There is a plethora of evidence that Trump is a lunatic (and a liar, fraud, con, pervert, bigot, Liberal, and traitor…) that one must be careful to not stumble and trip over over the festering piles of facts proving the whole-sale unfitness of Trump to be dog-catcher of Spickard, Missouri, let alone President of the United States of America.
This article will concern itself with the one, focused fact that Trump is a lunatic. Let us commence, shall we?
The man in charge of the world’s most powerful military is a deranged lunatic
President Trump is facing down an impeachment inquiry, and his former subordinates are starting to disobey his efforts to keep them from testifying. After a lifetime of total impunity for alleged crimes, sexual assaults, and business failures, Trump is just possibly facing a serious consequence.
So naturally, he chose to upset his own caucus by randomly ordering a withdrawal of American forces from northern Syria and green-lighting an invasion by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan — thus throwing Kurdish militias who have been loyal allies of U.S. troops for years, and took thousands of casualties fighting ISIS on America’s behalf, directly to the wolves. Thousands are fleeing, and hundreds have been killed. After the House of Representatives voted 354 to 60 to condemn the action, Vice President Pence announced Thursday he had negotiated a five-day ceasefire to allow Kurdish forces to withdraw — which was over a week too late and, as Rachel Maddow outlines, gave Erdogan exactly what he wanted.
It turns out having an incurious, vicious dolt whose mind is clearly fading by the minute in charge of the world’s largest military is not so good.
It is hard to put into words just how weird and unsettling it is watching this oaf blunder his way around world politics. In some ways, it’s like being ruled by an abusive father. Every time something happens — like the unfortunate recent passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) — people are on tenterhooks wondering what horrible poison Trump is going to tweet. With such a cruel and graceless person, you can never be sure what is going to set him off, or who is going to be shoved down the metaphorical stairs. (This time it wasn’t so bad, luckily.)
But in other ways, it’s worse than that. The Syrian withdrawal was so abrupt and unplanned that U.S. troops couldn’t even dismantle their bases. In at least one case they ended up bombing their own weapons depot so it didn’t end up in the hands of Turkey — or worse, like the hundreds of ISIS prisoners who escaped from confinement, or were set loose by Turkey-backed forces. Russian state TV is running gleeful segments exploring all the expensive stuff and personal items that got left behind…
…abandoning the Kurds like this might just be the most purely loopy foreign policy act an American president has ever done. The U.S. has spent tens of billions of dollars since 2014 fighting ISIS, propping up both the Kurds on one side and the Iraqi military on the other. The whole U.S. position in the region has been oriented around this goal. Now not only are we giving up on that entire project, seemingly because Trump had a short conversation with a quasi-dictator, we didn’t even give our former allies — who are incidentally about the most sympathetic group in the entire region — a few days’ warning.
One can criticize President Obama’s war on ISIS, but instantly pulling up stakes like this is far from some responsible wind-down of an overextended U.S. military. It is a stark demonstration that the United States’ decisions have become impossible to predict because its president is an irrational maniac.
‘No idea too lunatic’: how Trump’s shock troops attack US democracy
Donald Trump once declared: “I alone can fix it.” He never made the claim: “I alone can break it.” When it comes to softening up institutions, eroding norms and chipping away at the foundations of democracy, it takes a village (IDIOT).
While the president has led the way in stirring outrage, he is aided and abetted by an entire ecosystem of activists, officials, politicians, pundits and social media stars. Far from being a lone voice screaming into the void, Trump can be confident that every baseless conspiracy theory he generates will be echoed, endorsed and enlarged – whatever the cost to the rule of law.
“There’s no idea too lunatic or extreme that Trump cannot find someone to amplify them for him,” said Charlie Sykes, a conservative broadcaster and journalist. “This is the new political normal. It’s no wonder that Trump is not deterred from saying crazy things, because he knows there will always be someone willing to go out there and repeat them.”
A case in point is the fallout from the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump has spent two years throwing out words like “coup”, “deep state”, “hoax”, “treason” and “witch-hunt” with unnerving insouciance. When Mueller’s report emerged last month, Trump falsely claimed it totally cleared him of collusion and obstructing justice. There duly came a chorus of support, from Republicans in Congress to the extreme fringes of the web.
Emboldened, Trump is going further. He alleges without evidence that the FBI committed treason, spied on his election campaign and tried to rob him of victory. Last week, he gave the attorney general, William Barr, authority to declassify information about the origins of the investigation. Again, there is enthusiastic backing from cheerleaders who holler “investigate the investigators” and suggest that Barack Obama, not Trump, should be on trial.
Trump is melting down. Again.
For the record, Trump’s claim about his political standing is that it couldn’t be better — but could be better.
“Great cohesion inside the Republican Party, the best I have ever seen,” he tweeted Monday. “Despite all of the Fake News, my Poll Numbers are great. New internal polls show them to be the strongest we’ve had so far! Think what they’d be if I got fair media coverage!”
