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The calmest of times

Dana Milbank on

It is the best of times. It is the worst of times.

In our current age of foolishness, things are "incredible," "thriving," "booming," "prospering," "tremendous," "beautiful," "very much happy" -- the "greatest," "best" and "most."

It is also a "disaster," a "mess," "disintegrating," "really bad," "even worse" than the "worst," "ridiculous," "nasty" and "fake"- with "abuses," a "lot of problems" and in a "spiral down."

All of the above thoughts were proclaimed by President Trump within the span of a few minutes this last week. So extreme is his rhetoric that even an attempt to portray himself as calm devolved into hysterical hyperbole.

"I was so calm," he said. "I was extremely calm. ... Kellyanne, what was my temperament?"

"Very calm," aide Kellyanne Conway replied.

 

"You were very calm," aide Mercedes Schlapp assured him.

Aide Larry Kudlow concurred: "You were very calm."

"So I was very calm," said Trump.

"Very calm," spokeswoman Sarah Sanders echoed.

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