The Madness Will End at Some Point, Right?

It almost makes you want to knock yourself unconscious just so you don’t have to deal with it anymore:

On Wednesday, as Republicans were clamoring to make public a secret document they think will undercut the investigation into Russian meddling, President Trump made clear his desire: Release the memo.

Trump’s directive was at odds with his own Justice Department, which had warned that releasing the classified memo written by congressional Republicans would be “extraordinarily reckless” without an official review. Nevertheless, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly relayed the president’s view to Attorney General Jeff Sessions — although the decision to release the document ultimately lies with Congress.

Kelly and Sessions spoke twice that day — in person during a small-group afternoon meeting and over the phone later that evening — and Kelly conveyed Trump’s desire, a senior administration official said.

Trump and his Republican allies have placed special emphasis on the classified memo, which was written by staff members for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and suggests that the FBI may have relied on politically motivated or questionable sources to justify its request for a secret surveillance warrant in the investigation’s early phase. Democrats have characterized the memo as misleading talking points designed to smear the FBI. They said it inaccurately summarizes investigative materials that also are classified…

The intervention with Sessions, which has not previously been reported, marked another example of the president’s year-long attempts to shape and influence an investigation that is fundamentally outside his control. Trump, appearing frustrated and at times angry, has complained to confidants and aides in recent weeks that he does not understand why he cannot simply give orders to “my guys” at what he sometimes calls the “Trump Justice Department,” two people familiar with the president’s comments said.

Such complaints, and Trump’s repeated attempts to pressure senior law enforcement officials through firings or other means, have now become one of the main focuses of the investigation — including Trump’s order last summer to fire special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, which prompted White House counsel Donald McGahn to threaten to quit before Trump backed down.

62 million Americans inflicted this upon us. 62 million Americans decided that this was the better choice in the 2016 presidential election. Did they just want chaos? Were normalcy and rationality just too outdated?

How many of those 62 million will rejoice when they hear this news:

President Donald Trump has been called lots of things — but what’s his take on being described as a “sexist, misogynist pig?”

In an interview with Piers Morgan on Britain’s ITV, airing Sunday, the president was asked just that by the former CNN host, and responded, “Well, I am for them, and I think a lot of them understand that.”

Morgan also asked Trump, the father of daughters Ivanka, 36, and Tiffany, 24, “Do you identify as a feminist?”

No, I wouldn’t say I’m a feminist,” Trump responded. “I mean, I think that would be, maybe, going too far. I’m for women, I’m for men, I’m for everyone. I think people have to go out, they have to go out and really do it, and they have to win. And women are doing great, and I’m happy about that.’

Morgan is an editor-at-large at the Daily Mail, which published on Saturday excerpts of the interview in an article penned by Morgan.

This August marks the 30th anniversary of the national syndication of Rush Limbaugh’s radio program: Limbaugh’s rants about “feminazis” and his years of rhetorical assaults on Hillary Clinton helped to create the political climate that allowed Trump to slide into the Oval Office. Right-wing talk radio may be collapsing, but the consequences of its contamination of our culture will be with us for a long time, even if Trump is voted out in 2020. Those 62 million Americans aren’t going away–and under the right circumstances, they’ll be able to elect another threat to democracy and the Constitution.

D.R. Tucker

D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.