Donald Trump is certifiable. The evidence of his megalomania is overwhelming. Michael Harris writes:
Need examples? Let’s start here: Trump, who aspires to lead the free world, criticized Democratic vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine as the horrible Governor of New Jersey, a guy who wanted to raise taxes in that state by four billion dollars as soon as he was elected. That could be construed as a damning indictment, except for one thing: Tim Kaine was never Governor of New Jersey, Tom Kean was — between 1982 and 1990. Not that it matters, but Kean was a Republican. Kaine is a Democrat and was Governor of Virginia between 2006 and 2010. But, hey, why let a few letters, a different political party and 20 years get in the way of a political snipe?
He tried to body-slam Brett Lacy, the Colorado Springs Fire Marshall, for capping attendance at one of his campaign rallies for safety reasons. Public safety versus ego-liberation you see. Lacy’s recent past? He had just been honoured as “Citizen of the Year” for his exemplary role in aiding the victims of a 2015 mass shooting at a local Planned Parenthood chapter in that state.
As for U.S. four-star General John Allen, who commanded the effort against ISIS in Syria before he retired and spoke against Trump at the Democratic Convention, Trump called him a “failed general” who didn’t get the job done. It was a strange assault given Trump’s empty commitment to the U.S. military, which he would order to commit illegal acts like torture, and to veterans.
But not only is Trump delusional, he's also profoundly ignorant. Khizr Khan suggested at the Democratic National Convention that Trump read the Constitution:
Trump has promised to do everything for America including putting hair back on the head of its national symbol, the Bald Eagle. He has promised to rewrite trade deals he has no authority to alter (yes, Donald, only Congress can actually ratify trade deals). He has promised to force Mexico to pay for the wall that will cut it off from the United States (their former president told him to go do the physically impossible). He has pledged to bar Muslims from entering America, even though the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of religion.
What's the verdict? Trump's as crazy as Captain Ahab. You may recall that lots of other crazies joined him on the voyage. Only one survived.