Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff / Flickr general kelly...
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff / Flickr

Bob Corker said the other day, “I know for a fact that every day at the White House it’s a situation of trying to contain him.” There’s some literal truth to that, as a Vanity Fair reporter told NBC:

Sherman was discussing the growing concern in the West Wing over Trump’s temperament, particularly as the president continues to escalate feuds with prominent Republicans like Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) while simultaneously setting the United States “on the path to World War III.”

“A conversation I had with a very prominent Republican today, who literally was saying that they imagine Gen. Kelly and Secretary Mattis have had conversations that if Trump lunged for the nuclear football, what would they do?” Sherman told NBC’s Chris Hayes. “Would they tackle him? I mean literally, physically restrain him from putting the country at perilous risk.”

“That is the kind of situation we’re in. These  are the conversation they have, on very good authority, are taking place inside the White House.”

Not surprisingly, the only one who seems to be unaware of the threat he poses is Trump himself.

Mr. Trump on Tuesday rejected the suggestion that he was risking a nuclear war. “We were on the wrong path before,” he said, presumably referring to North Korea. “All you have to do is take a look. If you look over the last 25 years through numerous administrations, we were on a path to a very big problem, a problem like this world has never seen. We’re on the right path right now, believe me.”

But what a path. [Laurie] Ouellette, who has written or edited several books on reality television, including “Better Living Through Reality TV,” said Mr. Trump the president had gone even further than Mr. Trump the reality show star ever did.

“This has exceeded what would have been allowed on ‘The Apprentice,’” she said. “It’s almost a magnification. It’s like reality TV unleashed. Yes, he was good at it, but I always felt like he had to be reined in in order not to mess up the formula. Here, he doesn’t have that same sort of constraint.”

Yeah, we wouldn’t want the end credits to roll over images of exploding mushroom clouds — with nobody to watch, now would we? Maybe that’s the way to appeal to Trump, tell him there won’t be any ratings?

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