I’m not a psychiatrist or a psychologist, and I don’t believe in diagnosis from a distance, but go ahead and look at Trump’s press conference yesterday, especially the closing minutes, and tell me that’s normal. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Trump abruptly ended a press conference Monday after telling an American reporter who was born in China to “ask China” about coronavirus testing statistics.
CBS News’ Weijia Jiang had asked Trump why he insisted on framing the United States’ testing capacity relative to other countries, to which Trump replied, “ask China.”
“Don’t ask me, ask China that question, okay?” he said. “When you ask them that question, you may get a very unusual answer.”
“Sir, why are you saying that to me specifically?” Jiang responded. Trump dodged the question, saying he was posing the question to “anybody that would ask a nasty question like that.”
Jiang protested the characterization, but Trump moved on, calling on CNN’s Kaitlin Collins before trying to pass onto another reporter instead.
“Sir, I just want to let my colleague finish,” Collins said. But Trump was done. “Ladies and Gentleman, thank you very much,” he said, leaving the briefing.
It’s going to get worse. So the question now becomes if there is anyone besides a Trump enabler or sycophant who can do anything about it? There was a suggestion that the 25th Amendment be invoked, but that would require the Cabinet to sign off on removing the president from power temporarily, and they’re too much in his pocket to do it. Congress also has the power to invoke the 25th Amendment, but that’s a non-starter as long as the Senate is in the hands of the Republicans; they are too much invested in Trump for their own futures to willingly go against him.
The only way the 25th Amendment can be invoked without turning it into a game of political cornhole is if Trump himself becomes physically incapacitated, certified medically. In other words, he’s going to have to come down with Covid-19 or some other malady.
I wouldn’t willingly wish the virus on anyone. But since a lot of Republicans are saying that sometimes we have to sacrifice human life for the greater good — destroying any “pro-life” argument they would ever make again — it would be ironic on a scale unimagined by the best classic Greek tragedians if that would be the end awaiting this administration.