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Red-faced. Shouting. Interrupting. Ignoring. That describes Trump at last night’s debate. Turns out it also describes what he’s like in the Oval Office:

Trump doesn’t accept the consensus that the debate was a disaster because, sources said, he was unabashedly himself. “The thing about the debate is people got to see why no one that has any integrity can work for Trump. This is what Trump is like in the Oval Office every day. It’s why [John] Kelly left. It’s why [Jim] Mattis quit,” said the prominent Republican. “Trump doesn’t let anyone else speak. He really doesn’t care what you have to say. He demeans people. He talks over them. And everyone around him thinks it’s getting worse.” www.vanityfair.com/…

The Vanity Fair article is more about Brad Parscale and the chance he may spill the beans on campaign finance violations. AJP has a diary about that up now; I wanted to focus on this part. I particularly want to highlight that last sentence again:

And everyone around him thinks it’s getting worse.

I’m reading Bob Woodward’s Rage right now, and while Trump hasn’t lost his temper too often yet, the title of the book says a lot. In the 2016 debates with Clinton, Trump was rude, condescending, insulting, dismissive, but he wasn’t red-faced with anger. Last night he was all that PLUS the red-faced part. And the shouting. Trump didn’t shout in the 2016 debates. A clip comparing the 2016 Trump to last night’s Trump should be good for an ad right there — look how much worse he is.

Is he worse off now than he was four years ago?

As more Republicans who used to work for him speak out against him, this is something they should also talk about. The rage. The man with the power to blow up the planet is blowing up all the time in the Oval Office.

Play clips from the debate and ask the country: is this a person you trust with our nuclear weapons? With our troops? With a knife and fork?

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7 COMMENTS

  1. We saw again the man’s true character, insecurities, envy, and wrath as an incorrigible bully on display for the entire world to see what unstable, incompetent leadership we now have. The world can in no way survive another 4 years of his selfish, self-centered neurosis. Anything and anyone but Trump should tell everyone how to vote in November!

  2. Was talking to my mother today and she reminded me that we had kids like trump who used to come over and break our toys. Probably part of the reason that when he started getting popular even before the apprentice she truly hated him. Have always wondered about that.

  3. Joe Biden has all the qualities plus experience in the WH that we crave, and we can rely on him to reverse the damage that has been done and rehire the good people who had to leave their jobs, etc etc.
    The main point of this election is get this current person OUT of the office along with his cronies!

    It does not much matter what Joe will do, WE KNOW THAT EVERYTHING JOE ENACTS WILL BE HEALING T’s INJURIES TO OUR COUNTRY.

    PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT HAPPENS BETWEEN NOV 3 And JAN 20. A LAME DUCK T WILL DESTROY AS MUCH AS HE CAN!!!!

    AND HE WON’T GO AWAY. HE’LL KEEP TWEETING HIS FOUL MOUTHED GARBAGE TO TRY TO DISCREDIT AND INTERFERE WITH THE DEMOCRATIC ADMINISTRATION.

    Make sure he and McConnell are NOT voted in. Vote him and McConnell OUT no matter what!!

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