Why would the Mightiest Man on Earth spend his four years as the “Most Powerful Man on Earth” scared and paranoid? He had half the country willing to kneel for him, why didn’t he trust anyone? If these questions were asked of any normal American (with some degree of power), the answer would be that the person suffered from some degree of mental illness or had very serious problems in the past and the revelation would ruin him.
Of course those answers are not mutually exclusive and there is the old line; “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean someone isn’t watching you.”
It sounds like Trump might fit that description, or at least he certainly acted like he had a lot to hide and wasn’t trusting anyone with the information. According to Stephanie Grisham, former White House communications director under Trump, appearing on CNN’s New Day this morning, Brianna Keilar asked if Grisham thought Trump’s penchant for smashing things was just a nervous twitch or what:
“I don’t know the answer to that to be honest with you. I always thought it was a nervous tic. It was… he always broke everything.
I saw him put some of the broken pieces into his jacket pocket and thought, hey, I wonder why that goes in his pocket instead of on the floor. There were no alarm bells for me at the time because I was so used to seeing it. but I distinctly remember wondering why they went into his pocket. Perhaps to be flushed down a toilet later.”
This extends credibility well past the breaking point. It would seem that no matter how many times one sees it, if a man normally breaks things and throws them on the ground (like a three year old or a puppy) puts a few choice things in his pocket, there is a reason. Come on.
Grisham directly accused Trump of being “paranoid” and later said: “You know, he didn’t trust anyone. He did not trust the people around him. He no longer trusted the people around him. There were only times when he would want to do things on his own.”
Things like calling Vladimir Putin? MBS? The Russian embassy? These are actually serious questions because it’s possible. We know the Russians went through a LOT of trouble to get him elected. That is a big risk. There must have been a reason. It is not out of place to ask if Trump was communicating with some of these people.
“I saw him meet Rudy Giuliani before in a room with literally no one else there, he was just a paranoid guy. And for me, he was always like that. So he didn’t set off any alarms. Now that I’ve stepped back and taken a break from this cult atmosphere, I’m seeing how crazy and weird it all was.”
I’m sorry, Stephanie. You are an adult woman qualified enough to play a significant role in the campaign and will be entrusted with the job of White House Communications Director. We are not buying it. He has enough real-world experience to know that none of this was “normal” for any executive.
Not a single person reading this article has fallen out of love with Rex Tillerson. But Tillerson ran a small nation unto himself, Exxon, and we’re willing to bet Tillerson acted like one, all along, and the difference was night and day.
It’s far more likely that she knew the truth all along, but is willing to discuss it now, with her book published and a Select Committee on the hunt.
Jason Miciak is a political writer, feature writer, author, and attorney. He is originally from Canada, but grew up in the Pacific Northwest with dual Canadian-American citizenship, for which he feels more and more grateful every day. He now enjoys life as a single father, writing from the beaches of the Gulf Coast and getting advice from his beloved daughter and teammate. He is very much the dreamy mystic who can’t add up and loves dogs more than most people. He also likes to study cooking, theoretical physics, cosmology, and quantum mechanics. He likes pizza.
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