25th Amendment NOW
We're in day 2 of Donald Trump's Twitter meltdown.
The past two days we've been treated to Trump's unbridled, paranoid, aggrieved id. He's gone after Google, CNN, NBC, and various other malefactors he blames for not recognizing his genius.
It's truly something to behold. One usually doesn't see such a performance outside of the purview of a cinematic or television treatment of a madman dictator losing what little grasp of reality he or she has left. We're entering Shakespeare's territory, with visions of ghosts and bloody daggers and intimations of impending doom.
Trump has finally realized that the subterfuges and flim-flammeries he usually employed as a mobbed up "real estate developer" in Queens to avoid scrutiny or accountability don't work in the world of power politics. For all of our failings, we're not a banana republic, and he has brought us no closer to being one. In fact, his actions have mobilized the state and societal institutions which were designed as a check on a person like Trump. And thus, he's going full scorched earth, calling into question those institutions, questioning their legitimacy, painting himself as victim of some grand guignol conspiracy to stifle his greatness.
If his behavior of the past two days—not to mention of the past two years—is not reason enough to resort to the mechanisms of the 25th Amendment to remove an obviously mentally incapacitated chief executive, I don't know what would qualify. Each tweet is more deranged, more paranoid than the previous one. What we're seeing is a psychotic break live on social media. If Trump were still a louche game show host, we'd be laughing. He has the nuclear codes; this is no laughing matter.
His supine sycophants won't invoke the 25th Amendment, of course. The only option is to make sure Democrats take at least the House; taking both chambers would be optimal. They need to do so to remind Trump that he, in fact, isn't king, and that the legislature is a co-equal branch of government.
Strap in; the tweets will keep coming.
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