With ex-FBI Director Comey scheduled to appear before Congress this morning to discuss information that will surely prove embarrassing to our Tweeter-in-chief — that is, if he weren’t embarrassment-proof — one would have thought that Trump would be restraining his twitter fingers lest he further diminish what’s left of his presidency.

Show restraint? Act presidential? As his friends south of the border — those “rapists and bad hombres” — would say, “No way, Jose.”

How to respond to the latest terrorist attack in England? How about tweeting an attack on London’s mayor — “At least 7 dead in terror attack and mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’” Of course, by quoting only a small portion of the mayor’s comments, he totally misrepresented them. Out of malice, or ignorance? And which is worse?

At least the latest tweets have diverted us — an unplanned accomplishment by the Tweeter king — from the unfolding revelations about daughter Ivanka’s husband and his multiple meetings with the Russian ambassador and a Russian banker with close ties to Vladimir Putin. But does anyone really believe young Jared was acting without instructions from father-in-law Trump?

Will we ever learn what’s behind Trump’s promotion of Putin: financial entanglements in Russia, fear of blackmail, reward for election help, respect for the strongman image? Even more dangerous, Trump has now moved on to — accidentally, unaware? — helping cement China’s pre-eminence in Asia and indeed worldwide.

Trump withdrew the US from the TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a carefully constructed trade organization put together by President Obama that specifically excluded China. The Asian countries that chose to join — Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam as well as Australia and New Zealand — did so, purposely, to work with the US to offset China’s rapidly evolving economic dominance.

By withdrawing from the TPP, and abandoning some of the US’s closest Asian friends, Trump has not just wrecked the organization, he’s played directly into China’s hands. Unwittingly? Or purposely? And, once again, which is worse?

It’s bizarre enough that Trump deluded himself into seeing himself and buddy Vlad as the new international Dynamic Duo. Does he now think that Xi Jinping would be a good addition to this elite club?

Is Trump really that stupid? Or is he, as two separate television commentators referred to him over a 5-minute period Tuesday morning, “erratic,” “unbalanced,” “not well,” “unhinged?” Which is worse? 

Further proof (of any of the above): Not satisfied with the damage he’s done to our relationship with key Asian countries, he next pulls out of the Paris Climate Accord. Sure, it’s an imperfect deal, but what deal wouldn’t be that included 196 countries. But, importantly, it’s a first step in globalizing the very real problem of climate change. Of course, to our caricature of a president, global warming is “a hoax.”

One can argue that China gets off lightly under the Paris accords: it has until 2030 to meet its agreed-on requirements. But it must start immediately to do so. And realistically, the US has been industrializing — and helping spur climate change — for nearly two centuries. While China has three times the population of the US, it has only gotten into the pollutant business big-time in the last 30 years.

The real point is not the terms of the deal — which only two countries worldwide, Syria and Nicaragua, have rejected — but that with the US unilaterally withdrawing, we are making China look like the adult on the world stage.



Boosting China’s economic strength, highlighting its diplomatic maturity, cozying up to Russia, encouraging Putin to remain aggressive in Eastern Europe. And then belittling England, our oldest and closest ally, as it struggles with its third terrorist attack in as many months. What exactly is the strategic wisdom behind such loopy behavior? None. His foreign policy is whatever his warped mind tweets at midnight or 4 a.m. 

He’s making North Korea’s immature dictator Kim Jong-un look like a statesman by comparison. But then Kim did go to school in Switzerland for a few years — so he gained some first-hand knowledge of the world beyond his own borders. Trump’s pre-White House international experience climaxed with the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013, after, of course, his marrying two Eastern European lovelies.

So how do we extricate ourselves from this mess? How do we get rid of Trump before he further undermines the United States to the advantage of Russia and China? Impeachment for “high crimes and misdemeanors” is not a viable option — at least not yet. 

The 25th Amendment to the Constitution provides a little more wiggle room. If the vice-president and a majority of the cabinet inform Congress, it states, that the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office” — in other words, if he’s mentally incapacitated, as Trump is doing his best to demonstrate — he’s out. Though, even then, two-thirds of Congress must confirm that judgment.

It’s a tall bar, but come this fall, as the campaign for next year’s mid-term elections begins to churn in earnest, Republicans will be faced with defending the indefensible. Individual Congressional Republicans might well begin to fear that their seat is at risk, while the Republican Congress as a whole will face the possibility of losing their majority in the House. 

One hopes at this point our erratic leader will go quietly. The real risk is that Trump’s populist rhetoric will continue to appeal to his base. After all, despite his dubious mental state, Trump’s repeated anti-globalization refrain of bringing back jobs continues to resonate among those who have been the big losers during the high-tech revolution of the past quarter century. 

Remember the anti-Vietnam riots in 1968? Remember Ohio State? It was a rough, violent time as the Vietnam War split the country. But the violence was basically limited to a bunch of college students who didn’t want to go to war.

Who wants to be a gloomy pessimist (much less, have to read him)? But down the road, as the slow-moving process towards the ousting of Trump takes hold, is it impossible to imagine the country splitting again, and this time with much larger numbers of economically dispossessed Americans taking to the streets, some with guns, to support their golden-haired boy?

Donald Trump doesn’t listen to anyone it seems. He’s not a traditional Republican — he’s hardly a Republican at all: the elders of the party have little sway over him.

So the time has come — now, not even five months into his presidency — for Trump’s key appointees to put country before party, patriotism before ambition. Secretary of Defense Mattis and Secretary of State Tillerson and National Security Advisor McMaster must speak out publicly and forcefully against Trump’s dangerous policies, thus paving the way — or at least beginning the process — for what one hopes will be an eventual, peaceful departure of Donald Trump. 

Which, of course, will deliver to the Oval Office a highly ideological, right-wing, evangelical Christian: Trump’s final revenge.