On Wednesday, January 6th, 2021, Donald Trump stood at the podium and addressed the horde of followers that had come to Washington, D.C. at his invitation.
Trump, for the previous two months, had been crying foul over the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election. Trump first claimed the election was rigged; then through more than 60 court cases — where his legal team provided no evidence of fraud. Trump finally focused his ire on the Electoral College, the Constitutional device used to permit each state to operate their own election. Trump claimed — repeatedly, again with no evidence — that certain states had stolen the election from him, in part by changing election laws or by governors or courts changing the outcome. Trump went so far as to call the Secretary of State of Georgia 18 times until finally connecting January 2, 2021. In that call, Trump can be clearly heard asking Georgia to “find” him 11,780 votes: in other words, Trump was asking Georgia to create votes for him that don’t exist.
Donald Trump has had his chances: as President, he had the Bully Pulpit of the White House to spread his message and ask the voters to re-elect him. He had Air Force One, and an unbelievable reach through social media to win votes. He had — for the first three years in office — a booming economy that he inherited, and was closing in on being re-elected.
Then, the coronavirus pandemic struck: thousands began being sick, and Trump refused to even acknowledge for months its reality. He refused to wear a mask, to issue a mask order, to order companies — through the Defense Production Act — to make the protective equipment in plentiful supply. Donald Trump refused to acknowledge reality, and his failure to acknowledge that truth was the number one reason Americans voted against him in November.
Donald Trump had his chance to lead America, but refused.
Without being able to accept the truth about the election, Donald Trump, now bordering on mental instability, spent the two months between November and January stewing, plotting, and scheming. He spent the time lying to his family, his friends, and his followers. He lied, telling the world the election had been stolen “from us” while never providing any evidence.
As far as providing evidence, Trump’s lies — and the lies of his attorneys — are that they never had the chance to present evidence in court. We know that twice Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was given the opportunity to present evidence, to claim FRAUD in court, and both times Rudy took a pass. But beyond courtrooms, why has Trump not used his office and his social media accounts to show America this evidence? What is stopping Team Trump from publishing all the evidence on Twitter, Facebook, or on any website of their choice? What is preventing Donald Trump — and his lawyers — from presenting anything that resembles evidence on Fox News, on Parler, on any TV network, website, or even on the side of the White House?
What keeps them from showing America the evidence they claim they have?
Trump’s followers believe everything he tells them; in reality, they have never questioned Trump. They simply take him at his word, and that is what boggles the mind. Because Donald Trump has shown — over the entire course of his life — that he cares nothing for those who actually work for him.
And he demonstrated that most definitively on January 6, 2021. Or weren’t you watching, Trump fans?
To be clear: Donald Trump told his followers that “we’re going to walk down-and I’ll be there with you….”
Donald Trump claimed for two months the election had been stolen. On the morning of January 6, he whipped them into a frenzy, telling them:
Trump is so clever, and his followers so weak, they completely missed being played.
Trump loves to use words like “we’re, us, our” when he wants to incite his followers. He is telling them something has been taken from them, and then he tells them who stole that thing from them: those leftist Democrats.
Honestly, this is pure and simply the easiest example of fascism you will ever witness. Trump creates a collective of us, we, our and then an enemy — them, who must be stopped before they get away with it. Remember how he told how Mexicans were coming to rape: how Muslims were coming to kill; how the news media was the enemy of the people; and now the Democrats have stolen something — from us. US!
But that is not what is at issue here. It is sad that so many American citizens — sons and daughters of real patriotic Americans who fought in World War II, Korea, or Vietnam — could be fooled so easily by this two-bit, fascist con-man.
What is sad is that none of these folks ever noticed how quickly “we’re, us, and our” became YOU. Completing his remarks at the podium, Trump went directly back to the White House; the “General” left his army to fight his battle without him.
Within twenty-four hours of Trump’s clan attacking and desecrating the U.S. Capitol building, Donald Trump did what Donald Trump ALWAYS DOES: he wasted little time disposing of those he used to do his dirty work.
He tossed his own followers straight under the bus.
Suddenly, “we” became “you.”
