The election results are sadder than I thought they’d be but not for the reason I thought they’d be. And it’s not totally President Trump’s fault. Not entirely anyway.
First published in November 2020.
Trump’s true supporters are nothing but loyal. Yesterday I posted on my Facebook page an article reporting that a sex offender attended Rudy Giuliani’s, the President’s personal attorney, press conference at Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Philadelphia.
I posted no comment, just the article. At least two folks posted comments claiming it was fake news, pointing out that was Hunter Biden next to the President-Elect at his acceptance speech, the “ever chaste” Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris at the microphone and “Joe the guy who can’t think or speak straight.”
Where to begin? Not that I thought the election would end the vileness that our political process has become. But I had hoped things might begin to get more civil. Just a little bit.
But this apparently is the state of our nation for the foreseeable future.
It can be calmed a bit, I hope, in time. President-Elect Biden is trying to do his part, so far. And, so far the right-wing media isn’t buying it. The leading conservative site Town Hall ran this headline yesterday, “Biden is Hitler and needs to be impeached.” I guess maybe that’s a supportive headline for Biden because to be impeached in this context, you must be President.
But I digress, maybe.
The Trump Administration may be within the law by refusing to recognize Biden as the winner of the election because results are not yet certified but that also opens the country up to major national security risks. What better time for terrorists to attack again? I guess the only better time would be if the Secretary of Defense also was fired. What? Oh.
By refusing to agree to a transition, the Administration seriously slows down and blocks a “peaceful transition” by not allowing Biden transition team members access to briefings about the agencies Biden’s people are going to be running in January. It also keeps Biden from seeing the President’s Daily Brief (PDB) that goes to the President, even if the current President refuses, reportedly, to read it. That close-hold document informs those authorized to read it the hot spots in the world.
Back when President Nixon couldn’t read the writing on the wall that he had to resign as President, Republican leaders from the Congress visited him and delivered the news it was time.
We are seeing stories now in major publications that basically ask, “Who will tell Trump it’s over.” Well, first, he knows because he is a major consumer of cable news and, despite claiming he doesn’t read the “Amazon-owned Washington Post” or the “failing New York Times,” that he is their biggest consumer. So he knows it’s “time.”
What the stories are saying, I guess, is who will tell him that it truly is time and your support in the Congress is dissipating. Instead, GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, who knows better, is backing up the President’s false claims. Loyalty to a man cannot go farther than loyalty to country.
How do I know there is no proof to Trump claims that voting was fraudulent? Because no proof has been presented by Trump’s people. None. You can’t just wish it was there any more than you can wish away the coronavirus pandemic. What? Oh.
Also if the Democrats are so smart that they can fix a national election, why aren’t they smart enough to steal themselves a bigger majority in the House of Representatives or a majority in the Senate?
I can’t let the “chaste Kamala Harris” comment go either. American Spectator ran an article this summer headlined “Why It Should Matter To Women that Kamala Harris Slept Her Way to the Top.” I mean, really? In 2020?
And, of course, whatever the right-wing media publishes becomes a talking point for Trump supporters, true or not.
Uniting the country doesn’t mean everyone has to agree with what a president wants to do, it means accepting that democracy, so far, still works and we respect the results of an election, just as we have for centuries.
So, while I’d hoped I’d be happy if Trump lost, I’m quite sad that our country doesn’t seem to want to be healed.🔷
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
Check their Voting Record:
🗳️ Donald Trump
🗳️ Joe Biden