Trump’s Going To Cash In Playing The Victim And MAGA Will Buy In
I had this crazy fantasy (no, not the one about the Canadian Women’s Curling Team – love you, Emma Miskew!) that after the election November 3rd, Donald Trump would be out of my life. That one day – it’s like a miracle – he would go away!
But, no, like COVID-19, he’s still here long after he should have been tossed to the curb (I’m looking at you, Republican senators). And it looks like, no matter how much hydroxychloroquine we guzzle, no matter how much bleach we pour all over ourselves, no matter how many annoyingly ironic face masks we wear, he’s not going to disappear. EVER.
Yes, like the herpes your best friend got from drunkenly making out with that MAGA you two stumbled into at the Holiday Inn bar during that trip neither of you want to talk about in public anymore, Trump appears to be here to stay.
Not as president, mind you. That race is run and, thankfully, nearly 79 million Americans did what gutless Republican Senators, minus the courageous Mitt Romney, failed to do – remove Donald Trump from the White House.
But, unfortunately, that is all the election did, evicted the most incompetent man ever to hold the office from the seat of governmental power. It didn’t remove him, however, from being able to influence the politics of the country for years to come.
And, by “influence,” I mean “crap all over.”
That is, of course, what he is already doing and, admit it, you aren’t any more surprised than am I. We all knew that if voters fired Donald Trump, he would do as much damage on the way out as he could, just because that is the sort of person (I almost typed “man” there) he is.
Since his loss, a defeat he has yet to find the cajones to admit he suffered, Trump has thrown the country to the wolves.
He’s repeated completely unfounded accusations of voter fraud, stirring up his base and undermining the nation’s confidence in our voting systems.
He’s rattled our allies and those in foreign countries, who see America as an example of how civilized and advanced democracies transfer power, by refusing to concede an election he’s lost by almost six million votes.
And, he’s tossed the defense community into a cloud of uncertainty by firing Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, the man who prevented Trump from using uniformed American troops against protestors demonstrating against police brutality in cities across America.
“Dismissing politically appointed national security leaders during a transition is a destabilizing move that will only embolden our adversaries and put our country at greater risk,” said Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, as China’s crackdown on freedom and dissent in Hong Kong led to the resignation of all the pro-democracy lawmakers in the once semi-autonomous city. “President Trump’s decision to fire Secretary Esper out of spite is not just childish, it’s also reckless.”
Childish is the key word in Smith’s comments. Speculation by Trump critics, following Esper’s firing, led some to fear the president was planning some grand plot, perhaps an invasion or even a military-backed coup.
“Trump fired Mark Esper, Secretary of Defense, because he refused to allow Trump to the military to suppress domestic protests,” wrote Dr. Diane Ravitch, professor of History at New York University. “Our allies are worried. We should be, too. Is Trump planning a military coup?”
The short answer is no, he is not. Planning a coup would take, well, planning, something Trump isn’t very good at doing. Putting together a coup would require detailed organizing, long hours of intense scrutiny of available resources, and resolute focus and determination. Hard things to manage in between rounds of golf.
It would also take the cooperation of the military, something highly unlikely since the senior command has made no secret of its disdain for the commander-in-chief.
“Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens,” said retired Four-Star Marine Gen. James Mattis, an officer revered by active duty troops and the first of five secretaries of defense during the current administration’s tenure. “Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try.”
Gen. Mattis’ comment, referring to Trump’s threat to use active-duty troops to put down civil rights protests, was more than just personal condemnation of the president’s response; it was a message from the Pentagon, as well. So was the Veteran’s Day public remarks of Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:
We do not take an oath to a king or a queen, a tyrant or a dictator. We do not take an oath to an individual. No, we do not take an oath to a country, a tribe or religion. We take an oath to the Constitution.
In other words, the military will only follow legal orders, not illegal ones, regardless of who gives them. Trump, properly scolded, retreated to his bunker and never threatened to invoke the Insurrection Act again.
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Trump’s Brand Can’t Take a Loss
So, what is left for Trump now? He will waste time fruitlessly suing states to keep them from certifying the election results.
Sycophants will seek out allies in Republican state legislatures that Biden won and try to talk them into ignoring the will of voters by appointing Trump-loyalists to be the state’s electors, thus depriving the Democrat the Electoral College votes he needs to assume the presidency and, effectively, stealing the election.
He will break dishes, throw tantrums, stay up all night rage tweeting, obstruct the transition between his administration and the incoming Biden one, and become an increasingly Grumpy Gus until the White House Residence Staff, breathing a sigh of relief, waves goodbye to him for the last time.
REMINDER TO THE REPUBLICAN STATE LEGISLATURES, YOU HAVE THE FINAL SAY OVER THE CHOOSING OF ELECTORS, NOT ANY BOARD OF ELECTIONS, SECRETARY OF STATE, GOVERNOR, OR EVEN COURT. YOU HAVE THE FINAL SAY — ARTICLE II OF THE FED CONSTITUTION. SO, GET READY TO DO YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) November 5, 2020
All of this will fail, of course, to buy Trump a second term in office. But that isn’t what he’s trying to do, anyway. Let’s be frank, shall we? Trump never really did the job of being president, in the first place. Sure, he did bits and pieces, when he was either forced to or felt that his involvement in something benefitted him. But, when the hard work of governing was involved, where was Trump?
