It’s difficult to point to a single day in Donald Trump’s illegitimate, chaotic, and failing presidency in which he hasn’t come off as being in over his head and hopelessly confused. But in the days since he learned that Michael Flynn has decided to cut a devastating plea deal against him, Trump has become more confused and befuddled than ever – and it’s time we begin asking if he’s completely lost whatever tentative grip he have might have still had on mental competence.
Tuesday’s headlining debacle alone was enough to raise the question. After his deranged tweet about Democratic leaders prompted them to cancel their meeting with him, he went ahead and held a joint press conference with two empty chairs. If his goal was to make the Democrats look uncooperative, he instead came off a doddering fool who seemed to think Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi actually were in those empty chairs. But this was merely the tip of the iceberg when it came to just how thoroughly confused Trump was on Tuesday.
Take, for instance, this tweet: “Just won the lawsuit on leadership of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, CFPB. A big win for the Consumer!” Nevermind that Trump is trying to install a corrupt clown to run the CFPB so he can destroy the agency’s ability to protect consumers. The lies are nothing new. The trouble here is that Trump is completely confused about the ruling. The judge merely refused to issue an emergency injunction against Trump’s side, and instead wants to hear the case.
To make things worse, Donald Trump decided on Tuesday to resume pushing the “birther” nonsense about President Obama supposedly having been born in Kenya, even though he’s previously publicly admitted that the phony scandal wasn’t real. He’s also suddenly claiming that it’s not really him on the Access Hollywood tape, even though again, he’s already admitted it was him. As it sinks in for Trump that his presidency and life are over thanks to Michael Flynn, he appears to be losing his cognitive abilities altogether.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report