President Trump tweeted this Thursday morning:
"I heard poorly rated @MorningJoe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!"
For those who haven't followed Trump's feuds, the tweet was a reference to Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, co-hosts of an MSNBC morning show -- once Trump fans, now Trump critics.
And it revealed -- or, more properly, reaffirmed -- what kind of man this president is.
Note the gratuitous cruelty, which Brzezinski presumably earned by daring to criticize Trump's policies. Note the scarcely veiled misogyny; Brzezinski is no dummy, but to Trump, she's just another low-IQ blonde.
Note, above all, the self-absorption. Doesn't the president of the United States have more important things to think about than the chatter on a morning show?
This is, alas, the same Trump who mocked Republican campaign rivals with childish insults, who raged over crowd estimates on Inauguration Day and who made his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast about Arnold Schwarzenegger's television ratings.
When this president rises every morning, he doesn't think first about making America great again or helping the struggling voters who put him into office. He thinks mostly about himself.
And then he tweets, his self-obsession untempered by self-restraint.
As Sen. Ben Sasse, a Republican from Nebraska, tweeted on his personal account Thursday morning: "Please just stop. This isn't normal, and it's beneath the dignity of your office."
None of this is new, of course. But that's the problem: Five months into the Trump presidency, it isn't getting any better.
In November, 63 million voters gave Trump a chance to grow into the office he won. Many of his supporters said just that: They didn't like everything about him, but they hoped the White House would make him a better man. Unfortunately, he hasn't seized that opportunity.
Instead, he seems intent on proving that he's either unable or unwilling to grow.
Trump has introduced a new tactic called "carpet tweeting".
Creating devastation in an adversary's position by directing numerous tweets towards a general target creating effects similar to carpet bombing.
Trump is a buffoon and an entertainer. He knows how to give his supporters the red meat they crave, so that they'll give him the adulation he craves. He doesn't have a clue how to govern, though. Frankly, I don't mind. With a competent president in place, the Republicans in the congress would be having a field day, and a lot of them are much worse people than trump, but with this infantile carnival barker in the White House they're flapping in the breeze.