Nonetheless, choosing this fight, at this time, makes almost no sense even for a blunderer of Trump’s scale. It is explainable only by his apparent sense that the only America that matters, the only real Americans, are those who show up at his rallies and watch Fox News and who share his belief that the world will bow down to a leader of sufficient bluster. He believes they will love this kind of showdown, that they will rally to him and take his side against Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats, and he’s probably right.
The problem is, that’s about 30 to 35 percent of the country, and there are signs that even they have grown disenchanted with their hero. They are a little less quick these days to rush to his defense, a little less eager to brush aside his crudeness and ignorance and self-worship. Some even show a capacity to be embarrassed by what they’re witnessing and their role in his elevation. It all leads me to think that in the end, the man who brings down Donald Trump will not be named Robert Mueller, but Donald Trump.