Trump’s last tweet?

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OPINION - EJ Dionne Colum­nist By E.J. Dionne Jr. E.J. Dionne’s email ad­dress is ej­dionne@wash­ Twit­ter: @EJ­Dionne.

Don­ald J. Trump has now driven home, in a way no apol­o­gist, en­abler or timid an­a­lyst can plau­si­bly deny, that he is far too nasty, im­ma­ture and fright­en­ingly undis­ci­plined to be pres­i­dent.

This should be a wakeup call to po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts who have gone out of their way since Trump first an­nounced his can­di­dacy to pre­tend that he was the in­ge­nious cre­ator of a po­lit­i­cal spe­cial sauce who de­served our re­spect for “speak­ing his mind.” No, Trump all along has been a clin­i­cally self-in­volved con man who never took the is­sues, the pres­i­dency or the fu­ture of our coun­try se­ri­ously. Can there be any doubt that his cam­paign is a brand­ing ex­er­cise gone, quite lit­er­ally, mad?

Trump’s gift to vot­ers was a se­ries of tweets he started send­ing out at 3:20 a.m. Fri­day morn­ing. His be­hav­ior gives new mean­ing to the old ads about 3 a.m. phone calls ques­tion­ing how a would-be pres­i­dent might re­spond to cri­sis. Be­ware any hu­man be­ing who feels an im­pulse to send out an­gry tweets at that hour.

The first, in­ter­est­ingly, was an ex­pres­sion of pure para­noia about his own cam­paign. “Any­time you see a story about me or my cam­paign say­ing ‘sources said,’ DO NOT be­lieve it. There are no sources, they are just made up lies!”

This, pre­sum­ably was a re­sponse to sto­ries such as a New York Times ac­count by Pa­trick Healy, Ash­ley Parker and Mag­gie Haber­man based on con­ver­sa­tions with Trump lieu­tenants. The Times had re­ported that Trump “found it hard to fo­cus” dur­ing his sham­bolic de­bate prepa­ra­tions and that he “did not seem to pay at­ten­tion dur­ing the prac­tice ses­sions.” Not ex­actly the traits you want in a chief ex­ec­u­tive with power over our mil­i­tary, the FBI and the nu­clear but­ton.

A cou­ple of hours later, be­tween 5:14 and 5:30, he turned to tweets about Ali­cia Machado, the Miss Uni­verse win­ner who, as Clin­ton pointed out, faced crit­i­cisms from Trump over her physique af­ter she won her crown in 1996.

The most re­mark­able was: “Did Crooked Hil­lary help dis­gust­ing (check out sex tape and past) Ali­cia M be­come a U.S. cit­i­zen so she could use her in the de­bate?”

Pars­ing that one would re­quire a pha­lanx of psy­chol­o­gists. Can you imag­ine any other can­di­date for our high­est of­fice even talk­ing about a “sex tape”? And on the facts, Trump has lit­tle backup, ap­par­ently only what the Wash­ing­ton Post called “racy but not ex­plicit footage from a Span­ish-lan­guage re­al­ity tele­vi­sion show.”

That a po­lit­i­cal party, a po­lit­i­cal sys­tem and a me­dia blessed with broad con­sti­tu­tional free­doms have al­lowed a man like this to get so close to the pres­i­dency should be a mat­ter for se­ri­ous in­tro­spec­tion.

And that in­tro­spec­tion should start now. Ev­ery time Trump has shown us how out­landishly ill-suited he is for the pres­i­dency, his out­rages have been al­lowed to fade. Again and again he has been given op­por­tu­ni­ties to nor­mal­ize his can­di­dacy. Many can’t be­lieve that a ma­jor party nom­i­nated some­one like him. Their so­lu­tion is to pre­tend he’s some­one else.

If an on­slaught against a Gold Star fam­ily didn’t stop him, why should his wee­hours-of-the-morn­ing storm of vicious in­vec­tive be any dif­fer­ent?

The an­swer is that this episode should fi­nally force ev­ery­one to say: enough. Trump is nei­ther nor­mal nor sta­ble. He is man­i­festly dan­ger­ous to our coun­try and er­ratic in ev­ery­thing ex­cept his un­re­strained mean­ness. He should not be given fifth, sixth and sev­enth chances. He has shown us who he is. We should be­lieve what we see.

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