Let me bury the lede for the moment to point out that Donald Trump almost certainly thinks he won last night’s debate. Why wouldn’t he? He was quintessentially Trump, and that always gives the ocher asshat a tingling sensation.
So it was no surprise when the redoubtable Gabriel Sherman wrote the following.
Trump doesn’t accept the consensus that the debate was a disaster because, sources said, he was unabashedly himself. “The thing about the debate is people got to see why no one that has any integrity can work for Trump. This is what Trump is like in the Oval Office every day. It’s why [John] Kelly left. It’s why [Jim] Mattis quit,” said the prominent Republican. “Trump doesn’t let anyone else speak. He really doesn’t care what you have to say. He demeans people. He talks over them. And everyone around him thinks it’s getting worse.”
Ah, but anyone who isn’t currently planning a post-election Proud Boys cotillion saw last night’s debate for what it was: a shitshow. Well, actually, “shitshow” doesn’t begin to describe it. More like a lavish Broadway shit-stravaganza.
Donald Trump’s campaign is still assessing the political damage from Tuesday night’s chaotic first presidential debate. The president’s refusal to condemn white supremacists, of course, is the immediate crisis. “He blew that for sure,” a campaign adviser told me. “It’s nuts,” a former West Wing official said wearily, sounding like a storm survivor with PTSD. “Total lunacy,” said another former White House staffer, who remains close to the campaign. “Trump didn’t win over any voters, and he pissed off a lot of people,” added a prominent Republican.
But here’s the extra-delicious morsel. Apparently, in the wake of former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale’s recent arrest, TrumpWorld is freaking out just a tad:
Parscale’s public meltdown happened while he is reportedly under investigation for stealing from the Trump campaign and the RNC. According to the source close to the campaign, the Trump family is worried that Parscale could turn on them and cooperate with law enforcement about possible campaign finance violations. “The family is worried Brad will start talking,” the source said.
Well, why should Brad Parscale be left out of the fun?
Go on, Brad. Talk. But be warned: Nothing you say could possibly change my opinion of Donald Trump and the rest of his crime family.
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