In the week since Donald Trump’s party lost control of the House of Representatives, ensuring that his criminal scandals are about to become the nation’s focus, we’ve all seen him acting in an increasingly unhinged fashion while pulling away from the most basic aspects of the job. Behind the scenes, things are even worse. Far worse.
Donald Trump is circling the drain so swiftly, his own people are rushing to the media to sound the alarm – and many of them are cracking up as badly as he is. For instance, some of Trump’s people are telling MSN that since the midterms, he’s retreated into a “cocoon of bitterness and resentment” and they’re all trying to keep their distance from him. Another Trump insider is telling Politico that Trump has become so withdrawn, allowing his people to run amok in the process, his White House has become something out of a Maury Povich episode.
In other words, Trump is not a guy who’s eagerly, or even somberly, gearing up for the impending fight of his life. Instead he’s falling apart and withdrawing, isn’t bothering to do what it takes to try to protect himself, isn’t bothering to do the job, and isn’t even interested in keeping up appearances.
This all comes even as Donald Trump’s lawyers are finalizing his answers to Robert Mueller’s questions about Donald Trump Jr’s Russia crimes, even as Mueller is apparently just days away from handing down indictments. Trump’s one post-midterms gambit, the weird and risky move of installing Matthew Whitaker at the DOJ, is already falling apart. Oh, and here come the subpoenas – and Trump clearly isn’t ready for any of it.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report