The President’s Mental Deficiencies Have Been Normalized

Whenever Donald Trump meets one-on-one with the press, we witness something that is deeply troubling, but impossible to completely assess. The latest example comes from an interview the president did with John Solomon and Buck Sexton.

Trump also said he regretted not firing former FBI Director James Comey immediately instead of waiting until May 2017, confirming an account his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, gave Hill.TV earlier in the day that Trump was dismayed in 2016 by the way Comey handled the Hillary Clinton email case and began discussing firing him well before he became president.

“If I did one mistake with Comey, I should have fired him before I got here. I should have fired him the day I won the primaries,” Trump said. “I should have fired him right after the convention, say I don’t want that guy. Or at least fired him the first day on the job. … I would have been better off firing him or putting out a statement that I don’t want him there when I get there.”

I don’t know what to make of that. The President of the United States just said that he should have fired the FBI director as soon as he won the primaries or right after the Republican convention. In other words, before he was even elected. Is he really unaware of the fact that he couldn’t do that?

What’s even more baffling is that Solomon and Sexton highlighted that quote at the beginning of their article and Solomon pointed to it in a video he made about the interview (which you can watch at the link above). Are they, too, unaware of the fact that a candidate for the presidency cannot fire the FBI director prior to the election?

What is perhaps most disturbing about all of this is that we’ve all grown so accustomed to these kinds of things from Trump that it barely registered any attention in the media. That is how this president’s mental deficiencies have been normalized to a dangerous degree.

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly. Follow her on Twitter @Smartypants60 .