There's the Trump tweet in which he threatened North Korea by playing chicken for starting a nuclear war, challenging Kim Jong Un with a "My nuke is bigger than your nuke" swagger, thereby pretty much proving that his hands are indeed very tiny and that Vanity Fair was right when they described him years ago as a "short-fingered vulgarian."
Then there was the tweet that sought personal praise for all he had done in ensuring that there were no commercial aviation deaths in the United States last year. Never mind that there has not been a single death in U.S. commercial aviation in NINE YEARS! None. Zero. And never mind, too, that he not only has not proposed any new aviation regulations -- none. Zero -- but he actually told airline execs ON CAMERA that he wanted to loosen regulations for them.
Then there was his tweet that threatened his political opponents with prison -- an authoritarian attack on James Comey, Hillary Clinton's aide Huma Abedin and even what he referred to as the "Deep State" FBI. It was almost like he was sending a flare to Special Counsel Robert Mueller that if he needed more evidence for an Abuse of Power charge, here's your New Year's gift.
All of this is ghastly. And all of it happened just yesterday. Yesterday! This is more sick posturing than I dare say any president in the history of the United States has done in eight years in office. But all this was just done in one, single day! It's the Trump equivalent of A Christmas Carol where Scrooge is amazed that the Spirits all visited him in a single night. It would seem miraculous, but yes, he did it.
But there's also the ongoing reality of Trump being the only leader in the entire world who pulled his country out of the Paris Accord. And just yesterday, the National Weather Service announced that temperatures in the East and Midwest were 10-20 degrees BELOW NORMAL -- and that this weekend, a "bomb cyclone" on the East Coast (just consider that phrase a moment: a bomb cyclone!) will drop temperatures 20-40 degrees BELOW NORMAL. After all of the Category 5 hurricanes, the devastation of Puerto Rico, Florida, and Houston, and the ongoing wildfires that wiped out massive areas of the Pacific Northwest, Northern California and Southern California -- well...(Deep Sarcasm Alert) just thank goodness we aren't working with every other nation in the world to combat Climate Change.
And these all went uncriticized by the silent Republican Party, which has remained totally complicit in its foundational support of Trump and his administration, as he slips over the edge towards nuclear war, destruction of America's core institutions, and separation from the world community.
There's a lot more, of course. His tweeting about protests in Iran, gun deaths in America, trashing the media, slamming the Post Office for undercharging Amazon, and on and on, in his twisted, fascistic-like mind. But those are all "old news," which in Trump World means from before yesterday. They're being dealt with elsewhere, but for here, we're just catching up after the holiday.
Still, for all those maniacal pronouncements just yesterday alone, as dangerous and perverse as they all were, one other to me stands out above them. Which is saying a lot, considering that in his other "tweets" he threatened nuclear war and threatened jailing his political opponents and took credit for something non-existent. But this other tweet I think gives a deeper insight into his mind than all that. It's when he wrote -- okay, I'm going to embed this one, because you otherwise might not believe it --
It is my fondest hope, though, that the Republican Party follows Trump's lead and actually uses his various electoral theories on Hispanics as the basis for their 2018 mid-term plans. Hey, I've even got a slogan for the party -- "What Have You Got to Lose?!" It covers everything, and worked so well with the Black vote in 2016.
One other thought when I read this tweet -- not to mention all the others:
The 25th Amendment.