I have come around to thinking this entire Trump presidency has been, and is, far more than a grift.
First published in January 2021.
I’m not one who buys into conspiracy theories. And I’ve not seen this one circulate anyway so maybe it’s just the result of five years of focused attention on Donald J. Trump.
I’m beginning to believe, though, that the last four years have not been a rambling, unfocused presidency led by a moron but an ever evolving conspiracy at taking over this country by Trump and other forces.
I doubt the Russians were involved because I don’t think Putin is stupid. But he’s smart enough to go along to watch the damage Trump would do to our institutions and norms. For Putin, that would be more than enough.
But what if you believe that pushing Mark Esper out as defense secretary was necessary to be sure no one would block Trump attempting to stop the National Guard from being deployed during a planned charge against the U.S. Capitol.
Next, then, you can accept that appointing an even flunkier flunky to the job just weeks before the final coup attempt. That way Trump would have an easier time stopping the National Guard from deploying.
How many of the cabinet secretaries are ‘acting’? Therefore easier to get around?
How orchestrated was getting thousands to attend a Stop the Steal rally the day electoral votes were to be counted, especially after for five years you nurtured a cult of followers who would draw their guns to help if you did indeed shot someone on Fifth Avenue?
Did you watch those thugs desecrate the U.S. Capitol with destruction and feces?
Did you see the guy with white zip ties?
Did you hear that criminal calling for the mob to ‘string up’ the Vice President, who was about to betray Trump?
Have you taken in the fact that for at least five years Trump praised and nurtured white nationalists and egged on right-wing crazies like QAnon? These were the people most easily recruited to his racist, authoritarian philosophy. They were a mob waiting for a leader.
Rudy Giuliani? He goes along with it as does Michael Flynn and the bizarre Roger Stone, the godfather of conspiracy theorists, the strongest voice that a “deep state” exists among the career federal bureaucracy to destroy a President.
Trump’s mob. | Flickr - Tyler Merbler
I have a hard time believing this wasn’t far more orchestrated than we think.
And, believe me, I know how that sounds. Like I’ve gone around the next bend or three. But it is not beyond the realm of possibility either. Is it?
It is not hard to imagine, after watching those anarchists attack our U.S. Capitol and look to do more damage than they did, as if the loss of five lives and our country’s global reputation wasn’t enough. I do believe there were potential murderers among that crowd.
Trump won’t resign. He has too much more damage he can do. His “peaceful transition of power” is no more believable than when he said he didn’t sleep with those many women. Or rape many of them. Or that he did not know about a six-figure payment to one to buy her silence.
Meantime, I’ll be on the lookout for the men in white jackets and butterfly nets coming after me.🔷
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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