Days ago, the ghostwriter for Trump, Tony Schwartz, predicted that Trump would soon resign rather than face the consequences of imminent impeachment. He Tweeted that “Trump’s presidency is effectively over,” and that his resignation would come by fall.
Now, on the day of Trump’s disturbing and racially-charged and protested rally in Phoenix, however, Schwartz has raised quite an alarm about where Trump’s unhinged impulses could lead not only America, but the world:
“In July ’16 I told New Yorker: “If trump gets nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization…”
In a follow-up Tweet, Schwartz stated:
“I believe this more than ever. Trump is nothing if not trigger happy. We can’t let a man with roguel impulses have access to nuclear codes..”
As if the threat of Trump’s access to nuclear codes is not worrying enough, the rationale of those who still support Trump is also very deeply disturbing. Newsweek reported on an irate and angry Trump supporter who left a voicemail for Schwartz after he had made the predictions about Trump’s resignation.
The audio of an incredibly hostile and irrational woman illustrates how far-gone some in the Trump base are –ready to give their allegiance to Trump literally no matter what. It’s just as Trump once said, ” I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.”
“The president’s supporters, however, “will never leave him for anything in this world. Do you understand?” the caller told Schwartz in the recording.
Newsweek provides a transcript of the call. If it can be used to represent the logic of any percentage of Trump supporters, it reveals how far-gone and out of touch with reality his base truly is. She rails against Obama, immigrants, terrorists, indians, transvestites, CEOs, and the Republican establishment. Enemies are perceived almost everywhere, but Trump is strangely seen as the only one worthy of loyalty.
We will never be able to decode this Trump supporter’s frame of mind, but Schwartz comes closer than any other to decoding the inner thoughts of our 45th president. Tony Schwartz spent hundreds of hours with Trump so that he could write “The Art of the Deal” memoir. His opinions of the man are based on first-hand real-world knowledge, so his reflections carry weight. When he says Trump shouldn’t have the nuclear codes, it’s for good reason.
James Clapper, former director of National Intelligence, joins Schwartz’s call to remove access to the nuclear codes for Trump.
“I really question his ability to be — his fitness to be — in this office, and I also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it,” Clapper told CNN’s Don Lemon on “CNN Tonight.”
Hours after Trump delivered a defiant speech in Phoenix, Arizona, Clapper said he found the President’s rally “downright scary and disturbing.”
The question really may be, will it really come to Republicans valuing Trump and holding on to power above even civilization itself? His crazed and illogical base very well might. They have been willing to ignore threats like climate change, after all.
Meanwhile, the rest of us must hang on and hope that leaders in America heed the many wake-up calls and recognize the urgency with which we must act now.
A final sobering thought from Kurt Eichenwald, New York Times bestselling author:
“The media must find new words for “unhinged” and “off the rails.”
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