With all of the recent shifts and twists in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, and with his allies turning against him left and right, Donald Trump is now a fatigued sitting duck awaiting Mueller’s hammer to be brought down upon him.
This is evidenced by his latest rants regarding Alec Baldwin and steel tariffs. One would think he’d apply more perspective and be more interested in channeling his anger toward preventing his so-called allies from turning on him, but apparently things are too far gone at this point.
It’s bad enough when we the people can identify that, but now, some from within his inner circle are beginning to see it as well. According to some of the closest sources from within, dark days have fallen upon the White House, the Washington Post points out:
These are the darkest days in at least half a year, they say, and they worry just how much farther President Trump and his administration may plunge into unrest and malaise before they start to recover. As one official put it: “We haven’t bottomed out.”
Trump is now a president in transition, at times angry and increasingly isolated. He fumes in private that just about every time he looks up at a television screen, the cable news headlines are trumpeting yet another scandal. He voices frustration that son-in-law Jared Kushner has few on-air defenders. He revives old grudges. And he confides to friends that he is uncertain about whom to trust.
Trump’s closest West Wing confidante, Hope Hicks — the communications director who often acted as a de facto Oval Office therapist — announced her resignation last week, leaving behind a team the president views more as paid staff than surrogate family. So concerned are those around Trump that some of the president’s oldest friends have been urging one another to be in touch — the sort of familiar contacts that often lift his spirits.
In other words, considering those who have turned against, Trump is now all alone in a hopeless downward spiral, seems to understand Robert Mueller’s hammer is inevitably coming, and realizes that resistance is futile. While some are pleased with all those things, according Retired four-star Army general Barry McCaffrey, there is some cause for concern:
“I think the president is starting to wobble in his emotional stability and this is not going to end well,” McCaffrey said. “Trump’s judgment is fundamentally flawed, and the more pressure put on him and the more isolated he becomes, I think, his ability to do harm is going to increase.”
And he has a point here, as the last thing we the people need is for this investigation to drag out, driving Trump toward further instability. If the hammer is coming, it needs to come quickly, before even darker days have time to settle in.