In the least surprising plot twist of all time, (still) President Trump said his insurrection-inciting speech was totally appropriate: “If you read my speech, and many people have done it and I’ve seen it both in the papers and in the media, on television, it’s been analyzed and people thought that what I said was totally appropriate … Everybody to a ‘T’ thought it was totally appropriate.” No one shares that incite insight. But of course it’s what Trump thinks. He enjoyed the riot. That’s how psychopathy (the absolute lack of guilt, let alone understanding, regarding destruction) and sadism (the enjoyment of inflicting pain and harm on others) are expressed. “The president himself was busy enjoying the spectacle. Trump watched with interest, buoyed to see that his supporters were fighting so hard on his behalf, one close adviser said.” That’s just one of the sick revelations in WaPo’s look at Six hours of paralysis: Inside Trump’s failure to act after a mob stormed the Capitol.

+ Let’s move from paralysis to analysis. Bandy X. Lee, is a forensic psychiatrist at the Yale School of Medicine and president of the World Mental Health Coalition. She explains what attracts people to Trump in Scientific American: The ‘Shared Psychosis’ of Donald Trump and His Loyalists. (At least they’re nice enough to share.) “I have outlined two major emotional drives: narcissistic symbiosis and shared psychosis. Narcissistic symbiosis refers to the developmental wounds that make the leader-follower relationship magnetically attractive. The leader, hungry for adulation to compensate for an inner lack of self-worth, projects grandiose omnipotence—while the followers, rendered needy by societal stress or developmental injury, yearn for a parental figure. When such wounded individuals are given positions of power, they arouse similar pathology in the population that creates a ‘lock and key’ relationship. ‘Shared psychosis’—which is also called ‘folie à millions’ [‘madness for millions’] when occurring at the national level or “induced delusions”—refers to the infectiousness of severe symptoms that goes beyond ordinary group psychology. When a highly symptomatic individual is placed in an influential position, the person’s symptoms can spread through the population through emotional bonds, heightening existing pathologies and inducing delusions, paranoia and propensity for violence—even in previously healthy individuals. The treatment is removal of exposure.” (The political version of this treatment is the removal of the president.)

+ The House is on a path to impeach the president. Here’s the latest from the NYT and NBC. (Insurrection, in addition to being a major bummer, is also a major federal crime. I’d still be on the lookout for this scenario: Trump resigns in the final hours, Pence pardons him.)

+ Bill Belichick declines Presidential Medal of Freedom offer from Trump. (Ivanka, this is a Patriot.) This is part of a trend. Banks have halted business with Trump. The PGA has pulled a tournament from Trump’s Bedminster course. And Marriott, Blue Cross, and Hallmark are cutting ties with Trump and others who challenged the electoral results.