While we await word on whether or not anyone will be able to see the Senate’s plan to slash Americans’ health insurance before Republicans vote to implement it—and wait for the next inevitable leaks from intelligence officials on just how extensive Russian attempts to throw America’s elections turned out to have been, we are also obliged to again take a moment to point out that the sitting would-be president is not a well man. At all.
These are not normal “presidential” declarations—not in form, and not in premise.
To reiterate, the man quite obviously has something wrong with him. He is publicly paranoid. He lies constantly and demands constant admiration from those around him. It’s a bit beyond “this man does not have a presidential temperament,” though that itself should be sufficient. It’s a narcissistic spiral of rage and self-delusion. He has repeatedly declared that he is the smartest person in any room, and surrounds himself only with similar geniuses. The only explanation for the bad news and criticism flooding over his White House, therefore, is that it is all faked to make him look bad.
While this is the common thought process of the red-faced American bunker dweller, it is not normal logic for any supposedly functioning member of society. The man remains paranoid and only barely hinged, and we cannot suppose his behavior will improve as the pressures of the office continue to rapidly mount. He might indeed fire the special counsel; he might institute a brand new war just to bask in the praise of his generals. There are no limits, and no external Republican forces willing to rein the lunatic in if he were to do any of those lunatic things.