”Bizarre” is too kind a word to describe the interview The New York Times conducted Wednesday with the man squatting in the White House. It was brimful of the narcissism, nastiness, and delusionary nonsense that we have come to expect from Donald J. Trump in his six months pretending to be the best president America has ever had. That reporters Peter Baker, Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman managed to keep their jaws off the floor of the Oval Office given the deluge of cray-cray and crapola Trump spewed is a testament to their professional skills. Here’s just one tidbit describing a moment in his visit to Paris at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron:
TRUMP: We had dinner at the Eiffel Tower, and the bottom of the Eiffel Tower looked like they could have never had a bigger celebration ever in the history of the Eiffel Tower. I mean, there were thousands and thousands of people, ’cause they heard we were having dinner.
Uh-huh. You betcha. Celebrating a visit by whom my friend who writes News Corpse calls the Orange Julius Caesar was a bigger deal than that day in late August 1944 when Parisians took to the streets in their tens of thousands after the Nazis were driven out.
But by now we’re all familiar with the man’s never-ending, self-congratulatory fantasies. Since we’ve been drenched in them, they’re no longer particularly disturbing, just Trump being Trump, merely good for a smirk or two. What is disturbing are his views about how government should work, particularly the Department of Justice, and his unfettered willingness to attack Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation and to threaten special counsel Robert Mueller:
TRUMP: Well, Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job, and I would have picked somebody else.
The reactionary, retrograde, neo-Confederate Sessions is no hero. In addition to his racism and other backwardness, his moves as A.G. on asset forfeiture, on drug prosecutions, on federal oversight of police departments, on treatment of immigrants, on support for more private prisons, and on reliable forensic science in the courtroom turn back the clock in arenas where progress, however limited, has been made. All bad, all damaging to the nation and its people.