He was first considered a joke. Then he upgraded to the status of a crude and many times cruel buffoon, not to mention misogynist and borderline racist. Now, over the last week, or two, he has taken such an appalling trip into delusional mania it has become crystal clear, Donald Trump is utterly insane.
And that isn't a joke.
On Saturday in Birmingham, Alabama Mr. Trump railed against American Muslims. He told the crowd, "Hey, I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands and thousands of people were cheering."
Fact Checker reports he doubled down on his claim during a Sunday interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week."
When Stephanopoulos told him, "You know the police say that didn't happen and all those rumors have been on the internet for sometime. So, did you misspeak yesterday?"
Trump's response? "It did happen. I saw it."
Stephanopoulos was incredulous. "You saw that?" he asked.
Trump replied, "It was on television. I saw it." He went on to say, among other things, "It was well covered at the time, George."
Fact Checker quotes a Newark Star-Ledger report on September 18th, a week after the attacks which said, "...rumors of rooftop celebrations of the attack here proved unfounded."
Fact Checker also cited Jersey City's mayor, Steven Fulop who said, "No one in Jersey City cheered on September 11." Fulop tweeted, "Either Donald Trump has memory issues, or willfully distorts the truth, either of which should be concerning for the republican party."
Some of the conspiracy theorist loons have said for ages that the wild parties were actually held in Paterson, NJ. When contacted, Paterson police commissioner, Jerry Speziale was blunt with his response. "There were no flag burnings, no one was dancing. That is bullshit."
There are only three possible reasons for Trump's recollection of American Muslims partying on the day of the attack. One is that he was under the influence of extreme pharmaceuticals. Two, he's nuts. The third is he saw a Fox News report which aired footage of Palestinians celebrating in the occupied West Bank and confused the middle east with New Jersey. This despite the Fox talking heads clearly saying the demonstrations were about a quarter of the globe away from anywhere in Jersey.
This crazed nonsense follows on the heels of Trump's weird and manic performance on an Iowa stage, his declaration that a Black Lives Matter protester at his Birmingham rally deserved to get roughed up by the crowd, and his promise to close mosques and create a system which would keep track of Muslims.
Yesterday he was in Columbus, Ohio where he told the audience he would not only re-institute the practice of waterboarding prisoners, but he'd, "...approve more than that." According to the Washington Post he repeatedly told the wildly cheering throng that, "It works, it works, it works."
Then he added, "And you know what? If it doesn't work they deserve it anyway for what they're doing!"
Ah yes, torture for torture's sake. Welcome to The Don's vision of making America great again.
Obviously these are the actions and ravings of a lunatic.That an unhinged man such as Donald Trump leads the republican race for the presidential nomination speaks volumes about the type of people the GOP currently appeals to--an aging and shrinking population of white folks who see their absolute control of this nation quickly slipping away.
Herr Hitler would be proud. The rest of us should be scared shitless.