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Senile or Simply Self-Absorbed. Which is it?

This week when Nobel Peace Prize winning human rights activist Nadia Murad told President Trump of her family's brutal murder by ISIS and asked him to help her Yazidi community, Trump acted either like he either wasn't listening or is so senile that he simply didn't understand.

Or maybe he is so self-absorbed that he wasn't really paying attention, perhaps wondering how that photo op with those other survivors of religious persecution who were with Murad, would appear in the media and simply did not comprehend what she was telling him.

Murad told the president how ISIS attacked her village, killed her mother and brothers, and took her and other women in her family as prisoners.

"Now there’s no ISIS, but we cannot go back [home] because the Kurdish government and the Iraqi government, they are fighting each other [over] who will control my area," Murad told Trump. "They killed my mom, my six brothers."

Incredibly, as though what she said didn't register at all, Trump asked her, "Where are they now?" He never rose from his chair; never showed emotion, even sympathy.

"They killed them. They are in the mass graves in Sinjar and I'm, fighting just to live," she replied. "Please do something."

Trump said he would "very strongly" look into the Kurdish-Iraqi conflict.

And then, the man who so badly wants a Nobel Peace Prize for himself (since his arch enemy, President Obama was so honored), said to Murad, "So they gave you the Nobel Prize? That’s incredible. They gave it to you for what reason?"

"‘For what reason?" Murad responded, "After all that has happened to me, I didn’t give up. I make it clear to everyone that ISIS raped thousands of Yazidi women."

As the Daily Mail explains, the Yazidis are a religious sect whose beliefs combine elements of several ancient Middle Eastern religions.The group's beliefs were seen as heretical by ISIS, which overran the Yazidi faith's heartland of Sinjar in northern Iraq in 2014.

Men and older women were massacred, while younger women and girls were forced into sex slavery or 'married' to ISIS fighters. Thousands of Yazidi women, including Murad, were raped and tortured.

The attacks by ISIS on the Yazidis were condemned as genocide by the United Nations. 

As ISIS's grip on Iraq was lost earlier this year, the jihadis decapitated dozens of Yazidi women and dumped the heads in dustbins, according to British SAS troops who entered recaptured territory.

Murad eventually escaped to Germany, where she lives now.

In this commentary in News and Guts, keynote speaker Scott Monty, writes:

The President’s job is one of the most stressful and demanding positions in government, requiring briefing books, expert advisors, and hours of policy discussions. But none of those is necessary to show empathy or integrity or decency. Either you have those or you don’t.

Sadly, in his press conference with religious refugees earlier this week, President Trump was completely devoid of empathy. At least to this observer.

Again, I ask. Is he senile? Or is he simply so narcissistic and self-absorbed that he just doesn't care and so he can't be bothered to show it?

What kind of man is this?

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