The New York Times has an article by Charles M. Blow about the madness of King Trump:
When people behave as if they have something to hide, it is often because they do. For me, this is a basic law of human behavior. That’s why President Trump’s baffling, outrageous, unfathomable, and just plain bizarre behavior last week strengthened my strong suspicions that there is something that Trump knows about the investigations into his campaign’s contacts with Russia that he does not want us to know. That is the only way that I can make sense of what happened, as these are either the machinations of concealment, expressions of a burgeoning insanity, or both. The details of the most recent episode in the Trump madness are now well known and yet every new detail that helps add texture to the story also renders it more horrifyingly egregious.Rico says handcuffs would be the most satisfying conclusion, but there's a long road ahead...
According to news reports (some of which the White House disputes, I hasten to add), after former FBI Director James Comey refused to pledge loyalty to Trump, publicly rebuked some of Trump’s lies, and sought to intensify the bureau’s investigation into the Russia connections, Trump unceremoniously dismissed him. He then let his surrogates go out (or possibly sent them out) to lie about why Comey was fired. Then Trump tweeted a threat at Comey that seemed like an attempt to bully him into remaining quiet.
Who does that? Legal and ethical questions abound about the impropriety and even legality of attempting to strong-arm, and then dismissing and threatening, the law enforcement official leading an investigation into your circle of associates. Many of those questions rise not from clandestine sources, but rather from Trump himself. He is talking and tweeting himself into legal jeopardy, and he can’t seem to help himself. Something in the man is broken. He is insecure, paranoid, and brittle, jostling from egomania to narcissism, intoxicated with a power beyond his meager comprehension, and indulging in it beyond the point of abuse.
Some people are ebulliently optimistic that the abomination is coming undone and may soon be at an end. But I would caution that this is a moment pregnant with calamity.
The man we see unraveling before our eyes still retains the power of the Presidency until such time as he doesn’t, and that time of termination is by no means assured.
Trump is now a wounded animal, desperate and dangerous. Survival is an overwhelming, instinctual impulse, and one should put nothing beyond a being bent on ensuring it.
Banking on an easy impeachment or resignation or a shiny set of handcuffs is incredibly tempting for those drained and depressed by Trump’s unabated absurdities, perversions of truth and facts, and assaults on custom, normalcy, and civility.
But banking on this is, at this point, premature. I share the yearning. A case for removal can most definitely be made and has merit. But there remain untold steps between plausibility and probability. Expectations must be managed so that hopes aren’t dashed if the mark isn’t immediately met.
There are incredibly encouraging signs that the Comey debacle has crystallized sentiment about the severity of Trump’s abnormality and the urgent need for an independent investigation into the Russia connection.
Last week, after Comey was fired, twenty attorneys general sent a letter to the Department of Justice urging it to immediately appoint an independent special counsel to oversee the investigation. The letter read in part:“As the chief law enforcement officers of our respective states, we view the President’s firing of Director James Comey in the middle of his investigation of Russian interference in the presidential election as a violation of the public trust. As prosecutors committed to the rule of law, we urge you to consider the damage to our democratic system of any attempts by the administration to derail and delegitimize the investigation.”Furthermore, according to a poll released on Thursday: “a majority of Americans, over fifty percent percent, think that Trump’s abrupt dismissal of Comey was not appropriate, while nearly fifty percent think that Comey was fired due to the Russia investigation, according to results from a new NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll.”
This followed a Quinnipiac Poll taken before the Comey firing that found: “American voters, who gave President Donald Trump a slight approval bump after the missile strike in Syria, today give him a near-record negative job approval rating.”
The report continued that “critical are big losses among white voters with no college degree, white men and independent voters.” The army of righteous truth-seekers is gathering; the hordes of sycophants are faltering. The challenge now is to keep the media’s microscope trained on this issue and to keep applying sufficient pressure to elected officials.
Something is happening. It’s in the air. It is an awakening, it is an adjustment, it is a growing up.