In my growing years I got an introduction to bad sportsmanship from Eddie Haskell, who played the bad kid on the block in the late ’50s – early ’60s sitcom “Leave it to Beaver.” In fond remembrance of those black and white times, sitcoms invariably portrayed white middle class households embracing family values, raising their kids to do good and stay away from those who might be a bad influence. Enter Eddie: In a game of chess with the Beaver’s big brother Wally, Eddie’s king is facing check mate, so he accidentally on purpose knocks over the chessboard.
The difference between this “game over” scene and Donald Trump’s demand to “stop the count” in the recent elections is that slippery Eddie had everybody laughing, whereas dumfounding Donald managed to offend everyone, even his friends on Fox News.
Before I continue, let me set the tone: This is not a political blog. I won’t get into Trump’s obsession with Mexicans and Muslims, pandering to white supremacists, absurd climate change denial, his one-sided Deal of the Century and his pretentious friendship with Israel, as none of these debatable issues explain why he lost the election.
He lost because he lacks compassion, empathy, decency, has little or no regard for human suffering or respect for human life. It took a pandemic that claimed over 250,000 lives on his watch, for which he takes no responsibility and blames everyone from the Chinese to the Democrats, before a too close for comfort majority of Americans understood his seriously flawed character and booted him out.
All he had to do was tell the nation from the start what he told journalist Bob Woodward, that the coronavirus is serious business. All he had to do was put on a damn mask, Joe Biden style, and set an example. All he had to do was listen to the health experts, say the right things, change the national narrative. Had he done those things, he could have saved many lives and might have won the election. Just by showing some good common sense. But there is nothing common about Donald Trump, and uncommonness works only for good people.
We were affronted by Trump’s sociopathic ways in his first run for the presidency in 2016, astounded by his consistent unpresidential behavior over four long years and horrified by his unabashed and irresponsible lack of leadership all through the pandemic.
The strange saga of Donald Trump isn’t reality TV, and it certainly isn’t a sitcom. It’s a one-man shit show with no end in sight. This became apparent months before the elections, when Trump was already accusing the Democrats of cheating, acting like a sore loser before the game even started and, worse, strongly suggesting that he had no intentions of bowing out gracefully.
Every real American who ever lost a presidential election conceded to and congratulated the president-elect. But not Donald Trump, he who broke the mold and “drained the swamp.” The pretender to the world’s highest office who vowed to “Make America Great Again” as if greatness was lacking in America, as if he himself has anything to do with greatness, has now made a mockery of the democratic process that America stands for.
Trump may be beaten, but he isn’t humbled, and he has more bad things in store for the great republic he so misrepresents. Get ready now for the most un-American act of all time: the sore loser who spends his lame duck borrowed time, until January 20, 2021, with a vendetta against the free press, those Democrats and anyone who doesn’t share his lopsided view of the world. Stay tuned for the horror show he’s saving for his last bow. When all his hatemongering white trash devotees with unlicensed guns start unleashing their vile, and when there is blood in the streets, don’t be surprised if Trump looks the other way and does what he knows to do best: Cry “fake news” and come up with “alternative facts.”