Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn column for the Washington Post. The veteran conservative pundit has added her voice to the chorus demanding that Trump go.
Some Republicans find this all amusing. "One senator who listened as the president revived his doubts about Mr. Obama's birth certificate chuckled on Tuesday as he recalled the conversation," the Times reports. "The president, he said, has had a hard time letting go of his claim that Mr. Obama was not born in the United States." Yup, a regular laugh-riot. A president so warped he holds onto racist conspiracy theories for years. A real knee-slapper. Think about that: He has a hard time letting go of an outright lie, a crackpot conspiracy theory that no one of sound mind honestly embraces.
To be blunt, the senator and Trump's other enablers are unpatriotic and irresponsible. Their obligation is to make clear, not conceal, that the commander in chief cannot process reality and is so emotionally damaged that he must cling to long debunked falsehoods or relapse into denial after an interlude with reality. This is not, as the unnamed lawmaker suggested from behind the skirts of journalistic anonymity, cause for merriment. And it's no trifling matter.
The Cabinet has an obligation to determine if the president is so impaired that he "is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office," as the 25th Amendment sets forth. Congress has an obligation to defend the Constitution and exercise oversight, to gather testimony and other relevant evidence to determine if Trump is dangerously impaired.
Now, it may be that Trump knows full well he is lying. He may take delight in horrifying aides and lawmakers, like a child relishing the shock on adults' faces when he uses foul language. If so, that makes him a moral abomination unworthy of his office, but not bonkers.
If, however, he actually believes that former president Barack Obama wasn't born in America, that Obama wiretapped him, that he (not Hillary Clinton) won the popular vote and the women's vote, and that it's not his voice on the "Access Hollywood" tape, then he's something far more problematic than a liar. In such circumstances, he would be mentally and emotionally incapable of performing his duties (which require one to grasp and process reality) and it would be long past time for him to go.