I saw him ramping up all day. It was clear it was one of those days. I knew it would only get worse as the evening went on. He was frantically trying to distract from his scandals, take out his frustrations, burn off his nervous energy from a cocaine binge, or all of the above. We’ve seen him unravel like this before. But I have to admit that even my jaw was on the ground by the time he fired off his crescendo, which might be the single most disturbing thing any U.S. President has ever said, and certainly the scariest thing anyone has ever tweeted.
Trump has used Twitter to threaten nuclear war before, a reminder that he’s been mentally unstable all along. But this time around he specifically threatened to press the “Nucelar Button” on his desk in response to North Korea’s latest hollow rhetoric. He even capitalized the words just to show how much he means it, and then bragged that his button is larger and that it works. Moreover, he did it in those exact words. Trump literally threatened to wipe every living thing off the face of the planet, just because.
If you think I’m exaggerating even slightly, read his tweet for yourself: “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
Donald Trump appears to be suffering from a psychotic break tonight, or some other equally disturbing mental breakdown. At this rate, in all seriousness, he might end the night in a straitjacket. Hell, the Secret Service might have to put him in one, for his own protection and ours.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report