World Leaders Laughed In Trump’s Face, But The Joke’s Really On Us

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President Donald Trump (Max Goldberg)

Monday, President Donald Trump stood in front of the United Nations and gave a rambling, inaccurate speech which bragged about his performance as president. World leaders responded with laughter. They came face-to-face with what the American public, at least the ones who aren’t part of Cult 45, have understood for a long time. The president of the United States is a bumbling fool with a loose attachment to reality.

And it didn’t end there. On Wednesday, Trump gave an equally crazed press conference, where he repeated his words, gave rambling answers and also said China respected him because of his “large brain.”

This doesn’t surprise me. I’ve grown used to Trump’s performances. Instead of growing into the responsibility and gravitas of his job, Trump has continued to act like a deluded carnival barker.

Every chance to speak is turned into performance art. It’s bold, it’s showy, and while some people might find it entertaining, it’s also mostly inaccurate. Trump fails to understand that when you’re president of the United States every word you say is recorded and analyzed. You literally can’t make jokes, because someone halfway across the globe might decide to start a war based on what you said.

Further proof of Trump’s dishonesty comes from the Washington Post which stated that he recently clocked his 5,000th lie in about two years in the White House. Apparently, his rate of lying seems to have sped up. You literally can’t believe what’s coming out of his mouth. I quit calling a fellow political junkie because she just shrugs when I tell her of Trump’s latest verbal outrage.

This is what makes the stories coming out of the White House in books like “Fear” and “Fire and Fury” sound accurate. Trump’s aides have learned to disregard his statements because half of them are nonsense. “Fear” author Bob Woodward tells a story about how an enraged Trump ordered the military to kill the entire Syrian leadership. Defense Secretary James Mattis shrugged and told his aides “We’re going to do no such thing.” In another incident, the president watched terrorists scattering after a drone strike is called in and ordered Pentagon officials to make bombs that are silent!

Trump’s instability has caught the eyes of mental health professionals. According to Dr. Bandy Lee, White House officials contacted her for advice on what to do with Trump who was unraveling. She advised them to contact the emergency room.

About two years ago Lee, a Yale professor, joined several colleagues to author “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.”

Lee specializes in violence prevention and she warns that Trump’s declining mental health is leading to a breaking point. She compared Trump to a mentally unstable person stockpiling a cache of weapons.

“My current concern is that we are already witnessing a further unraveling of the president’s mental state, especially as the frequency of his lying increases and the fervor of his rallies intensifies,” said Lee in a Conversation article. “I am concerned that his mental challenges could cause him to take unpredictable and potentially extreme and dangerous measures to distract from his legal problems.”

According to “Fear,” White House insiders have tried to cover up Trump’s instability because they feared that if word got out, America would lose face in the eyes of the world.

And that pretty much happened on Monday, when the United Nations looked at the president of the United States and laughed in his face. But the joke’s really on us, because we elected him!

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Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.

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