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The not nearly normal president this week. (Updated)


Dec. 23, 2018 Update: Maggie Haberman and Peter Baker have a new piece in The New York Times today that portrays Trum as “a puddle of fondue getting ready to evaporate into God’s blessed ether.” Reportedly he rants at his advisers, calling them “fucking idiots.” He’s obsessed with the media’s criticism of him, wondering, “Why is it like this?” From the NY Times: “Longtime associates said Mr. Trump’s relationship with his children has grown more removed and that he feels he does not have a friend in the White House. He disagrees with Mr. Kushner and Ivanka Trump much of the time, but cannot bring himself to tell them no, leaving that instead to Mr. Kelly, according to former aides.” Read story

Dec. 22, 2018

Trump is not able to accept that the reason he isn’t getting his way is his fault. It is now a cliché to point out that he often behaves like a child having a tantrum. At a some deeply buried level  he may realize this if he as any ability to step back and observe himself when he is having a uncontrolable outburst of anger. This may be why he is reported to resent it whenever there’s a media reference to members of his White House team being the adults in the room. Most recently, for one example of many “Jim Mattis’ resignation officially ends the ‘adults in the room’ era of Trump’s presidency” (NBC News)

With  all the furor of the Mattis resignation and the shutdown we also discover that the president is asking advisers if he can legally fire the Fed chief 1(he can’t without cause) because he has to find someone to blame the stock market crisis on. He lashed out at Whitaker at least twice blaming him for the explosive Cohen revelations.

Here are a few random headlines with the word “lashed” from the past few days: Report: Trump lashed out at Whitaker after Cohen revelations (CNN), Michael Cohen: What Trump lashing out at his ex-lawyer reveals (BBC), Trump Lashes Out Over Foundation Shutdown (US News and World Report), Trump lashes out on Twitter after James Comey’s testimony: ‘All lies!’ (Insider), for example.

Jim Acosta said on CNN that Trump is “irritated by this notion here in Washington that he is sometimes in need of adult daycare.”

This is not nearly normal. Neither is this: The Washington Post said Trump was isolated in bunker mode, was in a tailspin, was acting totally irrationally, and was flipping out over criticisms in the media.

Oddly, Ann Coulter had him pegged when she said in an interview this week, that if Trump didn’t get his wall built, he will “just have been a joke presidency who scammed the American people, amused the populists for a while, but he’ll have no legacy whatsoever.” In point of fact he has been a joke president who scammed and amused his supporters in order get elected and kept their loyalty.

What a brilliant ploy this turned out to be for Coulter since she managed to insult his manhood and prompt him to shut down the government. She knows Trump far, far better than he knows himself.


  1. Rawstory points out that “Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin attempted to quell talk of the firing, which may not be legal and could send markets into a tailspin, with a quote he attributed to Trump.” It seems that many people don’t believe him because the quote attributed to Trump is too articulate.


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