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Is Trump Crazy, or Just a Jerk?

All around the world in 2018, people of all races, creeds, and gender identities are asking one burning question: Is President Donald Trump crazy or what?

Is he out of his ever-lovin' mind? He's gotta be insane in the membrane, right? Loco in the coconut? A few floors short of a tower?

For some, the answer is a resounding “No.” Trump is crazy like a fox, his biggest fans will tell you. Everything he does is part of his master plan. He keeps owning the libs by telling them how great he is and how stupid his haters are, and in response, those liars in the fake news media keep making fools of themselves as they try to prove him wrong. He loves to tweak the elites, the ones who think of themselves as our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters. They were shattered by Hillary Clinton's loss, and they'll grasp at any straw they think will hurt the guy who beat her.

So Trump just keeps throwing out straws. For example, early Saturday morning he tweeted the following in reaction to Michael Wolff's new book, Fire and Fury (all capitalization and punctuation in the original):

Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence. Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius... and a very stable genius at that!

Trump baits the trap, everybody with a journalism degree leaps into it headfirst, and the citizens of MAGA Land cheer at the exasperation and misery of their hated foes. Anything that makes the bad guys unhappy is good. Spite and schadenfreude rule the day. As one of the 20th century's most influential political thinkers once wrote: "A good tactic is one your people enjoy."

Then there are those who find this appallingly undignified. If you believe that the president of the United States is a man* whose job is to solve all your problems, to be America's Dad**, this is terrifying. You're mortified, just as all children are mortified by their embarrassing parents. Trump isn't behaving the way other presidents have behaved, he isn't behaving the way you would behave if you were in the Oval Office, so he must be nuts.