But it's clear that a huge part of the problem is the people around him - particularly the unhealthy looking Stephen Bannon, who is obviously either behind, or completely supportive of, Trump's paranoia with how the media presents him. Here he is, quoted by the NYT:
“The elite media got it dead wrong, 100 percent dead wrong,” Mr. Bannon said of the election, calling it “a humiliating defeat that they will never wash away, that will always be there.”“The mainstream media has not fired or terminated anyone associated with following our campaign,” Mr. Bannon said. “Look at the Twitter feeds of those people: they were outright activists of the Clinton campaign.” (He did not name specific reporters or editors.)“That’s why you have no power,” Mr. Bannon added. “You were humiliated.”“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while,”“I want you to quote this,” Mr. Bannon added. “The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.”
Yes, just what you want. An unstable, vindictive culture warrior who won't accept that the Trump victory was, in fact, very narrow, advising a vain, insecure man-child who stumbled into a presidency he didn't really expect.
Are Republican politicians worried about Trump? According to Carl Bernstein, some are:
Bernstein said discussions going on in Washington this week were “unlike anything I have seen in 50 years as a reporter”.Are Right wing commentators in Australia commenting about this at all? Of course not - the likes of Andrew Bolt and Tim Blair are still just concentrating on how bad Lefties are for the extremely low level of protest violence and making some nasty signs about the Pres. God knows how they would have coped in the truly violent hothouse political and social environment of the US in the late 60's and 70's.
“I am hearing from Republicans, and other reporters are as well, that there is open discussion by members of the President of the United States’ own party about his emotional maturity, stability,” he said.
I have been writing for years that, as a pretty safe rule of thumb, if anyone remains a climate change denialist, their judgement on pretty much anything else can't be trusted.
Well, this has been supplanted by a even more reliable rule: if a person can't see the danger in Donald Trump's behaviour and statements, he or she is just blinded by culture war foolishness and is completely unreliable on all matters requiring sound judgement.