Salvaging America by Nancy Ohanian
Every judge that Trump's dispirited legal team talks to about overturning vote counts, tells them to take a walk. And Trump's plan to get GOP-controlled legislatures in states that voted for Biden to name Republican electors has been a non-starter, first in Pennsylvania last week and today in Michigan, where Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R) admitted that Biden is the president-elect and that the legislature has no intention of overturning the will of the people. The Trumpist activists with their "stop the steal" signs aren't impressing anyone in Lansing. Shirkey: "That’s not going to happen."
In an interview with Lawrence O'Donnell, Bob Woodward had an interesting take on Trump's insane demands, basically that he's testing how far he can make people go. Woodward thinks FBI agents won't break the law for him to arrest his political enemies and military professionals will say no if he tries starting a gratuitous war against Iran. We may find out.
What a fascinating headline Business Insider had today, asking whether or not the Secret Service would have to physically drag Trump out of the White House when the fumigators arrive on Jan. 20 to make it habitable it for the President. Robin Bravender noted that "The Secret Service has never had to drag a president out of the White House. And there’s no obvious government playbook on how to handle a commander-in-chief who refuses to budge when his replacement shows up at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave." I would suggest the exterminators ignore him and just do their jobs and hope for the best. Bravender continued that "It’s even a hot topic in a private group chat involving former Secret Service officials and Department of Homeland Security alumni from both Republican and Democratic administrations." I wonder if anyone has suggested the Beant and Satwant Singh approach.
On the other hand, Melania seems to have agreed to wait a while before divorcing the beast, at least according to the Washington Post. "Is Melania Trump really looking forward to being rid of President Trump as much as tens of millions of Americans are? Or is it just another fantasy that Trump critics are projecting on a first lady who has succeeded in shrouding her true self in mystery? Melania Trump keeps a small inner circle, but two people close to her spoke to the Washington Post and said that she has shown no sign of leaving her husband, at least not any time soon."
Today Señor T remained bunkered in the White House, with no public events, doing nothing but nursing his grievances against America via insane Twitter rampages and plotting his revenge on the country that rejected him. A White House staffer said "It feels like bunker mentality." He's on the verge of exploding and has even canceled his plans to travel to Mar-a-Lago for Thanksgiving.
CNN reporters Kevin Liptak, Kate Bennett and Kaitlan Collins wrote "Trump has demonstrated little interest in adding more to his schedule... and few aides have raised the idea with him because of his dark mood and preoccupation with his loss" and that he's stopped pestering foreign heads of state, "particularly as they move toward recognizing Biden's win." Trump may have been incensed when he found out that two fellow fascists he considered close friends, "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, placed congratulatory calls to Biden."