The trouble with covering someone as uniquely psychologically broken as Donald Trump is that it can be difficult to figure out which of the established facts, and which of his own lies, he truly believes at any given moment. When he frantically yells “NO COLLUSION” on Twitter, has he truly convinced himself that his treasonous acts during the election never happened? Does he have any understanding how much trouble he’s in, and how badly this is going to end for him?
This morning we saw a hint that Trump seemed to at least instinctively understand that his party is likely to lose the Senate when he began attacking Montana Democratic Senator Jon Tester. That would suggest that Trump partially grasps that if he loses the House and Senate, the House Democrats will immediately begin impeachment proceedings, and the Senate Democrats will use their newfound majority to begin properly exposing every one of his crimes and scandals. Yet now we’re learning that Trump doesn’t really get it.
The likes of Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and even Donald Trump’s own White House legislative liaison Marc Short, recently tried to explain to Trump during dinner that the Republican Party is in a bad place regarding the midterms. Trump’s response, according to the New York Times, was that the GOP is not in bad shape for November, and that there’s no chance of things going wrong, and that he had no interest in their advice on how to turn it around.
In other words, even as Donald Trump periodically lashes out at the Democratic politicians he’s been told to attack by his handlers, he doesn’t appear to truly understand that the GOP is in a hole with regard to the November elections. Of course admitting that would require admitting that he’s toxically unpopular and he’s dragging his party down. In this instance his ego is helping his adversaries.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report