The day is still young and it’s totally possible that my terrible prophecy might come true. I wondered aloud on Monday about the possibility that this could be the week that Donald Trump tries to fire Robert Mueller. So far, that hasn’t happened. But as I said, the day is still young. If Trump tries to fire Mueller, it will probably happen on a Friday afternoon or evening, don’t you think?
But maybe Trump is too busy firing everybody else. On Thursday, mid-day, Trump’s private lawyer John Dowd resigned. Dowd had been one of the few people around Trump who consistently tried to get him to cooperate with Mueller’s investigation, even though Dowd publicly carried water for Trump’s idiocy by saying, just one week ago, that Mueller’s investigation should end soon. It won’t be easy to replace Dowd, not because Dowd was indispensable but because no other lawyer or law firm wants to work with or for Donald Trump.
Later Thursday, Trump fired H.R. McMaster, his National Security Advisor. Apparently, Trump made the decision rather suddenly and without any input from anyone else, and Trump immediately reached out to John Bolton, a psychopath warmonger who wants America to get in the first-strike war-business. Bolton currently works as a talking head on Fox News. People joke about “oh when is Steve Doocy going to be named Chief of Staff” but this sh-t is real. A moron addicted to sh-tty propaganda is firing mildly competent people and replacing them with the propagandists he loves to watch on “the tee-vee!”
Here’s a scary headline from Vanity Fair: “‘Now I’m F–king Doing It My Way’: Jubiliant and Self-Liberated, The President Prepares for War with Mueller.”
For the better part of the last month, Donald Trump has been winging it. His standoff with his chief of staff, John Kelly, appears to be resolved for the time being, with Trump having decided to return to the seat-of-the-pants decision-making that he believes won him the presidency. That doesn’t mean he has fully given up the idea of firing Kelly, though. One outside adviser to the White House said Trump has recently mulled the concept of creating a new West Wing structure without a chief of staff, one that would instead have four co-equal principals reporting directly to him. Trump seems to be loving his new freedom. “He was f–king excited and jubilant,” said one Trump friend who spoke to him in recent days. “He was like, everything’s great and these f–kers in the media are beside themselves.”
But Trump’s self-liberation comes at a dangerous moment, with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation reaching closer and closer, stoking Trump’s impulses to go to war. Earlier this month, Mueller crossed one of Trump’s stated “red lines” when he subpoenaed Trump Organization business records. According to four Republicans in regular contact with the White House, the move spurred Trump to lose patience with his team of feuding lawyers. “Trump hit the roof,” one source said.
… In private, Trump friends and outside advisers have been stoking his desire to go on the offensive for months. Trump has heard that his lawyers are “idiots”; that Mueller’s probe is a “coup d’etat”; and that Trump’s only crime is having “won the election.”
I would really love to hear Donald Trump explain what “coup d’etat” means. Please, someone ask him: “What’s a coup d’etat? Explain it to me, Bigly.” Anyway, the point is still that everything is awful and Bigly is absolutely unhinged and he’s firing everybody who could possibly contain him or keep this country from starting a nuclear war. Have a good weekend.
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