Let’s be clear: no one knows what the hell Donald Trump is talking about anymore. His quotes don’t make sense in any possible context. So we don’t know what he meant when he insisted today that “people will die” because of his Trump-Russia scandal. But that’s precisely what he said today while speaking to a group of reporters aboard Air Force One, on a day that had already brought his allegiance to the United States and mental competence into severe question.
Trump began the day by insisting that he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claim that Russia didn’t interfere with the election. Then he attacked the United States intel community for being “political hacks.” He took to Twitter and insisted that Americans who don’t believe in him are “haters and fools” before going on to call Kim Jong-Un “short and fat” because Kim had called him “old.” He misspelled “Philippines” and he misspelled “they’re” and then he criticized Hillary Clinton for her spelling abilities. Yet none of this necessarily compares to Trump’s new assertion that people will die.
Here’s the exact quote from Donald Trump to reporters, as documented by Jennifer Jacobs of Bloomberg: “This artificial Democratic hit job gets in the way and that’s a shame. Because people will die because of it. And it’s a pure hit job” (link). Trump just literally declared that “people will die” if his Trump-Russia scandal continues to be investigated. Is he afraid that Putin will kill people if the investigation continues? Is Trump threatening to kill people himself if the investigation continues?
Feel free to interpret Donald Trump’s words however you want, if such a thing is even possible at this point. But on a day which saw Trump also pledging allegiance to Putin, attacking the U.S. government, attacking Americans, and trying to start a nuclear war because someone called him old, it’s fair to ask if Trump’s “people will die” words are some kind of semi-coherent vow to start murdering people. This is precisely why the 25th Amendment exists.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report