We’ve all watched Donald Trump go completely berserk this past week, even by his already-demented standards, in the wake of the news that Michael Flynn has decided to cut a plea deal against him. Trump has publicly attacked the Prime Minister of Great Britain. He’s falsely accused MSNBC morning host Joe Scarborough of having murdered a woman. Now the editorial board of a major newspaper is flatly declaring that Trump is a “madman.”
The New York Daily News, a major newspaper from Donald Trump’s hometown, has run an op-ed titled “Donald Trump is a madman: The President’s Wednesday Twitter spasm confirms what many Americans have long suspected.” It has no single author listed, which means that it’s a joint statement from the entire editorial board. It’s nothing short of devastating.
Here’s a sampling of what the NYDN is dishing out in Trump’s direction: “Some might say we are just suffering through the umpteenth canny, calculated presidential eruption designed to distract the nation from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, or perhaps from unpopular legislation working its way through Congress. Quite possible. But Occam’s razor, and the sheer strangeness of Trump’s behavior, leads us to conclude that we are witnessing signs of mania.” And that’s just the start of the takedown.
It’s unclear the extent to which Donald Trump is purposely trying to create demented distractions to steer media coverage away from Michael Flynn’s plea deal, and the extent to which Trump is simply losing control of what little psychological faculties he may have ever had to begin with. In any case, the net result is the kind of behavior which has set off a whole new level of alarm. The New York Times has published a letter from a psychologist who believes Trump is too mentally unbalanced to be in possession of even personal weapons, let alone nuclear weapons. You can read the New York Daily News “madman” takedown here.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report