Donald Trump has decided to take the Republicans down with him
First of all, we all need to admit that Donald Trump is losing this election.
Even he knows it. This man has gotten up on his hind legs in front of scads of people and told us all that he is planning on losing, because he doesn’t know how to govern. That was the week he called himself a cheerleader for the country, lying to us about Coronavirus to keep our spirits up. I must remind you: the only time being a cheerleader is a qualification for being elected is when you’re running for homecoming queen.
Likewise, winners don’t threaten to assault people at polling places, and they don’t need to tell everyone that the results will be fake if they lose.
A month and a half ago, I watched the 9/13/20 speech in Nevada, available free on Youtube.
It was terrifying to look at the president in a closed hall with 5,000 people, who were only required to wear masks if they were going to be on camera. Everyone there was very excited to be in a room with each other.
Since then things have only gotten worse.
Once we admit that President Donald Trump is losing reelection, that even with the electoral college and Russian cheating and voter suppression and weaponized racism and all those other unhinged talking points that have us all nauseous and shaking in our boots the guy has screwed up enough to lose, we have to also admit that he knows it.
We watched him in the debates — both the first: the off-the-hook, screaming-in-people’s-faces, let’s-spread-covid debate, and the second, a week ago last Thursday, where he stood there and lied: about breakdown in cities, about pandemic response, about a laptop with emails that were never going to mean anything.
We watched him in his disastrous town hall, which was if nothing else a paen to poor interview preparation.
The man is scared, and he’s out of money, and he’s grappling with a level of failure he’s never seen in his long and illustrious career — because no one living has seen this level of failure.
Not only is the president bankrupt, with another stock-market crash possible at anymoment, not only are people from his base falling away from supporting him while others get sick and die, not only are foreign leaders and foreign citizens gobsmacked every time they look at our response to this mess, not only did he get sick with the disease he has been saying is going away since it first showed up in March, but he’s also almost personally responsible for killing about 200,000 people in this country. No one knows exactly how many would have died with reasonable, quick responses and a responsible request for all his supporters to stop doing things and wear masks, but it would be fewer.
Fox news has stopped reporting on it, but almost 100,000 people got sick with Coronavirus yesterday, and over 900 died.
And the other thing we need to admit, when we look at this election, is that everyone in the Republican party also knows that Donald Trump is going to lose the election.
Some of them are kicking themselves for supporting him for so long, but by-and-large they’ve doubled down —they have to: the party has no platform for this election, and the only unified message is “we’re not Democrats.”
And over it all, as I said, as we know, as we feel every day, the pandemic looms. The economic collapse looms. The racial and class reckoning we’ve been putting off since the 1970s (or the 1870s, or the 1670s) looms. And the president holds super-spreader rallies, where infection seems tied to the weather and luck, and I sit in my house and rock back and forth.
I don’t know about you, but I can no longer read the news.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t stop reading the news.
I am going to write one more article today that touches on politics, although in a less partisan way than this one and the other one I posted earlier. That should come out tonight. After that, I will hopefully be able to go back to being less political, less partisan, and less US-centric. But I can’t not say this:
It didn’t have to be this way, and it can change going forward, if we are honest with ourselves, and brave. Look at what you, personally, can change: wear a mask if you haven’t been, donate if you still can, work toward aligning your life with what you believe in, and for the love of God write to your legislators whoever they are once they’re elected.
And please, whatever else you do, vote.