I am not a psychologist and have no medical education or knowledge. However, I know full-blown insanity when I see it. I know that my daughter would call for an ambulance and police if I ever went on a tirade such as Donald Trump went on yesterday. I know that the behaviour he exhibited yesterday is dangerous enough for anybody, but when the person who has lost all sense of reality is the leader of a nation with nuclear capability, it is a potentially lethal combination.
In September 2016, Trump, speaking of his opponent Hillary Clinton said …
“I also have a much better temperament than she has. … I think my strongest asset, maybe by far, is my temperament. I have a winning temperament. I know how to win.”
And in January 2018 he tweeted …
“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!”
That “much better” temperament was nowhere in evidence yesterday. What the world saw yesterday was an unhinged 72-year-old male acting like a two-year-old whose nap was an hour past due.
He stormed into a meeting that was scheduled to discuss infrastructure 15 minutes late, refused to shake hands or be seated, and proceeded to rant for three full minutes before storming back out of the room saying he would not work with democrats as long as they continue to investigate him. Then, he immediately gave an impromptu 12-minute press conference in the Rose Garden where he claimed that everybody was out to get him, that Jerry Nadler had long been his enemy, and that the Mueller investigation had been a hoax from day one, a ‘failed takedown attempt’. He bounced from topic to topic with no thread, no cohesion, seemingly no purpose other than to say, “Poor me … nobody likes me”.
Folks, I debated about writing this piece, for my initial thought was that there are far more important things to focus on that the temper tantrum of a spoiled brat. However, the more I heard, the more I read, the more I pondered, I came to realize just how dangerous our situation has become, and this fit he had yesterday is the symptom of a much more serious problem.
The simple statement that supposedly set him off was spoken by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi …
“We believe that the president of the United States is engaged in a coverup.”
Donald Trump has been digging his own grave on this for months now, he has been acting as guilty as a fox with chicken feathers on his mouth, and it is his own attempts at obfuscation that have led us all to believe he is hiding things. For the record, I, too, believe that Donald Trump is engaged in a coverup, perhaps one of massive proportions.
I have long said that when Trump feels backed into a corner or threatened, he lashes out without thinking, and I believe that is what is happening. Just this week, two separate judges have ruled against Trump’s attempts to hide financial records from the investigating congressional committees, and an IRS memo came to light stating in no uncertain terms that the Department of Treasury must turn over the Trump tax returns requested by Congress. I imagine he feels the walls closing in, but his response, his behaviour, make him look even guiltier than he did to start with, if that’s even possible.
Under other circumstances, it would be prudent for the vice president and majority of the cabinet to declare the president “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office” under the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, for it appears, even to the casual observer, that he is indeed ‘unable’. However, today we do not have a vice president nor cabinet members who are particularly concerned with the well-being of the nation, but rather have their own agendas and Trump plays well into their hands.
Meanwhile, two democratic senators, Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Tom Udall of New Mexico pushed for a vote by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on a proposal that would require congressional approval before US could launch a strike on Iran, but the proposal was shot down in a 13-9 vote. One republican senator, Rand Paul of Kentucky, voted with democrats in favour of the proposal. Obviously, there are concerns about Trump overstepping his bounds in dealing with Iran.
I don’t know what the solution is … I wish I did. But I do know that the ‘man’ in the Oval Office is showing signs of a loss of mental acuity and we should all be concerned. It seems to me that there are two options here: Invoke the articles of impeachment, for which there is ample justification, though as things currently stand, the likelihood of him being removed from office is slim-to-none. Or, wait and let him finish digging his own grave. Ordinarily, I would suggest the latter, for he is doing a fine job of it thus far. But, under the circumstances, given his antagonism toward Iran, given his erratic decision-making processes, I fear that disaster might strike before he digs that last shovelful.
I think Nancy Pelosi showed just how concerned she is when, after his tirade, she said …
“I pray for the president of the United States. And I pray for the United States of America.”