Since Donald Trump left the presidency as a disgraced loser, he has released no dearth of unhinged proclamations containing his delusional takes on the state of the nation and the world.
Lately, however, Trump’s periodic bleatings have become more frequent and more divorced from reality, as if the very act of putting his self-delusions and manipulative lies into a press release would somehow conjure them into reality.
After beginning the day with a long screed that attempted to breathe new life into his fear-mongering about caravans of immigrants invading the U.S., Trump issued another frantic, panicked call alerting his bigoted followers to the imminent danger that he insists requires his failed border fence to be completed.
That Trump can still get clicks out of his Chicken Little routine is a sad testament to the current state of our union in this country, although the paltry numbers on this particular post may indicate that even his own supporters are getting sick of hearing the same tired complaints over and over again.
It was Trump’s third press release of the day, however, that truly demonstrated the depths of his increasing paranoia as his legal travails mount and his fortune dwindles.
If one of the signs of paranoid delusion is the inability to trust even one’s friends and supporters without accusing them of sinister ulterior motives, then this statement about Fox News provides ample evidence of the former president’s further descent into mental illness.
"What good is it if FOX News speaks well of me when they continually allow horrible and untruthful anti-Trump commercials to be run—and plenty of them. In the good old days, that would never have happened and today it happens all of the time… pic.twitter.com/bx5W2Chxgn
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) October 24, 2021
“See those people over there?” one imagines Trump telling an imaginary friend. “They’re saying nice things now, but don’t be fooled. They’re out to get me!” he would continue in this speculative explanation.
As Fox News positions itself for Trump’s ultimate political irrelevancy, Trump continues to act like a spurned lover.
While Trump’s idea that people have singled him out for attack would be a reasonable assumption if he is considering the House Select Committee investigating the origins of the January 6th insurrection, that his post-presidential tantrums have indeed even begun to alienate some of his most loyal supporters gives his fears some measure of justification.
A turning point that may have inspired some of the Mar-a-Lago retiree’s most anguished sense of paranoia came at a QAnon conference in Las Vegas this weekend when Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin decided to indict Trump for his failures to deliver on his campaign promises to his base while he was in office.
The promised border wall was left unfinished, Obamacare is still in effect, and now some of the marks who believed his empty promises are beginning to wake up feeling they’ve been had.
“We supported President Trump for his fight for justice as well,” Griffin told the crowd at the Q event. “And for four years we cried ‘lock her up. Lock her up. Lock her up.’ We know she’s a criminal. What did the president tell us? ‘If I was in charge, you’d be in jail.’
“Ok, Mr. President, you’ve been in charge of the law for four years,” he continued. “At the end of your four year time, the only ones locked up were men like me, and others like me, that have stood by the president the strongest.”
How long before the rest of MAGA world finally reaches the same realization?
Even the most unsophisticated rube eventually will reach the dawning realization that the con man has taken them for a ride.
Is this the beginning of a sea change in MAGA-dom and the ultimate downfall of Trump’s continued political ambitions?
We certainly hope so.
You can watch Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin’s impassioned attack on his former hero in the video clip below.
Original reporting by Sarah K. Burris at RawStory.
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