Americans now find themselves in a position heretofore unmatched or even undreamt of: the most dangerous person on the planet is the titular president of the United States, Donald Trump. Add to that horrific premise the fact that said president is under mounting stress as his actions come back to haunt him, and he finds out for the first time in 73 years of life, that he can’t simply buy his way out of trouble, and so he’s panicking; in “meltdown” mode as Nancy Pelosi characterized it. On one thing you may depend: it’s not going to get any better. Trump is going to get even nuttier, before our very eyes, with military heroes testifying against him, and his most favorable witness to date “being eyed for a perjury referral.” Watching Trump crash and burn is going to be Shakespearean. Chauncey DeVega, Salon: The stress of impeachment and a looming sense that perhaps, after 70-plus years of life, he may face some accountability for his wrongdoing is apparently causing Donald Trump to retreat into a delusional alternate reality. On Thursday, CNN described Trump’s response to the Ukraine scandal: “The President did what he often does when an unappealing political reality threatens: He simply invented a more advantageous one, launching misleading attacks on the conduct of the inquiry and picking new fights.” On Wednesday, New York magazine reported that Trump is now making up quotes praising him, including one from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. [McConnell allegedly said, “That was the most innocent phone call I’ve ever read.”] Trump’s apparent fabrication of McConnell’s quote is part of an increasingly common pattern in which he passes along praise from a third party that’s impossible to source and then gets called on it, typically by reporters and occasionally by the person who supposedly uttered the compliment. It’s a departure from Trump’s long-held habit of inventing quotes and attributing them to unnamed “anonymous validators,” or making up quotes that purportedly came from his political opponents. Donald Trump’s personal consigliere, Attorney General William Barr, is undermining the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution by giving legal weight to absurd conspiracy theories that Trump is the victim of a “coup” by the Democrats, the FBI and Robert Mueller. Conspiracy theories are the bedrock of Trump’s alternate reality. Conservatives and their propaganda media provide outside validation for the president’s delusions. Collectively they are enablers of the Mad King. Psychiatrist and former Harvard professor Lance Dodes weighed in on Trump’s mind set, what the Last Days of Trump might look like, and what would happen thereafter. A key element in Trump’s enduring power is that his supporters are in love with him. He is a fantasy figure for the rank-and-file Trumpists, especially his famous “white working class” supporters. His supporters wish they could do all the horrible things Trump does without suffering any consequences. Yes. And they love him because they buy his Big Lie that he cares about them and will fight for them. The tragedy is that this is an intentional con, an exact reversal and concealment of the truth that Trump cares only for himself and his need to see himself as great. He does not care at all about them. The large version of that is that Trump does not care at all about America. His slogan, too, is […]
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If conservatives support police killing citizens without justification, climate denial, fact denial, science denial, racist and misogynistic behavior, or a litany of other absurd points of view about numerous important issues, we call them out.