Wednesday, August 23, 2017
The Night Donald Trump Went Off The Deep End
On Monday, after his speech on Afghanistan, some in the media were praising Donald Trump for looking and sounding "presidential."
Which I thought was hilarious because I knew it wouldn't last.
And sure enough it didn't.
For if he was Dr Jekyll on Monday, last night in Phoenix he was Mr Hyde.
And it was a scary spectacle.
President Donald Trump spent much of last week hearing from friends, donors and aides that he needed to dial back some of his rhetoric in the wake of Charlottesville.
He gave his response on Tuesday night in Phoenix, with an angry, meandering and frequently disingenuous 75-minute rally address designed to soothe his ego, rev up his base, and remind the naysayers in Washington and New York that he can still command love from his crowd.
It was the ranting and raving of a madman.
He threatened a government shutdown, essentially promised to pardon a controversial sheriff, made false claims about the news media and his opponents, pushed for a legislative change that infuriates Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, criticized two Republican senators and intimated he would pull out of NAFTA.
If you saw it you know what I mean, if you didn't you wouldn't believe it. It was THAT bad.
He went after the media like a rabid hyena. He lied like a thief about everything. He rambled on in a deranged manner for what seemed like FOREVER.
All over America people must have been staring at their TV screens, with their eyes bulging in disbelief, and their mouths wide open.
When it was finally over, and after a few moments of stunned silence, this is how CNN's Don Lemon reacted.
And the verdict of James Clapper, the former director of National Intelligence, was even harsher.
James Clapper, former director of National Intelligence, said Wednesday morning he questioned President Donald Trump's fitness for office.
"How much longer does the country have to, to borrow a phrase, endure this nightmare?"
And couldn't have been more ominous.
Clapper also said he is worried about the President's access to the nuclear codes. "In a fit of pique he decides to do something about Kim Jong Un, there's actually very little to stop him," Clapper said.
"The whole system is built to ensure rapid response if necessary. So there's very little in the way of controls over exercising a nuclear option, which is pretty damn scary."
But the good news is that Trump wouldn't be acting like a madman, or a Klansman, if he wasn't mortally wounded.
Or leaking hot air out of every orifice.
He's at war with the Republican leadership.
The relationship between President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the point that they have not spoken to each other in weeks, and Mr. McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty that Mr. Trump will be able to salvage his administration after a series of summer crises.
He's practically begging to be impeached. Big Business is shunning him, his rabid base is starting to desert him.
And then there's Bob Mueller, Trump's living nightmare...
The one who keeps him awake at night, the man he fears the most.
The one who as Keith Olbermann explains, could end this horror story sooner than most people imagine.
One can't be sure about anything these days, but it looks as if Donald Trump's time is finally running out.
He was always unfit to be president. He has made too many enemies.
And just as I have always predicted.
With a little bit of luck he WILL end up where he belongs...