The concept of dropping is past him, except he can blame a rigged election. We knew that, too.

What we didn’t know — and what is enjoying out now — is that, in the waning days of his presidency, his courtiers would all pay homage to the fallen king as he ransacks the authorities on his approach out by firing key public servants like the protection secretary whom he considers disloyal, additional rattling nationwide safety by refusing to share intelligence briefings with the incoming president, and weaponizing the Justice Division to search for mass voter fraud the place none exists.

As he sits in the Oval Workplace, you have to surprise: What is the President truly pondering? Is he involved about his followers? About democracy? About his legacy?

Nah. He is fascinated by himself, in fact. One supply who is aware of the President properly makes this case: “He is not fearful about the Republican Occasion. He is fearful about how he can commercialize and monetize all of this.”

Ah, in fact. Put up-election King Trump rallies throughout America (with paid attendance little doubt). Cannot you simply think about the former president claiming his rallies are larger than Oprah’s motivational gatherings? A TV present! A giant guide deal, price hundreds of thousands! (He’ll need greater than Obama, however will not get it.) One other run in 2024!

If he is now not the king, he’ll be the kingmaker. All GOP politicians should kiss the ring if they’re to succeed. In any case, he has a 70 million-plus following, and that ain’t beans. Solely a small handful Republican senators have acknowledged Joe Biden as President-elect. Two Georgia Republicans vying for Senate seats dutifully requested for a GOP election official in the state to resign as a result of he had not accomplished sufficient, of their phrases, to ship an “sincere and clear” election through which Trump was not topped the victor.

And worst of all, the secretary of state, occupying a as soon as vaunted place, goes to the podium to declare the transition can be peacefully made — to Trump. We all know he needs to be president, and needs Trump’s blessing — however this fashion?

Fortunately, historical past will document all of this.

Sufficient about (lack of) rules. Getting again to principal, which is at all times Subject A in Trumpworld. Proper now, although, he is elevating cash allegedly to combat the inevitably fruitless court docket battles on some imagined voter fraud. However have a look at the small print: The cash additionally seeds his newly-established political motion committee. So whereas he is telling his voters he is preventing to remain, he is additionally in search of technique to fund his future endeavors when he leaves. All the time in search of a technique to discover a buck.

If there’s an analogy to this fashion of leaving the White Home in US historical past, it does not come to thoughts. There have been disagreements over counts, positive. (And the Election 2000 recount was about 537 votes in a single state, and never fanciful claims of fraud nationwide.)

In any case, this is a democracy, not a kleptocracy — through which leaders merely attempt to loot their residents. Maintain that in thoughts. Nevertheless it nonetheless could be a good suggestion to regulate the President’s bulging pockets as he exits the again door.

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply