Trump’s Unstable Genius

September 15th, 2019

President Trump is both an interesting case study in narcissism and a daily horror film. Late Saturday and early Sunday he both retweeted a reference to himself as a genius and attacked Justice Kavanaugh critics with a misspelling of the word “libel.”

Early in Trump’s presidency, he gave fodder to late-night talk shows when he referred to himself in a campaign speech as a “a very stable genius.” It was funny and frightening then when he retweeted that reference yesterday in quotations, as though he had not said it, but was quoting another source.

But Trump’s recent defense of Bret Kavanaugh, his controversial SCOTUS appointment, and the latest allegations of sexual misconduct, revealed that Trump is neither “stable” or “genius.” In a flurry of Tweets, Trump attacked the media while calling for Kavanaugh to sue for “liable.”

With Trump’s approval rating slipping to new lows, and FOX news showing splinters in their long standing defense of his “genius,” Trump’s behavior and retreating support is creating anxiety as to who, if any, can keep his aberrant behavior in check.

Chip Franklin

Franklin is a 25 year veteran of talk radio, beginning his career in Washington DC during Clinton’s first term. He currently hosts the afternoon show at KGO radio, San Francisco. … read more
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