As the “Trump Train” rages along the path to purgatory, one wonders whether his inane ramblings can avoid derailment. Narcissists like Trump must self-immolate before a captivated audience fearful of the aspiring tyrant if he is to be felled. And August 2, 2016 may go down as the night America received an early unexpected Christmas gift.
CNBC’s John Harwood tweeted reports of potentially catastrophic desertions by Trump campaign staffers described by inside sources to be “suicidal”.
longtime ally of Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager: “Manafort not challenging Trump anymore. Mailing it in. Staff suicidal.”
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) August 3, 2016
Yet details worsen upon reports that Paul Manafort, Trump’s de facto campaign manager, is “mailing it in,” no longer willing to continue challenging his megalomaniacal employer.
Trump spox response to my tweet quoting longtime ally saying Manafort has stopped challenging Trump, “mailing it in” https://t.co/TKNTIYXJmn
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) August 3, 2016
The Trump campaign’s Jason Miller, representing its typical pompous indignation, painted Harwood as a liberal shill biased against conservatives all while disregarding how Trump and Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus repeatedly proclaimed since early May they are neither interested in, nor needing, the conservative vote.
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) August 3, 2016
However, a second source, Ali Vitali of NBC News who covers the GOP and the Trump campaign, seconded the Harwood report as a journalist insider.
A Trump campaign source, in reax to this, tells me “it’s all true” and “way worse than people realize.” https://t.co/nvioNcjMCJ
— Ali Vitali (@alivitali) August 3, 2016
Dianne Gallagher of CNN International also supports the Harwood/Vitali narrative when citing her colleague Dana Bash.
A source tells @DanaBashCNN that some Trump campaign staff are frustrated w/ candidate lately, “feel like they are wasting their time”
— Dianne Gallagher (@DianneG) August 3, 2016
But these crescendoing desertions are not at all new; in fact, they appear to be rapidly accelerating. One of my sources claims Trump has practically no ground game in Ohio — a state no Republican has ever been elected president having not won.
Keith Olbermann, a far left-wing pundit and former ESPN anchor, employed his inimitable sarcasm in stripping bare the Miller false narrative on behalf of Trump.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) August 3, 2016
Why respond to such reports, false or otherwise, with an insult so characterized by the Trump campaign and the candidate himself if there is no teeth to the lie? The Washington Post’s Robert Kagan, a renowned neoconservative intellectual and foreign policy expert, ponders whether “Republican leaders have begun to realize that they may have hitched their fate and the fate of their party to a man with a disordered personality.” To say the least, indisputably, Trump’s off-the-cuff hostility speaks to his dysfunction to arriving at a “simple self-serving” calculation sans attacking, even threatening the lives of all who oppose him even after their defeat. His continual psychobabble over Sen. Ted Cruz’s father as an alleged accomplice of Lee Harvey Oswald three months after the Texas senator suspended his campaign, or his unconscionable public humiliation of another former campaign foe, Chris Christie, long after prostrating before the altar of Trump as his goffer boy reflect of young Roman emperors Nero and Caligula prior to their short-lived bloody reigns of terror.
“Why denigrate the parents of a soldier who died serving his country in Iraq? And why keep it going for four days? Why assail the record of a decorated general who commanded U.S. forces in Afghanistan? Why make fun of the stature of a popular former mayor of New York?”
The fact that Trump “could not help himself,” where Kagan noted “that he clearly did, as he said, want to ‘hit’ everyone who spoke against him at the Democratic convention,” suggests his total void of empathy, his clockwork responses to each criticism through personal attacks denigrating his critics — and yes, even gestures suggesting physical violence and death threats through his hitman Roger Stone — no matter how small or inconsequential the subject. No Republican can intellectually deny that Trump cannot visibly control himself “even,” as Kagan puts it, “when it is manifestly in his interest to do so.”
The Washington Post also reported Monday that a bipartisan constellation represented by Sen. John McCain, Veterans of Foreign Wars and family members of those killed in action, released a statement condemning Trump’s reaction to the Khan family — the Muslim American parents of an Army officer killed in Iraq over his anti-Muslim rhetoric — and that “to say nothing of entering its service… that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers, or candidates.” And while the GOP “has bestowed upon him the nomination,” Sen. McCain also admonished him that it “is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us.”
While Trump told The Washington Post House Speaker Paul Ryan asked for his endorsement against Paul Nehlen in Wisconsin’s primary, the Ryan camp responded that “Neither Speaker Ryan nor anyone on his team has ever asked for Donald Trump’s endorsement.” In reading between the lines, Speaker Ryan just called Trump a liar. And while politicians, in bumming off Muhammad Ali, float like butterflies and sting like bees, the Russian-backed “Trump Train” may finally derail itself just as the 600 who charged with the ill-fated Light Brigade at Balaclava.