Earlier this week, when he was supposed to be focusing on a worsening hurricane, a collapsing economy, and devastating gun violence, Donald Trump was instead busy tweeting out what appeared to be classified U.S. intel about Iran’s missile program.
Trump then got very upset about the pushback against his tweet, prompting him to lash out at former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former FBI Director James Comey, and former CIA Director John Brennan for having dared to criticize him over it. The trouble: up to that point at least, none of them had actually criticized him over the tweet.
That’s right, Donald Trump – ostensibly the leader of the free world – just hallucinated an imaginary war of words with, well, no one. If Clapper, Comey, and Brennan didn’t actually criticize Trump over the tweet, and he doesn’t appear to be confusing them with any other U.S. intel leader in particular, then Trump is lashing out at a nonexistent person over something that never happened.
Considering the manner in which Donald Trump has been behaving in increasingly erratic fashion of late, including an incoherent attack on actress Debra Messing yesterday, none of this is necessarily surprising. But it’s time for the 25th Amendment. Portions of it were literally written in case this scenario – a mentally incompetent president – ever arose.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report