At the end of one of Donald Trump’s most frantic and scandalous weeks to date, nothing could serve as a more appropriately inappropriate ending than one of his infamously unhinged political rallies. Trump is still pretending he’s running for reelection in 2020, we think, or maybe he’s just holding these rallies because he has nothing better to do now that his legislative agenda has died. In any case, while speaking in Michigan tonight, Trump promptly went right off the deep end.
Trump, or whoever is writing his least demented tweets these days, posted this as a teaser: “Look forward to being in the Great State of Michigan tonight. Major business expansion and jobs pouring into your State. Auto companies expanding at record pace. Big crowd tonight, will be live on T.V.” Congressman Ted Lieu responded this way: “Dear Donald Trump: US auto sales dropped 8%; Ford is shedding most of its car lineup; and GM is cutting 1,500 jobs. But I’m super excited you’re doing another unhinged #MAGA rally. While it’s tough to watch too much of your toxic rallies, they do energize Dems. Thank you.”
By the time Trump was taking the stage, he found himself obsessing over – what else – his racist wall on the Mexican border. Congress has made clear that it’s not going to happen, because it would be a waste of money and would keep out zero criminals. So Trump has at times simply pretended the wall is already in the process of being built, or announced that the various sections of existing fence somehow counted as a “wall.” This time Trump took a different tack, vowing to “shut down the country” if his pointless wall isn’t built.
Donald Trump has already had multiple government shutdowns or near-shutdowns on his watch, because he’s proven himself incapable of compromising with either party, or even articulating what he wants. In each case, Trump has come away from these standoffs without funding for his wall, because he’s a terrible negotiator. Yet he’s now reduced to making even more hollow threats.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report