“Donald Trump” and “reality” have never belonged in the same sentence to begin with, unless you’re talking about the cold hard reality of his deteriorating psychological condition. But in the days since Michael Flynn revealed he was selling Trump out in the Russia scandal, we’ve watched Trump steadily descend into a whole new kind of crazed war on reality that no longer even comes off like plausible villainy.
For instance, yesterday, Trump tweeted that he had to fire Flynn for lying to the Vice President and the FBI, the latter of which is a felony. This meant that he committed obstruction of justice when he asked FBI Director James Comey to stop investigating Flynn. So how did Trump try to clean up the mess? After his staff swung and missed by comically claiming that Trump’s attorney wrote the tweet, Trump tried this rationalization on for size this morning: “I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn. Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie!”
Wait, what? He’s just now denying this? Comey testified to this back in the summer. This harkens back to earlier in the week, when Trump began telling his own staffers that he no longer believes it’s really his voice on the infamous Access Hollywood tape. Trump publicly confessed to being on that tape a year ago and apologized for it. Now he claims otherwise. But this goes beyond being a mere strategic lie. He’s gradually managed to convince himself that it’s not his voice, even though he apparently still remembers that a year ago, he did think it was his voice.
This is not the thought process of a mentally competent individual. Again, we’ve known that about Donald Trump all along. But now he’s become so psychologically broken, he’s tweeting rambling gibberish like this: “So General Flynn lies to the FBI and his life is destroyed, while Crooked Hillary Clinton, on that now famous FBI holiday “interrogation” with no swearing in and no recording, lies many times…and nothing happens to her? Rigged system, or just a double standard?” No one even knows what’s talking about anymore, least of all him.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report