Maybe it was the time of day, two hours later than Donald Trump’s usual late night rants, but two hours earlier than his usual early morning rants, that threw us off. But when Trump launched into a pre-dawn rant about someone named “Alex Baldwin,” we’ll admit it took us a minute to figure out who he was even trying to attack. By the second time he referred to “Alex” in the same tweet, we had enough context to figure out he meant Alec Baldwin. But really, this beauty of a Twitter rant is a sign of just what kind of imploding and failing headspace Trump is in.
Trump’s tweet, which contained so many basic spelling errors that his staff has apparently since deleted it, originally read like this verbatim: “Alex Baldwin, whose dieing mediocre career was saved by his impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing DJT was agony for him. Alex, it was also agony for those who were forced to watch. You were terrible. Bring back Darrell Hammond, much funnier and a far greater talent!” Okay, where do we even start with this?
“Alex Baldwin” isn’t a person, “dieing” isn’t a word, and Saturday Night Live isn’t even on the air for another day and a half, but this isn’t simply about SNL. Alec Baldwin did give an interview saying that playing Trump has become agonizing, but he didn’t announce that he’s quitting the role, as Trump seems to think. This is just Trump picking a new target for his increasingly uncontrollable rage as it all goes wrong for him. He can’t publicly attack the object of his obsession, Hope Hicks, for having resigned from the White House, and having shattered his already broken emotional psyche in the process. So instead he’s ranting about an actor whose name he used to be able to get correct, but no longer can.
But Donald Trump wasn’t done. Just minutes later he decided to double down on yesterday’s trade war rant, even though it sent the stock market plummeting. This time he tweeted “when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy!” That’s the kind of economic advice you get from a guy who’s selling fake Rolexes out of a trench coat under an overpass. Come to think of it, maybe that’ll be Trump’s next job once he’s ousted from office and awaiting trial.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report