Anyone who has been paying attention to the mental state of Donald Trump could not help but have noticed a severe decline in cognitive capacity. Not that he started off particularly high on that scale. In fact, even a Fox News poll taken before the 2020 election found that most Americans said that Trump doesn’t have the mental soundness to serve.
Despite his obvious failings, Trump was proud of being able to pass a test wherein he was asked to identify a camel and count to ten. He was so proud that in an interview on Fox News he bragged about being able to recite the words “person, woman, man, camera, TV.” Who can forget…
How to person woman man camera tv pic.twitter.com/rcQC4sxmLX
— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) July 24, 2020
That unparalleled feat, along with his demonstrated inability to drink water, walk down a ramp, or read, offer a pretty pathetic presentation of a man in serious psychological distress. And if any further evidence was necessary, Trump provided it himself on Monday with a statement he released via his Twitter ban defying spokes-shill:
“There would have been no January 6, as we know it, if Nancy Pelosi heeded my recommendation to bring 10,000 Soldiers, or the National Guard, into the Capitol. End the Unselect Committee January 6th Witch Hunt right now. Pelosi and the Dems are responsible!”
Poor Donnie Trump thinks that he can demand that Congress halt the investigation of his criminal acts. He is driven by a fear that is palpable. Never mind that the House Select Committee (which he childishly nicknames “unselect”) has been accumulating abundant and incriminating documentary evidence and testimony against him. Is there no one in his inner circle that would tell him that his impotent orders will surely be ignored and ridiculed?
This isn’t the first time Trump has tried to pass off this distortion of reality. For the record, Trump’s assertion that Pelosi refused his alleged recommendation to call out the National Guard to quell his insurrection has been debunked repeatedly for more than a year. Not only is Trump’s claim false, he actually disregarded the violence at the Capitol for 187 minutes while Pelosi, Sen. Chuck Schumer, GOP minority leader Kevin McCarthy, Vice-President Mike Pence, and even several Fox News hosts desperately pleaded for Trump to call off his marauding mob. Three hours later he finally released a video asking them ever so gently to go home and telling them that they were special and he loved them.
It’s the investigation into that dark day in the history of Congress that Trump thinks he can order to be halted. But his whining won’t do him any good. It just makes it clearer that he is devolving into a parody version of himself. And that version was further affirmed by a couple more “demanding” tweets on Tuesday morning.
First, Trump demanded that Joe Rogan has “got to stop apologizing to the Fake News and Radical Left maniacs. […] don’t let them make you look weak and frightened.” That’s typical of both Trump’s aversion to warranted apologies, and his support for overt racism.
Second, Trump repeated his demand to boycott AT&T and DirecTV. “It is a very popular channel,” he lied. “If you feel infringed by what this Communist movement is doing, cancel DirecTV!” Trump is so far gone that he thinks that the international mega-corporation, AT&T, is part of a “Communist movement.”
Trump’s continuing attacks on AT&T/DirecTV for dropping his darling One America News Network (OAN) affirm his position as the undisputed King of Cancel Culture. Except that no one appears to be paying any attention to his bitchy boycott bulletins. None of his targets have suffered in the slightest. In fact, his unhinged wrath is probably helping them attract more customers. It is notable that he has called for a boycott of AT&T in the past, without any discernible impact. The same goes for his unheeded decree to quit Twitter.
Trump’s antics are likely to put some comedians out of work because it isn’t possible to come up with anything funnier than what Trump does and says when left to his own dementia. That, however, doesn’t mean that we can just sit back and laugh. We must continue to defend democracy and American principles. Because Trump and his cadre of cross-eyed cult followers are still capable of – and devoted to – causing more self-serving trouble and significant harm.
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