On Tuesday’s edition of MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House,” Bloomberg Opinion executive editor Tim O’Brien said that President Donald Trump is losing what little control he had — and getting all the more dangerous for it.
“I think he’s getting more panicked,” said O’Brien. “I think — I suspect that Trump, when the Mueller investigation ended, thought that sort of existential threats to his presidency had been put to rest, and in very short order I think ‘Trump the racist’ became a very appropriate and damning moniker that got attached to him after Elijah Cummings, ‘Trump the racist’ will be part of his historical legacy. And now you have the economy starting to deteriorate a bit around the edges. Whether or not that’s going to be a recession or not, I don’t know, but there’s enough alarm bells on there for a president who has routinely attached his reputation, to a strong economy that’s a job creating economy, and markets are going bananas.”
“When you start to see fraying around that, I think he’s worried, and I think he sees that gaining traction in a way he can’t control, and he can’t control the fact that he’s being labeled as a racist, and these two things are squeezing him like a vise,” continued O’Brien. “And what does he do in this situation? He responds like the seven-year-old that he is.”
The consequences of Trump’s meltdown, O’Brien warned, could be global.
“I don’t know that he’s any worse than he has been before,” he said. “But it does feel like there are, you know, quite a lot of different high-pressure problems piling up around him so, you know, there were times when it looked like, you know, Russia had him caught like a vise and — but that was kind of multiple fronts in the Mueller investigation. Now … you have this wide diversity of huge problems, really big international issues, the trade fight with China, at the same time you have this Hong Kong issue, the economy now starting to darken.”
‘This is not a reality TV show’: Democrat shuts down Rep. Collins when he tries to stop her questions about obstruction
Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) had a freakout when a Democratic member of Congress dared to call out the president's obstructions of justice during the hearing with Corey Lewandowski Tuesday. During her questioning, Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) drew conclusions outlined in special counsel Robert Mueller's report, but Collins proclaimed it was against the rules.
"Point of order, Mr. Chairman," Collins interrupted her opening statement.
"The gentleman will state his point of order," Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said.
"I would just ask, is the gentle lady accusing the president of a crime?" Collins asked.
Lewandowski’s testimony will let Democrats build Nixon-like articles of impeachment: Ex-prosecutor
As President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski combatively testified before the House Judiciary Committee, he admitted that Trump asked him to communicate to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions that former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation must be shut down. Aside from that revelation, most of the testimony was unproductive, with Lewandowski lashing out at members of Congress and running interference for the president.
But as former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti wrote on Twitter, these outbursts — and the fact that Trump sanctioned the way that Lewandowski behaved in the hearing — could be the basis for Democrats to write up articles of impeachment against Trump similar to those drafted against Richard Nixon in 1974:
Zuckerberg: new Facebook panel can overrule him
Facebook said Tuesday it has finalized its charter for its "independent oversight board," giving the panel the authority to overrule chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on questions of appropriate content.
The new entity, based on Zuckerberg's call for a "supreme court" that would make difficult calls on what is suitable content for Facebook, is moving closer to reality with the charter released by the social network.
Zuckerberg said in a statement the independent panel would have the final say on these matters of what belongs on the social platform.
"If someone disagrees with a decision we've made, they can appeal to us first, and soon they will be able to further appeal to this independent board," he said.