In the eight months since the President took public office, the Trump administration has caused the average news day in American politics to feel like a month’s worth of news under the Obama administration. Maybe even two months. As a millennial, I cannot recall a time when the lives of the citizenry felt more like they belonged in the Twilight Zone, or that we were all already, collectively, living in a Twilight Zone.
It was only a mere 24 hours after being sworn in that Donald Trump made his first egregious blunder as the leader of the free world: He lied publically about the size of his inauguration audience. He lied in the same manner of a four-year-old trying to win back his candy from an exhausted mother juggling three other children. Completely convinced he was right, dubious to the clearly presented facts, and ignorant or perhaps just uncaring to the chaos surrounding him, which he no doubt caused.
His lies, inaccuracies, missteps, Tweets, tantrums, et al., have plagued the once prominent office and turned the Presidency into both a national and global disgrace. Foreign leaders and papers openly mock Donald Trump, US media outlets don’t even hide their partisanship anymore (ours included), social media sites encourage users to flag for fake news when they see it. Real news feels like satire, and satire is often mistaken for real news.
This says nothing of the many faces to enter and exit the White House. In perhaps the clearest indicator of the failing Trump administration, the list of aides who have either resigned or been fired is monumental at best.
Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor, and special advisor resigned on August 18 after he was criticized for making policy recommendations that would ultimately benefit his own investments.
Steve Bannon either quit or was fired (we can’t be sure which because neither the President nor Mr. Bannon can agree to a term), and the Breitbart founder turned chief strategist has vowed war against the many enemies he made in the White House.
Anthony Scaramucci was fired after only 10 days as WH Director of Communications by President Trump on the recommendation of John Kelly, who replaced Reince Priebus (see below) as Chief of Staff. (Long live The Mooch.)
Reince Priebus privately resigned on July 27 for reasons still unclear. This came on the heels of then-WH comm director Scaramucci accusing Priebus of leaking confidential material to reporters.
Sean Spicer gifted the media daily gaffes, but ultimately resigned after the hiring of Anthony Scaramucci. Spicer was never someone we anticipated staying for long and Sarah Huckabee Sanders has proved more than adept at navigating the press.
Michael Flynn, former National Security Advisor, was the first indicator of the impending presidential doom. His ties with Russia were revealed after he misled a Pentagon investigation over income and foreign business affairs.
There are more, plenty more–including James Comey. But following a catastrophic response to Charlottesville, it appears the next person to resign from the Trump administration might be Donald Trump himself.
What we are about to witness is the complete and total collapse of the President of the United States.