aside Dear Republicans, When Will You Stop Enabling The Madman Living In The White House?

Nate Beeler / Columbus Dispatch

This Republican Donald  Trump’s reign as US president starting January 20, 2017, will not be reviewed well by future historians. Neither will the president’s republican sycophants/ enablers.

Donald Trump spent part of his Wednesday  (11/28/17) morning retweeting three videos about alleged Islamist violence. One seemed to show a Muslim man destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary; another professed to have captured a “Muslim migrant” beating up a “Dutch boy on crutches,” and a third shows Muslim men pushing a boy off a building.

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The outrage from UK leaders has been loud and clear. They have declared that the US president deeming it okay to retweet something from a far right, conspiratorial group “Britain First,” well known for “fake news” is beyond the pale of acceptable behavior.

All of us “never Trumpers” have been convinced that President Trump is not of sound mind and that his “state of mind” is a US national security risk.

But there are folks who have been supporters of Mr. Trump in the past who are stating for the record, that he is not the same man. They are genuinely concerned about his mental health.

But the republicans don’t care as long as it is their man in the White House.

Jeff Danziger / Rutland Herald

As per a 11/30/17 VOX report, “There were two problems. First, at least one of the videos was fake; reports quickly emerged showing that the perpetrator in the video about the Dutch boy is apparently neither Muslim nor a migrant. The video of teens being pushed from a rooftop is apparently three and a half years old and took place in Egypt, during a spasm of violence following the ouster of then-Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. At least one of the perpetrators was executed for the crime. The third video’s source remains unverified.”

“The much more disturbing issue is that the videos had all been originally posted by Jayda Fransen, a leader of a far-right British political party called Britain First.”

Milt Priggee / www.miltpriggee.com

As per the 11/28/17 NY Daily News editorial, “After his latest spasm of deranged tweets, only those completely under his spell can deny what growing numbers of Americans have long suspected: The President of the United States is profoundly unstable. He is mad. He is, by any honest layman’s definition, mentally unwell and viciously lashing out.”

“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.”

“Early Wednesday (11/28/17) morning, Donald Trump or whomever was manning his Twitter account retweeted, seemingly at random, three videos of supposed violence against Christians by Muslims.”

“At least one of those was long ago debunked. The words of the tweet spread to Trump’s 43.6 million followers referred to a violent young man pictured in a video as a “Muslim migrant.” The perpetrator appears to have been neither a Muslim nor a migrant.”

“Trump is broadcasting discredited hate videos even as he now tells multiple people in his inner circle that the real, verified “Access Hollywood” video in which he boasted of grabbing women “by the p—y” — words for which he has already publicly apologized — was falsified.”

Editorial cartoon on Donald Trump

On November 30, 2017, Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post penned the following report, “This is getting worse.”

Excerpts:

“How long are we going to pretend that President Trump is fully rational? How long are we going to ignore the signs that he is dangerously out of control?”

“Trump’s supporters comfort themselves with the idea that he’s being crazy like a fox — that all the outrageous lies, abrupt reversals, bizarre pronouncements and vicious personal attacks are calculated to achieve some rational goal. He’s just playing to his base, perhaps, or distracting everyone from unpopular legislation cutting taxes for the rich, or trying to deceive other world leaders into thinking he might be unhinged and therefore should be accommodated.”

Editorial cartoon on Trump inauguration

“But what evidence is there of calculation? Congress may indeed pass a slapped-together tax bill, but there is no indication Trump even knows what’s in it. That would be his first and only significant legislative accomplishment. His approval rating plummeted after the inauguration and has been stuck at 40 percent or below since June, according to Gallup. He has managed to alienate our closest allies — even drawing a rare rebuke this week from British Prime Minister Theresa May — and created a vacuum in world leadership that China is happily beginning to fill.”

“The most alarming development is the revelation that Trump continues to entertain paranoid conspiracy theories of the kind usually found beneath tinfoil hats. According to both The Post and the New York Times, Trump still clings to the ridiculous “birther” theories about where former president Barack Obama was born. The papers also reported that Trump has privately claimed the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape, in which he bragged about harassing and assaulting women, was somehow forged or doctored.”

Editorial cartoon on Trump inauguration

“It would be one thing if Trump were broadcasting this nonsense for a reason. I’d feel better even if he had a nefarious reason — to appeal to racists who cannot accept the legitimacy of the first black president, say, or to encourage his base to doubt everything they see and hear in the media and instead to trust only him. But Trump has raised these off-the-wall subjects in private conversations with aides, associates and a sitting U.S. senator — settings in which the president is likely to say what he truly believes.”

“It is one thing to create a fantasyland for political ends — appealing to some voting group’s prejudices or giving supporters a reason to excuse bad behavior. It is another thing altogether, however, for Trump to fall into his own rabbit hole and actually believe what he once knew to be untrue.”

“For decades, when he was a publicity-seeking developer and social-climbing Manhattan playboy, Trump’s method was to fabricate his own reality; he even called gossip columnists and pretended to be a publicist named “John Miller” or “John Barron” in order to sing his own praises. But he employed this shtick with a wink and a smile, knowing it was all a game. Increasingly he sounds and acts as if he thinks his make-believe is real.”

Editorial cartoon on Donald Trump and Hamilton

“One of the things that first drew attention to Trump as a presidential candidate was his public speaking style — free association, basically, with no discernible filter between brain and lip. Follow one of his speeches and you can track how his mind works. On Monday, at a White House ceremony honoring Navajo code talkers, he bizarrely slipped in his “Pocahontas” slur against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who wasn’t there and had nothing to do with the event. On Wednesday, at a Missouri rally touting the tax bill, he came to a line about how it would add “rocket fuel” to the economy, paused a second, and then reprised his “rocket man” insult of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whom Trump went on to call a “sick puppy.” .

