THE MORNING PLUM:
President Trump — frustrated by Congress for failing to give him major bills to sign (never mind what’s in them or how many of his promises they would break or how many millions they would hurt), enraged at the media for refusing to give him the plaudits he knows he deserves, and worried that his base perceives him as feckless — is spraying new threats in all directions at an escalating rate.
Trump plainly views this as his only remaining way, for the time being at least, to create the impression of action. But a kind of Trump Threat Deflation is setting in. As the threats multiply, they are growing increasingly empty, buffoonish, and unbelievable. Yet the unfortunate twist here is that Trump is nonetheless managing to do a great deal of damage, all the same.