Sharon LaFraniere, reporting for The New York Times:

“You understand that they’re going to have to kill me, and
unfortunately, I think that’s where this is going,” Mr. Caputo, a
Trump loyalist installed by the White House in April, told
followers in a video he hosted live on his personal Facebook
page. […]

Mr. Caputo on Sunday complained on Facebook that he was under
siege by the media and said that his physical health was in
question and his “mental health has definitely failed.”

“I don’t like being alone in Washington,” he said, describing
“shadows on the ceiling in my apartment, there alone, shadows are
so long.” He then ran through a series of conspiracy theories,
culminating in a prediction that Mr. Trump will win re-election
but his Democratic opponent, Joseph R. Biden Jr., will refuse to
concede. “And when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the
inauguration, the shooting will begin,” he said. “The drills that
you’ve seen are nothing.” He added: “If you carry guns, buy
ammunition, ladies and gentlemen, because it’s going to be hard
to get.”



It’s plainly clear, not just to us, but to himself, that his mind has snapped. He sounds about half a click short of locking himself into his bedroom with a plan to subsist by drinking his own urine. And yet at this moment he remains a key official in our government response to the pandemic.

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