If those who have listened to Donald Trump for more than four years now can hear, listen up: he is washing his hands of you. Like Mike Pence, like everyone else that Trump no longer needs, he disposes of people, dispensing of them as quickly as he can.
Michael Flynn, Duncan Hunter, Chris Collins, Charles Kushner, Roger Stone, Paul Manafort — all people Donald Trump has pardoned. They all either broke the law for Trump, maintaining their allegiance to him in the process, or had a personal connection to Trump, as in the case of Kushner. They all got full pardons or clemency from Trump.
Cleveland Meredith, Lonnie Coffman, Joshua Pruitt, Michael Curzio, Adam Johnson, Jake Angeli, Richard Barnett — none of these folks will ever get as much as a Christmas card from Trump. All of these men, and a whole lot more, are being hunted down for the vicious attack they conducted on the Capitol building. Pardons and clemency isn’t in their future: only Indictments and time in federal prison awaits them.
Donald Trump used these men — in fact, he used all of his followers — to try to get the U.S. Congress to overturn the election in his favor. And when that failed, Trump repeated what he had done the day before after completing his speech: he went back to his life of privilege. He scorned those who failed him — like Mike Pence — and left them alongside the road to wither and die.
The United States of America has had a long history of great leaders, many of them leading men into battle. George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, and Dwight D. Eisenhower are perhaps the three greatest generals this nation has ever produced. Each led armies into battle; each won wars for the nation, the common characteristic being they never abandoned their troops. Washington, his foot on the stern, is pictured heroically leading his troops across the Delaware River. He didn’t tell his troops “we’re going to row down the river” and then ran inside his nice, warm tent while the men went to fight alone. No, Washington was a true American leader, demonstrating how to win battles, and ultimately a war.
And Eisenhower made it clear: “You don’t lead by hitting people over the head — that’s assault, not leadership.”
The undeniable truth is that Donald Trump is not a leader; he is a user of humanity, getting what he wants by coercion, lies, and deception, then tossing out — and running over those who just served his very desires. When he wants someone to do something for him, it’s we, us, and our; when it’s over, he could care less what your name was, Ashli Babbitt.
For those who think they have discovered the Second Coming of Christ — the Chosen One — I’ve got news for you; Donald Trump ain’t it. He could care less about you, or how much time you will spend in prison-serving his needs. Don’t bet that Donald Trump is going to be granting any pardons, or sending out any condolences to anyone who thought they were fighting for us.
If you went to Washington, D.C. because Trump convinced you about a stolen election, and you and he were going to take America back and all that — and then it didn’t happen, because he bailed on you — don’t worry, you’ve got good company.
Mike Pence, not my personal favorite politician, served Donald Trump like no other for more than four years: Pence was faithful, loyal, and yes, at times even corrupt for Trump. When Trump ordered children ripped from the arms of parents at the border, the Christian in Mike Pence died a little bit having to listen to his boss and not his God. Pence, for a lack of better words, was Trump’s best man, and no doubt would have stuck with Trump right until the very end. But that wasn’t enough for Trump; he demanded Pence break the law and throw out the Electoral college slates. Pence knew he did not have the Constitutional authority to do that,and he told Trump as much, but Trump refused to listen, demanding what he wanted at any cost.
But Pence refused to violate his Constitutional oath; he refused to go that last step for Trump, and because he spoke up — even after more than four years of dedicated, loyal service — Trump cast him aside, and left him for dead. In fact, those who stormed the Capitol were in search of Pence, and had erected gallows to hang him.
The undeniable truth is…you’re not special to Donald Trump: you’re a pawn, a doormat, a tool he is using to try to get what he couldn’t get on his own, what he didn’t earn. Anyone that values you doesn’t send you off to fight while they go home, then immediately tell the authorities that it was all you.
You should have more self-respect than that.
Like a girl that is too easy, you have been abused, taken advantage of, and now are being dropped. If you are angry, you have a right to be; if you are hurting, I understand. But events have taken place, people have been hurt, and damage has been done. You will suffer the consequences of your actions on behalf of a man who could care less if you dropped dead — or die in prison.
In the words of The Who, get on your knees and pray:
I wish you could just shut your big YAPPER!
Graham’s press conference shows America his true allegiance.
©Timothy J. Sabo