In every movie that’s centered around the rise and fall of a criminal ringleader, there comes a point in the storyline where everything is closing in on the ringleader to the point that even his closest allies are unsure how close they want to stand to him, and the ringleader responds by attacking those allies. There’s a reason that point always comes near the end of the script. For Donald Trump, that moment has arrived.
We’re not even talking about the fact that Donald Trump just drove Secretary of Defense James Mattis to resign in protest, though that’s a startling story in its own right, and a sign that Trump’s continued grip on power is no longer tenable. Trump and Mattis were never allies; Trump only kept Mattis around so he could at least point to having one respected person in his otherwise bottom feeding administration. No, we’re talking about the fact that Trump is now lashing out at Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.
We still don’t know for sure what Donald Trump managed to do several months ago to prompt his longtime nemesis Lindsey Graham to suddenly become the biggest Trump cheerleader of all. But whatever Trump has been holding over Graham’s head, it looks like Trump has now taken his deranged behavior so far, even Graham can’t bite his tongue anymore. Today we saw Graham publicly explode at Trump over the Syria pullout, and then hit him again after Trump pushed Mattis out.
In response, Donald Trump tweeted this garbage: “So hard to believe that Lindsey Graham would be against saving soldier lives & billions of $$$. Why are we fighting for our enemy, Syria, by staying & killing ISIS for them, Russia, Iran & other locals? Time to focus on our Country & bring our youth back home where they belong!” Trump seems to be accusing Graham of being anti-military and in favor of supporting America’s enemies.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report