Trump’s Never Ending Descent Into Madness Continues

26
921

My god.

Yes, we have long known that Trump isn’t mentally stable, never mind a genius. Many of us recall reading a 1991 Vanity Fair article on Trump and concluding back then that the man was clearly mentally weak and drugged out of his skull. It has, quite obviously, gotten worse. We all get older, and significant stress exacerbates any underlying mental instability. Over the last forty-eight hours especially, Trump continues to do “things” that would have sent shockwaves rippling through any society lacking a Fox News network to paper everything over.

First, he’s back to slurring words terribly. Last night at a rally in Florida, Trump bragged about the economic prosperity brought about by the record high “sock rocket.” This “gaffe” got the attention of “experts” in the field.

He then went to intentionally call the entire impeachment matter “bullshit” to the “family friendly” event in Florida.

Look, I have no ability to call out someone for using foul language. I dabble in it extensively, and use it with flourish in my fiction. But I am not the president of the United States. Moreover, even though I am not afraid of any “word” that my daughter might hear, I most certainly do want her brought up learning that there is a time and place for certain things, and that behaviors must fit contexts. The president of the United States, standing at a podium speaking to citizens of the United States, including many children, should not be using words like “bullshit.”

This does fit into the picture regarding his mental stability, because we know he can dial it back when he wants. We know his staff won’t “write in” such language in a speech. He inserted it on the fly, an own-goal that he knows hurts him even with his base, no matter how many people in the crowd “cheered.”

Speaking of fitting in pictures and mental instability, Trump tweeted this morning:

That is the president of the United States, tweeting himself out as Rocky.

The response is roughly what you might imagine, from experts, again:

I guess it relates to some rambling comment he made last night at his rally in Florida where he states that his doctors at Walter Reed said:

Oh.

Which explains nothing.

Trump is obviously under an increasing amount of stress. Two nights ago, for the first time that I have seen, he disowned Rudy Giuliani, pulling the rug out from under Rudy by stating that Rudy was “doing his own things” in Ukraine, and that Rudy had “several other clients.” Obviously, Bill O’Reilly didn’t challenge Trump by noting: “But you told Zelensky to speak to Rudy! You specifically said to “talk to Rudy about the favor that you sought!” Still, the fact that Trump now knows he has to distance himself from Rudy plainly shows that Trump knows Rudy is about to be arrested. And Oh boy, can you imagine the document dump that might haunt Trump’s fevered dreams, as he imagines the FBI picking through Rudy and Trump’s texts and communications?

Trump must also strongly fear the resistance coming from the Pentagon. Trump cannot dismiss the Pentagon’s criticism and resistance by labeling them as “never Trumpers.” No, the stories coming out from the Pentagon must disturb Trump on a far more visceral level, because there is literally nothing he can do to vilify the top military brass. It won’t work. Moreover, most people hell-bent on fascism and autocratic behavior assume the military supports them fully. No questions asked. He is hearing “questions” coming from the military.

We write columns like this about once a month, noting that Trump’s behavior unravels in one direction only. None of them are “wrong,” nor is it wrong to keep revisiting the topic. Indeed, it is critical to document each step along the way.

Trump has never been more isolated socially or professionally. He has nowhere near the staff he had only a year or two ago. Remember the “president whisperer,” Hope Hicks? She is gone. I bring her name up just to note that Trump used to have dozens and dozens of advisors that “knew him,” and could speak more candidly with him. That “support structure” that might have saved Trump from himself, and – weirdly – saved us from his worst impulses, is gone.

We have seen Politico articles stating that Trump rarely uses the West Wing anymore, too many staffers. He’s paranoid, and retreating. Isolation and raw power are a dangerous dangerous combination. How many times have you read that history’s greatest monsters were mostly reclusive, anti-social, people who isolated themselves? Trump isn’t one of history’s greatest monsters, yet, but even behaviors fitting that pattern are important to note.

He went to the hospital in an emergency (not a doubt about the urgency of it) just over a week ago. Panic attack?

He is descending, and that is unsurprising. The only thing that would surprise us at this point is if someone in the Republican party were to acknowledge it.

This is all just so damned dangerous. I genuinely believe that we don’t appreciate the danger that we face in the near future. He is a mentally unstable, cruel, increasingly defensive. wounded, and isolating more and more. There are almost no limits as to what he’s capable of unleashing if he felt his own fate depended entirely upon the outcome. It is scary.

****

Peace, y’all

Jason

jmiciak@yahoo.com and on Twitter: @MiciakZoom

Liked it? Take a second to support Jason Miciak and PolitiZoom on Patreon!

