"This isn’t the first time we’ve been warned about Trump fatigue. As recently as August, there was a spate of columnists claiming it had finally set in. This was around the time when Trump got mad and canceled a diplomatic trip because Denmark wouldn’t sell him Greenland. It was also around the time when he lamented that Fox News “isn’t working for us anymore!”
But that was before Trump invited the Taliban to a secret meeting at Camp David… which led to a confusing situation where Republicans congratulated Trump for calling off a meeting he had called for. And it was before it was revealed that Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden… which was before Republicans had to defend Trump agreeing to look the other way on Hong Kong… which was before Trump abandoned the Kurds in Syria… which was before Republicans had to defend the Doral-G7 business… which was just minutes before Mick Mulvaney admitted to a quid pro quo in regard to Ukraine… which was just before Trump reversed course on the G7 meeting, hanging his erstwhile defenders out to dry... which was before Trump’s Cabinet meeting where he called the Emoluments Clause “phony” and insisted that "we never gave a commitment to the Kurds.”
To be sure, I have omitted dozens of mini-scandals that have ensued these last few weeks. Still, each of these incidents required Republicans being forced to defend the indefensible. Each time, that depleted a little bit of their energy, a little bit of their self-respect, and a little bit of their soul. "