Kim’s state-controlled media has called Trump an “old lunatic.” That the rival nuclear-armed leaders speak the same language is not comforting.

Maybe Trump is rattled by the Great Reckoning on sexual harassment and assault. Maybe he is worried about the steamrolling Robert S. Mueller III investigation. Or maybe his mental state is just deteriorating.

 Whatever the problem is, it’s serious — and it’s getting worse.
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9 comments

  1. Gday Gronda, outstanding piece. scary but truthful. I don’t know how you guys will fix things but I wish America the best of luck with that. Its like I feel sorry for the whole country. (sic world!). Can’t end soon enough. HUGS mate. Hang in there.

    • Dear Gary J.

      Wouldn’t it be a great Christmas gift if the FBI’s Special Counsel Mueller III has the goods on President Trump by January 2018 with the cooperation of the president’s former national security adviser General Michael Flynn.

      Thanks for your empathy. It has been a rough year.

      Hugs,Gronda

  2. I keep going back and forth Gronda. Are these actions and rantings of an insane person, or does he know exactly what he’s doing? Every time he does, says, or tweets something outrageous, there seems to be something more serious going on behind the scenes. For instance, this week there was the so-called tax reform that wound up getting less coverage in the media than it normally would because they were focused on his disparagement of Warren and his obscene retweets. Little attention has been paid to the government’s failure to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program which now leaves 9 million children in jeopardy. And once Trump went off the rails, the coverage of his takeover of the CFPB quickly dropped. And that’s just the big ones. There’s also KelleyAnne Conway being put in charge of the opoid epidemic and after saying how bad the pharmaceutical companies are, he just nominated Alex Azar, the former president of El Lilly for his new Health and Human Services Secretary. Talk about putting the fox in charge of the chicken coop!

    My point is, is he deranged, or is he a master manipulator? To be honest, I’m not sure which scares me more.😕

  3. Dear Kim,

    It is my opinion that he is deranged and that folks like VP Mike Pence and like minded republican leaders are the ones behind the scenes making placements like you’ve mentioned above. Any government protections designed to prevent harm being done to the average Joe voter is being destroyed. I have not been able to confirm my hypothesis but still, I am convinced that President Trump is the Trojan Horse, allowing others to do their dirty deeds.

    One of my complaints about cable news outlets is that the pundits tend to focus on what is the sensational news of the day at the expense of not reporting on other more important news.

    It is crucial that the public become more informed about these issues that you mentioned. I have been listening to a podcast, crooked.com which does cover a wide range of issues.

    Hugs, Gronda

  4. I personally think DT has gone off the edge. is mentally disturbed, and is deteriorating. My mother suffered from dementia so I’m well acquainted with it. If you see earlier videos of him speaking you can tell. The Republicans in Congress still consider him useful so are simply avoiding the truth.Those around him are enabling him. It’s not only scary but extremely sad and I can’t help but believe they’ll pay for it. Those in future who study history will probably wonder how so many people helped him limp along for such an extended time. Great post, Gronda. —- Suzanne

    • Dear Suzanne,

      I totally agree with your analysis. Like I said above, there are those who have been fans of Donald Trump for years but now, they are saying he is not the same man and they are worried about his mental health. He was never a saint but he used to be coherent, made sense etc. He used to be a smart jerk.

      And you are right. Republicans are using him. In my opinion, he is being used as a Trojan Horse by republicans in the White House and the US Congress, so that they can act in many ways under the radar to do what they have been wanting to do for years.

      These republicans are placing their interests before the US national security interests. I wish they could be charged with dereliction of duty.

      Hugs, Gronda

  5. I missed these tweets… I couldn’t agree more that Trump is completely insane and is a risk to National security! Ugh, I worry about our future and the safety of my children. On a lighter note, your article was fantastic and very well written! I’m looking forward to reading your posts and glad Kim recommended me to follow!😊

    • Dear Dani☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆,

      WELCOME!

      I have been thinking this for months.

      As per a 11/30/17 Salon article, Tony Schwartz, journalist and author of Trump’s “The Art of the Deal,” said he had knowledge of two phone calls from inside the White House from officials expressing serious concern about the president’s mental fitness.”

      “I know that two different people from the White House — or at least saying they were from the White House and that turned out to be a White House number — have called somebody I know in the last several weeks to say ‘we are deeply concerned about his mental health,'” Schwartz told MSNBC’s Ari Melber on Wednesday (11/29/17) night.”

      “When Melber asked him how he could possibly know that, Schwartz reiterated that he knows the person who received the calls, and the person has “great integrity.”

      “While that’s certainly the first public indication that White House staffers have expressed concern over Trump’s mental health, it’s by no means a new topic. Take Joe Scarborough for instance, who has raised questions about Trump’s mental stability for at least a few months now. On Thursday’s “Morning Joe,” the anchor called on Trump’s Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment, because he is “mentally unfit,” which would remove him from office. “People close to him say he is mentally unfit, people close to him during the campaign told me he had early stages of dementia,” Scarborough said. “Now listen, you can get mad at me. When are we supposed to say this? After the first nuclear missile goes? Is that when it’s proper to bring this up in polite society? Tell me.”

      I may very well reblog a post that I wrote around July 2017 about this issue.

      Thanks for stopping by based on Kim’s recommendation and Hugs, Gronda

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