Leave a Reply

26 Comments on "Trump’s Never Ending Descent Into Madness Continues"

avatar
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
michaelscott
Member

Didn’t Adolf Hitler die in his secure bunker.
Thoughts and prayers.

Bareshark
Guest

See also Howard Hughes.

p j evans
Member

That image requires brain bleach. He hasn’t had a body like that since he was 25, if not 20. (Also, docs say that kind of thing all the time, because it gets the patients to relax a little.)

rory darjiit
Member
I’ll repeat a theory maybe I stated before…I can’t remember. Well, not really a theory, more a scientific question. A child’s brain develops tremendously from birth to age five. It’s a miracle of evolution, really. At some point in the first year of life, a baby first recognizes that the world they know extends beyond the small space they can see or hear. Their primitive brain then begins to grow in order to process all of this information. The brain fills the skull, and then in an effort for even more space it folds in on itself, causing the familiar… Read more »
Bareshark
Guest

That lines up with what I’ve read of childhood development. Of course, I heard it put in simpler terms. If a child is going to learn empathy and how to care about others, those are the years it needs to happen. Once that window of opportunity is shut, it stays shut forever.

blueman
Member

What in the world? You know these Republicans see at least some of this nonsense. How long can they pretend to believe the lies?

Bareshark
Guest

As long as they can get away with…that is why they are cowards.

Cherl Harrell
Guest

My husband found something online, that said Trump is accompanied by a doctor now. I think at that little “check up” something happened. Something that is being hidden from us.

p j evans
Member

I thought it was fairly usual for a medic to travel with the president. But yeah, something ain’t right.

Bareshark
Guest

Shades of VP DC after 9/11…men only do that if they’re afraid that the Reaper is getting too close.

p j evans
Member

I just read that he had a “minor” heart attack and they put in a stent. Which would explain a lot about that weekend. (AIUI, stents aren’t used for “minor” blockage.)
From year before last:
https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/17/health/trump-heart-disease-gupta/index.html

Joseph
Guest

And don’t we all just know that, if Obama had said “bullshit”–even in an age-appropriate event or situation, even in an utterly proper context (like, “the rancher was tired of cleaning all the bullshit in the yard . . . “)–Fox “News” would’ve been on his case 24/7, demanding an apology.

beadlady
Member

I agree. I think those of us who are politically active – we realize the madness. My comparison is to my narcissistic mother (deceased – phew.) I drew a picture for my therapist. My mother was at the bottom of the page and there was this HUGE vortex that spun up from her. Tight spin when closer to her – less spinning when further outside. We are in 45’s vortex. We may be further outside, but we are spinning. There is no “normal,” no balance.

Calmdown
Guest

Did you question the civility of Biden when he said “This is a big f&$?$g deal” or did you just laugh.

The pic was a joke. Check out November 27th, 1985. Rocky IV. It was paying homage to a damn movie.

You guys need to relax a little.

Suzc
Guest

No. Sorry. He has no sense of humor. And it is unseemly in alleged leadership.

p j evans
Member

LOL – you’re so sure of your own cult leader you had to post the same comment twice?
And Himself was never that great, even in his best days. ‘Shopping his recent face onto the body of someone much younger (and with a different skin color) is so very damned obviously ego running his alleged mind.

Lone Wolf
Member

And oh by the way, regardless of Biden, Obama, and/or Clinton your hero is still a criminal no matter what so this whataboutism isn’t going to fly.

Calmdown
Guest

Did you come unglued when Biden said, “This is a big F$%#^$g deal” or did you just Laugh?

The Rocky pic is a shoutout to a damn movie. November 27, 1985 was the release date. ESPN featured it on their website.

You guys seriously need to relax.

Lone Wolf
Member

изнасилование и убийство по-русски, а?

Shockwave
Member

Narcissus is spinning in his grave.

Cheryl Lawrence
Guest

I want to pose a question. Given that trump is sliding deeper into his mental illness, do you think that McConnell is now more dangerous to democracy?

Suzc
Guest

McConnell has always been more dangerous to democracy. He is the one who could control this. He is the one who played huge part in it happening. And he has been antidemocracy for years!

Alfred Higgins
Guest

IMO, this photoshopped morph should be the new replacement official portrait for the Capitol and all federal government offices as well as Post Offices nationwide! Nothing says delusion and fraud more clearly than tRump’s fantasies.

Suzc
Guest

It is irritating to read these pieces and have them end with “peace”; otherwise it’s a good summation. I think we know exactly the danger we’re in. Now tell me what I/we can DO about it…. Aye, there’s the rub.

p j evans
Member

Vote blue, and don’t spread GOP-T talking points.

Markm Mitchell
Member

The entire Republican Party should be dissolved.