The Oranges of the Mueller Report


“That trek up is one of the great treacherous treks anywhere, and Mexico has now, because they don’t want the border closed.”

Jennifer Rubin points out,

In the past 24 hours, Trump — who will be 74 in November 2020 and is “tired,” according to aides — has:

  • Falsely declared multiple times that his father was born in Germany. (Fred Trump was born in New York.)
  • Declared that wind turbines cause cancer.
  • Confused “origins” and “oranges” in asking reporters to look into the “oranges of the Mueller report.”
  • Told Republicansto be more “paranoid” about vote-counting.

He is increasingly incoherent. The Post quotes him at a Republican event on Tuesday: “We’re going into the war with some socialist. It looks like the only non, sort of, heavy socialist is being taken care of pretty well by the socialists, they got to him, our former vice president. I was going to call him, I don’t know him well, I was going to say ‘Welcome to the world Joe, you having a good time?’” Even when attempting to defend himself, he emits spurts of disconnected thoughts. “Now you look at that [presidential announcement] speech and you see what’s happening and that speech was so tame compared to what is happening now, that trek up is one of the great treacherous treks anywhere, and Mexico has now, because they don’t want the border closed.” …

Collectively, we need to stop treating his conduct as normal. Politicians should start saying aloud what we all intuitively understand: Trump is unraveling before our eyes.

Meanwhile, The Plum Line posts Fresh signs of Trump’s unfitness have emerged. How can Democrats deal with this?

The specific “fresh signs” to which the author refers are Trump’s repeated threats to “close the southern border.”

My own hope is that he follows through on the threat. It will serve the plutocrats right, for relying on a mad man to con the rubes and keep their taxes low.

The Trump Administration is bound to end badly. Let’s just get it over with. I think the sooner it ends (badly), the less bad it will be.

C’est de la Folie, Deuxième Partie

hardest thing

In an earlier post, I took note of Trump’s evident belief that he could fire the FBI director before his inauguration, and before his election, and even before his nomination, as evidence of increasing mental deterioration.

In a post this morning, titled The President’s Mental Deficiencies Have Been Normalized, Nancy LeTourneau addresses the same issue. She writes,

What is perhaps most disturbing about all of this is that we’ve all grown so accustomed to these kinds of things from Trump that it barely registered any attention in the media. That is how this president’s mental deficiencies have been normalized to a dangerous degree.

A Two-Handed Observation

On the one hand, one understands why reporters now feel it’s superfluous to add comments such as, “In making this claim, the President obviously was wearing a tin hat and receiving messages from the Planet Krypton—or was acting on the assumption that his followers have lost all capacity to distinguish between delusion and reality.”

On the other hand, it’s unwise, I think, to miss signs that an already delusional liar is now manifesting signs of yet further mental disintegration.


The photograph above comes from Fort Bend County, Texas. The large elephant in the room is intended to represent both the god Ganesh and the Republican mascot.