Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"There Is No Credible Explanation for Trump's Conduct That Is Compatible with the Idea That He Is Fit for High Office"

"Again: Let's say Trump knows he is guilty of nothing, and that the special prosecutor's investigation will inevitably exonerate him.
"Wouldn't that make this behavior just as—if not more—concerning?
"Either the president is acting erratically, due to a rational fear of what Mueller’s probe may reveal, or else he is suffering from an obsessive disorder that renders him helplessly self-destructive. Trump has stomped all over the naïveté defense. All that remains is the insanity plea. To plausibly deny that the president is a criminal, Republicans must stipulate that he's out of his mind."

Eric Levitz at New York argues that "If the President Is Innocent, Then He Is Insane."

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