Donald Trump turned his infamous juvenile insult machine on one of his own on Thursday night, lambasting his former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon as “Sloppy Steve” while ranting and raving about a humiliating newly published book and its author. For once, the insult is accurate; Bannon looks like he’s been dead and rotting for twenty years. But in reality, as we’re now so acutely seeing, the “Sloppy” nickname might be a better fit for Trump himself.
Trump tweeted “I authorized Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book! I never spoke to him for book. Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist. Look at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!” Here’s the problem: there is no question that the Trump administration consistently gave author Michael Wolff high level access to the White House and the West Wing. Such access would need to have been granted and approved by the most senior members of Trump’s staff. Trump would have seen Wolff walking around on a regular basis. Now he’s telling us he didn’t know?
Is Trump so obliviously self absorbed that he didn’t even notice this guy wandering around the West Wing on a regular basis and recording things? Did Trump never think to stop and ask who this guy was? Did he think Michael Wolff was the butler? The book alleges that Trump has gone so senile, he was recently unable to recognize old friends who approached him at Mar-a-Lago. Has Trump gone so senile that he doesn’t know who anyone is in the West Wing anymore? Does he no longer recognize Kellyanne Conway or John Kelly either?
The book raises serious questions about Donald Trump’s mental competence, and if anything, his response only serves to add validity to the book’s assertions. One way or the other, Trump has become incredibly sloppy. He can insult Steve Bannon all he wants, and frankly, few will disagree with him for once. But really, we should be talking about Sloppy Donald. This guy seemingly can’t even remember how to tie his own shoelaces these days, let alone function as the supposed President.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report