“Everybody was painfully aware of the increasing pace of his [Trump’s] repetitions.”
“It used to be inside of 30 minutes he’d repeat, word-for-word and expression-for-expression, the same three stories – now it was within 10 minutes. Indeed, many of his tweets were the product of his repetitions – he just couldn’t stop saying something.”
This is an excerpt from Michael Wolff’s new book “Fire and Fury”, a stunning account of the columnists extensive time with many people in Trump’s inner circle over the past year. On NBC’s “Today” show, Wolff laid bare the extent of Trump’s dangerous mental state, revealing that “100 percent of the people around” Trump had serious concerns about his psychological health and fitness for the presidency.
“I will tell you the one description that everyone gave,” said Wolff. “They all say he is like a child, and what they mean by that is, he has a need for immediate gratification. It’s all about him.”
In an extracted column in the Hollywood Reporter, Wolff elaborated:
Donald Trump’s small staff of factotums, advisors and family began, on Jan. 20, 2017, an experience that none of them, by any right or logic, thought they would — or, in many cases, should — have, being part of a Trump presidency. Hoping for the best, with their personal futures as well as the country’s future depending on it, my indelible impression of talking to them and observing them through much of the first year of his presidency, is that they all — 100 percent — came to believe he was incapable of functioning in his job.
Just think about that. Those closest to Trump — not Democrats, not the “Fake News” media, and not the army of professional psychologists who have publicly diagnosed him as a dangerous narcissist with a personality disorder — believe he has the psychological profile of a petulant child and is incapable of running the country.
If 50% of what Wolff has to say in his new book is true, then the country is in a terrifying situation that must be dealt with as soon as possible. It is unconscionable to have a mentally unwell sociopath with his finger on the nuclear button, and those around him have a duty to intervene before this gets out of hand. However, it appears that no one in his circle has the courage to speak out about it or do anything about it — which is sadly hardly surprising given they were stupid enough to believe in him in the first place.
If America is waiting for someone close to Trump to stand up and declare that “enough is enough”, it’s hard to think who it could be. Trump diligently staffed his administration with halfwitted hacks who have no business being in government and likely saw it as an opportunity to make a name for themselves. Attracted by Trump’s riches and name brand it probably seemed like a good idea in the beginning, but now the reality has set in and they are left babysitting a mentally unstable ego maniac. This will end badly, but there is still time to mitigate the damage if those around him act swiftly to remove him from office. The GOP has the power to get him out of office and conscientious Republicans should be lobbying their party to do it as soon as humanly possible.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.