I assume by “normal person” he means “not the president” — not “a tool-using hominid who’s not totally fucking insane.” But the sentiment still holds.
The indispensable Gabriel Sherman at Vanity Fair has an insider’s look at the mood inside the White House in the wake of the redacted Mueller report’s release, and it ain’t pretty. He paints a picture of a president and administration who have been hissing and deflating like a kid’s balloon since early yesterday morning:
It took a while for the report’s full impact to sink in. “It’s good for our side, but the Democrats are finding things to bolster their side,” a former West Wing official interviewed by Mueller told me yesterday. “Everyone seems to have gotten what they wanted.” But as the day wore on, the equation became clearer. “A normal person would have been indicted for this,” said a Republican close to the White House. “The obstruction stuff is pretty damning,” [former Trump campaign official Sam] Nunberg said.
And, needless to say, the report has only sharpened the internecine warfare in the bickering Conway household:
Kellyanne Conway told reporters at the White House that the release of the Mueller report was the “best day” of Trump’s presidency since his 2016 election. “I called this a political proctology exam,” Conway later said on Fox News, “and he’s emerging with a clean bill of health.” But last night, her husband, George Conway, published a remarkable op-ed in The Washington Post calling for Trump’s impeachment. “White House counsel John Dean famously told Nixon that there was a cancer within the presidency and that it was growing. What the Mueller report disturbingly shows, with crystal clarity, is that today there is a cancer in the presidency: President Donald J. Trump,” he wrote. “Congress now bears the solemn constitutional duty to excise that cancer without delay.”
A former West Wing official made a more prosaic case. “Trump stinks,” the person said. “The report gives everyone a better whiff of the odor.”
Of course, Trump himself has shown a significant shift in mood since yesterday’s big reveal. After confidently declaring total exoneration just a day ago, this morning he was back to bashing Mueller and Co., calling the report “crazy.” Because, yeah, it can be all things at once in Trump’s wee cranium.
By Friday morning, in an unmistakeable sign of the devastation, Trump was on a Twitter rant about “the Crazy Mueller Report, in itself written by 18 Angry Democrat Trump Haters” and impeachment was on the table. And whether or not the Democrats pursue impeachment, Trump’s political and legal woes are far from over. “The report will give ammunition for Democrats to hold more hearings,” Nunberg said. And, of course, multiple other investigations loom. “The time bomb has never been Mueller. It’s the S.D.N.Y.,” a Republican close to the White House said.
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