Trump Flunks (Very Recent) History in 76-Minute Meltdown

FILE - In this July 11, 2015 file photo, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump finishes up speaking before a crowd of 3,500 in Phoenix. Trump was just a few weeks into his candidacy in 2015 when came to Phoenix for a speech that ended up being a bigger moment in his campaign than most people realized at the time. And now Trump is coming back to Arizona at another crucial moment in his presidency. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

I should have stared at the eclipse. Without the glasses. It would have been less ill-advised than watching the display by the president of the United States in Phoenix Tuesday night. In a now-expected meltdown, President Trump rewrote history, ginned up (at least for a while) a shrinking base and generally made a fool of himself.

I’ll admit to being mildly amused by the return of the “Blacks for Trump” guy who mugged for the cameras just behind the president’s right shoulder. The man, who now goes by the name “Michael the Black Guy” but has been known in the past as Michael Symonette, Maurice Woodside and Mikael Israel, has quite the past. But even that distraction couldn’t put a damper on the lunacy that took place.


Make no mistake, the people in the convention center lapped it up as they did during the campaign until, of course, even they lost interest.

Desperately trying to defend his response to the tragic events of Charlottesville, Trump reread his statements. The only this is, he left out parts to which people objected—the now famous, “…on all sides” condemnation.

The president complained he didn’t get enough credit for his response. “I hit ’em with neo-Nazi, I hit ’em with everything. KKK? We have KKK. I got ’em all,” Trump said. Yikes.

Let’s take a look at other high (low?) lights:
• Attacking the press. Per usual, the president attacked the news media which in many cases, simply reported his own words. He went after the New York Times (which reported last night that Trump and Mitch McConnell are in some kind of blood feud), the Washington Post and CNN. He said they don’t want to see the country get better and even got the intellectually challenged crowd to chant the brilliant words, “CNN Sucks!”

• Praising Jeffrey Lord. Lord is the CNN Trump apologist who was fired for tweeting…wait for it…”Sieg Heil!” at a detractor. Trump derided war hero and Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain but defended the guy who tweeted a Nazi salute.

• Gushing over FOX News and Sean Hannity. This is the network in general and the talk show hump in particular who reported—possibly coordinated with the White House—the vicious and completely false narrative about the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich.

• Foreshadowing a pardon. Trump hinted strongly that convicted racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio would get a pardon. That’s right: pardon the convicted racist, praise the Sieg Heil guy and attack the war hero.

• Threatening to shut down the government if he doesn’t get his border wall. At least he’s no longer claiming Mexico will pay for it.

For those of you keeping score at home…

If anything positive can be gleaned from the president’s embarrassing display is that he is playing to a shrinking base. He may still hold the support of 35- to 38-percent of the American people, Hillary Clinton won’t be running next time.

Now, when is the next eclipse?