Ty Cobb, a former White House lawyer who served as special counsel to Donald Trump in 2017 and 2018, called the disgraced former president “a deeply wounded narcissist” in an interview with CBS News reporter Major Garrett on the “Takeout” podcast.
“My personal view is that it’s less a personality issue than a personality defect,” Cobb told Garrett. “I think former President Trump to be a deeply wounded narcissist, and he is commonly incapable of acting aside from in his perceived self-interest, or for revenge.”
Cobb told Garrett that narcissism and revenge were “the 2 compelling instincts that guide his actions” and inherently prevented Trump from admitting he lost the 2020 election — and from listening to his own advisers.
“Sadly, I feel he’s undergone some talented advisers, good advisers, chewed ’em up, and is working with way too many individuals who tell him what he wants to listen to,” Cobb told Garrett.
The previous White House attorney said “abject narcissism” kept Trump from believing his former Attorney General William Barr, in addition to the Justice Department entirely, who repeatedly told Trump that widespread voter fraud wasn’t guilty for his loss to Joe Biden in 2020.
Cobb said Trump has made hundreds of thousands in donations by propagating the 2020 election fraud lie.
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Cobb recently told NBC News that Trump has been cashing in on that “big lie,” which “has brought him hundreds of thousands in donations, which some evidence suggests could have been mishandled.” He also bemoaned what number of Republican officials proceed to propagate Trump’s lie.
“I feel it’s so tragic,” Cobb told Garrett. “I criticized the present administration modestly earlier by saying they’ve no real interest in healing — Trump has no real interest in healing, either. I don’t think, sadly, that the long run of America is enhanced by either position.”
Cobb added that the “Justice Department has signaled that they intend to prosecute” Trump “regardless of what.” While many pundits consider Trump’s illegal mishandling of classified documents will spur charges, Cobb is confident his downfall will come elsewhere.
“I feel the president is in serious legal water not a lot due to search, but due to obstructive activity he took in reference to the January 6 proceeding and the attempts to interfere within the election count,” Cobb told Garrett.