Tuesday, January 16, 2018

This is What it Looks Like When You're Losing Your Mind

There is a terrible inconsistency at work here:

When President Trump spoke by phone with Sen. Richard J. Durbin around 10:15 a.m. last Thursday, he expressed pleasure with Durbin’s outline of a bipartisan immigration pact and praised the high-ranking Illinois Democrat’s efforts, according to White House officials and congressional aides.

The president then asked if Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), his onetime foe turned ally, was on board, which Durbin affirmed. Trump invited the lawmakers to visit with him at noon, the people familiar with the call said.

But when they arrived at the Oval Office, the two senators were surprised to find that Trump was far from ready to finalize the agreement. He was “fired up” and surrounded by hard-line conservatives such as Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), who seemed confident that the president was now aligned with them, according to one person with knowledge of the meeting.

Trump told the group he wasn’t interested in the terms of the bipartisan deal that Durbin and Graham had been putting together. And as he shrugged off suggestions from Durbin and others, the president called nations from Africa “shithole countries,” denigrated Haiti and grew angry. The meeting was short, tense and often dominated by loud cross-talk and swearing, according to Republicans and Democrats familiar with the meeting. 

Lawmakers were treated to one version of Trump and then a completely different one. How are you supposed to make any deals with someone who changes overnight into a different version of themselves?

It's as if the whole country realizes that Trump is crazy and has lost his mind, but an elite few have decided that this is the version they prefer. They have no interest in putting the general welfare of the country ahead of their own access to power. They won't invoke the 25th Amendment because it will reveal that they should have acted to remove Trump long ago. 

I'll be very curious when, and if, they release any of Trump's medical records today.

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