Maybe Donald Trump needs some of that “free” mental healthcare that the Democrats were talking about last night.
If you are like most ordinary Americans, you probably spent the weekend watching the NFL playoffs, or spending time with your family, or trying to avoid the freezing cold that gripped most of the country. You know, anything other than watching the Democrats “debate” or the political nonsense on Twitter and the cable shows.
Which is regrettable, because people who were paying attention finally got to see what The Donald is like when he’s off his meds. It all started, as most things do where Trump is concerned, with an unhinged twitter rant Saturday morning. In it, Trump abandoned his cowardly (but politically wise) tack of saying that he believes Cruz is eligible, it’s just that the evil Democrats are likely to make trouble for Cruz over it. He flat out started calling Cruz a “Natural Born Canadian” and furthermore peddling bizarre (and nonsensical) conspiracy theories about Cruz:
Based on the fact that Ted Cruz was born in Canada and is therefore a “natural born Canadian,” did he borrow unreported loans from C banks?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 16, 2016
From there, Trump went to a rally in Myrtle Beach, SC, where he continued this line of attack and was booed by his own supporters:
As a side note, does anyone handle being booed by his audience worse than Trump does?
Things went downhill from there as Trump made the rounds of the Sunday shows. On ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopolous, he made the bizarre claim that he’s “always known” Ted Cruz was a nasty guy, even though he’s had (by his own admission) a public “bromance” with Cruz for seven months.
Stephanopolous: On this issue of New York Values, he lumped you in yesterday with Hillary Clinton, Andrew Cuomo, Bill de Blasio and said he apologizes to the millions of New Yorkers who have been let down by liberal politicians.
Trump: Look, the truth is that he’s a nasty guy, he was so nice to me, I mean, I knew it, I was watching, I kept saying, “Come on, Ted, Let’s go, Ted,” but he’s a nasty guy, nobody likes him, nobody in Congress likes him, nobody likes him anywhere once they get to know him, a very, um, he’s got an edge that’s not good, you can’t make deals with people like that. And it’s not a good thing, it’s not a good thing for the country. Very nasty guy.
This particular rant was especially bizarre for two reasons. First, it was a transparent example of the “Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia” historical revisionism favored by totalitarians. Second, it relied for its factual support almost exclusively on the fact that “nobody in Congress likes him.” For a guy who started his campaign by running against the Republican leadership as being “very stupid,” Trump has now exposed himself as being coopted by the very establishment he once railed against.
Not for nothing, but another piece of potentially bad news for Trump this weekend is that news of a meeting between the Trump camp and the GOP donor class that Trump spent two solid months criticizing leaked to the media.
The coup de grâce, however, was Trump’s appearance with Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Nation. As my colleague streiff noted, this was the third time Trump was asked whether he has ever asked God for forgiveness, because his the previous two times he has answered this question, he gave answers that were almost too bizarre to be believed.
This time, not only did he repeat the fact that he’s never even felt it necessary to ask God for forgiveness, but he seemed to bizarrely claim that his poll numbers validate this approach:
TAPPER: Do you regret making that remark (about not asking God for forgiveness)?
TRUMP: No. I have a great relationship with God. I have a great relationship with the Evangelicals. In fact, nationwide, I’m up by a lot, I’m leading everybody. But I like to be good. I don’t like to have to ask for forgiveness. And I am good. I don’t do a lot of things that are bad. I try to do nothing that is bad. I live a very different life than probably a lot of people would think. And I have…
TAPPER: Always? Or just now?
TRUMP: …a very great relationship with God and I have a very great relationship with Evangelicals. I think that’s why I’m doing so well with Iowa.
TAPPER: The life you have now, when you say you try to do good, that sounds very different from decades of tabloid, media coverage, in New York, in which some of your wilder escapades were…
TRUMP: I’m talking about over the last number of years. I’m leading a very good life. I try to lead a good life. And I have. And, frankly, the reason I’m doing so well in Iowa, and leading the polls, including the CNN poll where I’m 33 to 20 in Iowa….
This has officially gone from “look how funny and amusing Trump is” to “Trump’s megalomania is seriously alarming.” I get that the moral of the tremendously creepy move The Talented Mister Ripley is that even serial killers think they are basically good people, but also literally everyone not named Donald Trump also understands that they are not perfect.
What Trump is essentially claiming here is that he is better than the Apostle Peter (who repeatedly begged the Lord’s forgiveness) as well as the Apostle Paul (who called himself the “chief of sinners”). The blase manner in which Trump conveys this confident self assurance in his own Jesus-like perfection is both stunning and terrifying. As streiff noted yesterday, the only reasonable way to interpret this statement is that Trump is his own God – and moreover, that Trump has never even let himself down.
This level of arrogance is orders of magnitude worse than anything even Barack Obama has ever displayed. Putting the world’s greatest military in the hands of a man who apparently believes that he is incapable of making mistakes is more or less begging for global catastrophe. But moreover, after a weekend of such a public meltdown, it can’t help Trump appeal to voters who aren’t already held in his thrall.
UPDATE: Somehow I forgot the two of the most ludicrous Trump moments that occurred over the weekend. During the course of his appearance in Myrtle Beach, Trump somehow took credit for the release of the Iranian prisoners, in spite of the fact that he had never even really mentioned them before:
“So I’ve been hitting them hard, and I think I might have had something to do with it,” Trump said at the South Carolina Tea Party Convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
“You want to know the truth, who’s using it? It’s a part of my staple thing. I mean, I go crazy when I hear about this,” he added.
“They’re in one of the worst prisons in the world, and we had to do something, so I’d always talk about it.”
As streiff noted yesterday, this is absolute bovine fecal material. Other than an oblique reference to the Iranian prisoners at the anti-Iran rally he co-hosted with Ted Cruz, Trump has been completely radio silent about the Iranian hostages.
Also, I somehow missed on This Week that Trump also claimed that he himself might file a suit himself about the Cruz birther issue:
Trump: The legal scholars that say, as an example, that Cruz has a real problem with his place of birth, and there are many people that are saying that right now. And in fact, since I spoke to you the last time, he’s been sued. And I told you he would get sued.
Stephanopolous: But, you know, the person who sued him probably does not have standing [crosstalk] (Note – Stephanopolous is being way too generous with the word “probably” – as we noted here at RedState, this clown DEFINITELY does not have standing and should be sanctioned.)
Stephanopolous: You have standing, why don’t you file a suit?
Trump: That’s an interesting case… well, that sounds like a very good case. I’d do the public a big favor.
Stephanopolous: So are you going to do it?
Trump: You know, so interesting with Ted, he was so nice to me, and I kept saying, he’s not a nice guy, you know… so I said, when is it going to happen? So it happened during the debate, because he lied about the polls, in fact, I was going up [rambling nonsense]… let me just say, I don’t think he’s going to do very well.
Stephanopolous: … You should put your money where your mouth is, if you really believe in this, you should file the suit.
Trump: Well, it’s a good idea, maybe I’ll talk to them about it, I’d like to talk to Ted about that, see how he’d feel about that, because you know, when I file suits, I file REAL suits.
This embarrassing word salad directly contradicts what Trump himself said on the issue back in September when he declared that he had looked at the issue and found that there was nothing wrong with Cruz’s eligibility.
I also note with hilarity that the one way you can truly insult Donald Trump is to lie about his standing in the polls. Unbelievable.