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Zurawik: With Trump's rally, watching a president coming unglued before our eyes

Zurawik: With Trump's rally, watching a president coming unglued before our eyes

I watched President Donald Trump’s rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night for a longer piece I am writing on the twisted relationship between the president and cable news. But I have to write something immediately about Trump’s TV performance while I am still feeling the force of what I just saw.

I witnessed President Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon have some pretty shaky TV moments in their darker days, but I have never seen anything as disjointed, strange and just plain off the rails as Trump’s rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night.

“This is a president totally unhinged,” David Chalian, the political director at CNN, said immediately after the rally ended. And even that statement...

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