This week the lamestream media is full of stories asking whether the president of the United States is just a liar, or truly delusional.
Most of the articles focus on the same four things:
- Trump is telling his inner circle the p···y grabbing tape is not “authentic.” It’s either not his voice, or the tape was edited to make him sound bad. This despite having admitted — on TV — that it was him, before apologizing and claiming it was “locker room talk.”
- He’s reviving the Obama birther controversy, even though he claimed last September that Hillary Clinton started it “and I finished it.”
- He insists he won the popular election among Americans, but 3–5 million illegals all voted for Clinton and distorted the reported outcome.
- He beat Clinton among women, winning 52% of their vote. (He actually lost, with 42%.)
Most of the articles say this nonsense is being spouted in private, where Trump has “nothing to gain” by continuing the lie. Ipso facto, he must be nuts.
I certainly won’t argue with the conclusion, but I find the timing interesting. Trump started denying the Access Hollywood tape back in January. Birtherism was reborn a few months ago. Trump has never wavered from his baseless accusation of voter fraud, and is wasting taxpayer dollars on an investigation of something that never happened. And Trump has always lied about poll numbers.
So why is so much of the press deciding now is the time to float the possibility that the most powerful man in the world is mad as a hatter?
It’s theoretically possible that Trump is reacting badly to the progress of the Mueller investigation. But by all reports, Trump genuinely believes his lawyers that the investigation will be wrapped up by the end of the year and the FBI will give him a certificate saying he’s the most innocent man in history.
It’s possible journalists were shocked when Trump retweeted three anti-Muslim videos (that don’t show what they were purported to) posted by an British ultranationalist group whose name was shouted by far-right terrorist Thomas Mair before stabbing Member of Parliament Jo Cox 15 times and shooting her three times, in 2016.
Or maybe they reacted when — after Theresa May said the posts were out of line — Trump told off our oldest ally as if she were an unruly student and he was the school principal.
There’s a chance it was the decision to fire the incompetent-but-not-insane Rex Tillerson, replace him with the CIA Director, and appoint Tom Cotton as head of the CIA. Cotton has the distinction of being one of the few Congressmen to vote in favor of torture. Plus he wants to put the family members of anyone who violates the Iran sanctions in jail for 20 years without a trial or even a suggestion they were somehow involved.
We’re talking nieces, nephews, grandkids, the lot.
But Cotton sucks up big time, and that counts as qualifications in TrumpTimes. So his name has been floated around for months as being destined for bigger things.
That leaves just one other possible trigger for the press’s sudden burst of clarity: Trump’s cringeworthy “Pocahontas” slur made while standing in front of a portrait of Andrew “Indian Killer” Jackson during a ceremony to honor the Navajo code talkers.
Calling Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” isn’t new. Nor is disrespecting our nation’s heroes (which doesn’t include John McCain, obviously, since “I like people who weren’t captured”). He’s insulted Indians before, particularly when they were getting gaming licenses even though “They don’t look like Indians to me.” (that’s from Trump’s distinguished testimony before Congress).
What is new is the sheer unnecessariness of the insult.
In the past, Trump insulted heroes and Gold Star families who had insulted him first. But the Navajos being recognized hadn’t laid a finger on him.
He’s got nothing to gain by slamming them; as far as I know, the “good people” with the tiki torches aren’t worried about the imposition of tribal law or being replaced by Native Americans.
A shot at Elizabeth Warren is always fun, but she’s not running against him (at the moment) or supporting someone who is. She hasn’t lashed out any more than usual at his antics. Trump had no reason to hit back.
And that is the scary bit. In the past Trump’s temper tantrums made sense, either as a response to a slight or as an attempt to take down an opponent. The Navajo comment was gratuitous, and that suggests he may no longer be able to control himself.
A childish, petulant, thin-skinned, angry president is a national embarrassment. An impulsive president who’s lost control of his impulses could be a national disaster.
Just ask Rocket Man.🔷