Clock Ticking on Trump Expiration Date

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New Orleans      The Trump meltdown is going from the dangerous to the ridiculous to the absurd now, and then back again to the dangerous.  Everyone knows Trump has lost, but the foot dragging of sycophants fearful of tweeting reprisals continues to attempt to try to disguise the fact that the emperor no longer has any clothes.

His efforts to collect honoraria and make speeches in front of oil and extraction groups once he’s living in Mar-de-Largo are forcing him to try and speed walk holding an auction for drilling leases in the Artic Wildlife Refuge in Alaska that have the Bureau of Land Management asking for comments, which they will undoubtedly ignore, so they can hold the event three days before Biden’s inauguration.  I’m not a lawyer, but I think I would have a fair chance of overturning that in court, and real lawyers will make mincemeat of this craven move.

Various agency staff are meeting with Biden and his team “off premises,” meaning outside of government buildings, to facilitate a transition being blocked by toadies willing to break their oaths of service.  The military is announcing that that will brief Biden fully as well, if Trump doesn’t yield by December.  People are pushing him back from attacking Iran.

He fires the head of the Defense Department for refusal to use troops against Black Lives Matter protestors this fall and for not evacuating troops fast enough from war zones to suit him, likely endangering those still on the ground among other things.  He appoints a bunch of no-names whose only qualifications are that they will do what he says.  Does that make us feel safer?  Oh, no!  He fires the cybersecurity chief for elections, because he made sure the voting was secure and accurate, rather than mouthing the falsehoods from the West Wing.

Come on, man, have you no shame!?!  Or, perhaps an even better question, have you no pride?

These are tinpot dictator moves.  We’re past bad loser sulking and ranting.  This is un-American.

I stumbled on former President Obama being interviewed on BET on the eve of his book plodding on shelves for sale with over 700 pages.  He reviewed the steps taken as a president turns over the keys to the White House at the inaugural ceremony, and then waves goodbye to America on a government helicopter returning him to his life as a citizen, while the new president takes over.  He wondered if Trump would even participate in the inaugural, but he hoped he would.  He ended his point, nodding his head, and said, “hope springs eternal.”

Somebody needs to tell Trump that being a bad loser is bad for his brand.  He might hear that finally, because for every day he drags this out, he’s shrinking his base from 70 million to little more than the hardcore, and with that goes his future as anything other than a marginal mouth in the media.