It’s been a foregone conclusion that Trump would only accept the result of the election if he won. He did the same thing in 2016 (though I think he fully expected to lose and his victory was as big a shock to him as it was to the world). I think the plan in 2016 was to make a bunch of noise about the “rigged election”, and then take the free advertising and go back to being a B list reality show celebrity once it all died down.
Instead, he won, and then convinced himself that he deserved to win, that he deserves limitless power, that he deserves all that his heart and ego desire, and that he deserves to be able to do crime without consequence forever.
The problem is that his magical thinking is not real and the trouble with that, like the trouble with jumping off Trump Tower, is that though it may take a while for Reality to impact on your fantasy, when it does it does so without regard for your feelings or sense of entitlement.
That is what is happening now. Trump is standing at the seashore ordering the incoming tide to roll back and the tide is heedless of his helpless demands. He lost and no mortal power can save him. The minute he is out of office, there are a butt ton of prosecutors whetting their knives and he knows it. He could actually wind up in prison, which I think is necessary for the health of the Republic. This is a man who needs to face consequence and not be spared them by a false mercy. Retributive justice needs to be felt so that the country can see that the rich and powerful cannot ravage the weak without punishment.
But suppose Biden, in excess of the kindness that characterizes him, pardons him like Ford pardoned Nixon?
Dudn’t matter. Biden can pardon him for federal crimes, but not state ones (and I doubt Biden will do that in any case, being as how he is kind, but not an idiot). The state of NY (to name but one state) is hungering for justice and will get it (assuming Trump doesn’t flee to a dacha on the Caspian Sea, which I don’t think his psyche could bear for the reasons discussed below).
However, in case he skips jail (something the rich often do, though his buddy Jeffrey Epstein didn’t), there is another way in which Trump’s sociopathic narcissism may be turned to a redemptive purpose in the Providence of God.
My friend Bradley Bennett discusses this:
Now begins the part where the bill comes due, where we all start reaping the whirlwind for having, in 2016, elected a man we’ve known all along is a thoughtless, belligerent egomaniac with no reverence for our national traditions, no previous record of national service, no loyalty even to his own party (which I believe he may very well end up destroying this winter).
As I explained a few months back, our elections have one purpose and one purpose only: to obtain a concession. And President Trump, as you may or may not know, is under no legal obligation to provide one. Ever. I don’t think he’s psychologically capable of providing one. Donald Trump is never and can never be *a loser*—you’re the loser. And he’s been more or less telling us so since 2016, with his very public unwillingness to commit to the acceptance of any election results except the ones where the Donald comes out on top.
He’s told us as well—weeks ago now, long before any votes were cast, correctly or incorrectly—that he means to get this thing to the Supreme Court as quickly as possible. Not having the slightest awareness of the actual history of the Supreme Court, he apparently believes the justices will just roll over for him like nine lapdogs—as, of course, John Roberts did on the repeal of Obamacare . But when SCOTUS overrules him (may not even agree to take his case) Trump, unlike Al Gore in 2000, will almost certainly continue to refuse us this simple national blessing of a concession speech. A straight-up Constitutional crisis, in other words.
Many, I’m happy to say, of his GOP enablers will probably draw the line at that point, counting on the court ruling to give them cover with their base. “GOP sources said Friday that the idea is to give Trump and his team a chance to make their case and allow the disputes to work themselves out in the courts, arguing that if the lawsuits fall flat, then Trump will have little choice but to concede the election without their having to confront him.” I definitely hope this plan will succeed–but wouldn’t bet 50 cents on it. Like Dr. Frankenstein trying to control a monster of his own creation, they will more than likely fail to do so.
Unless I’ve misread my man pretty badly, Donald Trump, once it has stopped bending to his every whim, will be all too willing to carry his die-hards into opposition and split the GOP irremediably in two. Any violence, in fact, offered at that point in support of Trump’s imaginary frauds and in defiance of the “RINOs” who won’t back him, would certainly seal the deal. [Implausible? Look for a later post about the *three times* in our nation’s history when one of the two major parties simply DIED from internal division and basically went extinct].Character, as I’ve been saying in here, is destiny. Electing a bad man really can mean discredit—and even death—to the very cause for which you hoped to exploit his services.
Anyway, it looks like our teachable moment on this point is finally here.
The idea of Trump splitting the GOP into the Mere Prostitutes and Opportunistic Predators sect (ruled by nihilists like Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham and cynical liars like Sean Hannity) and the Wild-Eyed QANON True Believers sect (dominated by the weirdos of the Evangelical and Catholic Right such as Abp Vigano and Taylor Marshall as well as the sundry paganized magic practitioners like Paula White and straight up nuts like Alex Jones) is a happy thought. A splintered GOP in which the weirdos turn on the predators is a GOP that will be hampered in hurting the rest of us for a good long while.
And this will be doubly so if, as seems certain, Trump the Psychic Vampire insists on continuing to cultivate his Cult with a Forever Campaign of never-ending Ego Rallies that suck the lifeblood of money and attention away from the GOP coffers and candidates and into the engorged gut of bottomless narcissistic sociopathic need that is Donald Trump.
If that happens, he will continue to cripple the GOP for as long as he lives, perhaps longer if his vile crime family takes up his mantle after he is no longer able to function and tries to keep exploiting the ultra-crazies and set them against the Party regulars with accusation that the GOP is not pure enough.
Should that come to pass, it could not happen to a more deserving party. The GOP knowingly and cynically chose to make a deal with the devil when it got in bed with Donald Trump. They enabled him every step of the way. They are 100% responsible for what they have done. And it will be utterly fitting if the doom pronounced by Uncle Screwtape comes true for that Party as it dies at the hands of the monster it created with nothing but the ashes of failure to show for it:
To get the man’s soul and give him nothing in return–that is what really gladdens our Father’s heart.
Or, as Gandalf put it:
Oft evil will shall evil mar.
Thursday, some thoughts on the false prophets of MAGA Christianity.