We now know that the current White House occupant is a delusional, autocratic crackpot
There was a point in time where it was possible to believe that Donald Trump’s constant, endless avalanche of falsehoods and distortions were largely statements made to distract from realities that he found inconvenient or unpleasant.
Rather famously, Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner told one of the editors at his paper The Observer that Trump really didn’t believe his own birther conspiracy theories: he was just saying them in order to manipulate gullible Republicans.
“When I was the editor of the New York Observer, Kushner and I were going back and forth about how the paper should cover him,” Elizabeth Spiers wrote in a post on Twitter.
“I told Jared that I was particularly appalled by his father-in-law’s birtherism stance, which I viewed as cynical and racist.
“He rolled his eyes and said ‘He doesn’t really believe it, Elizabeth. He just knows Republicans are stupid and they’ll buy it’”.
Similarly, his incessant criticism of Hillary Clinton during the election, leading chants of “lock her up,” and his bashing of former FBI director James Comey after firing him were largely thought only to be for political convenience, things he said just to keep the rubes cheering.
Last week we learned that this was all more than just public gaslighting. It’s not just a bunch of words he has said because “Republicans are stupid and they’ll buy it.” He’s not just saying things for political convenience and effect: he actually, truly believes that all of his crackpot email server, Uranium One, Benghazi, Russia witch hunt, climate denial, classified security leak conspiracy theories are true.
He honestly does not have a firm grip on facts and reality. He’s delusional.