The More Trump Freaks Out About Something, the More Likely It Is That It’s True

To say that Donald Trump is having a complete meltdown over James Comey’s book would be an understatement.

And Friday’s Twitter rant is only the beginning. With Comey’s book guaranteed to make headlines over the next few days, get ready for a week of some of the most unhinged, ridiculous rants we’ve ever seen from Trump. Which is saying something considering who we’re talking about here.

While I don’t personally know Trump, after watching him over the last few years, and reading up on the type of person he’s been his entire life, I can say without hesitation that I absolutely believe the more he freaks out about something, the more likely that whatever accusation he’s denying is actually true.

Seeing as he’s an insecure egomaniac who relies heavily on people believing the lies he tells about himself, whenever someone dares to expose the truth about him, that’s often what sends Trump into these frequent rage spirals that usually involve morning Twitter tantrums.

In my dealings with insecure people, the more you target their insecurities (in Trump’s instance, any news or information that contradicts his propaganda, lies, and/or conspiracies), the more hostile, defensive, and erratic they become.

When people question his obvious lack of intelligence, that’s when we’ve seen this buffoon literally call himself “like, really smart” and a “stable genius.”

Before he was even sworn into office, when a union leader in Indiana exposed the fact he was grossly exaggerating the number of Carrier jobs he was trying to take credit for saving, as expected, Trump attacked him on Twitter.

Last fall, when Rep. Frederica Wilson confirmed that Trump told a Gold Star widow that her late husband “knew what he signed up for,” he spent days calling her a liar, trying to slander the Democratic lawmaker — even after Ms. Johnson confirmed that he did, in fact, say that to her.

For the record, Trump never admitted he said those words, let alone apologized for them.

After firing Comey, then learning that the former FBI director had kept memos of the conversations the two men had — memos that painted a picture of a corrupt “president” trying to obstruct an on-going FBI investigation — Trump actually threatened him on Twitter, suggesting that he had secretly recorded their conversations.

Of course, we later learned that his empty threat was nothing but a desperate attempt to keep Comey from telling the truth about him.


After reports surfaced over the last few months concerning Rex Tillerson and H.R. McMaster, suggesting that their days in this administration were numbered, Trump called those reports “fake news,” while the White House officially denied either were headed for a quick exit.

Fun Fact: Both men are now former members of the Trump administration, lasting barely a year in their respective positions.

When the rumors concerning Stormy Daniels first surfaced, Trump was quick to deny the allegations. Though as more and more evidence has been made public, including confirmation that she was paid $130,000 as part of a “hush” settlement, Trump’s gone from publicly raging about the accusations, to mostly acting as if they don’t exist.

Then there’s always his on-going war with the media whenever anything negative concerning him or his administration is made public. Reports such as these are usually the source of his daily morning Twitter tantrums where he obsessively watches hours of cable news.

His constant asinine harping about “fake news” has literally managed to turn the phrase into a mainstream punchline of a joke people use whenever they hear any sort of information they don’t like.

Hell, just look at Trump’s obsession with proving that he doesn’t have small hands.

Here’s a comment from 2016 by Graydon Carter who, nearly 30 years earlier, wrote an article questioning the size of Trump’s hands:

To this day, I receive the occasional envelope from Trump. There is always a photo of him—generally a tear sheet from a magazine. On all of them he has circled his hand in gold Sharpie in a valiant effort to highlight the length of his fingers. I almost feel sorry for the poor fellow because, to me, the fingers still look abnormally stubby.

The most recent offering arrived earlier this year, before his decision to go after the Republican presidential nomination. Like the other packages, this one included a circled hand and the words, also written in gold Sharpie: ‘See, not so short!’ I sent the picture back by return mail with a note attached, saying, “Actually, quite short.”

Yes, even nearly 30 years after Carter called into question the size of Trump’s hands, this “president” was still sending him pictures with his hands circled.

That. Is. Insane.

Time and time again, Trump’s unhinged rants and erratic behavior follow a similar pattern: Whenever someone exposes something true about him or his administration he doesn’t want people to know or talk about — he reacts quickly and fiercely.

It’s about as predictable as a sunrise.

That’s why I’m willing to believe most of what James Comey has said about Trump. Not necessarily because of the credibility of the former FBI director, but because of the lack of credibility of Donald Trump and how he’s reacting to what Comey’s saying about him.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.