Republican Senators question whether Trump has Alzheimer’s, Mueller indictments start rolling out, wars with a Gold Star Widow and several GOP Senators… October marks the beginning of the end.
October has marked the worst month, so far, for Trump; and things keep piling on at lightening speed. Puerto Rico, a war with a Gold Star widow, increased concerns over his mental health… the hits keep coming.
October has been one of the worst months for Trump in a series of horrible months, starting before he was even inaugurated.
There was his wretched response to the Las Vegas tragedy. As The Atlantic reported, “Trump’s speech to the nation after the Las Vegas atrocity, however, was steeped in hypocrisy. He is the least outwardly religious president of modern times, the president least steeped in scripture. For him to offer the consolations of God and faith after mass bloodletting is to invite derision. ‘It is love that defines us,’ said President Trump, and if we weren’t heartbroken, we would laugh.”
There was his war with a Gold Star widow, Myeshia Johnson. Just this week Trump was, once again, trying to defend himself. As Vox reported, “Trump said Wednesday that he did not forget the name of a soldier killed in an ambush in Niger while making a condolence call to the soldier’s widow, contrary to her claims.”
“One of the great memories of all time,” Trump told reporters, before gesturing to his head. “There was no hesitation. I think she’s a fantastic woman. I was extremely nice to her. Extremely respectful.”
As Vox reported, Trump was apparently responding to Johnson, who “told ABC News on Monday she was ‘very angry’ that the president had struggled to ‘remember my husband’s name.'”
Then there are his ongoing issues with his “deplorable” response to Hurricane Maria which left hundreds dead and most of the island struggling to this day to restore basic services like electricity and clean water.
October brought a continuance of Trump’s war with Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, and an ongoing war of words with Republican Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who claim “a lot more” Republicans are set to speak out about Trump’s behavior.
George W. Bush’s ethics attorney, Richard Painter, and clinical psychologist, Leanne Watt, published an op-ed piece for NBC News discussing the 25th Amendment and Trump’s mental health matters.
Bill Clinton’s Labor Secretary, Robert Reich, posted an open letter to embattled Sec. of State Rex Tillerson, urging him not to quit but to get together with other administration officials and oust Trump from office pursuant the 25th Amendment.
David Brooks published a lengthy op-ed piece for The New York Times this week reporting that some Republican senators are questioning Trump’s mental health after a Wednesday lunch meeting with Trump to discuss tax reform.
The Republican senators went to the White House and saw a president so repetitive and rambling, some thought he might be suffering from early Alzheimer’s. But they know which way the wind is blowing. They gave him a standing ovation. [emphasis added]
Things have gotten so bad for Trump that The Atlantic published an article in their October edition questioning whether Trump would destroy the presidency itself.
Trump is testing the institution of the presidency unlike any of his 43 predecessors. We have never had a president so ill-informed about the nature of his office, so openly mendacious, so self-destructive, or so brazen in his abusive attacks on the courts, the press, Congress (including members of his own party), and even senior officials within his own administration. Trump is a Frankenstein’s monster of past presidents’ worst attributes: Andrew Jackson’s rage; Millard Fillmore’s bigotry; James Buchanan’s incompetence and spite; Theodore Roosevelt’s self-aggrandizement; Richard Nixon’s paranoia, insecurity, and indifference to law; and Bill Clinton’s lack of self-control and reflexive dishonesty.
And, to top it all off, CNN reported Friday night that the first charges have been filed in Special Prosecutor Bob Mueller’s investigation.
A federal grand jury in Washington on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter.
The charges are still sealed under orders from a federal judge. Plans were prepared Friday for anyone charged to be taken into custody as soon as Monday, the sources said. It is unclear what the charges are.
Time will tell, but it appears that October 2017 may very well mark the beginning of the end of the Trump regime.