There is so much wrong with President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on immigration from seven largely Muslim countries that I hardly know where to begin.

But a lot of it can be blamed on a leader who doesn’t read, who has an impulsive and erratic personality and who lives in a bubble of his own creation.

If that’s not a recipe for disaster, I don’t know what is.

Trump has stated he doesn’t read books, and seems proud of it. During the campaign, he told The Washington Post that he does not need to read extensively because he reaches the right decisions “with very little knowledge other than the knowledge I (already) had.” He relies on his abundance of common sense and superior business skills instead.

Allan Lichtman, a political historian at American University, notes there were other presidents who disdained intellectualism. “But Trump is really something of an outlier with this idea that knowing things is almost a distraction. He doesn’t have a historical anchor, so you see his gut changing on issues from moment to moment,” Lichtman told The Washington Post. It makes it easier to put the lives of 90,000 people seeking safety on hold if you ignore the big picture and just listen to your gut, which seems to be growling all the time.

To claim that common sense is all it takes to hold the highest position in the land is preposterous. Nonfiction fills in many gaps. And I would add that reading novels provides insight into the way other people think, love and live their lives. Trump doesn’t have a clue.

Then we have his temperament. How the ban was rolled out was an indication of Trump’s lack of experience in public office. As David Brooks of The New York Times described it, “The recent executive orders were drafted and signed without any normal agency review or even semi-coherent legal advice, filled with elemental errors that any nursery school student would have caught.”

My husband, Paul, who reported on state politics for more than 30 years in New Hampshire and Maine, said the real problem is Trump’s personality. Former Gov. Angus King came into office with no elective experience. Early on in his administration, Paul said, King had the support of one Democratic caucus and one Republican caucus for a bill he wanted passed, so he thought he was good to go. He didn’t realize that Republicans and Democrats in one branch of the Legislature don’t always agree with their party colleagues in the other branch. There are four party caucuses — not two.

King didn’t have the support he needed. But, Paul said, “Once he made a mistake, he corrected it, because he is an intelligent person who learns from life.”

Trump may be intelligent too, but he doesn’t think he has anything to learn. That’s ignorance. If he was humble enough to admit that everyone benefits from lifelong learning, he would have read several presidential biographies before he even took the oath of office.

But humility is not something that is in Trump’s skill set. He wants to write the narrative of his story. It’s not enough that he won the election; he has to claim that he would have won the popular vote too, if not for millions of illegal votes for Hillary Clinton. That there is absolutely no foundation to this claim means nothing to Trump because, as Sen. Bernie Sanders recently said in a speech on a different topic, “we have a delusional president.”

Concerns about Trump’s mental health were raised during the campaign. But as Trump continues to make nonsensical assertions as president, suspicions are intensifying.

John D. Gartner is a practicing psychotherapist who taught psychiatric residents at Johns Hopkins University Medical School and is the author of “In Search of Bill Clinton: A Psychological Biography.” He describes Trump as “dangerously mentally ill” in an interview with U.S. News and World Report. Gartner says Trump has “malignant narcissism,” which cannot be cured.

No. 1 on the American Psychiatric Association’s checklist for narcissism is that a person has “a grandiose sense of his own importance.” Trump doesn’t need to read. His gut is his own best authority. He can control his story by providing “alternative facts.”

The travel ban goes against the founding principles of our country. We are a nation of immigrants. Most of the 9/11 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia, which is not covered by the travel ban. In fact, none of the 9/11 terrorists came from countries affected by Trump’s ban.

We have gone down the rabbit hole, my friends, but it’s not looking like any kind of wonderland.

Liz Soares welcomes e-mail at [email protected]

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