It was a sad day for Democrats when Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s long awaited report concluded that President Trump had not colluded with the Russians to win the 2016 election. But, because Mueller had left the question of obstruction open, there was still a chance that they could nail him on that.
As the realization set in that, if the Mueller team was unable to find sufficient evidence to charge the President with obstruction, they wouldn’t either, they needed to find something else. If recent soundbites from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, “Shock Jock” Howard Stern and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), are any indication, Democrats seem to have settled on portraying Trump as mentally unsound.
Minutes before Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer were to meet with Trump for an important meeting on infrastructure, Pelosi told reporters that the President is engaged in a cover-up. No specifics. Just “a cover-up.” In fact, she liked it so much, she repeated it. “In a cover-up.” As in Watergate. As in scandal. A seed is planted.
Trump has spent the last three years trying to extricate himself from the Deep State’s unprecedented, sophisticated, nearly successful attempt to present him as an illegitimate president. Four investigations later, no one has been able to tie him to a crime.
Pelosi arrives at the White House and, as anyone would be under the circumstances, President Trump was angry. He cancelled the meeting.
Pelosi again speaks to the press, this time with Schumer by her side. As I wrote last week:
She first discussed earlier negotiations they’d had with Trump on infrastructure. Then, she went in for the kill.
“We went in the spirit of bipartisanship to find common ground with the President on this. He came into the room, made a statement that he made, I won’t even characterize it.” (Pelosi grimaces, closes her eyes, shudders, smiles, babbles on about Thomas Jefferson’s and Teddy Roosevelt’s infrastructure initiatives, then resumes her attack.)
“We were hoping to give this President an opportunity to have a signature infrastructure initiative…” (still smiling pleasantly, childlike)
“For some reason, maybe it was lack of confidence on his part, (or maybe it was because you just told reporters that he’s engaging in cover-up activities. Pelosi starts again, reaching for words, stuttering) That he really couldn’t…come…match…the greatness of the challenge that we have. Uh, he…wasn’t really respectful of the reason…uh…of the Congress and the White House working together (shrugs). He just (shrugs again, she just can’t figure this out) took a pass. And it just makes me wonder…why he did that.”
In any event, I pray for the President of the United States. And I pray for the United States of America.
She then yields to the “distinguished Democratic leader of the Senate, Mr. Schumer.”
“To watch what happened in the White House would make your jaw drop.” (rambles on)
It was surreal to watch Pelosi and Schumer trying to point the finger at President Trump.“
Later, she told the press, “I wish that his family, or his administration or his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country.”
The subject of Trump’s “well-being,” or lack thereof, is now working its way into the national conversation.
Howard Stern spoke to CNN’s Anderson Cooper to discuss the President’s mental health and said:
From what I know of Donald and his relationship with his father, it sounds traumatic. It sounds like the father was very domineering. The father expected a lot of him. And the father, I don’t know, there was military school. You know, you read these drips and drabs and you go wow. I can assure you he’s been traumatized because, you know, Donald, you know, his level of narcissism is so strong. He has trouble with empathy. We know that. And I wish he’d go into psychotherapy.
Speaking to MSNBC’s Joy Reid on Friday, Rep. Jamie Raskin said, “Today, the 25th Amendment has come back into focus because of the extraordinary events that took place in the White House.”
Reid mentions “Trump’s incredibly erratic response to her [Pelosi] is really over the top.” She mentioned Trump asking his aides to say he was calm, then asks Raskin, “Is there now active talk, because we’ve heard through some sources that there may have been talk inside the White House about the 25th Amendment solution. Is that now an active conversation that’s happening inside of the House now?” Raskin responds:
Speaker Pelosi showed her compassionate side when she said there should be a family intervention. Unfortunately, some conditions are way beyond the capacity of a family intervention to address. This might be far more serious. Professor Bandi Lee, the psychiatrist up at Yale Medical School, had a group do a mental health analysis of the special counsel’s report and they came back and said basically, the president is failing at every level of basic mental and cognitive health.
He cannot take in information successfully, he cannot process information successfully, he cannot engage in decision-making without bias, distortion, impulsivity, impetuosity. And he cannot keep himself and others free from danger, which I guess are like the basic minimal requisites of mental health and they’re saying it’s missing in that case. So, the constitution has a mechanism for this. The 25th Amendment…” (Full interview can be viewed here. Relevant portion starts at 5:45.)
Clearly, Trump’s “deteriorating mental health” will be the next frontier for the Democrats and the mainstream media. And just like Raskin did in his appearance with Joy Reid, there will be copious amounts of analysis from top psychiatrists at the most well-known institutions which will “legitimize” this new narrative.