If You've Been Paying Attention To Trump This Week, You're Probably Terrified

by Valerie Williams
Image via Twitter/Donald Trump

Trump’s Twitter feed is a scarier place than usual these days

As the last year has dragged on (and on and on) with President Donald Trump finding new and different ways to shock and horrify our nation and the world, it’s become easier to shrug off his increasingly unhinged behavior as “normal.” Over the course of his first year in office, we were slowly conditioned to expect insanity to fly out of Trump’s mouth — and his Twitter feed. But the last few days have held whole new levels of bizarre and alarming — even by his standards.

The cheese is clearly sliding off his cracker and bottom line, anyone watching this spiral is probably very afraid — with good reason.

He started off yesterday morning by praising himself for the lack of commercial aviation deaths in 2017 (while conveniently forgetting to take credit for the number of gun deaths) and apparently ignoring the fact that there hasn’t been a commercial aviation-related death in the U.S. since 2013.

This only scratches the surface of his downward slide (who knew how much further he could go?) in the start of the new year.

He did some rambling about the (actually not remotely failing) New York Times.

He then more or less threatened a nuclear-armed North Korea by throwing out a schoolyard taunt to the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, letting him know he has access to a special button all his own. “Bigger and more powerful” than Un’s, naturally. We can only pray to every god there is that someone in the White House is on 24/7 nuclear button watch, ready to tackle Trump on a moment’s notice. Because this shit is so beyond fucking terrifying and reads like an SNL script, only it’s horribly, scarily real.

15 minutes later, Trump had moved on from stirring nuclear tensions in under 280 characters and was back at his pet subject — the “corrupt” media who are “Dishonest and Bad.” He jumps from talking about literally blowing up a country to his obsession with how the press treats him in mere minutes. Jesus Christ, how is this real life and not an episode of South Park?

And then came this gem earlier today.

“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency,” Trump said in an official statement. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”

What was that they say about people in glass houses? That they shouldn’t tweet anymore? Not quite, but yes, please make that happen.

That’s a statement, America. From our president. Who lives in the actual White House and is considered leader of the free world. His relationship with former chief strategist Steve Bannon is unraveling quickly, and it’s clear that there’s much more happening behind the scenes than we’re currently privy to. To say Trump is upset is an understatement — he sounds livid.

That’s because this statement was in response to recent quotes attributed to Bannon in a new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.” In it, Bannon suggests the infamous meeting between members of the Trump campaign and Russian operatives in June 2016 to get potential dirt on election opponent Hillary Clinton, was “treasonous.” It was attended by then-campaign manager Paul Manafort and both Trump’s son, Donald Jr., and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Obviously, Bannon’s bombshells hit close to home and rattled the president, and as he has no filter, we got to hear how he feels straight from his own mouth.

Things are moving fast. We don’t know all the details, but we’ve seen time and again over the last year how Trump acts when scared and backed into a corner — the worse the forthcoming news about himself or his close associates, the more terrifying his Twitter feed becomes.

All I can wonder is — when will it all finally end? I’m not sure how much more I can take.