Donald Trump has to regard the last couple of years as among the worst of his life. Not only was he impeached twice, an unprecedented achievement, but he also suffered a humiliating loss to Joe Biden for the presidency. Biden, you'll recall, is the candidate that Trump maligned as a senile communist, but still couldn't beat him.
As it turns out, 2021 got off to a horrible start to Trump. In the very first week he incited a hostile insurrection in Washington, D.C., sending his StormTrumpers to assault the Capitol and threaten the lives of America's representatives in Congress as they sought to carry out their constitutional duties.
It was a day that Trump cherished, describing it in the new book, Betrayal, by Jonathan Karl as "a very beautiful time with extremely loving and friendly people." Indeed, it was the same "beautiful time" when fanatical Trump rioters broke through doors, shattered windows, and left more than 140 officers injured. They were the same "loving and friendly people" that Trump embraced rapturously, even as they were committing violent crimes against people and historically treasured property.
With another revelation from Karl's book we now learn that Trump was not especially welcome at the inauguration for President Biden. Karl writes that Sen. Mitch McConnell had other plans for Trump:
"The then-Senate majority leader sought to have Trump disinvited from Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration on Jan. 20 [...] According to Karl, McConnell 'felt he could not give Trump another opportunity to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power.'"
Karl goes on to disclose that only after Trump heard about McConnell's intentions did he fire off a tweet (the very last one before his Twitter account was permanently suspended) saying that he had decided not to attend.
Naturally, Karl's account of these events sent Trump into near hysterics. He rushed to post a tweet (via his Twitter ban defying spokes-shill) to refute Karl's version of what took place. And of course, Trump reimagined it all in a way that put him in a more favorable, albeit fictional, light:
"From Election Day, November 3rd, the day I realized that the 2020 Presidential Election was rigged, I would never have agreed to go to Joe Biden’s Inauguration. This decision was mine, and mine alone. The old broken-down Crow, Mitch McConnell, had nothing to do with it. According to third-rate reporter Jonathan Karl of ABC Fake News, McConnell unsuccessfully tried getting a letter signed by others for me not to go. This was nothing I ever heard of and actually, if he ever did get it signed, I probably would have held my nose and gone. The Election was rigged, the facts are clear, and Mitch McConnell did nothing. He was probably too busy working on deals with China for his wife and family!"
So Trump is, in effect, validating "old broken-down Crow" McConnell's concerns about Trump being likely to "disrupt the peaceful transfer of power." He's admitting that he didn't regard the election as valid, so his presence could only serve to fuel more violence. And he further implied that, were he to go, it would only be to spite McConnell, not to respect the principles of democracy as enshrined in the Constitution.
Everything that Trump has done and said since then affirms his disgust for democracy and the rights of free people to govern themselves. To the contrary, Trump has been an avid advocate of the authoritarianism that he aspires to attain for himself. The American people better make sure that he fails - again.
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