Donald Trump’s most unstable moment yet

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By now we’ve consistently seen what Donald Trump does, and doesn’t do, when he’s feeling cornered. He spitefully fires the people he thinks he can get away with firing, because he’s afraid to fire the people he really wants to fire. He starts a trade war, because he’s afraid to start a real war. He pardons some random guy on Fox News, because he’s afraid of pardoning his Trump-Russia co-conspirators. So when I say Trump has reached his most unstable moment yet, I’m not talking about armageddon – but this is nonetheless a moment for concern.

Consider where Trump’s mind has gone to over the past few days. More hyperbolic and seething rants on Twitter than usual. Nicknames like “Animal Assad” that are just plain weird, even for him. His weird decision to finally attack Vladimir Putin, and finally address the Stormy Daniels scandal, even amid his total inability to even acknowledge that someone died in the Trump Tower fire. Then the FBI raid against his attorney Michael Cohen.

It’s as if Trump has finally figured out that he’s cornered. He doesn’t appear to be fully coherent enough to understand specifically why and how he’s been cornered, and what he’s truly up against, but this is all adding up to something… well, I’d say unstable, if he weren’t always some degree of unstable. But this is more so than usual.

Although I can’t quite put my finger on it, I wouldn’t be shocked if Donald Trump soon does something that’s out of character for him. Again, I don’t expect him to suddenly try to fire Robert Mueller, or invade Iran. He seems to grasp that he’s one false move away from his presidency fully imploding, and so I don’t expect him to resort to something risky. But it does feel like he’s reached his most unstable moment yet, and thus he’s prone to behave even weirder than usual.

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