Once Donald Trump is finally evaluated by a prison psychologist, maybe we can finally get some definitive answers when it comes to the precise combination of mental and psychological failings that comprise his mindset. In the meantime, it’s becoming more clear by the day that at least part of Trump’s broken mind is trying to convince him that it’s all over.
Based on his most recent tweets, Donald Trump now appears to believe that all of the Democrats, all of the media, and all of his own former henchmen are somehow conspiring to frame him. It’s unclear why these groups of people, who largely hate each other, would even want to work together in such a fashion. It’s even less clear why they would all go to such great lengths to frame him for crimes that he’s largely already confessed to in public. But that’s beside the point.
Donald Trump appears to be laying the groundwork for accepting that his presidency doesn’t have much life left in it. He’s in the process of convincing himself that he’s had the “most successful first two years for any President.” Just last month he was telling us he’d had the most successful two years of almost> any President. He’s apparently upgraded himself.
Why would any sitting President reach the two-year mark and then become so outwardly obsessed with how his first two years will place him within history? The midterm elections are over; there’s no reason for him to be so focused with his progress to this point. When Presidents are sized up by history, it’s always based on the full four (or eight) years. Yet all Trump can talk about is his first two years, as if he now fears that’s all he’s going to end up getting.
Trump is now reduced to tweeting things like “We are WINNING big, the envy of the WORLD, but just think what it could be?” It’s as if he wanted to say “think of what could have been” and he just couldn’t force himself to admit that he already views his presidency in the past tense. Last night he blamed the Michael Cohen testimony for his failure with North Korea. That’s absurd, but the key here is that he’s admitting he failed.
As the House Judiciary Committee documents requests go out to Donald Trump’s kids and his top Trump Organization executives today, he’ll have an even harder time rationalizing away the fact that his illegitimate presidency – and for that matter his whole life – is being dismantled in real time. What happens when his kids are forced to publicly testify under oath about his crimes? What happens when the first of his kids is indicted and arrested?
This is all happening fast now, and the more things spin out of Donald Trump’s control, the more he sounds like a guy who knows he’s about to be shoved out the back door, and he’s looking to declare victory while blaming others for his failure in the end. It’s the kind of tricky psychological tightrope that only someone as deranged as Trump could even attempt. And yet even he seems to be at least partially aware that it’s all over for him.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report