An exclusive interview with Time provides proof positive that Donald Trump is unfit to serve as president.
After a tour of the White House, Trump had dinner served in his dining room, showed off his 60-inch flat screen, then grabbed the remote. Cued up and ready to go were clips of the hearing earlier this week that featured former National Intelligence Director James Clapper and former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates. The first clip was of Senator Lindsey Graham asking if Clapper stood by his statement that there was no known collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Trump remains silent as he waits for the answer then chortles (the Time reporter’s word) when Clapper says nothing has changed, “Yes. He was choking on that. Is there any record at all of collusion? He was the head of the whole thing. He said no. That’s a big statement.”
As the report pointed out, Clapper retired from the intelligence community months ago, so would have no knowledge of subsequent findings. But to Trump, that matters not.
Next up was a clip of Senator Chuck Grassley, who asked both Clapper and Yates if they had ever requested that the names of Trump, his associates, or members of Congress be identified by name in a legal intelligence intercept. Trump’s reaction was pure junior high school: “Watch them start to choke like dogs. Watch what happens. They are desperate for breath.”
When Clapper paused, Trump gleefully proclaims, “Ah, he’s choking. Ah, look. … See the people in the back; people are gasping.” Except the Time reporters failed to see to whom he was referring.
It is obvious that Trump was seeing an entirely different set of events during that interview. In his fevered mind, he believes he emerged unscathed. Just as he severely miscalculated the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, Trump miscalculated the effect of the Yates/Clapper testimony to Congress.
When a person sees an event through an entirely different lens from the rest of the world, one can safely say that person is delusional. That is what we currently have sitting in the White House: a delusional manchild who has a disdain for all of our American institutions and values; a manchild who is in the pocket of Vladimir Putin; a manchild who is the greatest threat to democracy this country has ever seen.
When will the members of the GOP finally admit what the rest of the country already knows to be true? And what will they do about it?