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This is an an actual headline about the actual man who sits in the Oval Office, who inherited the title of the most powerful man in the world: “‘He is stubborn and doesn’t realize how bad this is getting.” The body of the story isn’t any more reassuring.

President Donald Trump’s decision to double down on his argument that “both sides” were to blame for the violent clashes at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was driven in part by his own anger—and his disdain for being told what to do.

Trump’s temper has been a constant force in this eight-month-old White House. He’s made policy decisions after becoming irritated with staffers and has escalated fights in the past few weeks with everyone from the Senate majority leader to the volatile dictator of North Korea. […]

For Trump, anger serves as a way to manage staff, express his displeasure or simply as an outlet that soothes him. Often, aides and advisers say, he’ll get mad at a specific staffer or broader situation, unload from the Oval Office and then three hours later act as if nothing ever occurred even if others still feel rattled by it. Negative television coverage and lawyers earn particular ire from him.

White House officials and informal advisers say the triggers for his temper are if he thinks someone is lying to him, if he’s caught by surprise, if someone criticizes him, or if someone stops him from trying to do something or seeks to control him.

That’s the commander in chief, the man with the nuclear button. One adviser says of him “In some ways, Trump would rather have people calling him racist than say he backed down the minute he was wrong. […] This may turn into the biggest mess of his presidency because he is stubborn and doesn’t realize how bad this is getting.” That’s not just stubborn, that’s someone operating emotionally as a toddler.

It isn’t going to stop because he isn’t going to stop. He’s not going to stop tearing this nation apart and keeping the world at the precipice of nuclear war.

So the big question is if Republicans in Congress—the supposed leaders, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell—are going to continue to go along with him on this, if getting their tax cuts and their judges is worth it.

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