The Washington Post has yet another look at how Donald Trump and his loyalists are spending their final days on the levers of energy. Not all of it, after all, as a result of there’s simply an excessive amount of, however the highlights.
To be sincere, it is troublesome to imagine Donald put aside time for any of it. He has been singularly obsessive about delusional claims that the November elections had been rigged in opposition to him, to the tune of tens of millions and tens of millions and tens of millions of sneaky pretend votes, as a result of he’s a malignant narcissist whose failure is inflicting him to decompensate right into a sludgy puddle of make-believe. He and his high employees are engaged in a full-tilt marketing campaign to overturn an election based mostly on actually nothing however propagandistic falsehoods. He, and so they, are spitting on their oaths of workplace as a full-time occupation.
Relatively than Mike Pence and the remainder of Trump’s high employees stuffing him right into a sack whereas delivering formal discover that the “president” has, alas, turn out to be so unstable as to be incapable of fulfilling his duties, a group of fascist-minded Home Republicans is egging him on, America’s violent underbelly of paramilitary frothers is taking Trump’s delusions as sign that their very own plans for genocide will quickly come to fruition, and the press continues to be describing all the small print with a indifferent, impartial air that each acknowledges Trump’s acts as unprecedented and makes an attempt to play them down as (1) the impotent ravings of a person who’s Too Unhappy Proper Now or (2) not all that completely different from, say, the undignified spats between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.
This is the deal: The presidency of america is at the moment held by a leaking bag of rubbish. Additionally, the bag is a psychopath with delusions of grandeur. The rubbish bag is at the moment mulling, together with his advisers, issues like can the navy enter the swing states Trump misplaced in November, seize the voting machines, and pressure the residents to vote in a brand new election held in response to no matter guidelines Trump’s federal forces can implement? This isn’t more likely to occur, principally as a result of even the employees that eagerly assisted him in a previous extortion scheme geared toward forcing a overseas energy to cooperate with a scheme to falsely incriminate his election opponent nonetheless has reservations about partaking in crimes technically punishable by firing squad. However Trump is, nonetheless, mulling methods to not simply declare america elections illegitimate and invalid (he is already doing that, and each day), however implement his claims utilizing federal pressure.
On monitor two, and thoughts the hole, Trump’s assortment of archconservative party-line Republicans, anti-democratic activists who’ve for many years labored to painting all challenges to Republican rule as inherently illegitimate, is hurriedly sabotaging the nation’s authorities by putting in like-minded loyalists in positions the place they can’t be simply dislodged, eagerly and gleefully utilizing basement-tier conspiracy theories to amplify their very own prior claims of non-Republican illegitimacy, and pushing ahead last-minute actions supposed to break Biden’s potential to manipulate in any respect.
Even when, as with the Republican efforts to dam the Federal Reserve from offering emergency pandemic support the second Joe Biden has taken workplace, it ends in deaths.
These aren’t coverage spats. These are organized efforts to delegitimize democratic elections and to sabotage the financial system in order to delegitimize non-Republican leaders. Trump’s standing as emotionally unstable buffoon isn’t a fortunate coincidence making the remainder of it barely much less harmful, however an intentional selection made by a Republican voters that demanded a cult-leader clown, the most recent in a long-bubbling riot in opposition to authorities know-it-alls and e-book learners that has pushed a whole new crop of conspiracy clowns, con artists, and outright saboteurs into Congress.
The media, writ giant, appears to seek out itself frequently shocked when Trump and his high advisers take new steps much more contemptuous of legal guidelines and democracy than the final. It was evident when Republicans neutralized impeachment prices that the White Home would take it as affirmation and redouble their efforts. It was evident when the White Home purged rising numbers of “disloyal” authorities watchdogs that the intent was to remove institutional resistance to doing once-shocking issues. It was evident all through the summer season that the White Home was extra comfy utilizing propagandistic claims and bluster to downplay the severity of a nationwide pandemic than taking concrete steps to avoid wasting lives. It was evident from Trump’s preelection, pandemic-era rallies that he supposed to problem the election if he misplaced by solely somewhat; it was evident inside days of the election that he now supposed to problem the outcomes even after dropping by lots.
He’ll suggest much more stunning issues, and the media will faux to be shocked by them. His White Home and Republican Get together allies will embrace these issues, or at least maintain their tongues whereas ready to see whether or not his latest contemptible acts will, by some likelihood, bear fruit.
Trump reworked Syrian coverage as a favor to an oligarch he had lengthy courted as a potential actual property accomplice. Trump tasked his “lawyer” with producing proof incriminating his rival, who subcontracted the job to Russian-allied organized crime. Trump has used each the Division of Justice and his personal pardon powers to immunize his allies from the results of crimes dedicated for his personal profit or that push his personal agenda.
I am not saying that we should always maintain off on the retrospectives of all of the malignant methods Trump’s White Home and his Republican allies are trying to sabotage authorities relatively than hand it off to a rival intact. It is high quality. However there is a month left, and Trump is continuous to re-tune his employees to incorporate these prepared to endorse much more radical schemes whereas jettisoning objectors. That is significantly extra harmful than it’s being portrayed. Nonetheless.