September 23, 2023

Trump has by no means shied away from launching ugly and private assaults on his political opponents, however a number of feedback and actions in current months counsel a rising fact: that the previous president is getting even stranger and extra reckless in his conduct.

On Monday, former President Donald Trump attacked Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, for daring to stay impartial within the 2024 Republican presidential major that includes him, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and almost a dozen different candidates.

“I opened up the Governor place for Kim Reynolds, & when she fell behind, I ENDORSED her, did large Rallies, & she received,” Trump wrote. “Now, she desires to stay ‘NEUTRAL.’ I don’t invite her to occasions!”

Iowa political observers famous it was a unnecessary unforced error that might solely irritate key Iowa Republicans and hinder his means to win the caucus. 

On Tuesday, Trump urged that Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden’s son, ought to get the loss of life penalty for paying his taxes late. 

On Wednesday, he known as President Biden a “crackhead.” Trump additionally not too long ago known as Particular Counsel Jack Smith, the person overseeing the investigation into Trump within the particular paperwork case, a “crackhead.”

Trump has by no means shied away from launching ugly and private assaults on his political opponents, however these remarks—and several other different feedback and actions in current months—counsel a rising fact: that the previous president—who has been indicted twice this 12 months, with the potential for a number of extra indictments to return—is getting even stranger and extra reckless in his conduct.

A few of these actions are decidedly harmful. Trump posted what he declare was former president Barack Obama’s house handle on Fact Social, main a Trump supporter and January 6 rioter to point out up in Obama’s neighborhood, the place he was arrested with two weapons, 400 rounds of ammunition, and a machete in his van, which he seemed to be dwelling in. 

Trump has additionally requested advisors for “battle plans” to “assault Mexico” if he’s elected, known as for the execution of drug sellers, and shared a fear-mongering video to TruthSocial, which painted him as being engaged in “the ultimate battle” together with his political opponents. 

In different cases, Trump’s conduct is simply…bizarre. 

Throughout a current speech in Michigan, for instance, he made a sequence of weird moaning sounds whereas mocking transgender athletes.

Throughout an look in Nevada final week, he appeared to counsel that California might by some means collapse into the ocean in a method that might lead to Nevada bordering the Pacific.

“You will have the solar too, however you don’t have the ocean,” Trump mentioned to a crowd of supporters. “You positively don’t have the ocean. Perhaps sometime you’ll have the ocean, you by no means know.”

Then, in an interview with a reporter from Nevada, he known as the state “disgraceful” and continued to reiterate election lies in regards to the 2020 presidential election.

In one other current interview with Fox Information, he referred to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. as “JFK Jr.”

In one other submit to Fact Social, he urged Black voters to “REMEMBER” that each dwelling president besides him was descended from slaveholders. Trump’s submit got here in response to a Reuters story which discovered that each dwelling American president, aside from him, is descended from individuals who enslaved others.

He’s additionally embraced and repeatedly amplified unusual and unfaithful conspiracy theories in regards to the authorities coming to remove washer machines and dryers.

“They need to take away your washing machines and your dyers,” Trump told a crowd in New Hampshire final month. “They don’t need to provide you with any water for the washer, regardless that you’ve gotten a lot water you don’t know what the hell to do with it up right here. It flows out into the ocean.”

Regardless of—or maybe due to—these types of actions and remarks, Trump is a transparent frontrunner for the Republican Social gathering’s presidential nomination. FiveThirtyEight’s aggregation of dozens of polls present him beating DeSantis by almost 30 factors nationally (49.7%-21%), with no different candidate above 10%. Polls in Iowa—the primary state to carry a nominating contest with its notorious caucus in January—present Trump with a equally massive lead.

On Thursday, Trump bragged about his lead over DeSantis on Fact Social (one thing he does nearly day by day, to be clear).

“DeSanctimonious Polls are getting worse & worse as the general public will get to know him. The Democrats would have a area day with Ron,” Trump wrote. “He’s chilly as ICE, and solely hurting the Republican Social gathering. We have now a 49 Level Lead, and must be getting even higher than that!!!”

There’s six months left till the Iowa caucus, however each indication factors to a Trump win and a repeat of the 2020 presidential election—solely weirder, wilder, and uglier.