The Politex Report #1189


Trump is a one trick pony: he wants to be a one-man show, a micro-manager who shoots from the lip in the general election, like he did in the Republican primaries. It's not working, the general election has too many moving parts for one person to handle, and Trump's unable to adjust. He's run out of gas and he's run out of ideas: the wheels in his head are spinning.

This has taken a toll on Trump, both mentally and physically: he's become a maniac, as David Brooks observes today in the NYT:

"Trump has shown that he is not a normal candidate. He is a political rampage charging ever more wildly out of control. And no, he cannot be changed.

He cannot be contained because he is psychologically off the chain. With each passing week he displays the classic symptoms of medium-grade mania in more disturbing forms: inflated self-esteem, sleeplessness, impulsivity, aggression and a compulsion to offer advice on subjects he knows nothing about.

His speech patterns are like something straight out of a psychiatric textbook. Manics display something called "flight of ideas." It's a formal thought disorder in which ideas tumble forth through a disordered chain of associations. One word sparks another, which sparks another, and they're off to the races. As one trained psychiatrist said to me, compare Donald Trump's speaking patterns to a Robin Williams monologue, but with insults instead of jokes.

Trump insults Paul Ryan, undermines NATO and raises the specter of nuclear war. Advisers can't control Trump's brain because Trump can't control it himself."

Trump's Enablers Will Finally Have to Take a Stand: His mania has increased; he's become a sick man. Brooks

It's the specter of Trump as President in control of nukes that is most frightening to observers. Couple his present mental disability with his nuke foreign policy statements, and we have the makings of disaster. --Jerry Politex


Observations from the Situation Room: I Ran the C.I.A. Now I'm Endorsing Hillary Clinton. Morell

I'm Former U.S. security officials call Trump foreign policy comments 'disgraceful' via @Reuters

GOP security expert explains why Trump's views on nuclear weapons should scare us to death

Former Nuke Weapons Officer Goes Off: Trump Is 'So Damn Dangerous'

Hayden: Trump's Behavior Erratic. Possible I won't vote in this election | MSNBC


If President Trump decided to use nukes, he could do it easily - Vox

Debate Over Trump's Fitness Raises Issue of Checks on Nuclear Power. There is none. NYT

Congressman Proposes Law To Prevent Trump From Being Able To Launch Nukes On His Own


This 'Morning Joe' Discussion About Trump And Nuclear Weapons Is Terrifying

Donald Trump Asked an Adviser Three Times Why the U.S. Can't Use Its Nukes, Says Joe Scarborough

Trump's most dangerous foreign policy position | MSNBC

'Morning Joe' awestruck by Trump's latest implosion: 'It's dangerous for this country'

Joe: 'Nothing rational' about Trump's behavior | MSNBC


9 Terrifying Things Donald Trump Has Publicly Said About Nuclear Weapons | ThinkProgress

Trump's descent into madness: 7 crazy, totally unhinged moments of the past 24 hours


Calls For Nuclear Proliferation as Foreign Policy: Dear Donald Trump: This Is Why Nuclear Weapons Are Bad | WIRED

At the Debates: Trump's Terrifying Nuke Answer Should End His Campaign (But It Won't) - Rolling Stone


Donald Trump: Sure, I Might Use Nuclear Weapons In Europe. RedState

Is Donald Trump just plain crazy?

There is something very wrong with Donald Trump


Trump: I Will Absolutely Use a Nuclear Weapon Against ISIS

Dear Donald Trump: Here is why we don't simply nuke the Islamic State - WP


Intelligence Chief Suffers Intelligence Failure Over His Own Team's Willingness to Brief Donald Trump


Transcript: Donald Trump Expounds on His Nuke Foreign Policy Views in vague and repetitious statements.. NYT


Trump's nuclear experience: Advice for Reagan in 1987.


Trump Bolsters Foreign-Policy Team by Adding Carson and Palin. Borowitz