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October 11, 2017 9:01 pm - NewsBehavingBadly.com

In a blockbuster article posted to Vanity Fair‘s web site earlier today, Gabriel Sherman writes

In recent days, I’ve spoken with a half dozen prominent Republicans and Trump advisers, and they all describe a White House in crisis as advisers struggle to contain a president that seems to be increasingly unfocused and consumed by dark moods.

…[I]t’s clear that Bob Corker’s remarkable New York Times interview — in which the Republican senator described the White House as “adult day care” and warned Trump could start World War III — was an inflection point in the Trump presidency. It brought into the open what several people close to the president have recently told me in private: that Trump is “unstable,” “losing a step,” and “unraveling.”

… There’s a new level of concern. NBC News published a report that Trump shocked his national security team when he called for a nearly tenfold increase in the country’s nuclear arsenal during a briefing this summer. One Trump adviser confirmed to me it was after this meeting disbanded that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a “moron.”

In recent days, I spoke with a half dozen prominent Republicans and Trump advisers, and they all describe a White House in crisis as advisers struggle to contain a president who seems to be increasingly unfocused and consumed by dark moods. Trump’s ire is being fueled by his stalled legislative agenda and, to a surprising degree, by his decision last month to back the losing candidate Luther Strange in the Alabama Republican primary.

… Two senior Republican officials said Chief of Staff John Kelly is miserable in his job and is remaining out of a sense of duty to keep Trump from making some sort of disastrous decision. Today, speculation about Kelly’s future increased after Politico reported that Kelly’s deputy Kirstjen Nielsen is likely to be named Homeland Security Secretary — the theory among some Republicans is that Kelly wanted to give her a soft landing before his departure. … This morning, The Washington Post quoted longtime Trump friend Tom Barrack saying he has been “shocked” and “stunned” by Trump’s behavior.

Trump is so out of his depth and so increasingly erratic that it is time for his cabinet to intervene and use the powers of 25th Amendment to remove him from office. But even though there are several portents that Trump has lost support of Republicans on Capitol Hill, such a move looks unlikely — unless Trump does something spectacularly catastrophic.

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Dave “Doctor” Gonzo is a renegade media producer, occasional bassist, web developer, and Grammy® voter. He is editor and senior contributor to News Behaving Badly. He has written for American Politics Journal, Alan Colmes’ Liberaland (Dave was also a semi-frequent Friday guest on Alan’s radio show), and (in print) Audio Review. Dave lives in s fortified compound with doorman in Manhattan’s not-so-trendy Yorkville neighborhood.