He feels emboldened

For a time my Twitter feed was full of journalists, lawyers, ethics boffins, and former federal employees all exclaiming at how unhinged and incoherent Trump’s endless “speech” was turning out to be.

CNN sums up:

President Donald Trump emerged vindictive and angry at a rambling noontime event on Thursday meant to mark his impeachment acquittal.

“We’ve been going through this now for over three years. It was evil, it was corrupt, it was dirty cops, it was leakers and liars. And this should never, ever happen to another president, ever,” Trump told an East Room packed with conservative lawmakers, media pundits, and a number of Cabinet officials, who cheered as Trump meandered through a list of grievances and musings after the Senate declared him not guilty.

He called Comey “a dirty cop,” he called the Mueller investigation “bullshit.”

It was a stream-of-consciousness victory lap that even Trump acknowledged had no real format.

“It’s not a news conference, it’s not a speech, it’s not anything,” he said of the event, which stretched more than an hour.

It’s just boring rich right-wing guy who thinks he’s fascinating, going on and on and on and on, but doing it on national tv.

Trump has shown signs he feels emboldened by the acquittal. After the vote, he tweeted a video meme suggesting he could remain in office for decades to come, a joking affront to his rivals.

But not really joking. He hides behind that when he thinks he needs to, but he’s not really joking. There’s nothing he would stop at, nothing he would refuse to do because too wrong.

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