I fear I may suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS).
Mostly it’s the president’s lying, which I perhaps take exceptionally hard because my vocation attaches so much importance to factual accuracy. But plenty of things President Trump says and does also drive me crazy because of the recklessness, the cruelty, the solipsism and the constant affront to whatever positive things I have ascribed to the American experiment in self-government.
If you’ve been watching the news talk shows as long as I have, you know John Brennan, who spent 25 years with the CIA in various positions, including a stint as its director.
He served under presidents of both parties and always came across as about as nonpartisan and call-’em-as-I-see-’em as it’s possible to come across. Brennan had only one facial expression and one tone of voice, both of which said no-b.s.
But maybe Brennan has succumbed to TDS also, based on this tweet of Saturday, addressed to Trump, which was Brennan’s reaction to Trump’s firing of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe:
When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America… America will triumph over you.
McCabe, as you probably know, had already announced his resignation from the FBI, but needed to serve a few more days in order to qualify for his pension.
Trump’s decision to fire McCabe before he secured his pension was unbelievably petty but, on the comic side, Trump declared the firing to be a “great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI – A great day for Democracy.”
Perhaps instead of telling the men and women of the FBI how they feel about the McCabe’s firing, he should ask them. And then fire all of those who disagree about what a great day it was for them and for democracy.