It was not the Mueller report that nailed Trump . . . it was a Sharpie

For some people, it took a hurricane map to do what Robert S. Mueller III’s 448-page report could not: Bring home how seriously unfit and perhaps unwell is the president.

The Mueller report was long, dense and complicated for those who had not followed the twists and turns in the saga of President Trump’s willing receipt of Russian help in the 2016 election and his furious efforts to impede the investigation into his conduct. By contrast, the hurricane map with the lame Sharpie addition is visual, simple and utterly mockable.

The Mueller report has been spun, distorted and misrepresented by the White House, attorney general, Republican members of Congress and the right-wing echo chamber; the map is unspinnable, despite the cringe-inducing statement from a Coast Guard rear admiral pressed into offering vague cover for an obsessive president …

Now Trump is the source of ridicule, the kryptonite of all narcissists. It’s not simply that he is wrong, but pathetically laughable. He can see the reaction; and his followers can see that the little man behind the curtain no longer can dazzle us with illusions. So Trump struggles, entwining himself further in the web of ridiculous lies and needy tweets. He cannot let go, and he thereby feeds the media, which in turn infuriate him …


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Meanwhile, White House staffers report he’s losing his shit.

President Donald Trump’s aides and confidants are increasingly worried about his mental state after days of erratic behavior and wild outbursts.
“No one knows what to expect from him anymore,” one former White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal conversations about the president, told Insider. “His mood changes from one minute to the next based on some headline or tweet, and the next thing you know his entire schedule gets tossed out the window because he’s losing his s—.”
Trump has spent the past several days fixated on his false claim that Alabama was going to be hit by Hurricane Dorian. He has also taken time to lob attacks at his perceived enemies, like the actress Debra Messing, former FBI Director James Comey, and the “LameStream media.”
“He’s deteriorating in plain sight,” one Republican strategist who is in frequent contact with the White House told Insider on Friday.
But one person who was close to Trump’s legal team during the Russia investigation told Insider his public statements were “nothing compared to what he’s like behind closed doors. He’s like a bull seeing red. There’s just no getting through to him, and you can kiss your plans for the day goodbye because you’re basically stuck looking after a 4-year-old now.”