Donald Trump is a crisis of unprecedented proportions. I’m not sure there’s another way to describe him. A couple of recent issues:
- He only goes to intelligence briefings when he feels like it. “I’m, like, a smart person.” No. No you’re not.
- His closest adviser is a step removed from Neonazis.
- He’s already caused a diplomatic rift with China over Taiwan and he’s not even President yet.
It’s like living in a constant facepalm.gif.
Wil Wheaton recently described him thusly:
America elected (barely and with interference from a hostile foreign power) a Fascist know-nothing who has so much contempt for our country and the people who live in it, he has chosen men and women who have no experience in government and/or aggressively hate the agencies they will be charged with overseeing to lead them. He’s instigated dangerous international diplomatic incidents that threaten the safety of all of us, and he doesn’t seem to care. Though he lost the popular vote by the largest margin in history, though he will take office (unless the Electoral College acts to preserve the Republic — I’m still in Bargaining, it turns out) with the lowest approval rating in this century, though he has never held a public office or cared about anyone other than himself in his life, he and his toadies are acting like he has a mandate to destroy the popular, progressive achievements of the last century, and enact policies that will greatly harm the very people who voted for him.
Neonazis have been welcomed into the mainstream of America, and their leaders have been normalized by our media. An unabashed authoritarian is set to take control of the most powerful office in the world, with the most invasive and unaccountable spying apparatus in history at his tiny orange fingertips.
Like I said, a crisis.
Tomorrow the Electoral College votes to make this whole shit storm legal. It’s been reported several are asking to see the recent CIA report on the Russian entanglements with the election before they vote. It probably won’t change their minds, but it could.
In fact, everything that has transpired since Trump became the president-elect should be looked at. I understand a single questionable decision might not be enough, but dozens of them?
These electors have a job and it’s to vote for the person who won the election. Of course, that’s a bit askew isn’t it? You’ve got one candidate who received nearly three million more votes than the other one who barely won the necessary electoral votes. That’s not normal. Yes, I know the popular vote is not the standard our country uses and these electoral college members may even have thought the other guy was the right person for the job.
Still, I wonder if any of them still think that today?
I’d ask them what their gut says? I’d ask them if they can still trust Donald Trump with the presidency? Really? REALLY?
On day one the country and the presidency will be in a constitutional crisis. For instance, there’s no possible way he won’t be in violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution immediately after he takes office. As president-elect, he’s offered nothing on how he’s going to free himself from any conflicts of interest. I fear, he will always put his interests before the interests of the American people. What does that mean? Probably nothing good for anyone not named Trump.
This whole thing plays out like a bad reality show. The trouble is this isn’t a show, but it is reality.
If only 37 electors are persuaded to not vote for Trump, he will have 269 electoral votes of the 306 he won in the general election. It means he won’t be officially and legally elected. Better yet, if 38 electors can be persuaded to vote for Clinton instead and add to her 232 electoral votes she will hit the magic 270 to win the Presidency.
Imagine it like a reality show. It would be the best twist this side of The Twilight Zone (or maybe better yet Survivor) if somehow the Electoral College doesn’t gift Trump the presidency. How incredibly entertaining it will be to watch these “Hamilton Electors” stick it to a demagogue like Trump.
I know it’s highly unlikely. I know I’m going to wake up on December 20 and realize it was a nice dream and we’re about to enter an epic nightmare.
I know. I know. It’s not going to happen and there are good reasons why it shouldn’t. Seriously, there is no hope this is going to happen.
But it could.
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