Yesterday, in a delusion of grandeur overwhelming by his own outlandish standard, Trump not only retweeted a truly-demented and deeply anti-Semitic note sent to him by some random, albeit unhinged member of the populace that, among other things, called Trump the "King of Israel" and being loved like the "second coming of God." -- after which Trump himself, talking to the press outside the White House, referred to himself as "the Chosen One."
No, really. This is all true. No doubt you saw it on the news -- not in The Onion or Psychology Today -- since it was pretty hard to ignore.
The thing is, if Trump was actually The Chosen One, you'd think that God would at least have let him get more popular votes that Hillary Clinton.
In case anyone was wondering, no, this is not normal.
How "not normal"? Forget for the moment that Trump has his finger on nukes...as well as your life -- if he was merely your next-door neighbor and thought he was The Chosen One and said people considered him the King of Israel and Second Coming of God, would you let your children simply talk to him??
(Fun Fact: much as Trump and his correspondent want to believe otherwise, and want you to believe it, as well, Jews, perhaps most-especially those in Israel, don't actually believe in the "Second Coming of God." They're just fine with His first appearance, thank you very much.).
And this on the day when it made the news that the U.S. budget deficit hit one trillion dollars. NBC News sent out a tweet that referenced the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office explaining this deficit was substantially "more than previously expected due to legislative packages passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump," In truth, it was only not "previously expected" by the blind and feverish acolytes who think Trump is The Chosen One. Most others sentient Americans not only expected it, but were certain and said so at the time. But hey, perhaps he can turn a deficit into a surplus. Unfortunately, the rest of the country is unable to walk on water and is slowly sinking in it.
And further, it was the day after Trump said that the 79% of Jews who voted Democratic were "disloyal." Because, hey, when you're a virulent anti-Semite, why wouldn't you say that? And this.
By the way, the two retweets that Trump sent were far-more insane that the very little I quoted above. I just don't have it in me to re-post them both in full. Nor do I have it in me to debate those who have been trying to point out that re-tweeting someone calling you "The King of Israel" and the "second coming of God" and thanking the person isn't the same as claiming it yourself -- especially when "you" did call yourself later "The Chosen One." I'm perfectly fine with Trump's supplicants twisting themselves into a knot in order to prove he's not totally insane, merely a pscyhoneurotic who wants everyone else to believe that what was said in his retweets were true. Although explaining away that "The Chosen One" is a little more difficult. I have no doubt that they'll bring out the Golden Oldie, "He was just joking.".
Remember: "maga" in Nigerian means "victim of fraud."
Hey, the good news in all this is that by Trump's new standards, he wouldn't be allowed to buy a gun. So, he's just limited to nuclear weapons.
And not a word of horror from Republicans. Meaning we must repeat -- this is not about Trump, we know who he is. (And no, I don't mean "King of Israel," "The second coming of God" and "The Chosen One.") This is about the elected officials of the Republican Party who enable him and are complicit.
And in honor of it all, we present a musical interlude. "King Herod's Song" from Jesus Chris Superstar. Follow the bouncing loon.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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