No one could have predicted the Monday rants by Trump on Andrew Jackson, President Obama’s “wiretapping,” or the praise of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. In fact, not even Trump’s own White House aides expected that level of idiocy.
According to Politico, the insanity of Trump’s claims for the day were simply “dizzying.”
While historians were baffled by Trump’s logic regarding Andrew Jackson and the Civil War, White House aides, who try to limit Trump’s interviews for exactly this reason, were even more confused. After the interviews appeared on Bloomberg, Face the Nation, and Sirius XM, one senior official said:
‘They were not helpful to us. There was no point to do all of them.’
White House aides have recently stated that their main job as advisers to President Trump is to “talk him out of doing crazy things,” and apparently everyone took the day off on Monday. Trump went on a long rant, skipping from topic to topic, with no one countering his insanity.
One White House aide explained it all by saying, “He just seemed to go crazy today.” That does appear to be what happened.
The day began with Trump insisting that President Andrew Jackson, who died 16 years before the Civil War began, could have put a stop to the Civil War because of his “big heart.” That heart of Jackson’s amounted to little more than his personal owning of human beings as slaves and the mass genocide of Native American people. Apparently, all the Civil War really needed was a slave-owning president comfortable with mass murder to side with the South and life would all be grand for white folks today.
Next, Trump tried giving an interview to CBS News from the Oval Office. It all went awry, however, when the subject of Trump’s own “wiretapping” claims by President Obama were brought up in a question. Trump clearly became agitated, insisting that the question not be asked since he’s entitled to his “own opinions.”
No one was asking for his opinions. The reporter from ABC News was asking for facts to back up the very serious claims that Trump made against his predecessor. Trump doesn’t seem to understand yet that he can’t say things that are not true as president. He can’t continue his birther claims or insist that he’ll throw his political opponents in prison.
The insanity did not end there. Trump went on to say how “honored” he would be to meet with the president of North Korea, a man against whom the United States has been at odds for years over human rights violations, leaving the country stunned. Still, he wasn’t finished.
‘The president floated, and backed away from, a tax on gasoline. Trump said he was “looking at” breaking up the big banks, sending the stock market sliding. He seemed to praise Philippines strongman President Rodrigo Duterte for his high approval ratings. He promised changes to the Republican health care bill, though he has seemed unsure what was in the legislation, even as his advisers whipped votes for it.’
As Trump passes just 100 days as president, the claims made by neurologists and mental health experts that something may be seriously wrong seem more and more likely.
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