For several days, Donald Trump was attacking and threatening impeachment witnesses in such deranged and vicious fashion, we’d say he was acting like a rabid animal – but that would be an insult to animals, and perhaps an insult to people with rabies. The thing is, he’s suddenly gone quiet. In fact he’s gone a little too quiet.
Don’t get us wrong, we’re not minding Trump’s relative silence at all. But something is off here. Trump committed felony witness intimidation by attacking Marie Yovanovitch on Twitter while she was publicly testifying. Then he committed another felony by attacking Jennifer Williams ahead of her public testimony. Trump was clearly going all-in on making his eventual prison sentence even longer, in the hope that one of his tweets might somehow intimidate a witness into, who knows, magically exonerating him?
Then, right around the time Trump was mysteriously taken to Walter Reed Medical Center for reasons that his people were obviously lying about, he suddenly went relatively quiet. He didn’t say a word about Williams or Colonel Vindman today. In fact he didn’t say much of anything at all today, instead settling for retweeting his House GOP stooges, and having the official White House Twitter account do his felony witness intimidation for him.
We don’t know if Donald Trump is still recovering from his “don’t call it a heart attack” incident and they were just propping him up on Tuesday when he briefly appeared at a cabinet meeting whose sole purpose was to prove to the public that he’s still alive, or if the Republicans simply told Trump to shut up. Either way, you can’t keep a (forgive us) rabid animal like Trump caged for long. Gordon Sondland may give the most devastating testimony yet on Wednesday. Will Trump go berserk on him accordingly?
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report