The White House was a tense place to work even before the coronavirus pandemic. Now it’s become a nightmare working environment in which Trump facing as many as 450,000 deaths from COVID-19 by New Year’s Eve looks increasingly unhinged.
The number of reports from White House aides and insiders under the condition of anonymity of President Trump flying into frequent cacophonies of rage behind closed doors is becoming impossible to ignore.
Former and current aides and insiders have from the very beginning of Trump’s Presidency reported on his volatile screaming fits. He's shouting at, turning on former allies on a dime, and even at one point threatening to sue his campaign manager for failing to deliver better polling results. Sources in the White House are warning reporters that President Trump’s behavior and demeanor the past few weeks feel qualitatively and quantitatively worse than ever before.
One White House regular that Trump sees as a confidant told me the President is starting to think he’s going to lose re-election and is taking the gloves off and is…
- Firing inspector general’s appointed by Clinton and Obama.
- Lashing out even his reliably sycophantic supporters like Sen. Lindsey Graham.
- Endorsing snake-oil cures for COVID-19 he’s pushing without any scientific proof of their working or safety.
- Threatening the cut off federal funding to several states for the “crime” of sending voters applications for absentee ballots, which he insists against all evidence are rife with fraud.
- Falsely bragging about the number of people we’re testing for Covid-19 while saying too many people are being tested.
- Promising a coronavirus cure by the end of the year while insisting if there is no vaccine that the pandemic will just disappear without a vaccine anyway.
Let’s face it. President Trump for all his claims of being a “very stable genius” is at best a poorly educated, poorly read and informed bag of insecurities and paranoia. He isn’t melting down behind closed doors for his staff to suffer. He’s also melting down on a daily basis in public on a daily basis in front of the cameras.
His rage and lawlessness has been fanned by his desperation over the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout. Now that the Mueller report didn’t sink his presidency and Senate Republicans acquitted him for a brazenly corrupt and well-documented abuse of power, Trump met the challenge of the pandemic with a sense of impunity and invincibility and that is fueling his scaling up of his lawlessness.
Politico reports that Trump’s aides are trying to figure out how to get him back to his rallies, “mindful of the president’s tendency to lash out when he’s cooped up in Washington for too long and deprived of opportunities to connect with his ultra-loyal fans.”
But Politico’s reporting is also highlighting a bigger reason why the President seems to be throwing more frequent tantrums–and has been less coherent–than usual.
In recent meetings with top campaign officials and White House aides, Trump has questioned why he’s avoiding campaign events if it‘s safe for him to travel in his official capacity.
His lack of regard for those who would attend his rallied is evidence of his being a clinical narcissist and sociopath. Politico points out we should…
“ Consider the fact that Trump travels with a large security contingent on his own regularly disinfected aircraft, has 24-hour medical staff and never interacts with anyone who hasn’t undergone a rapid antibody test, simply cannot fathom why he shouldn’t hold rallies if it’s safe for him to do so.”
He’s incapable of even acknowledging that other people exist and have their own needs. Apparently, it hasn’t occurred to him that his cultists would be endangered if they were crammed into an arena shouting at the top of their lungs and expressing microdroplets all over each other in the process. He could care less if they all died the very day after the vote, as long as he wins the election.
According to The Mayo Clinic, those who have narcissistic personality disorder…
“have an exaggerated sense of self-importance [and] a sense of entitlement” and “require constant, excessive admiration. They expect to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it. But they also have secret feelings of insecurity, shame, vulnerability and humiliation, which make them especially prone to stress and depression and leads them to “have trouble handling anything they perceive as criticism.”
When people like President Trump have narcissistic personality disorder do encounter negative feedback, they “become impatient or angry” and “have difficulty regulating emotions and behavior.”
That’s why when he’s confronted with a challenging question he so often sinks in to an angry diatribe that doesn’t answer the question posed.
According to Politico…
“Trump is a masterful bull shitter and a virtuoso at working the media, but those are his only talents. He was a millionaire at age 8 and went on to bankrupt six companies. Never considered a high-end real estate developer by his New York peers, much of his business experience entailed slapping his last name on a bunch of sleazy scams and crappy products. His persona as a crafty deal-maker and savvy businessman was crafted by ghostwriters and the producers of his reality-TV show.”
“Try as he might–and he is trying so hard–he can’t spin away 100,000 deaths or an unemployment crisis approaching Great Depression levels. His skills are worthless in this context.”
While it is, of course, possible that his re-election fortunes could improve and he could eke out another narrow Electoral College victory in November with the help of adequate voter suppression, President Trump is pushing Senator Johns (R-WI) to conduct a criminal investigation into Joe and/or Hunter Biden he is at present losing his re-election badly at this point.
Trump trails Joe Biden in a recent national poll released Wednesday. At the same time The Real Clear Politics average polling shows Trump losing every nationwide battleground state except North Carolina.
“Biden’s advantage is the steadiest in a race with an incumbent running since at least 1944.”
With the new Quinnipiac poll showing him up by 11 points, Biden’s steadiness in the polls is record-breaking.
Trump’s being deprived the adoration of his ”MAGA” fans, and while his staff is no doubt trying to shelter him, at this point he can’t escape criticism for the catastrophic epidemic that his negligence caused. His staff is desperately trying to head off his depression and narcissistic rage.
The effort to save Trump from Trump is only going to get worse as it becomes clear that we aren’t going to see a rapid “V-shape” economic recovery and COVID-19 isn’t just going to “disappear.”
Trump has immense power while still President and should be seen by Democrats as a dangerous cornered animal; there’s no telling how he will re-act at being humiliated at the polls on November 3, 2020.
He knows full well he will be tried in New York for his being a co-conspirator in some of the crimes committed by his former lawyer Michael Cohen and which he was sentenced to prison. His three oldest children also face the possibility of being indicted by New York State for shady Trump Organization crimes. He may even face being bankrupted personally and watch the IRS and other Federal and State Agencies seize his business assets.
The reality of his danger has him melting down and descending into an increasingly angry and unstable state of mind.
Pres. Donald Trump angrily exits press conference