It has been three years since Donald Trump decisively lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden. But he he is still whining petulantly about it and making preposterous, unsupported claims that the election was "stollen" and "rigged." His obsession with his humiliating defeat is clearly gnawing at his humongous, yet fragile, ego. And he doesn't intend to let it go.
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Trump has repeatedly promised to reveal the "massive" and "Irrefutable" evidence of voter fraud that he has stashed away somewhere, but for three years has refused to present to either the press or the courts. Either he is withholding it for the dramatic effect of a reality TV cliffhanger or, more likely, it doesn't exist. (Spoiler: It's the latter).
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The farcical voter fraud fiction that Trump persists in peddling to his cult followers continues to grow in both deceit and decibels. The more dishonest his blather, the louder he bellows. New permutations keep arising from the trash heap of his warped imagination. And the latest is a doozy.
Trump has long justified the violent insurrection in Washington, D.C., on January 6th, 2021, as a reasonable response by citizens outraged by the tales of voter fraud that Trump and his media mouthpieces manufactured. That "Big Lie" was so egregious that Fox News was forced to settle a defamation lawsuit for nearly a billion dollars brought by Dominion Voting Systems. And the criminal indictment currently pending against Trump in Washington includes charges related to his incitement of the riot and his neglect in restoring the peace.
Now, a book by Jonathan Karl, "Tired of Winning," includes an interview wherein Trump offers a heretofore unheard account of what happened on January 6th. Apparently Trump believes - or wants others to believe - that he was a foiled hero. And Lordy... Karl has tapes. Trump was recorded saying that...
“If you look at the real size of that crowd, it was never reported correctly. There were - it’s the biggest crowd I’ve ever spoken in front of by far. By far. That went down to the Washington - That went back to the Washington Monument.
"I was going to [go to the Capitol] and then Secret Service said you can’t. And then by the time— I would have, and then when I get back, I saw - I wanted to go back. I was thinking about going back during the problem to stop the problem. Doing it myself. Secret Service didn’t like that idea too much.
"And I could have done that, and you know what? I would have been very well received. Don’t forget, the people that went to Washington that day, in my opinion, they went because they thought the election was rigged. That’s why they went."
Setting aside Trump's typical narcissistic delusions about crowd size, he is claiming that he intended to ride to the rescue of the besieged Congress and save everyone himself. Only a brain-dead, cult-indoctrinated, paste-eater could swallow that bullpucky. The evidence provided in testimony, documents, and video, shows that Trump was at the White House cheering on the rioters as they smashed their way into the Capitol, vandalized public property, and terrorized members of Congress and their staffs, in an attempt to obstruct Congress from certifying the election.
When Trump finally did record a video to ostensibly calm the crowd - nearly three hours after the assault began - he slathered his StormTrumpers with affection, telling them that he "loved" them and understood their anger. He also tweeted that "These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away."
Trump's phony account of his heroic aspirations is pure fantasy. He supported the obstruction of Congress and the insurrectionists who engaged in it. To this day he holds those same positions. He recently promised to halt the prosecutions of the January 6th mob if he were to be reelected. And he continues to disgorge his grossly distorted versions his reality as to what took place that day.
The only way to interpret Trump's claim that he wanted to "stop the problem" at the Capitol is to recognize what he considered the problem to be. It wasn't that a hostile horde of his hooligans were on a frenzied, anti-democratic rampage. It was that Congress was about to certify that Biden had won the election. And in Trump's mind he was called not to "stop the problem," but to "Stop the Steal," which was what his rally at the Ellipse was titled. If he really wanted to go back to the Capitol, it was only to plant a Trump flag and declare himself president-for-life.