As the walls of an impeachment inquiry closed in, Trumps incoherent statements renewed fears about his fitness for office
The eye of a storm is deceptively calm. At the White House this week the sun was shining, a bust of Ronald Reagan reposed outside the West Wing office of the press secretary, a US marine saluted the president as he boarded Marine One and scores of African American millennials cheered him in the east room.
But inside Donald Trumps head, there was no calm. The storm was a firestorm.
The presidents behaviour broke boundaries so stupendously that the fact he congratulated communist China on its 70th birthday, reportedly demanded alligators or snakes and flesh-piercing spikes for his border wall and wrote the unpresidential word BULLSHIT on social media were soon relegated to historical footnotes.
Instead, as the walls of an impeachment inquiry closed in, it will be remembered as Trumps week of rage. His incoherent, wacky statements raised new fears over his state of mind. His brazen invitation to foreign powers to interfere in American elections raised new fears over his moral nihilism.
It is without parallel, said Larry Jacobs, the director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota. I have never seen a president behave in such a peculiar, irrational and self-destructive way as Trump in the last week.