The President is insane

imagesSo he was able to read a nice speech from a teleprompter and appear “presidential.” Then he tweeted that President Obama had tapped his phones at Trump Tower and is a “bad (or sick) guy.”

Hurling put-downs that uncannily apply more to himself is trademark Trump. Like crying “fake news” at legitimate reporting, while his own wiretap accusation came from what really is fake news.

images-1It’s not just baseless but preposterous. Laws prohibit it, it’s inconceivable that Obama would have directed federal officials to violate them, and inconceivable that they’d have complied (instead of blowing the whistle). A warrant would have been required, issuable by a judge only upon convincing evidence of a crime being investigated.

“Those restrictions,” said Ben Rhodes (a former top Obama security aide), in a tweet addressed to Trump, “were put in place to protect citizens against people like you.”

Who’s the “bad (or sick) guy” — recklessly flinging baseless accusations? Why isn’t the nation totally freaked out by a president behaving so grotesquely? unknownDaniel Patrick Moynihan coined the trope “defining deviancy down.” When something previously unacceptable becomes accepted. The Trump phenomenon has shredded what used to be America’s civic standards. The media are having a hard time reporting soberly on Trump without their hair on fire, thus giving it all a seeming patina of normality. So this is the new normal. Hence no huge uproar over Trump’s insane wiretap accusation.

images-2I use the word insane not figuratively but literally, clinically. Trump’s behavior — not only this instance, but too many others to count — shows a deep psychological pathology. The President is insane. He should be removed from office pursuant to the procedures of the 25th Amendment.

Yet congressional Republicans now promise to investigate not the President’s insane behavior but the imaginary wiretapping. While thousands, all across the nation, joined the “March 4 Trump” to support him. Is insanity contagious?

Earlier, some of my friends (who did not support him) lamented that Trump is even worse than they expected. I said he’s not worse than I expected, because I knew how bad he is. But perhaps I didn’t. I had also expected the weight of the presidency would have some impact on him. It has not.

unknown-1No wonder the Russians wanted Trump elected. To sabotage America with a dysfunctional, bull-in-a-china-shop president. And if there be method in his wiretap lie madness, it’s to distract us from the Russian connection.

Trump’s is not the kind of mental illness that might elicit sympathy. It’s malevolent. Previously I’ve called him a “vile creep” and “stinking piece of crap.”* But now I’ll have to come up with something stronger.

*  The sanitized version.

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10 Responses to “The President is insane”

  1. Didius Julianus Says:

    Trump certainly appears to be his own worst enemy giving plenty of fodder to all. Scoot Adams has interesting observations on this, including it being a strategy, over on his blog.

    A review of human nature and history shows that laws and controls are routinely circumvented by those in power. Yes, that includes Trump and Obama both as potential abusers of power. To the point you are making about it being inconceivable, perhaps you have not seen this for a different perspective which, if nothing else, shows that it is conceivable.

    I agree with you that America’s civic standards have been shredded. Unfortunately, that process started long before Trump under both parties and has been additive with nary a step back in the right direction for literally generations now.

  2. Didius Julianus Says:

    Sorry about the typo, “Scott” Adams and his blog is at

    The historical Didius Julianus would be right at home in this day and age. 🙂

  3. Ryan Says:

    Nice image of a Gela coin…oh hold on that’s not Gela!

    Machiavelli would be very proud of our president.

  4. rationaloptimist Says:

    No, Machiavelli told rulers how to behave intelligently — not insanely.

  5. DAN FAREK Says:

    As Forest Gump said, “Stupid is a stupid does”. What remains in doubt(depending on point of view), who is stupid?

  6. Wolfgang Kurth Says:

    Yes, he reminds me of a 3-year-old who is not getting his way, so he has to verbally or physically attack his sister/brother by making up stories.

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  9. Greg Says:

    No one I know lies about virtually every subject they speak upon — except Trump. That certainly points to some kind of serious mental aberration. It’s not at all clear that this man actually has a handle on reality. He seems to make it up as he goes along in order to meet his immediate need for personal vindication, or perhaps to divert us from talking about some other lie he has out there. I just hope he doesn’t do something really dumb just to satisfy his ego, like start a war.

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