Well, if you believe Peter Wehner, writing in a rather left-wing magazine The Atlantic, the answer would be yes. I’m not so sure…but I do think there are signs that Trump may be a little obsessed with his Electoral College and popular vote loss last month.
Recently pardoned, former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn was at the White House last week for a meeting in which he re-floated an idea that had been suggested before. Flynn earlier had suggested, and it was shot down, that Trump should declare martial law, send the troops out to quell the rioters that would take to the streets, and rehold the election. I can tell you that most in the Trump White House were aghast at that suggestion, and ran to the media to leak it to them.
I get it that Trump is almost despondent over his loss to Joe Biden. I get it that he feels that the election was stolen from him, even though no court in the land has done anything to accept his arguments, other than one court in Pennsylvania…and that was subsequently overturned. And, after saying repeatedly at his rallies while campaigning that he couldn’t imagine losing to a guy that hides in his basement, I can understand why. Trump is all about Trump. Even when he loses, he finds a way around having a “loser” label slapped on him. He did it when his casino when belly up in Atlantic City. He ended up coming out of the whole ordeal smelling just fine, thank you!
But this is a different situation. This isn’t a real estate deal, it’s our country’s history. And now, he’s a part of it, like it or not. And the longer he waits to concede, the more lawsuits he throws up against the wall to see if any will stick (he’s already asked the US Supreme Court to reverse itself and hear his cases on appeal from Pennsylvania), the more he’s isolating himself from the rest of his party, and the rest of the country. In a normal election, that wouldn’t matter because the loser usually goes off and you don’t hear from them until their tell-all book comes out. In this case, Trump has already all but announced his candidacy for re-election for 2024. He has hinted that he’ll make that announcement on January 20th as Joe Biden is getting sworn in. Of course, he’s also said that he’d concede the election if the Electoral College voted Biden as president. That didn’t happen.
Now, it’s been floated that Trump is thinking of going back to NBC, a network he has repeatedly mocked for their rather biased reporting of his administration, and wanting to start up The Apprentice again. Of course, if he announces his candidacy as he’s said, no network anywhere in the country will touch him because he will be making them dish our “reasonable access” to anyone else that wants in. Trust me…having dealt with this in my life…there isn’t a media outlet in the country that wants to have fifteen potential candidates for president knocking on their door wanting to host a weekly reality TV show. And even if he IS able to get it on the air, my initial feel is that he’s no longer the amicable host that he once was. His actions of the last month will haunt him forever.
No, it’s best that Donald Trump skulk away on January 20th, and write his memoirs. I hear he wants to change Mara Lago into a private residence, and that would be a good thing to work on. As far as the presidency is concerned, it’s time to let it go.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!