The Don can be described in many ways. He is a psychopathic liar, grifter, racist, anti-semite, misogynist, megalomaniac, who lacks the capacity for empathy. His need for attention and admiration are insatiable. This need is the driving force behind everything he does.
The most extraordinary example of this need was evidenced on January 6th. You know, the day, according to many Republicans, that a patriotic picnic inspired a harmless foodfight. If you recall, despite pleading from everyone from Kevin McCarthy to his very own princess, Ivanka, it took over three hours of mayhem before The Don reluctantly asked his violent mob to go home. Even then, he thanked them for the love and and ensured them they were loved, too
The Don asked his devotees to show up to the Capitol, promised them a “wild time” and a wild time was what he (and they) got. The storming of the Capitol was a fever dream for him. Thousands of people destroying property, beating on police, and threatening to kill Nancy Pelosi and hang the vice president, expressing their fealty to their God of Nefarious Things. For a malignant narcissist, watching this unfold exceeded even his wildest dreams. After all, what other president had been so loved? This was the greatest orgasm of his life, a porn show unequaled, and the country be damned, if he was going to intervene. No insurrection interruptus for him-this was one (ins)erection that he wanted to last forever. (Unlike the 90 seconds that Stormy Daniels claims!)
The man who needs love and attention should be in heaven again. After all, four different prosecutors are spending endless hours thinking about him; he’s in the news constantly. The country is tuned into The Don’s new TV show called “The Indictment.” Will it be Fani Willis, D.A. of Fulton County, Georgia for his attempt to get Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, to “find 11,780 votes?” Will it be the D.A. of Manhattan, Alvin Bragg, for The Don’s involvement in paying $130,000 in hush money to Stormy Daniels and other malfeasance? Will it be Jack Smith who actually has two shots at him: one for his mishandling of classified documents and obstructing their retrieval, or a minor thing like being a willing partner and collaborator in an insurrection and/or the dereliction of duty to protect the police officers and the lawmakers from harm? Or will it be Attorney General of N.Y.S., Letitia James, for The Don’s organization’s attempt to defraud the government? And wait, what about the civil case brought by Jean Carrol for battery and defamation (which begins April 25 in New York)? What other president has ever received that kind of attention? That’s a “Bigly” kind of attention.
However, recent decisions by a D.C. judge have made the God of Nefarious Things unhappy. In the documents case, The Don’s lawyer, Evan Corcoran, was compelled to give testimony. Corcoran was part of the legal team that submitted a sworn affidavit to the Justice Department that stated there were no more classified documents at Mar-a-Lago, only for the F.B.I. to find more than 100 more. What makes his testimony so unusual is that it overrules attorney-client privilege. In order for a judge to breach this privilege, which is a cornerstone of a lawyer/client relationship, the judge needs substantial evidence that a crime was committed. The million dollar question: did The Don lie to Corcoran about it? If he did that’s obstruction of justice which should result in jail time.
In another ruling by the same judge, Mark Meadows and a number of other White House cronies were compelled to testify regarding the January 6th insurrection overruling claims of executive privilege.
And to top it off, Mike Pence has lost his bid to avoid testifying to the D.O.J. in the January 6th investigation. I guess the courts didn’t buy Pence’s defense that his speech was protected when he voted in the senate on bills to break a tied vote. They decided, Mr. Pence you were the vice president, not a senator, so you have no protection.
Poor Don can’t catch a break. The walls are closing in. The man who needs to be the most number truly is most wanted, but not by the people he wants to be most wanted by.
In predictable fashion, the Don has gone on the offensive, using his calling cards of grievance, outrage and claims of “witch hunt,” rallying his devotees to his cause. He has, not surprisingly, fund-raised off this “weaponization” of the justice system. As usual he has flipped everything on its head and has accused people of the very thing he is guilty of.
“The abuses of power that we’re currently witnessing at all levels of government will go down as among the most shameful, corrupt and depraved chapters in all of American history,” he said. If we switch out the words “at all levels of government” and replace it with “by Donald Trump” we have the opening line of the history books written about his presidency.
His attacks on Alvin Bragg are particularly heinous and dangerous. He called Bragg an “animal” and “worse than the Gestapo.” He said that “only a degenerate psychopath that truly hates the USA!” could do what Bragg is doing, that “death and destruction” would result from an indictment. He also didn’t lose an opportunity to spout his antisemitism by invoking George Soros, who donated money to an organization who supported Bragg’s campaign. As a result of his dangerous rhetoric, Bragg received a letter stating “ALVIN: I AM GOING TO KILL YOU” followed by 13 exclamation points. The Don also posted an article about the investigation that featured a large picture of the former president holding a baseball bat, juxtaposed with an image of Mr. Bragg. Maybe he should be arrested for inciting violence? If he was a regular old citizen his ass would be hauled in by the F.B.I. for questioning and he would be told to cease and desist these actions or face serious consequences.
On a number of occasions The Don has ginned up his people with what I believe could be his campaign slogan: “They’re not coming after me, they’re coming after you.” He is their protector, the only thing that stands in the way of the dangerous deep state.
In an attempt to rally his troops, he kicked off his campaign by having his first event in Waco Texas. This is the 30th anniversary of the standoff between the government and the Branch Davidian cult led by David Koresh. The ultimate siege by the federal government which resulted in the deaths of 76 Branch Davidians, including 26 children, two pregnant women, and David Koresh as well as four federal agents. The symbolism is pretty clear: Trump, the cult leader, protecting his flock from the evil government. The crowd waving red-and-white signs with the words “Witch Hunt” behind him while a recording of men incarcerated for their actions during January 6th sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” while Mr. Trump recites the Pledge of Allegiance. America’s great protector!
Speaking of the jailed January 6th participants, I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout-out to MTG for going to the prison to lend her support to the heroes who have been vilified and erroneously convicted for standing up for democracy. Rumor has it that in an effort to show her appreciation for all they did that she set up a separate room to offer comfort for the maligned.