Trump Regime

“Total fucking chaos”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump has attempted to project an air of confidence and belligerence for the public during his ongoing government shutdown, but how do things actually look within the White House?

White House and congressional aides who spoke to Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman say they have no idea how this conflict will be resolved because Trump has decided his fantasy border wall is the only thing that matters.

Inside the West Wing, Trump has told aides he’s prepared to stake his presidency on making a last stand. “He has convinced himself he can’t win re-election in 2020 unless he gets a lot of the wall built. It’s fundamental to his id,” a former West Wing official said. “The problem is, the Democrats know that.”

Trump’s aides fear he has given himself no way out. “The president put himself in a box,” the former official in touch with the White House told me. “The problem is there’s no endgame. Right now the White House is at a seven on the panic scale. If this thing goes on past the State of the Union they’re going to be at an 11.” Another prominent Republican close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell described Trump’s handling of the shutdown as “total fucking chaos.

I can't base this on anything other than personal observation and intuition, but I don't think the wall is nearly as important to his base or his reelection chances as Trump thinks it is.

Chanting "build the wall" or "lock her up" at a campaign rally may be fun to them, but do they really care? I don't think so. The number of people who would stay at home or vote for Trump's opponent just because he didn't build a dumb wall must be infinitesimal. Nearly 60 million Americans are always going to vote for the Republican nominee no matter who it is or what they do. That's just the reality of America. Even John McCain got 59 million votes after George W. Bush nearly destroyed the country.

If Trump drives the economy into a ditch over his wall, that's going to be far more consequential than whether or not he fails to build it.

  • muselet

    One of the big reasons Donald Trump has painted himself into so many corners is because he has been surrounding himself with advisers who won’t try to make him do what he doesn’t want to do.

    That would be less of a problem if Trump weren’t an ignoramus, or were at least capable of formulating plans and meaningfully negotiating. Steve Benen said it best:

    The common thread tying together practically all of Trump’s troubles is rampant incompetence.

    –alopecia

    • They won’t make him do things he doesn’t want because he becomes abusive under such situations and will just ignore them anyway./ So people either tolerate the abuse and stop pressuring him or they leave. I don’t know if you have ever known a true narcissist but I have and they are incredibly stressful to deal with. The turnover rate in his administration should not be a surprise.

      • muselet

        True.

        The advisers our glorious news media declared were going to be The Adult In The Room are heading for the exits, and people like Stephen Miller and Steve Bannon are returning. Competent people don’t stand a chance in the Trump administration.

        The next two years should be … interesting.

        –alopecia

        • Maybe we’re suffering from that old curse…may you live in interesting times? I long for boring news days.

  • Aynwrong

    I have yet to hear any reporter in our glorious media call this situation for what it is. EXTORTION!

  • katanahamon

    Rump staged another publicity tantrum by walking out of a meeting with Chuck and Nancy. He’s also gone on record as saying that the reason he would declare a national emergency was if he couldn’t get “unreasonable people to deal.” So, not for any real emergency, just to get his own way. This has gone beyond reason..there is one person holding up our government, and we all know who it is. The statistics show we are at a twenty year low in illegal or maybe all immigration across the southern border, so no case can be made for an “emergency.” This isn’t happening in a vacuum..the people affected are going to think about quitting, and getting more secure employment. It’s only a matter of time until food is contaminated, a plane goes uninspected or goes off course or any number of bad things, all because we don’t have politicians that will get rid of Rump. Contact your reps..

    • Nefercat

      I want “Chuck and Nancy” to start referring to Idiot Amin as “Donald” or “Don.” No more “the President” or “Mr. President” until he is Senator or Minority Leader Schumer and she is Speaker Pelosi.