The Ramones. Photo by Howard Barlow/Getty Images
Well, it's been a week. It ended aptly with an utterly unglued Trump calling into Fox and Friends to spew an almost hour-long, bat-shit crazy "parade of (his) favorite fever dreams" as hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Killmeade sat stupefied, looking like they didn't want to have to tell Grandpa it's finally time to put him in the home. Among the surreal lowlights: Pelosi is "crazy as a bedbug." Obama wiretapped him. He wants an impeachment trial so he can interview Schiff, who is "sick...Why did he make up my statement? He made up my statement and I want to find that out." Ukraine not Russia interfered in the 2016 election, and a rich Ukrainian has the DNC server, and "that's a big part of this whole thing." Barr's bogus Russia probe "will be the biggest scandal this country has ever seen." He stopped a million police going into Hong Kong to kill all the protesters "in 14 minutes." He fired Comey (oops) 'cause he was "trying to take down the president." He doesn't know the people he appointed to top posts now testifying about him. Marie Yovanovitch "wouldn't hang my picture in the embassy...She wouldn't hang it! It took like a year and a half or 2 years for her to get the picture up. She said bad things about me...This was not an angel, this woman, OK?" And - Freudian-slip-cum-tortured-syntax alert - "I do want, always, corruption."
Even with all that's come before, Trump's debacle of a performance stunned many. Rick Wilson, GOP strategist and author of Everything Trump Touches Dies, suggested it was due to Trump's lack of intellectual resources - he "is not a terribly bright man" - and incompetent advisers: “If he had real lawyers they would've hit him with a cattle-prod before they let him do that interview." His conclusion: "The stupidity is strong with this one." So, alas, is the mental impairment. "It's alarming because he always had a paranoid disposition (but) he's entering into delusional territory,” said Dr. Bandy Lee, a Yale Medical School professor who heads a group of mental health professionals who argue Trump "presents a clear and present danger to the nation and the world." Due to Trump's "maladaptive coping mechanism," Lee sees a man "without mental capacity," with "an inability to conform his thoughts to facts."
For many, this grim, mad reality warrants a sort of Brechtian resistance in lieu of despair. Thus has Trump's latest now-famous, spoken-word, sky-high declaration (after having been caught) "I WANT NOTHING" from Ukraine been dazzlingly, giddily transformed into song - thank you, those on the Internet with too much time on their hands - by the Ramones, Morrissey, Emo Trump and others. Georges Braque: "Art is a wound turned into light."
Trump as The Ramones:
— Alex Kliment (@SaoSasha) November 21, 2019