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Today’s Trump Apocalypse Watch: Pivoting a Full 360 Degrees

Donald Trump in Fredericksburg, Virginia, on Saturday.

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The Trump Apocalypse Watch is a subjective daily estimate, using a scale of one to four horsemen, of how likely it is that Donald Trump will be elected president, thus triggering an apocalypse in which we all die.

It’s quite well-known that the people around Donald Trump have a habit of claiming he’s cleaned up his act just before he goes and pursues some or other self-destructive personal vendetta. It was nonetheless striking to see just how quickly Trump’s most recent “pivot” was derailed. Trump’s new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, has been working less than a week; she went on TV this weekend to declare that Trump doesn’t engage in “personal insults.” What did Trump do this morning? He got mad at the hosts of Morning Joe for criticizing him and responded by insinuating that they are having an affair.

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Trump criticized “Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski in highly personal terms, calling her “off the wall, a neurotic and not very bright mess!”

He also implied that Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough have been secretly dating. He called them “two clowns.”

Doesn’t get much more personal or insulting than that! Pivot: halted. Our danger level remains low.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Getty Images, Wikimedia Commons

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