And so the purges begin.
Der Sturmtrumper, his open corruption and brazen criminality dismissed by a malevolently complicit and yet somehow still spineless GOP Senate whose members have explicitly said that it didn't matter that the president violated the law, has come unglued and unleashed. He promises revenge for this attempt to hold him accountable to the law. He once again talks about being President For Life. He lashes out with increasingly incoherent ferocity at everyone who spoke up in defense of the Constitution. It’s a spectacle worthy of any debauched king, and precisely what we had a revolution to get away from.
He’s already fired several of the people who spoke truth to power while under oath, as well as a guy who happened to be related to one of those people because fuck you that’s why. His worthless son has explicitly called for retribution against a sitting US Senator for daring to vote as the evidence commanded him to vote.
His Fascist minions are openly calling for blood. Their word, not mine, by the way. Blood.
For those of you who are surprised at this, all I can say is, Seriously? What did you expect? Reason? Humility? Patriotism? Humanity? Whatever you were smoking I hope you brought enough for everybody.
It’s only going to get worse. You know that.
Trump has never been shy about who he is. He is a grifter with a track record of fraud going back over half a century. A racist who has been repeatedly sued for it since the 1960s, which is why he was endorsed by every major neo-Nazi and white supremacist organization in America in 2016. An entitled boor whose public behavior marks him as a singularly useless waste of space. A thin-skinned bully who dishes out insults and persecution but melts down at the slightest sign of opposition. A stupid person’s idea of what a smart person would look like. A guy who made his living shaking down the people who worked for him and conning everyone else into thinking this was acceptable. A so-called businessman who somehow managed to go bankrupt selling booze, red meat, and gambling to the American people. An authoritarian with ambitions of dictatorship, and a sociopathic cult leader. A carny barker of the highest order.
Say what you will about the man, though, he knows his marks – he told us in 2015 that he could murder someone in broad daylight and not lose a single supporter and he wasn’t wrong.
Trump supporters make the best marks, by the way. Not only are they in on being conned, they’re proud of it.
The Republican Party is getting ever closer to achieving its goal of destroying the American republic and replacing it with a one-party dictatorship of the damned, and if there is an election in November at all (something of which I am no longer confident) I expect it to be rigged like the ones they used to have in the Soviet Union. There’s a reason Moscow Mitch, the Most Corrupt Man in Washington (impeachment notwithstanding), has blocked every single bill that would protect America’s election security from foreign interference, after all. He knows very well his party can’t win a fair election and he’s not about to take that chance.
I spent nearly a decade living in the dress rehearsal for this with Governor Teabagger (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries) here in Wisconsin and his minions, lackeys, cronies, and enablers in the Wisconsin legislature – a body so thoroughly gerrymandered and illegitimate that the last time we had an election the GOP got 46% of the vote and ended up with 64% of the seats. As a historian I’ve studied the collapse of past democracies. I’ve seen this movie. I know how it plays out.
Buckle up, my fellow Americans. It’s about to get ugly.