OP-ED: Trump trying to burn down the house after being evicted
How can we miss him if he won't go away?
It's like Drunk Uncle at Thanksgiving. Or the nightmare where you open your eyes and at the foot of your bed is a monster and you are frozen in place. It's like being in sixth grade year after year after year. Horrible.
So. The people spoke (yelled and screamed and danced in the streets) and, like, five Republicans listened. The rest, in dazed lock step and always cognizant of the power of Trumpism, mumbled, "Recount. Recount. Recount." Even though not one state official has evidence of fraud. Despite millions more votes for Joe Biden.
The idea is pure bluster to placate the boss. Mike Pompeo, who as the secretary of state (a job that used to mean something), said somewhat incoherently, "There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration. All right? We're ready."
This from a man who regularly lectures other countries about democracy. Is Mike talking coup? Is he talking about the end of the two-century-old tradition of a peaceful transition of power? Is he playing with a full deck? Awkward.
Forget the total lack of any evidence of fraud or a massive conspiracy involving GOP and Democratic state officials from many different states. And, by the way, how can Senate Majority Leader and Kentucky's Own Mitch McConnell denounce the ballots that gave Biden a presidential victory while saluting the very same voting that gave his party victories in the House and state legislatures?
The Justice Department's attorney general, William Barr, threw out precedent and said he would now authorize no-holds-barred investigations into U.S. voter "fraud" without any evidence even though he refused to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election, which all 17 intelligence agencies verified.
Hypocrisy, anyone? Oh, yes, the coin of the realm these days. OMG! Too many people voted!
We were warned. Trump said he would not let people vote by mail, even in a pandemic (although he and most of his people vote by mail). (By the way, Trump has been talking to supporters about running for reelection in 2024. Why would he be speculating about that if he doesn't know he just lost?)
But meanwhile he's rambling around the White House and golfing, always golfing, furious that he's been rejected and plotting revenge on all his enemies.
Many just didn't believe, even in all his weirdness and petulance, that he would fire the top Pentagon officials in one day and deny the incoming president vital classified briefings and a measly (for him) $6.6 million to set up a transition office. (It's not Trump's money, even though he spends taxpayer dollars as though we are his serfs.)
He told us he wouldn't abide by the will of the people unless he won. We said, "Yeah, yeah, yeah." But he meant it.
So. As of this writing, Trump hasn't had an intelligence briefing since Oct 1. He hasn't met with his coronavirus task force in months. MONTHS! The man nurses grudges and plays golf and we pretend he and his Republican sycophants are not deranged.
Do they not care that 240,000 Americans are dead?
Do they not care that millions of Americans have lost their jobs?
Do they not care that he is debasing, damaging and demeaning our government?
Do they not care that America's enemies are gleeful at the chaos?
Do they not care at all about America?
The evidence pointing to a negative answer is massive.
But let's finally get down to the real issues for most Americans. The highest numbers of us so far in this dreadfully mishandled pandemic are hospitalized because of COVID-19. Seventy percent of intensive care units in the nation's hospitals are full. We are seeing mobile morgues. Caregivers are exhausted and frustrated, and there are far too few of them.
Millions of Americans don't know how they will pay the rent or the mortgage. Even when this pandemic ends, hopefully with a viable vaccine or two or three, millions will have no jobs waiting for them.
It is way past time for America to stop obsessing about a real estate con artist who is trying to burn down the house after being evicted.
Trump reportedly planned to leave the U.S. the day after the election in 2016, thinking he would lose. And in the waning day of this last campaign, he suggested he might have to leave the country if he didn't win.
Trump leave the country? Ok with a majority of us.
One historical note. Inauguration Day used to be March 4 instead of Jan. 20. How awful would that old scenario be about now?
— Ann McFeatters is an op-ed columnist for Tribune News Service. Readers may send her email at firstname.lastname@example.org.