The American people voted and they said time to remove Trump.
First published in November 2020.
President Trump’s performance from the White House briefing room Thursday night was … well, I’m not sure I have the appropriate word for it. Atrocious. Mind-bending. Crazed. Crazy. Beyond the pale. Out of control.
I’d like to say I’ve come to expect it of him but this time – I literally couldn’t go to sleep after watching him. He sullied this country's standing as a model of democracy. He not only stepped on the Constitution, he stomped it into oblivion. The same Constitution he took an oath to defend and protect. One more lie from Donald J. Trump.
I know, I know. But the judges. As our next President likes to sway, “C’mon, man.” No policy agreement overtakes respect and following the Constitution. And to my friends who disagree, I have nothing more I can say to convince you. I'm not even going to try anymore.
When I joined the Republican Party way back when, it stood for honoring the Constitution, lower deficits, lower taxes, free and fair trade, honesty. None of those values exist in this president. He does whatever suits him. He has no such set of values or beliefs. None other than whatever benefits him is good.
I know, I know, but the regulations! C’mon, man! He doesn’t care about those either. He cut them with no regard for the protections some did provide. None. If this was a movie, I’d figure he was on the take to do things because, well, he has no soul. None. He only asks “What’s in it for me?”
Remember “suckers” and “losers” and why did they die on the battlefield?
Going to the White House briefing room to whine, lie and lie some more. I mean, really? Can’t you even leave office with dignity?
I had expected Joe Biden would be called as the winner of the election by the various entities that do such calling.
I’ve had friends from my active GOP days ask me why I’m “such a turncoat,” how I could be so disloyal to the party. Well, my friends, I thought of that four years ago which is why, the day after Trump won enough primary votes to secure the nomination that I left the party. I’ve been a hypocrite before in my life, but I couldn’t be that much of a hypocrite.
In May 2016, the day after he won the primary that gave him the votes to be the GOP nominee I left the party. I wrote here at that time, “I cannot be a member of a party whose presumed nominee is ignorant of the Constitution … He will not all of a sudden become presidential – it’s not in the head of a narcissist to change who he is.”
Today, I am, in Massachusetts registration parlance, “unaffiliated.”
I decided then that I wouldn’t be a hypocrite over him. I also decided that staying in the party to fight for what I thought was right wasn’t the answer either. That party is gone.
I’m not proud that I was proven correct. I wish he was different. But he’s not. He’s who he is. A man who takes an oath and then marches all over that oath, because oaths mean nothing to him. The GOP means nothing to him. It was an act of convenience that he joined it to run for President, never expecting to win. But he did.
And that didn’t change him either other than, I think, after a few months in the job, realizing that he didn’t have to change his ways at all and that he wasn’t overwhelmed by the office. He wasn’t overwhelmed because, to this day, he doesn’t understand what the job really is. He has no idea the responsibility he holds to protect the American people and the Constitution. Neither means anything to him.
He listened to his gut in the private sector, leading to bankruptcy after bankruptcy, and he listens to his gut as President, leading to, well, leading to what we have today.
He has claimed voter fraud with no proof. How can he even think there’s fraud when there’s no evidence? Because Donald Trump projects on others what he believes of himself. He knows that if he could cheat to win, he would. He’s trying right now, in fact.
He’s also in for a rude awakening, if he knows what that is. He is relying not only on the courts but “his” Supreme Court to call the election for him. But you need proof for that to happen, even his three appointees need proof. And there is none. They won’t save him. They can’t and be true to their oaths of office. And if they do, this country is gone.
He will complain after that, if it happens, that his court appointees double-crossed him just as Jeff Sessions did as “his” attorney general.
He points fingers at the media for being “fake news” and then points to the media for evidence of his voter fraud claims. He tweeted, “plenty of proof. Just check out the Media. WE WILL WIN! AMERICA FIRST!”
Maybe the right wing media he reads on line has “proof’ but no legitimate media outlet has any. How do I know? Because if they did it would be a fabulous story and they’d run it, despite Trump’s sometime belief that the media are against him. The mainstream media just love a good story – one they can prove.
Two pieces of “good news” from the election. One, even former GOP Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania could be seen deflating on air after the President’s press room performance. He couldn’t and wouldn’t defend it. He did predict GOP elected officials would raise the same complaints. So far, not so much.
Second, the American people voted. It’s what they do in a democracy. They said time to remove Trump but they also said keep the Senate a Republican majority and the House a Democratic majority.
And let’s try that.🔷
B. Jay Cooper, former deputy White House press secretary to Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
- B. Jay Cooper is the author of Mac Baldrige: The Cowboy in Ronald Reagan's Cabinet | The Lyons Press
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