The astonishing thing is that the president of the United States is, let’s face it, raving like a lunatic — and everyone just shrugs.
TRUMP INSISTS HE’S SMART ENOUGH TO COMMIT CRIMES
“If I wanted to do quid pro quo, I would’ve done the damn quid pro quo.”
Last Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal editorial board ran a unique defense of Donald Trump in which it contorted itself to argue that while the president may have “wanted a quid-pro-quo policy ultimatum toward Ukraine,” people should consider the possibility that he “was too inept to execute it.” Most individuals facing impeachment would be grateful for this ridiculous theory, especially considering the evidence thus far suggests that Trump did demand a quid pro quo from Ukraine for nearly $400 million in military aid, a fact acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney just came out and admitted to the press before trying to walk it back after realizing how bad it sounded.
But Donald Trump isn’t most individuals. Instead, he’s an abnormally sensitive lunatic who flies off the handle at the slightest provocation, real or imagined, and would rather people think he’s “like, [a] really smart” criminal than dumb and innocent. And we know this because apparently Trump saw the editorial and insisted as much.
A source familiar with his reaction to the editorial told the Daily Beast: “[The president] mentioned he had seen it and then he started saying things like, ‘What are they talking about, if I wanted to do quid pro quo, I would’ve done the damn quid pro quo,’ and…then defended his intelligence and then talked about how ‘perfect’ the call [with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky] was.” Another person familiar with the matter confirmed the account. “He was clearly unhappy,” the first source said. “He did not like the word ‘inept.’”
While sad and pathetic, the story is not hard to believe. Trump has, of course, famously referred to himself as a “very stable genius,” challenged his former secretary of state to an I.Q. test, and claimed to posses “great and unmatched wisdom.” In March 2016, he said he doesn’t need to consult with experts on foreign policy because he relies on himself and his “very good brain.” On one occasion, when asked by a critic to prove his allegedly off-the-charts I.Q., he responded that it was “the highest, a$$hole!” On another, he literally tweeted, “Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault.” So yeah, this anecdote checks out.
To close let me posit this call-in to “Fox & Friends” by Donnie “Little Hands” TrumPutin:
Trump, to Fox & Friends, on Barr DOJ’s probe of Russia investigation: “What you’re going to see, I predict, will be perhaps the biggest scandal in the history of our country…I could get very much involved, but I don’t…I don’t have any obligation legally to [not get involved]”
[ME: ??? WHAT WAS THIS MANIAC BLATHERING ABOUT HERE?!!]
“They gave the server to CrowdStrike … that’s what the word is” — here’s Trump pushing the absolutely insane, debunked conspiracy theory that the DNC’s server is in Ukraine and that Russia was framed for interfering in the 2016 election
“I do want, always, corruption” — quite the Freudian slip from Trump
Fox & Friends hosts struggle to get a word in as Trump yells about Hunter Biden and “CHY-NA”
TRUMP on Kurt Volker, his former special envoy to Ukraine: “I don’t know him.”
TRUMP on Sondland, his current ambassador to EU and $1 million donor to his inaugural: “I hardly know him.”
“She wouldn’t hang my picture in the embassy … it took like a year & a half or 2 years for her to get the picture up … this was not an angel, ok?” — Trump says one of his big beefs with Ambassador Yovanovitch was that she wasn’t eager to hang up his portrait
[ME: WHO, BESIDES TRUMPSTER, WOULD WANT HIS PIC UP??]
Trump’s ramblings on how many “stars” he’s made over the years are completely off the rails
[ME: WHO CARES?!!]
Trump on Adam Schiff: “I want to put that guy with his, uh, with his — way. I almost said something that might’ve been slightly controversial.”
[ME: LIKE THIS HOUR LONG DIATRIBE IS “SANE”- EXCEPT FOR THIS PART HERE!!!]
Trump on Hong Kong protests: “We have to stand with Hong King, but I’m also standing with President Xi. He’s a friend of mine, he’s an incredible guy. We have to stand … if it weren’t for me, thousands of people would have been killed in Hong Kong right now.”
[ME: MEGLAMANIACAL MUCH, TRUMPY??]
Trump claims that if he hadn’t fired Comey, “I would have been in some trouble right now, because they were coming after me … turned out to be the best move I ever made — firing Comey. Because they were looking to take down the president.”
Sounds like obstruction!
[ME: IT IS OBSTRUCTION!!]
“Are you sure?” Trump’s effort to exonerate Russia for interfering in the election on his behalf was a bit much even for Fox & Friends
Are you sure?” Trump’s Ukraine conspiracy theory was a bit much even for Fox & Friends
Trump pushed a debunked conspiracy mere hours after Fiona Hill described it as Russian disinformation.
We should stop calling CrowdStrike a conspiracy theory and start calling it a Russia propaganda fabrication.
There’s no theory to it.
Trump is a raving lunatic. An egomaniac. A narcissist. A pathological liar.
And this maniac is in charge of the largest nuclear arsenal on earth!!!
-Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.