kath wrote:and if you think trump wouldn't play pick-a-target and vaporize a million people if he thought for a second in his delusional brain that it would help his election chances OR be fitting revenge for all the bastards against him... i've got news for ya. malignant narcissists like to take as many folk as possible with em when they go down.
That's not news, Kath. I haven't the slightest doubt that he would do that.
And it's a little worrying how little there is in the way of him doing it. It's still not high on my list of worries but it may have just inched a little higher than it was.
it's not high on my list of worries, either, or i'd be yappin about it non-stop.
sure, he is a madman and a narcissist, so one can't rule anything out. but to be honest, i am less worried about it now than i was some time ago.
i was worried about it back when he was in all that flak with kim jong-un, yelling about fire and fury and how much bigger his button was. there was some point when a third carrier group was sent on its way over there. and i thought, oh fucquin great. if a fourth carrier group is sent over, that means definite war. and there is no way we go into war without it escalating to trump playing with his button.
i was worried when he ordered that missile strike on syria.
i was worried when he started mouthin all that crap about iran as he was getting out of the deal, then some iranian ship flipped off some american ship, whatever.
it's different now.
he used to have a staff around him that included military types with experience and some brains among them. they would advise him about what was going on in the world. so at least earlier on, when he had that info around him and those people in his ear, he would occasionally have it on his mind in his play-acting as president. yeah, they had to reduce briefings to show-and-tell. yeah, they had to deal with a stupid fucquin toddler, a guy with a gnat's attention span throwing constant fits. and yeah, some of those people had their own war-mongering agendas (bolton in particular has been itching for a war with iran since he had acne.)
but he has devolved. he has degenerated mentally and become much more of a basic, primal-impulse kind of machine. he is desperate and terrified of losing, which reduces him all the more. what is happening now is increasingly about one thing, his own self-protection. he knows if he loses, he will go to jail. he no longer has anything resembling a competent staff around him. he has spent his time replacing everyone with folk who have one purpose: to protect his ass, to do everything they can to cheat him into another term or to be part of a court system that will somehow protect him.
this goes without saying, but he never cared about ACA or roe vs wade or any evangelical cause, including pence's and pompeo's end-of-days moves with the embassy in jerusalem or any of that crap. he doesn't care how many die of covid. he never cared about the kids gettin gassed in syria, either. all he cares about is his own crazy self. he's desperate not to lose.
notice he hasn't ranted or raved much about anything in the world except to blame europe for mishandling the pandemic so he can claim insanely that he's done such a stellar job with it. again, he has to try to sell that PR to the rabid power, cuz he knows on some level he is sinking becuz of it. every now and then, he'll bring up how he has defeated the biggest islamic terrorists (see his lil obama fixation.)
he is reduced to a very simple creature. the only time recently he had any military staff around him was for that lafayette square photo-op. i've said already that he has pissed off the military (one of the brass just a few days ago countered what trump said about zippin all the troops out of aghanistan.) everything he does now is a flagrant attempt to spin himself into looking better at his very worst failings. self-protection, not only to try to keep his own crazy ass out of jail, but for a very fundamental narcissist's need, to keep his widdle fragile insecure unreality world intact.
we are three weeks from the election. he is steep in a war with that election and with everyone he sees as a domestic, political rival. he is obsessed with it. he won't haul off and nuke anyone in the next 21 days.
when he loses*, that lame duck period is when there is no way to tell what he will do about anything. he could all be about revenge then. but even still, i truly believe he is gonna be even more limited in how much he can actually pull off without certain... measures in place. who will stay loyal to him then, when his fixers and enablers will be cuttin bait and running to cover their own asses? his brain, his condition, isn't gettin any better. he will continue to deteriorate. he really could be entirely incapacitated, he could stroke out, any number of things could happen that would essentially remove whatever threat he might pose if he were even close to a being a normal functioning human.
he returned to his first super-spreader rally in sanford, florida last night. he took the short steps onto air force one to get there. he was clearly jacked up on who knows what at that rally for the hour he "spoke". (my fave twitter comment: "On a scale of 1 to Keith Richards, how fucked up is Trump right now?") yes, his usual lies abounding, mexico will pay for the wall, all his political rivals including hillary will be locked up, dirty immigrants bringing in the dirty virus, yaddayadda. standard bullshit refrains.
but he is worse in the delusional department, he really is. suddenly, he has three, four nobel peace prizes (what's behind that? oh yeah... obama has one.) he keeps insisting he's immune and still so very young. at one point, he came out with an almost access hollywood type of comment when he said,
"They say I'm immune. I feel so powerful. I'll watch into that audience, I'll walk in there, kiss everyone in that audience. I'll kiss the guys and the beautiful women... I'll give em all a big fat kiss."
(fave twitter comment: "Oh no. Now he's on Cialis, too.")
trump's comment, from a guy who was hospitalized for covid and who is more than likely still infectious... it's just. it's just so very.
he thinks he will be able to hold a rally every night until the election. i doubt that, no matter how jacked up he gets. i could be wrong. even some of his aides have said off the record that he is gonna kill himself doing it. he just might. his whole notion that he is superman has been collapsing and it will continue to do so. he is not doing these rallies for any political advantage. he's not winning over any new voters with this crap. he is doing it solely becuz he desperately needs his adoring, ego-stroking fans more than he has ever needed them before. it shows just how fragile he truly is right now. everything he does makes his situation worse, which makes him worse. vicious cycle from hell. this is just not gonna end well for him.
so yeah, he could make it to lame duck land, and he could be crazy enough to try to press the button. it's possible. but forget his "blood on the sand" line. his blood is in the water. and the more he flails, the more sharks are comin for his ass. we'll see how long he can swim.
* notice i use "when" and not "if", becuz it is my opinion he will lose and lose big. i guess we'll find out exactly how delusional *i* am. mwhaha.