Saturday, June 17, 2017

That's All There Was

Ruth Marcus writes that, in forty years, she's never seen anything like it:

Sometimes my role as a columnist is to advise readers not to overreact, to maintain perspective. Today my advice is to buckle up. Brace yourselves.

I’m not sure for what, exactly. President Trump firing Rod J. Rosenstein or taking moves that would force the deputy attorney general, and perhaps others, to quit? Firing special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, whose probe has pushed Trump to this frenzied state? Using his pardon power in an effort to shut down the investigation, on the theory that Mueller would then have nothing left to probe? Pardoning himself, a move of contested legality that even Richard Nixon balked at? Facing impeachment proceedings, however unlikely that may be with a Republican-controlled Congress? 

Donald Trump is a tangled mess of inconsistencies. But there is one consistent thread that ties them all together. He believes he is a victim:

He perceives himself as the ultimate victim — first of a double standard under which he is blamed while Hillary Clinton and her allies, such as former attorney general Loretta Lynch, escape responsibility. “Crooked H destroyed phones w/ hammer, ‘bleached’ emails, & had husband meet w/AG days before she was cleared- & they talk about obstruction?” Trump tweeted.

The second, perhaps even more deeply felt, aspect of Trump’s victimhood involves his conviction that any investigation of him constitutes an unfair attack by political enemies. “They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story,” he tweeted. “You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history — led by some very bad and conflicted people!”

Trump discovered his inner child seven decades ago. And he discovered that's all there was.



Lorne said...

The picture that has emerged of Trump is of a deeply disturbed, if not completely deranged, individual who is a mockery of America's claim to be the greatest nation on earth, Owen. I read this morning that he has taken to shouting at televisions in the White House, as his paranoia increases. Very sad.

Owen Gray said...

Perhaps what is most disturbing about Trump is his lack of self control, Lorne. He seems to have no internal mechanism which guides him to dial back his knee jerk reactions.

The Mound of Sound said...

I've attracted a good bit of flak for calling Trump's supporters the "Gullibillies" and yet there's no more accurate description for them. His campaign promises lie broken at their feet but they refuse to look down.

I wonder what must be going on within Trump's inner circle as his top aides navigate the daily circus. What must they be saying among themselves, privately? It must be akin to those who staffed the Berlin bunker as the Russians entered the city.

Owen Gray said...

I have some American relatives who are Trump supporters and who post on Facebook, Mound. I detect no change of mind or heart.

Steve said...

What must be killing Trump is getting caught for something he did not do (the Russian fantasy), knowing that the stuff he has done (massive cronyism) will eventually do him in.

Owen Gray said...

I suspect that Trump's ties to Russian oligarchs -- and his attempted obstruction of investigations -- will eventually do him in, Steve.