After only two days back on the campaign trail stumping for Congressional candidates in the midterm elections, former President Barack Obama, the last president to win a majority of the popular vote, has senior Trump aides worried that Obama might “get in the president’s head,” according to an article in Newsweek.
Obama’s articulate and rational speeches, delivered with a righteous passion for restoring sanity to the political process, stand in stark contrast to President Trump’s meandering, barely comprehensible ranting and rambling at the political rallies he holds for his misguided base.
While Trump free-associates on stage, saying whatever bizarre thoughts pop into his head without any apparent filter and rarely remembering to mention whatever candidate he’s meant to be promoting, all while slurring his words like a drunken sailor, Obama’s preacher-like cadences carry clear messages that few rational people could argue with, Including a call to “Stand up to bullies, not follow them.”
“We’re supposed to stand up to discrimination and we’re supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers. How hard can that be? Saying that Nazis are bad.”
Trump may joke that he “fell asleep” during Obama’s first speech, but his aides are still concerned that the overwhelmingly positive news coverage and public adulation of the former president “only further fuels his belief that he is unfairly treated by the press.”
Knowing that Trump views Obama as a bigger threat to maintaining a Republican majority than Hillary Clinton ever was, his aides worry that he will go off the rails after all the major cable news networks, even Fox News, carried Obama’s speech in full, while Trump’s appearance in North Dakota wasn’t covered at all by CNN and was abandoned mid-speech by MSNBC and Fox News.
Given the week Trump has had with the revelations from the Bob Woodward account of White House dysfunction followed immediately by the New York Times Op-Ed by a rogue senior administration official, on top of a contentious reception of his Supreme Court nominee by the Senate Judiciary Committee, insiders have described the president’s mood as “volcanic.” It remains to be seen whether Trump’s already precarious mental state will worsen from the pressure and whether anyone will step in to do anything about it.
Now that the anonymous author of the New York Times Op-Ed has admitted that whispers about invoking the 25th amendment to replace an incapacitated president have already been circulating, the heralded public return of the man Trump probably still believes is a Kenyan-born Muslim just may be the thing that pushes the Trump over the edge and out of the White House.
We can only hope.
Follow Vinnie Longobardo on Twitter.