It is awfully sad to see a great president turn into a delusional lunatic. President Trump kept almost all of his campaign promises. He really made America great again after Barack Obama had undermined our immigration laws, attempted to erase our national borders and appeased our foreign enemies.
Trump rescinded Obama’s business stifling regulations. His policies resulted in one of the most robust economy this nation has ever experienced. Trump withdrew from the Paris Accords, the climate change agreement that would have seriously damaged our economy. He withdrew from Obama’s disastrous Iran nuclear deal which allowed the Islamic state to acquire nuclear weapons down the road. Whereas Obama rewarded Iran by releasing $400 million of Iranian funds that had been frozen in US banks, Trump imposed tough sanctions on the Ayatollah led regime. And unlike Obama, Trump did not appease foreign leaders who had an axe to grind with the US.
Then along came COVID-19 which destroyed Trump’s robust economy and cost millions of Americans their jobs. Trump handled the pandemic rather poorly. Instead of following the recommendations of scientists, he openly repudiated them. Instead of encouraging people to wear masks and practice social distancing, he flaunted those practices. If it had not been for the pandemic, Trump would likely have been reelected.
Trump would have had a great legacy had he accepted the outcome of the election. But instead of recognizing him for his many accomplishments, historians will describe him as a president who turned into a delusional lunatic.
QAnon and InfoWars along with other conspiracy theory websites have filled the internet with false claims of massive voter fraud. Trump swallows and regurgitates these theories. He insists the election was stolen from him and that he actually won by a landslide.
Because of the election,Trump has become irrational, releasing a barrage of daily overnight tweets in which he lashes out at anyone or anything that displeases him. He has been especially angry at Republican governors and state officials for not challenging the election outcomes in their states.
Trump’s lawyers and some Republican lawmakers filed 46 lawsuits in an attempt to overturn the election. Most of those lawsuits were based on affidavits sworn to by “witnesses” who claim to have observed voter fraud. The affidavits were not backed up by any credible evidence. Almost all of the lawsuits have been dismissed by the courts for lack of evidence.
Most of the reputable lawyers who initially represented Trump have withdrawn from representing the President. That has left Trump with a bunch of crackpot attorneys.
Rudy Giuliani used to be highly respected. Lately, as the leader of Trump’s legal team, he has held some bizarre press conferences. And he showed a video which he called a “bombshell” to a Georgia legislative committee in an attempt to overturn that state’s election outcome. Giuliani claimed the video proved the election in Georgia to be a fraud. That bombshell turned out to be a dud. Georgia’s Republican secretary of state said he had already investigated the ‘bombshell’ video and that it shows nothing out of the ordinary.
Trump lawyer Joe diGenova really lost it by declaring that fired cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs “should be drawn and quartered; taken out at dawn and shot” for saying the election was the “most secure in United States history.”
Then there is Sidney Powell, a real crackpot. Powell is a follower of QAnon and has repeated many of its wild conspiracy theories. She was part of Giuliani’s legal team until she declared the election was rigged by a cabal consisting of George Soros, the Clinton Foundation, Antifa, “communistic” actors in Venezuela (including late Hugo Chávez), Cuba, China and thousands of election officials from both parties. Even Giuliani couldn’t stomach that and removed her from the team.
But Powell continues her efforts to overturn the election, declaring she will “unleash the Kraken.” Powell clams the Dominion Voting Systems machines were programmed to flip votes from Trump to Biden. She unleashed the Kraken in lawsuits filed in Georgia and Michigan. But her Georgia filing states Dominion Voting Systems machines took 2.5 per cent of the state’s votes “from Mr. Biden and flipped them to Mr. Trump for a more than 5 per cent fraudulent vote in crease.” Apparently, the Kraken must have betrayed Powell.
On the other hand, Attorney General Bill Barr has told the Associate Press there is not enough evidence of voting fraud to change Biden’s election win. Trump called the report fake news, but Barr has neither denied making that statement nor claimed he was misquoted.
And Kellyanne Conway, one of Trump’s most ardent supporters, acknowledged on Friday that Biden won the election. Conway who clashed with her Trump-hating husband and daughter, said “If you look at the vote totals in the Electoral College tally, it looks like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will prevail. I assume the electors will certify that and it will be official. We, as a nation, will move forward, because we always do.” Conway also pledged to work with the Biden team, saying “If there’s anything I can ever do to help, they can count on me.”
So when will Trump realize that conspiracy theories and crackpot lawyers cannot save his presidency?
The decent thing for Trump to do is to concede the election, invite Joe and Jill Biden to the White House, and attend Biden’s inauguration ceremony.
Bob Walsh says
The answer to your basic question is NEVER. He TRULY BELIEVES he won and got screwed. He might even be right, but he is almost certainly going to be unable to prove it or do anything about it. He is a fighter, he does not go along with the program or submit to the inevitable. Unfortunately it will have a negative long-term effect on his legacy. He will be too old to run successfully in another four years. In addition he will be cemented into the minds of the small chunk of “reasonable middle” that is left as a borderline nutter. Once the court processes are over (which I do NOT begrudge him) he should (assuming he looses, which I assume he will) withdraw gracefully, take occasional sniper shots from the sidelines, and support someone like Nikki Haley who can win big time in 2024 if she is properly supported.
