Things fall apart, the center cannot hold
That's far from surprising. Set aside the cabinet of cranks and kleptocrats. Set aside the ominous requests for names of government scientists working on climate change. Set aside the gag order on EPA scientists (it's working already -- I'm gagging, and I'm not even a scientist). Set aside the plans for Soviet-style military parades in our cities. These are characteristic acts of a despot, and while despots are evil, they are not necessarily mentally unstable.
Consider instead the insistence on lying about things that are easily checked for veracity. We've all heard about Trump's unhinged reaction to media reports on the mediocre turnout for his inauguration, and the blatant untruths he required Spicer and Conway to spout on his behalf. He's now making equally fatuous assertions about the response to his speech at the CIA Memorial Wall, despite almost universal condemnation of its disrespectful and vulgar use of the venue, and despite the widely-broadcasted revelation that the applause heard there came from flunkies brought along for the purpose. And he's now demanding an investigation into his own delusional claims that "illegal voting" accounted for Hillary's huge victory margin in the popular vote, claims supported by absolutely nothing except bald assertion.
Burr Deming suggests that Trump may be driven by a need to assert masculinity -- as Marco Rubio might put it, if a man has a small inaugural-crowd size, something else may be small as well. But millions of men suffer from feelings of inadequacy and an urge to assert manliness. It doesn't usually drive them to make up easily-refuted lies (sorry, "alternative facts") out of thin air and then try to bully the rest of the world into accepting them as true despite the plain reality they can see with their own eyes. Most men, after all, have an even stronger desire to avoid appearing ridiculous. Something is very wrong here, probably above and beyond the long-standing diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder.
My question to those "Republican officials" who are now suddenly so alarmed, though, is this -- have you been living in a cave for the last year and a half? Trump didn't suddenly start behaving like this six days ago. Throughout the whole primary and general-election campaign, he displayed the mental stability of a foul-mouthed, bad-tempered toddler. Why didn't you stop him? The Republican establishment's anti-Trump efforts are already going down in history as the epitome of fecklessness and cowardice. "Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world," with H-bombs on standby yet, and now all of a sudden you've noticed that this guy is too unstable and impulsive to occupy the position you helped him get "elected" to?
Even if enough Congressional Republicans see the light to join with Democrats in impeaching this preposterous and appalling miscarriage of democracy, your party will forever be tarred with the fact that you inflicted such a fiasco on the world in the first place. And we will never, ever let you forget it.
Ah, well, at least the growing alarm and doubts among the enemy offer us some comfort. It's at least some of the worst who lack all conviction. And based on what we saw on Saturday, when our female-led pink-hatted legions thronged city streets across the nation and around the planet, it's the best who are full of passionate intensity.