Sure, we’ve seen parts of this movie before: the (re)tweets that are completely disconnected from reality; the insults of political rivals; the innuendo about a settled criminal case; the embracing of conspiracy theories; the re-litigating of past incidents; the outright lies. We’ve seen them before but not all at once and not all in 48 hours.
It’s hard not to think that President Trump is completely coming apart. And all this is happening as North Korea launches its most powerful and threatening missile test yet.
• Trump’s insult of Sen. Elizabeth Warren. This is an oldie but a goodie. The fact that Warren at one time claimed on an employment form to be of Native-American decent is fair game. We’ve heard “Pocahontas” before. But it’s a little around the bend to invoke that name during a ceremony to honor WW II “Code Talkers” while standing under a portrait of President Andrew Jackson, he of the “Trail of Tears.” The whole thing was beyond tone-deaf.
• Trump’s retweeting of anti-Muslim videos originally posted by a far-right British group. One purported to show a man being pushed off a roof and beaten by Muslim men. Another of an alleged Muslim man smashing a statue of the Virgin Mary and a third of a supposed Muslim man beating a Dutch boy who had crutches.
British Prime Minister Theresa May, who usually tries to back Trump freaked. Stunningly, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it doesn’t matter if the videos were real or not.
• Trump’s private claims that the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape wasn’t authentic. In the current climate of the bloodletting of pervs, Trump may be trying to erase from history one of his most embarrassing and disgusting moments. Trump himself admitted the tape was authentic and he apologized. Now he is trying take it back.
• Trump’s new level of hypocrisy. He seemed to relish in the downfall of “Today” show host Matt Lauer. It seems that Lauer is a predator of the worst kind. But celebrating the situation and linking it to what Trump says is “fake news” is strange—even for Trump—for someone on record as saying he can assault women at will.
So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the “unsolved mystery” that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2017
• In the same tweet about Lauer was the absolutely bizarre mention of the death of a young women in the office of then-US Rep. Joe Scarborough years ago. Trump wondered whether Scarborough, now co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show, would be fired.
The death of 28-year old Lori Klausutis in 2001 is not an unsolved mystery. Authorities determined that she died after losing consciousness from an abnormal heart rhythm and collapsed, striking her head.
• Trump’s outright lies. These are not surprising. But claiming that he personally would not benefit from the Republican tax reform bill. There’s no analyst on the planet that would agree with that. According to independent, nonpartisan analysts, the very wealthiest in the country will benefit the most from the plan.
So is the president coming apart? The fact that it is a serious question is frightening in itself. All of the above incidents are occurring at a time when we are inching closer to nuclear war. One would think that Trump would have all he can handle in somehow dealing with a nuclear North Korea without incurring hundreds of thousands of casualties.
This is a devastatingly serious time for our country. We should all be concerned that our president—the man with the nuclear codes—might no longer be competent.