Bill Daniels says
First, Trump WILL win. There was so MUCH fraud, so much sloppiness, like forgetting that modern arenas like the State Farm Center in Georgia are loaded with security cameras and thus, failing to make sure in advance that the cameras are conveniently broken, like they were in Epstein’s cell, that as soon as the evidence gets to a fair courtroom, Trump will win.
And if Trump fails to win at the Supreme Court, he’s always got the Insurrection Act, which, if all else fails, he definitely should invoke. Have the military arrest the fraudsters, and have the military run elections in states where the vote was so horribly compromised that no one knows who actually won what. Make voters show up, show ID, and dip their fingers in indelible ink, the way we conduct elections in 3rd world countries.
Howie, you obviously didn’t watch any of the hearings, watch the people testifying to the fraud they saw. And those were just a handful, a sampling of the literally thousands of ordinary Americans who witnessed fraud and attested to it under penalty of perjury. And I bet you didn’t watch the Trump rally tonight in Georgia. Guess who was there, Johnny on the spot, handling ballots, doing her part? Why, it was none other that Georgia Senator Elena Parent, the Senator who claimed a video only released a short time ago was ‘totally debunked’ during the fraud hearing.
We really have to hope that the courts and legislatures recognize and reverse the fraud, because if the final choice is the Insurrection Act and military tribunals….it won’t be pretty, but it will be necessary and I’ll support it 100%. Why do you think Trump is making moves, booting Esper and others, installing Trump loyalists in high ranking military positions. If the fraud isn’t addressed, don’t think Trump won’t use the military. He doesn’t bluff, and I’m sure military intelligence is keeping an eye on the fraud, so even though the swampy, compromised Department of Justice is going to be AWOL, there are patriots in the military that will stand up and show up.
Howie Katz says
Bill my friend, now you’ve got me wondering that you might be an alien from outer space.
Trump will win? In Israel, yes. But not in the USA.
Invoke the Insurrection Act? Maybe that’s how it’s done on the planet Gliese 667Cc. But our military is not about to destroy America’s democracy.
Bill Daniels says
Howie, find the videos of the various state hearings where the fraud is laid out. Our military is not about to destroy America’s democracy? Yes, I agree. That’s true. But America’s democracy has already been destroyed by massive vote fraud by Dems. It’s already destroyed, and if the SCOTUS doesn’t act, it will be the military on deck for clean up duty.
Trump is not, and should not, let this go. If the massive fraud, the fixed voting machine algorithms, etc. is permitted to stand, then we’re really no different than North Korea. What difference does it make who you vote for when your vote will show up as a vote for Dear Leader. No, sorry, the preferable option is, once the military is convinced entirely of the fraud, they step in and restore order.
Howie Katz says
Bill, all the claims of MASSIVE voter fraud are based on conspiracy theories or affidavits with no evidence to back them up. All 46 lawsuits filed to overturn the election outcome have been dismissed by the courts because the plaintiffs were unable to present evidence of massive voter fraud.
Bill Daniels says
Most of those were based on either “you don’t have standing to file this suit,” or even worse, “you filed before xxx, so you don’t have any harm proven,” and conversely, “you filed after the harm occurred, so it’s too late to sue.”
Rudy’s team has only filed 3 suits by the way. Geez, Howie, do you sit around all day listening to CNN agit-prop all day? I could easily see your screeds lifted word for word from their on air personalities.
Bill Daniels says
Edit: Senator Elena Parent was shown on the video screen, she wasn’t there in person, obviously. Sorry for any confusion about that.
Bob Walsh says
Sorry Bill. I wished I shared your enthusiasm, but exuberance does not necessarily equal outcome. Also, just because you are right does not mean you will prevail. The courts will (IMHO) be reluctant to mess with a presidential election to the point over overturning the results in several states. That assumes SCOTUS is convinced that there was wide-spread, systematic fraud to the point that it effected the outcome of the election. Is it possible? Of course it is possible. Is it likely? I think not. I would like to be shown to be wrong. I don’t expect that to happen.
Please Howie, Not again. Rehashed rhetoric from last week. Another stale blog? This horse is dead but the beatings continue.
Rep. Paul Gosar 4 hours ago.
I am requesting documents pertaining to Dominion, Smartmatic, all bids, contracts and information related to them from the Arizona Secretary of State per public records laws.
Howie Katz says
So what! Dominion Voting System explains that their machines are secure because “when voters cast their ballots, they fill it out on a touchscreen and are then given a printed copy that they hand to a local election official for safekeeping. If any electronic interference had taken place, the tally reported electronically would not match the printed ballots. And in every case where we’ve looked at in Georgia, all across the country, the printed ballots, the gold standard in election security, has matched the electronic tally.”
Trey, you need to extract your head out of Trump’s ass! Then when you see daylight you’ll realize that Trump’s presidency will end on January 20, 2021.