Narcissism does not exist in a vacuum. It can’t. Therefore, there are always enablers. Enablers are the people who support the narcissist, defend the narcissist, fight for the narcissist, people the narcissist recruits to their side. These people are usually called “flying monkeys,” but there are other types of enablers, too.
These are the people who might not agree with or defend the narcissist, but who enable the narcissist by putting up with their behavior, or rescuing them or bailing them out of the catastrophes they manage to create. These are the people who say things like, “She’s your mother, you need to forgive her” or “How can you abandon your husband when you know he has problems?” or, “I give in to your sister to keep the peace.”