The event was fascinating because Trump peeled back the veneer and displayed the seriously mentally ill man lurking within. And for that same reason, the evening was terrifying because it revealed that a deeply disturbed man is the President of the United States.
After seven-plus months in office, Trump has fully exposed his incompetence and his fecklessness. Unlike some of his predecessors who were mediocre men nonetheless elevated by the presidency, Trump will never change.
He is and will remain a hopeless mess. His eggshell ego is so fragile that he requires constant adoration and reinforcement.
When he realized most of America concluded he's a fraud and in way over his head, he sought out the only audience who still believes the emperor is wearing gorgeous new clothes -- the poor fools who are still duped into thinking he's succeeding brilliantly.
We are now trapped in a swirling vortex and searching for an endgame. Whilst too few Republicans will publicly admit as much, one has to imagine -- or at least hope -- that most GOP members of Congress were horrified by what they saw on display in Arizona.
This is a man who has not risen to the Presidency. This is a man who is becoming unglued by the Presidency.
Is it the pressure of the Mueller investigation? Is Trump terrified his history of money laundering for foreign mobsters will be exposed? Possibly. Or perhaps it's just the pressure of trying to hide the fraud that he is for too long.
Washington seems to be beginning some sort of slow motion movement toward early termination of the Trump regime. Now that the President is attacking his own party, he seems determined to hasten his demise.
Many fine writers have done excellent work this week analyzing what the hell happened in Phoenix the other night. I think the best piece was by Amy Davidson Sorkin at The New Yorker (link here).
Sorkin succinctly and sharply summarizes what was we witnessed. Read it and share.