Robert Reich: Trump Is Seriously, Frighteningly Unstable—The World Is In Danger
Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich penned an op-ed in The Guardian warning that President Donald Trump is “seriously, frighteningly unstable” — adding that “the world is in danger.”
While previous presidents have attempted to cover up “a sexual liaison with an intern and a botched burglary,” the current U.S. president tirelessly worked to paint over a mistaken hurricane forecast, Reich noted, employing government resources — and apparently his very own Sharpie — to convince the world he was right that Alabama would be hit by Hurricane Dorian.
“Friends, this is not rational behavior,” Reich said of the ordeal.
The Democrat went on to list other irrational behavior emanating from the White House, including Trump’s plan to bring Taliban leaders to Camp David during the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, only to cancel it by tweet.
And likewise, the president canceled a visit to Denmark after its prime minister mocked his desire to buy the territory — a visit that had been in the works for months.
Trump wants senior officials to “explore using nuclear bombs to stop hurricanes hitting the US,” Reich wrote, and believes climate change is no big thing.
He has said that trade wars are “good and easy to win” and demanded that American companies stop doing business with China.
“He calls the chairman of the Federal Reserve an ‘enemy,’” Reich said. “He retweets a comedian’s sick suggestion that the Clintons were responsible for the suicide of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.”
What is the American public to make of this glut of irrational behavior?
Reich said “we have to face the truth that no one seems to want to admit,” which is that “The president of the United States is seriously, frighteningly, dangerously unstable. And he’s getting worse by the day.”
The 25th amendment “allows the vice-president to become ‘acting president’ when ‘the vice-president and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or such other body as Congress may by law provide’ declare a president incapacitated,” Reich explained.
But with Vice President Mike Pence on the team — who has so far displayed only “sycophancy,” Reich wrote — even the 25th amendment looks infeasible.
“[T]he only thing that’s going to get Pence and a majority of Trump’s lieutenants to pull the plug before Trump pulls it on them may be so horrific that the damage done to America and the world would be way beyond anything we’ve experienced to date,” he warned.