Trump threatened former FBI Director Comey that he (Trump) might release the contents of taped conversations between the two men that might a) exist and b) contradict anything Comey might say that puts Trump in a bad light. I wonder if Trump even knows the role White House tapes played in President Richard Nixon’s downfall? We’ve seen other instances where it has become evident his historical knowledge is lacking (“how a-bout that Frederick Douglass boy? We’re gonna hear more from him, I’m sure!”).
Are we trying too hard to put the President in a recognizable box? David Roberts of Vox thinks so.
In short, what if Trump is exactly as he appears: a hopeless narcissist with the attention span of a fruit fly, unable to maintain consistent beliefs or commitments from moment to moment, acting on base instinct, entirely situationally, to bolster his terrifyingly fragile ego.
If that’s the case, the country and the world is in even deeper kim-chi than I thought, because he’s got no governor; he acts solely on impulse. The Russia investigation was all over the TV with no signs it was going away, so he fired Comey. Not because he hoped doing so would shut down the investigation into ties between Russian and his campaign, but because he got mad.
If that’s correct, God help us all.