After the publication of the phone call with Georgia’s highest election official to rig the election to his advantage, you’d think: NOW it’s over.
But no, it wasn’t. While people said, now, impeach him, the next day, he incited his mob to storm the Capitol. Remove him from office, said many.
The next day, the White House ‘leaked’ that he now considers pardoning himself. An old idea but when said freshly, always good food for alarmists.
The next day, his press secretary released a statement ‘from everyone in the White House,’ strongly condemning the assault on the Capitol.
Half a day later, Trump released a clip in which he condemns in the strongest terms the assault on Parliament that he himself instigated as we saw on live TV. The culprits must be punished to the full extent of the law. They are un-American. The day before, he called them patriots and loved.
His latest, well written ‘presidential’ speech was the height of chutzpah. He was like a bank robber at sentencing, giving a speech about the value of honesty. It was all well put but as dishonest as the robbery itself.
(He mispronounced the word ‘intruders.’ It’s a hard word — so many syllables. He said it like infidels. Its stress is like in the word insiders.)
And that’s how he has always operated. To defend against a scandal, distract with a new scandal. To defend against an attack, distract with a counter-attack. To defend against a lie discovered, lie the opposite.
Criticize him, but hey, it works. His critics say: look, he’s going more and more down, loses his balance. He says: I’m simply descending the stairs.
The mob was a mixture of radicalized fascists and fools fooled by Trump.
Spooky, still, all these neo- and not-so-neo-Nazis feeling good in the US.
Facebook (finally) dares to block him forever because it’s too risky to let him SPEAK. But politics still lets him DECIDE and DECLARE WAR. No need to think very hard to see what’s broken in US politics. The country is run by the privileged who never learned that setting limits is part of life.
Spoiled brats allowed for a clown in the Oval Office and a raging pandemic going unhindered. And centuries of racism, sexism, and money in politics.