As I noted previously, Donald Trump isn’t happy about what the new sheriff in town, Rep. Adam Schiff, has planned for the House Intelligence Committee to investigate. After complaining about this expansion of the so-called “witch hunt” Thursday morning, he tweeted this:
PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT! It should never be allowed to happen again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2019
I’ll tip my hat to Aaron Rupar for capturing the hypocrisy. He reminded us about the time when this was Trump’s obsession:
An 'extremely credible source' has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2012
How amazing, the State Health Director who verified copies of Obama’s “birth certificate” died in plane crash today. All others lived
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2013
But after harassing the first African-American president until he released his long-form birth certificate to prove his citizenship, Trump wasn’t done harassing his predecessor.
That’s the kind of hypocrisy that can make a rational person want to pull their hair out. But it does no good to call him on it because Donald Trump is literally shameless. As he often reminds us, the president thinks he is exceptional and that normal rules don’t apply to him.
Rules are for people who aren’t smart enough to make good decisions on their own, the narcissist believes, but they know they’re exceptional. And so the usual rules, laws, or policies don’t apply to them. They’re often good at manipulating others to bend the rules for them, reinforcing their belief that they shouldn’t have to succumb to the same regulations as everyone else.
I know that I’m not covering any new territory with this revelation. It has been apparent for some time now that Trump has mental health issues. But sometimes, when I watch pundits treat his utterances, speeches, or tweets seriously, as if they came from a rational human being, I think it’s time for a reminder. They do not. To treat them as if they do is to normalize them.