplace in Biden’s house that was put out in 20 minutes with no different injury.

If this had been an remoted incident, we may chalk it as much as Biden’s encroaching senility. Nevertheless it isn’t. After presiding over the botched pullout from Afghanistan that resulted within the return of the Taliban, the homicide of 13 American servicemembers, the abandonment of lots of of Americans and 1000’s of American inexperienced card holders, and the subjugation of some tens of thousands and thousands of girls, Biden basically shrugged. Then, when confronted with the households of wounded and killed American troopers, he tried to “really feel their ache” by invoking the demise of his son, Beau.

Based on Cheryl Rex, whose son died within the Abbey Gate bombing of Aug. 26, 2021: “His phrases to me had been, ‘My spouse, Jill, and I understand how you are feeling. We misplaced our son as nicely and introduced him house in a flag-draped coffin.’”

Biden has cited Beau in related situations a number of instances.

Within the Jewish group, the demise of a liked one is adopted by shiva, a seven-day interval of mourning. Throughout shiva, mourners don’t go away their properties; they’re as a substitute cared for by the group, supplied with meals and communal prayer. Members of the group go to the shiva home to supply consolation.

The primary rule of visiting a shiva home: Don’t speak about your individual experiences with demise or ache. It’s gauche and irrelevant and trivializing.

But that is Biden’s first transfer.

Empathy is the standard of placing your self within the place of others. However Biden isn’t an empath. He’s somebody who believes that everybody else’s ache is merely a mirrored image of his personal.

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