Donald Trump had a meltdown when he saw a small crowd at his rally in Phoenix, driving him to petulantly fire long-time aide George Gigicos.
Donald Trump's instability and incompetence have caused his poll numbers to plunge, but even that isn't enough to get him to rein himself in.
Bloomberg reports that Trump was humiliated by small crowds at his rally in Phoenix, as he obsessively watched cable news coverage of the event before he spoke. The sparse crowd was insufficient to stroke Trump's enormous ego.
And his anger was evident at the rally, where he rambled in frightening fashion and gave aid and comfort to white supremacists and Nazi sympathizers. The display was so disturbing that even GOP pundits said that Trump appeared "mentally unstable."
The event was organized by longtime aide George Gigicos, who "organized all of Trump’s signature campaign events" during the 2016 campaign, and whom Bloomberg noted was "one of the four longest-serving political aides to the president."
But Trump could not handle the fact that the American people are just not that into him.
In typical Trump fashion, he did not confront Gigicos directly, because that would be the responsible, if difficult, course of action. Rather, he "had his top security aide, Keith Schiller, inform Gigicos that he’d never manage a Trump rally again, according to three people familiar with the matter."
(Incidentially, Trump also sent Schiller to fire FBI Director James Comey.)
Humiliation should be nothing new for Trump.
He began his time in office with a laughably small crowd witnessing his inauguration, and no amount of sad spin can change that.
His approval numbers are embarrassing, especially after Trump failed — with a Republican Congress — to repeal Obamacare.
In the span of one embarrassing week, Trump was publically rebuked by cops, the military, and the Boy Scouts.
He surrounds himself by a talentless brood of D-list political hacks, exemplified most notably by the short tenure of former communications director Anthony "The Mooch" Scaramucci, who was fired barely eleven days after starting.
But Trump has always had his die-hard base. No matter where he went, MAGA-hat wearing throngs would shower him with uncritical praise.
But rather than engendering any kind of self-reflection, it simply led Trump to yet another tantrum, and to seek out someone else to take the blame.
Other members of this White House staff should be prepared, because apparently anyone can end up taking the fall when Trump is publicly humiliated.