Rain Of Madness

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Memo to Donald Trump: ENJOY YOUR SHAME SPIRAL. I AM.

It'll be interesting to watch the way political news coverage handles this going forward, because I'm pretty sure that the week I took off just now is also the week that Donald Trump closed the last remaining gap between fucking nutjob and COMPLETE FUCKING NUTJOB.

It all started with the first debate. Trump's fantasy world led him to believe that Being Donald Trump was just as good in a debate as Knowing Your Shit. And when you're debating nine other asshats in a clusterfuck format where your 30 second answer and tossed-off insults make you the center of attention, that's the case.

That didn't work out on Monday. Trump bit it, and bit it hard. How hard did he bite it? He bit it so hard that just having his supporters flood a handful of online bullshit polls so he could say "all the polls say we won" wasn't good enough, he had to completely invent a couple of extra polls he could say he won, while simultaneously saying the only reason he lost was that his microphone was broken in such a way that it caused him to sniffle constantly.

Oh, and a quick aside, I spent part of the week watching MSNBC try to false-equivalency up Howard Dean's cocaine trolling with the Hillary Clinton health conspiracy theorists. It doesn't take a conspiracy theory to look at a guy who was rich in the 80s (and apparently, according to leaked tax returns, a lot less rich in the 90s) sniffing like a mofo and draw the cocaine conclusion. It's so incredibly obvious that only the media would think it's off-base to point it out.

Similarly, Trump's raving insanity. Which is not JUST the debate loss, and not JUST his week-long response (including 3AM tweeting) to Hillary's Miss America trolling, which you all know about and which I hope earned pay raises and fruit baskets for whatever psychologists Clinton has on her debate prep team. It's a cumulative thing, and it culminated on Saturday, when Trump was supposed to deliver a short, scripted speech hitting Clinton for making fun of Bernie Sanders supporters. That... is not what happened.

What happened was that Trump went full fucking Trump. Just apeshit. He started nearly two hours late. He used the first scripted mention of Bernie Sanders to go off on a tangent about how he was way better than "Crazy Bernie" ever was. He just BARELY managed to wrap a call for his supporters to go and harass black voters so they don't cheat in enough plausibly deniable code words to not make that the front page headline on Sunday.

Quite possibly the most astonishingly, he decided to re-litigate the way the media covered him during the primaries, making up a bunch of numbers to indicate his increasing success: "Then we started getting 52 percent, 58 percent, 66 percent, 78 percent, 82 percent...". Oh, and then he pantomimed Clinton's pneumonia-induced weakness at the 9/11 memorial service. Full-on stumbling walk.

He said Hillary should be in prison, said the media was protecting her, said he should have stayed home and done more seasons of The Apprentice, He said a bunch of other stuff. And he said this, which I can't even fucking categorize. ACTUAL QUOTE TIME!

"You’re unsuspecting. Right now, you say to your wife: ‘Let’s go to a movie after Trump.’ But you won’t do that because you’ll be so high and so excited that no movie is going to satisfy you. Okay? No movie. You know why? Honestly? Because they don’t make movies like they used to — is that right?”

Cumulatively, the events of this week can only be describes as a "descent into madness". But the media is still covering Trump as a day-to-day, moment-to-moment candidate, just taking a new established baseline of "normal" every day. Keep in mind that Howard Dean lost the Democratic primary because the media decided one sort of weird scream was disqualifying. Trump's Saturday speach was a 50-minute long continuous Dean scream. It was the verbal equivalent of dropping his pants and masturbating all over the front row. But it was, by Trump standards, only an incremental drop-off from his previous worst behavior, so, for whatever reason, it's not being seriously addressed.

Because ultimately, the political media is part of the system, and a major party political candidate going slowly insane before our very eyes is, ultimately, evidence that the system they're a part of is completely broken. And that cannot happen, therefore everything must still fit within established norms somehow. Whether or not they make movies like they used to.