Donald Trump has entered the “final days” stage of Hitler in the bunker (there really is a White House bunker). I doubt that Trump will do us all the favor that Hitler did.
An aside, I did not realize that the Hitler Rants Parodies were still posting on YouTube. Here is the parody for Trump’s insurrection against the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
Bloomberg reports that Mad King Donald is not done inciting insurrection and sedition to try to preserve his dream of becoming America’s first dictator for life. Trump Plans Defiant Final Week as Many Democrats Urge His Ouster:
Banned from social media and abandoned by some staff after inciting a riot at the U.S. Capitol, President Donald Trump and a dwindling circle of advisers plan a defiant final week in office, according to people familiar with the matter.
Trump is confident Vice President Mike Pence and members of his cabinet won’t attempt to remove him under the 25th Amendment, the people said. Pence is dismissive of the idea of trying to use that authority to drive Trump from office, one person said.
The president and some allies also believe Democrats are overreaching by trying to once again impeach him over Wednesday’s mob at the Capitol, and think Senate conviction would be unlikely in any event.
One adviser called Democratic consideration of impeachment a political gift to Trump. Pence hasn’t discussed the 25th Amendment beyond privately dismissing the approach as not feasible, according to a person familiar with the matter. [CNN reports otherwise. Pence has not ruled out 25th Amendment, source says.]
Trump has surrounded himself with sycophant dead-enders who will tell him only what he wants to hear and feed his pathologies and delusions. They are willing to die with him in the bunker.
Trump and Pence haven’t spoken since Wednesday, though, when the vice president sheltered in place at the Capitol after the building was stormed by Trump supporters. Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma told the Tulsa World newspaper he’d “never seen Pence as angry” as he was after being blasted by Trump for not intervening in the congressional count of Electoral College votes. Trump tweeted that Pence lacked “courage.” [Trump’s MAGA red cap thugs wanted to hang Pence. He should be pissed off at Trump!]
Trump plans to run out the clock on his four years in office by highlighting what he believes are his biggest accomplishments, including the barrier his administration built on at least part of the U.S. border with Mexico. A trip to Alamo, Texas, near the border is expected on Tuesday, a White House spokesman said.
Trump is also preparing at least one more round of pardons, and will try a final time to advance his administration’s effort to bring Big Tech to heel, the people said, though it isn’t clear what he may do.
In sum, it’s a last-ditch attempt to rehabilitate Trump’s legacy after his supporters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday, resulting in five deaths including that of a Capitol Police officer.
Sorry, Loser. You will forever be remembered for one thing only: you are the first and only American president who waged an armed insurrection against the lawful government of the United States to prevent the peaceful transition of power to a duly elected president. You are now America’s most notorious traitor. Gen. Benedict Arnold thanks you. You are also without question America’s worst president. President Andrew Johnson thanks you.
Trump has given no indication that he’s considering resigning, as many Democrats and some Republicans have demanded. A small group of House Republicans wrote to Joe Biden on Saturday, pleading with him to persuade Speaker Nancy Pelosi to back off impeachment as an olive branch in the interest of national unity.
Are you fucking kidding me? They just tried to overthrow American democracy. As David Plouffe said, David Plouffe rejects calls to ‘move on’ after GOP coup attempt: ‘These people need to burn in hell’. And as Paul Krugman writes, Appeasement Got Us Where We Are. There will be no appeasement of traitors to their country.
Trump’s apparent confidence belies his political and legal peril. Congressional Democrats are furious about the Capitol riot and are determined to hold the president accountable. Some Republicans have said his actions merit impeachment, including Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
Federal prosecutors also haven’t ruled out charging Trump, among many others, for his role in the assault on the Capitol, while pledging that the ongoing investigation will not be politically targeted.
Trump’s views on the matter normally wouldn’t be much of a secret. But without his Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, and after a failed, whack-a-mole effort to post from alternative accounts, an eerie silence has descended over the White House.
Inside, Trump has spoken with aides including Mark Meadows, Jared Kushner, Dan Scavino and Kayleigh McEnany, the people said. Outside the building, there’s public clamor to remove Trump before his term ends. Some 57% of Americans want the president removed immediately, a Reuters/Ipsos poll published Friday found, while nearly 70% disapprove of Trump’s actions leading up to the Capitol riot. [You know who doesn’t care: a large minority of self-described Republicans in the poll.]
Talk of impeachment or removal from office would make Trump a martyr to his [crazy] base, one person said. If the vice president led an effort to remove him, it would only reinforce Trump’s declarations that a “deep state” of government bureaucrats has long been bent on opposing him, another said. [They all share the same QAnon conspiracy unreality. They are deranged.]
Between the impeachment movement and Trump’s censorship by social media, the president and his advisers believe his supporters are galvanized. Trump feels impeachment could have a boomerang effect on Democrats, one person said, while another dismissed it as the latest Democratic witch hunt.
Dude, we all saw it with our own eyes, live on T.V. Members of the House and Senate cowered in fear for their lives at the hands of your MAGA red cap thugs. They killed a Capitol Police officer. You are going to try to deny this reality? Do you really believe that Mike Pence and members of Congress are going to forget that you threatened their lives with your failed coup attempt?
Trump and his team will respond to the Twitter ban during his final week in office by leaning into his fight against what he’s called censorship of
Republicans insurrectionists by large technology companies. The president has long demanded that Congress revoke Section 230, a liability waiver social media companies depend upon to allow relatively unfettered speech on their platforms. He’ll likely amplify that call, though Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20 and Democrats’ takeover of the Senate is expected to snuff out prospects for any change to the law for now.
Trump has prepared several executive orders related to Big Tech companies but it’s not clear if any will be issued, one person said.
It isn’t clear if Trump’s team is yet preparing for a Senate impeachment trial. White House counsel Pat Cipollone won’t be involved, after leading Trump’s defense during his first impeachment a year ago, in part because his job ends with Biden’s inauguration, one person familiar with the matter said. Deputy Counsel Pat Philbin also will not not participate, the person said.
Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani didn’t respond to messages seeking comment on Saturday. [Giuliani will be a codefendant for his incitement to insurrection for his incendiary trial by combat exhortation to the mob. Giuliani is already facing disbarment. Bar Association Urged to Disqualify Giuliani Over ‘Trial by Combat’ Speech Before D.C. Riot.] Neither did Alan Dershowitz, professor emeritus at Harvard Law School [and Jeffrey Epstein’s lawyer defending sex trafficking and his pedophile island – where is QAnon on this?], or Jay Sekulow, an outside attorney, who both represented Trump at his first impeachment trial.
The Senate won’t reconvene until Jan. 19 and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday in a memo to colleagues that a trial can’t begin before then unless there is unanimous consent from all 100 senators — an exceedingly unlikely development, as Trump retains allies among
Republicans insurrectionists in the chamber.
This is total bullshit, Mitch McConnell is a master of the Senate rules. He controls the agenda until January 20. If he wanted to do this he could. He is still protecting the criminal defiling the White House, even after Wednesday’s failed coup attempt. WTF is wrong with you, Mitch?
The Constitution no longer works when one political party which is complicit in sedition and insurrection with their “Dear Leader” refuses to do their constitutional duty that they all just swore an oath to defend. Any member of Congress who fails to defend the United States from this domestic enemy, and who fails to remove Trump from office before he can do more violence must face immediate expulsion from office.