When you have a President who doesn’t really want to be President, and a cabinet that looks to be made up of grotesqueries, and no one who really has any idea what they are doing, how do you rule? Through absurd declarations, and an attempt to bend reality through sheer force of megaphoned fiat.
Mr. Trump shot back at critics last night: “Very organized process taking place as I decide on Cabinet and many other positions,” he wrote on Twitter. “I am the only one who knows who the finalists are!”
First of all, if you take the second sentence literally, that’s terrifying, since this is a man who probably couldn’t tell you what, exactly, the Secretary of Education does (“the best educating”). And the first sentence is clearly false, as reported in the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, etc. It’s bloodletting underpinned by personal vendetta and seemingly run by Jared Kushner, who’s emerging as one of the true villains of these dumb times.
So where does that leave us? With a cult of personality-based con, where Trump thinks if he says something it should be taken as real. I mean, hellfire, it worked in the campaign. But now he has the levers of power. It’s a terrifying reality.
I’m working on a long piece about fighting back in an absurd and truthless age. Hopefully by Friday.