Friday, June 23, 2017

Viewpoint: He’s Come Undone

It’s been coming for some time now. Actually, since day one. President Donald Trump has been on the melt down track from the beginning. Now it’s happening right in front of the nation and the world.

Donald Trump, the deal maker and now beleaguered President, has come undone. The final confirmation is the firing of FBI Director James Comey. Yet in the ultimate indication of consistency Trump continues to unravel in a daily reality tv kind of way.

I’m told people come undone when “they have lost their composure or self control”. One meaning of the phrase leans toward what happens when things don’t go as planned. I doubt that one applies here.

The truth is Trump’s unraveling is developing an evolutionary life of its own. His mental and emotional states are questionable at best. At worst there appears to be a delusional facet to his thinking.

One day after firing Comey, Trump sees no apparent problem with gladly entertaining Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavorov along side Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey I. Kislyak. In the Oval Office, no less, in front of a photographer from the Russian News service Tass. For some inexplicable reason, he sees no problem with having a Russian photographer chronicle the event to the total exclusion of American news organizations. By the way the second Sergey is reportedly a known Russian Spy.

Our intrepid President goes on to add indiscreet insult to abject bad judgement by confiding in both men “I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job.” Then he makes a startling admission “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off”.

In exactly what world does he live? Trump literally admitted motive and method under Federal Statues for criminal “Obstruction of Justice”. But the coming undone doesn’t end there. He adds emphasis to cluelessness by saying “I’m not under investigation”. Apparently he doesn’t realize when his campaign is under investigation so is he.

Sounds like something you’d tell your boss doesn’t it? No wonder at least one Republican Congressman has reportedly openly wondered whether the President actually works for the Russians. I must admit the Oval Office meeting sounded like an employee reporting to his or her superior.

The tenor and tone of this meeting piques a particular interest. The President’s demeanor is chummy, overly comfortable as if he was finally around friends. He’s genuinely at home with this group of Russians. So much so he shares classified intelligence on ISIS with them from Israel, one of this nation’s closest allies and a major intelligence partner. Clearly, the information was for American eyes and ears only.

The new National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster does a hurried news conference trying to ease the impact of a clear Presidential security breach. Less than one day passes before Trump literally throws McMaster and his denial that really wasn’t under the oncoming bus. Trump blows the credibility of the only person in the White House with a modicum of integrity, basically admitting he did it and saying he had every right to do that as President.

Meanwhile, back in reality, the fired Comey drops a few real life note bombs of his own. He’s been jotting down, documenting, his meetings with a President who apparently openly asked him to shut down the Federal Investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn. Comey’s notes recall this soon to be famous obstruction “I hope you can let this go.”
But it’s not Comey with the inability to let things go. Trump is apparently obsessing about these and other issues a President should be above and beyond. He’s still talking about ratings and imagined success, while the nation reels in uncertainty and out and out fear.

I wanted to say he’s coming undone. But I can’t tell you that. Trump has come undone and he’s not finished yet. Frightening, isn’t it?

Dennis Edwards is the Interim-Pastor of Richmond’s Historic 4th Baptist Church. He is an Emmy Award Winning Investigative Television Journalist, a graduate of Virginia Union University and its Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology.

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