This is a quick post outside of my regular schedule because the nation I love is in terrible peril and it’s clear that far too many people do not appreciate the real problem:
The president is not sane.
Everything else is irrelevant. The executive orders, North Korea, even the Russian hacking of our election are completely secondary to the immediate problem in front of us. The most powerful person in the world is not sane and we have to do something about it immediately.
The admission to NBC finally laid this bare – Trump was going to fire Comey no matter what and that was that. How does this go down?
The firing took place in Trump’s alternative universe. This exists entirely in his mind and is not encumbered by reality. It has no relationship to reality. It is an entirely separate place altogether.
Trump knows that from time to time he has to influence reality and follow certain social protocols and rules. They confuse and irritate him because he does not really understand them. They impinge on the fantasy world he actually inhabits and constrain it in ways that simply do not make any sense to him.
He was told that he had to come up with an excuse to fire Comey. He understood that need enough to order it to be done. Rod Rosenstein complied, but clearly did not want to do it. The fact that he did a terrible job of justifying it shows this.
Rosenstein, and everyone else on the staff, are all starting to question their own sanity about now. Their proximity to the alternative Trump universe is warping their judgement and rendering them largely useless. They are simply trying to survive and cope with this on a day by day basis.
The process is referred to as “gaslighting”, from the play later made into a movie. This process is usually seen from the perspective of the victim, starting out in reality, where the perpetrator is clearly some kind of psychopathic monster. All of that is true enough, but see it for a moment from the perspective of the perpetrator.
Trump knows, deep down, that his universe is not reality. He depends on reality to support him but is incapable of understanding it. The only hope he has is to control it as much as possible and warp it around the needs of his alternative universe. His whole life he’s had the resources, especially the charm, to do this. So he is going to rely on all of those to do it again as long as that works.
To him, this is a defensive move. His universe is being threatened.
Once charm fails it’s time to lash out. He is a cornered animal being forced to deal with reality, something he does not understand any longer. He has to gain control over reality to put it once again in a servile position to his own universe. This has always worked for him in the past largely because those who present a threat back down in order to preserve their own sanity. Trump will continue to do what has worked for him so far.
Diversion is a big part of this process. Change the subject and the threat will go away. Projection is also a tool, which is where his own transgressions are absorbed and turned around as if they were things done to him. He remembers something bad happened but not the details – it must have been one of those threats from the outside. They are absorbed and put to work for the Trump alternative universe.
This is all extremely dangerous in any situation, but when the president has his own universe with his own facts it is a great peril to everyone. We have to see everything that he says from the perspective of a cornered animal, alternating between charm and outrage to do whatever it takes to defend an alternative universe that exists entirely in his own mind.
Nothing else matters. He has to be removed.