The newest macabre chapter in the COVID Chronicles is a barrage of early morning, all caps tweets, from the patient in chief. They are what you would expect, “PROTECT THE SECOND AMENDMENT! VOTE!” Supposedly steroids make you high and Trump is either that or bored, and so he’s on the tweet box wearing his tiny thumbs to the bone. Gabriel Sherman is reporting that Trump’s behavior is so weird that even Donald Trump, Jr. wants to stage an intervention.
According to sources, Don Jr. has told friends that he tried lobbying Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, and Jared Kushner to convince the president that he needs to stop acting unstable. “Don Jr. has said he wants to stage an intervention, but Jared and Ivanka keep telling Trump how great he’s doing,” a source said. Don Jr. is said to be reluctant to confront his father alone. “Don said, ‘I’m not going to be the only one to tell him he’s acting crazy,’” the source added.
One area where the family seems united is over the president’s manic tweeting early Monday morning. After Trump sent out more than a dozen all-caps tweets, the Trump children told people they want Trump to stop. “They’re all worried. They’ve tried to get him to stop tweeting,” a source close to the family told me.
And probably memories of Grandpa Fred at the end are dancing in Junior’s head and there’s a vision for you.
There is a long history in the Trump family of denying serious illness. According to a Trump family friend, Trump’s father, Fred Trump Sr., insisted on working even after his Alzheimer’s disease advanced in the 1990s. “To retire is to expire!” Fred Sr. would say. The friend said that as Fred Sr.’s disease worsened––he once came down the stairs wearing three neckties––the family created a system so that Fred could think he was still running the Trump Organization. Every day Fred Sr. would go to the office in Brooklyn and they would give him blank papers to sort through and sign. The phone on Fred’s desk was set up so that it could only dial out to his secretary. “Fred pretended to work,” the family friend said.
Fred pretended to work and Donald pretends to lead. Tweeting platitudes and slogans constitutes leadership, a platform and a campaign 29 days out from the election — we guess. Governance by tweet has been Trump’s MO for the past four years, at least he’s consistent.
I have a fantasy of Mike Pence and Mitch McConnell playing rock, paper, scissors and the loser has to tell Donald that Pence is taking over because Mitch has to try to save the down ballot. …and I hate to keep bringing this up….but does anybody know where the nuclear football is?