I’ve seen several variations on the “Narcissist’s Prayer,” but it basically goes like this:
That didn’t happen.
And if it did, it wasn’t that bad.
And if it was, that’s not a big deal.
And if it is, that’s not my fault.
And if it was, I didn’t mean it.
And if I did…
You deserved it.
I suspect that’s what Jonathan Last, whose daily newsletter The Triad is an essential read, had in mind when he wrote about how Trump and his supporters rationalize what he has unleashed:
The perfect spin cycle for Trump and his media quislings:
Of course he didn’t mean that.
You can’t prove he meant it.
It’s totally reasonable, why are you carrying on about it?
It actually means this other thing why are you stupid and dishonest?
You’re damn right he meant that first thing. MAGA, bitches!
They do this over and over. With Charlottesville. With “fire and fury.” With the Access Hollywood tape. With the Mueller report. With Trump’s saying that George W. Bush committed treason and that Ted Cruz’s father helped kill JFK.
At this point, there aren’t even any questions to be asked, except for this:
Where is the country supposed to go from here?
Does anyone believe this is going to get better before Election Day, 2020?
Update: see the Narcissist’s Prayer, above:
President Donald on Thursday disavowed the “send her back” chant that broke out at his rally on Wednesday night.
“I was not happy with it. I disagree with it,” Trump said to reporters about the chant, which began after the president again went after Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) as part of his ongoing attack on four progressive freshman congresswomen.