It may turn out to be an advantage that Donald Trump is somewhat less delusional than we thought. Sources close to Trump are saying he’s getting increasingly alarmed and worried about the direction the sweeping January 6th investigation is taking. A completely delusional man wouldn’t have a care in the world. Similarly an innocent man wouldn’t worry either. Trump certainly isn’t innocent and he’s aware enough of the trouble he’s in to be quite concerned.
Particularly annoying to Trump is the number of times former aides are taking the Fifth. Trump feels it makes them look weak and complicit in the insurrection. So would Trump prefer they tell the truth? Of course not. He prefers they lie or, better still, that they follow the lead of his former strategist Steve Bannon by simply ignoring the committee’s subpoenas in the first place. Trump doesn’t want them to testify at all. Whether they go to prison because of it is of no concern to him, of course.
It’s also reported that whenever Trump sees TV coverage of the January 6th investigation of the Capitol attack he starts swearing. The “f-word” is his particular favourite. He’s in a constant state of blind rage because, in his view, the coverage is too negative.
Trump also whines constantly about House minority leader Kevin McCarthy because he claims McCarthy was too incompetent to get Republicans on the committee to defend him. Trump seems to have forgotten that he was opposed to Republican cooperation in forming a bipartisan committee in the first place. That’s why the decision of which members to be placed on the special Committee fell to Nancy Pelosi and not McCarthy. The people McCarthy picked included Jim Jordan of Ohio, Jim Banks of Indiana, Rodney Davis of Illinois, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota and Troy Nehls of Texas. A clear indication that McCarthy wasn’t serious about getting to the bottom of the January 6th insurrection.
Meanwhile, Trump Donald Junior’s tweets are getting increasingly truculent and nasty. I have to wonder if he’s privately exulting in the apparent trouble his father is in. I may be wrong about that but, given the bizarre and frankly sick relationship they have, I do wonder about it.
Every day the January 6th committee gathers new and increasingly damning evidence of Donald Trump’s complicity in the attacks, and every day Trump is getting more and more upset. Good. Now he knows how it felt to the rest of us when each day of those awful four years we awoke to find that Donald Trump was still president of the United States. And, as ever, ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, comrades and friends, stay safe.
Robert Harrington is an American expat living in Britain. He is a portrait painter.