Either Donald Trump is trying out a thought experiment in which he tries to impersonate Edgar Allan Poe on Twitter, or we have the latest evidence that the person illegitimately occupying the office of President of the United States is slipping further away from mental competency by the day. And here we thought his rant last night about his Putin meeting was deranged. But this morning we were treated to… uh… um… are there even proper words?
We’ll put it this way: Donald Trump rolled out of bed this morning and tweeted “The Republicans never discuss how good their healthcare bill is, & it will get even better at lunchtime.The Dems scream death as OCare dies!” (link). If this isn’t the single best 140-character argument yet for the 25th Amendment to be invoked, we don’t know what is. But there may be something to be learned about Trump’s fracturing psyche, and how we can get him out of office sooner by getting him to fall apart more quickly, by studying the above tweet a bit more closely.
So let’s take a look. He starts with “The Republicans never discuss how good their healthcare bill is.” Of course their bill is terrible and they know it. It’s why they’ve been hiding from constituents. But here Trump is frustrated that the Republicans aren’t simply willing to go out there and lie about their bill, pretend it’s great, and pretend it doesn’t really take health insurance away from tens of millions of Americans. After all, it’s his own strategy. Translation: Trump still thinks he can lie his way into selling his gibberish agenda to the American people. His base is buying it, but the middle isn’t. So he still hasn’t figured out that he has to pander to the middle in order to get anywhere in national politics.
Then we’ve got “it will get even better at lunchtime.” Trump is still under the delusion that he has influence over the Republican Congress. He thinks he can just schmooze with them all over lunch at the White House, and they’ll come away so mesmerized that they’ll be eager to promote his shitty TrumpCare bill. He still hasn’t figured out that many of these Republicans aren’t willing to ruin their own re-electability just to go down the rabbit hole with him. After six months which he should have spent figuring out how working with Congress really works, he still doesn’t understand why he’s failing at it.
And then there’s “The Dems scream death as OCare dies!” There’s not much new to learn from this one. Unless he’s bored and he’s trying to imitate Edgar Allan Poe on Twitter just for kicks, this is further evidence that Donald Trump is rubber-room insane – and he’s deteriorating sharply by the day.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report