His wall remains unfinished, his foreign policy lacked any strategic vision, his trade war with China, the one he called “easy to win,” ended in resignation when he lost interest in it, and his big beautiful health care plan, the one that was going to end the socialism of Obamacare? Well, that’s been two weeks away from being presented to the American people for four years.
He even rarely bothered to pay attention to the President’s Daily Brief, the daily summary of high-level, all-sourced intelligence analyses on threats to America’s national security, reportedly often veering off on tangents and showing such impatience that briefers redesigned the session to have more graphs and charts that were easier for the president to understand.
Disinterested in even the scaled down version, Trump passed off the responsibility of the PDB to Vice-president Pence, telling Fox’s Chris Wallace, “I get it when I need it.”
“First of all, these are very good people that are giving me the briefings,” Trump told Wallace. “If something should change from this point, immediately call me. I’m available on one minute’s notice.”
If something should change.
The Best Trump Product Ever
Former president Barack Obama told a Philadelphia audience that Trump is “incapable of taking the job seriously” and only interested in the position for the power it gave him. “I never thought Donald Trump would embrace my vision or continue my policies, but I did hope for the sake of the country that he might show some interest in taking the job seriously,” said Obama.
But he never did. What Trump did take seriously, though, was the marketing opportunity being president brought him. Put aside all the left-wing complaints that Trump used the White House to get rich, to force taxpayers to pay for the 287 golf trips he’s taken as of this writing, golfing one out of five days he’s been president at a cost to taxpayers estimated to be approximately $142 million.
Put aside the $2.5 million the government has spent on Trump resorts since he became president for hotel rooms, golf cart rentals and other expenses, charged at the highest rates the clubs offer.
All of that will be chump change compared to what Trump will bring in after he leaves the White House. You see, the most important product that Trump has to sell is his persona.
Trump’s product is Trump, himself. And, now, he’s got the best Trump product ever to sell to his rabid, passionate fans: Trump the victim of the radical left and the Deep State, a man cheated out of what was rightfully his by the people his base hates the most. Stand back while they open their wallets to help Trump redress the wrong done by the dark forces aligned against him.
Nothing motivates people to spend money better than fear, hate and anger. And that is what Trump is going to sell to the 72 million customers who voted for him in 2020, people who watched his presidency over the past four years, saw him fail repeatedly, suffered as the economy fell apart, worried about relatives and friends stricken by a virus Trump called a hoax, and hoarded toilet paper and ammo in case the world imploded.
Marketing research tells us that an emotional response to an ad has a greater impact on a consumer’s decision to buy a product than does a rational evaluation of the product’s worth, and, as we’ve seen over the past four years of the Trump Administration, nothing reaches his base more effectively than hate, fear and anger.
The New York Times has given Trump credit for wanting to lead the right in policy changes, to be a hand that anoints the new leaders of the GOP that emerges once he leaves office, conservatives who will change America’s direction to reflect whatever it was that Trump himself claimed to believe.
The Times, in my estimation, gives Trump too much credit. Somehow, they’ve watched a man show so little interest in his presidency that he went golfing for two days while his supporters threatened civil war after the major TV networks announced Joe Biden would be the next president.
Trump put on a golf shirt and puttered around on the greens, while the “Trump Army” dressed up in camo and marched to places where mail-in votes were being counted, chanting “stop the count” while holding rifles and lugging ammo bags.
Is that really the behavior of a man who wants to change political policy? Is that how a man desperate to lead change spends his precious last days in office? Is that really the way a man who believes a grave injustice has been done to him behaves? I don’t think so.
Instead, that is the way a man acts who is moving on to his next job, who no longer cares about the one he has, after he’s put in his two week’s notice.
And, for Trump, that next job is promoting Trump the Victim, soaking his faithful for every penny he can get. He’s been selling that story for the four years of his presidency.
And, he’s already started by begging for money to fund his “election defense,” but the fine print in the solicitation confesses donations below $8000 go to paying off Trump’s campaign debts. Remember that “I could shoot someone on 5th Avenue” boast? Hey, MAGA, BANG!
No one has been treated worse than Donald Trump, he tells us. No one has done more for America. No one has cared more, has loved the country more, has upset the Deep State more than he has. And that is why they all ganged up on him.
Buy my new book, he will say, “The Art of the Steal,” the tell all about how China manufactured the virus to get him out of the White House, how Hunter Biden was in on it, and how it was all spelled out in Hillary’s emails. Or some such tripe. Tripe that Trump supporters will eat up like it was fillet mignon. The money will flow like Kool-Aid.
After all, he’s got a lot of debt that someone has to pay off. And, to paraphrase from Game of Thrones, a Trump never pays his own debts. “It is what it is.”