Two seemingly unrelated developments from the past two days may have more to do with each other than you’d think:
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was told he would be indicted in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian probe, and CNN reported that Manafort was the target of FBI wiretapping both before and after the election.
Trump stood in front of the UN General Assembly and said this: “The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”
And with that, Trump’s gradual metamorphosis into Rocket Man’s dastardly archnemesis, Scrotum Face, was complete.
So what to make of this pustular eruption of a UN address?
Is this a clever game of brinkmanship intended to make Kim Jong Un cower in fear, thereby restoring order and calm to a nervous world? Of course not. To suggest that Trump has a strategy is like saying a toddler trapped down a well has a strategy. He doesn’t think before he speaks. And he doesn’t think before he talks to his speechwriters. He doesn’t think — full stop. He’s pure id. More accurately, he’s the thick, gooey, unhealthy blob of icing on top of the id.
There’s no real plan for anything. It’s why his presidency has so quickly come to resemble a Tijuana donkey show with 80 one-star Yelp reviews. He just acts — out of pure emotion and barely concealed rage.
So if you take a moment to read law professor Seth Abramson’s latest Twitter thread on the prospects for Trump’s impeachment in light of the Manafort revelations, you’ll probably come away encouraged. Like most of Abramson’s tweetstorms on this subject, it’s both incisive and eye-opening. (If you don’t feel like reading it, suffice to say it makes a Trump impeachment look like more than just a glimmering light at the end of the tunnel.)
But it’s also nerve-racking, because with Trump there’s always an equal and opposite reaction whenever he feels threatened. If he’s raging more than usual, it’s a good bet he’s simultaneously feeling the heat.
Would he pull the pin on the grenade just as the gendarmes start to close in? Well, why wouldn’t he? This is a guy who thinks the universe disappears when he shuts his eyes. Everything is about him. Starting a war with North Korea would be the perfect distraction. And even if it weren’t, he might think it would be. Remember, this moron thought firing James Comey would make the Russia scandal go away. We’re not exactly dealing with Garry Kasparov here.
Godspeed, Robert Mueller. Though we’d probably all feel safer if the vice president and Trump’s cabinet grew a spine and invoked the 25th Amendment in accordance with their constitutional duty.
Nearly every day Trump provides us with new evidence that he’s mentally unfit for office, and today he gave us just one more glaring example.