“Woodward and Costa write that [Joint Chief Chairman Mark] Milley, deeply shaken by the assault, ‘was certain that Trump had gone into a serious mental decline in the aftermath of the election, with Trump now all but manic, screaming at officials and constructing his own alternate reality about endless election conspiracies.’

“Milley apprehensive that Trump may ‘go rogue,’ the authors write.

“‘You never know what a president’s trigger point is,’ Milley told his senior staff,” in response to the ebook.

Think about that for a minute. Milley, the highest army adviser to the president, a person who undoubtedly spent appreciable time with Trump in this time period, believed that he was in “serious mental decline” triggered by his election loss.

And here is the factor: Milley wasn’t the one one that seen a change in Trump’s conduct within the wake of the election. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a loyal ally of the President, felt the identical approach. Again, the Woodward/Costa book sheds light here:

“The book details a private call McCarthy had with Trump the night before Biden’s inauguration. According to Woodward and Costa, McCarthy told Trump, ‘I don’t know what’s happened to you in the last two months. … You’re not the same as you were for the last four years.’

“McCarthy then repeatedly pleaded with Trump to name Biden.

“‘You’ve done good things and you want that to be your legacy. Call Joe Biden,’ McCarthy said, according to the authors.

“‘Do it for me,’ the GOP chief continued. ‘You’ve acquired to name him. Call Joe Biden.'”

So, not only the top general in the country but also one of the two top Republicans in Congress — and a Trump ALLY — believed that the election had changed something in Trump. And, at least in the case of Milley, believed that Trump’s mental health had declined to the point where he needed to intercede with China so that a war didn’t get started by an unhinged Trump.

That is, in retrospect, terrifying. Because it’s not as though Trump has been the picture of consistency and normal mental behavior for the bulk of his first term. Quite the opposite. But that Milley and McCarthy believed that things had worsened in the final months of his presidency suggests that we may well have been closer to a catastrophe than anyone even thought. (And there were plenty of people — particularly after January 6 — that believed the potential for more disastrous outcomes was very real!)

But, it’s more than terrifying in retrospect. Because Donald Trump isn’t gone. Not even close.

“I mentioned this many, many instances on the marketing campaign path: we might have defeated Trump, however Trumpism will not be lifeless on this nation,” said California Gov. Gavin Newsom in his victory speech on Tuesday night.

That is not a partisan statement. It is a fact.

Trump has a) never conceded the 2020 election to President Joe Biden and b) continued to push the Big Lie that the election was somehow stolen despite there being zero actual evidence to back up that belief.

As recently as Monday night, Trump was using the same blueprint to sow doubts about the California recall.

“Does anyone actually consider the California Recall Election is not rigged?,” Trump asked in a statement sent from his Save America PAC. “Millions and tens of millions of Mail-In Ballots will make this simply one other large Election Scam, no totally different, however much less blatant, than the 2020 Presidential Election Scam!”

This will not be, then, a narrative in regards to the mental health considerations a couple of former President. Rather it’s in regards to the mental health considerations main officers have expressed a couple of man who’s, with out query, the chief of the Republican Party and the present 2024 front-runner to be the GOP nominee.

Which ought to concern all of us.


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