For a week and half Donald Trump has been throwing an infantile tantrum over having lost the presidential election to Joe Biden, someone he has tried unsuccessfully to characterize as a mentally deficient socialist. And he even worried that he would have to leave the country if he lost. But now that his defeat is a settled matter, Trump has still not managed to stumble into reality.
Despite the fact that Biden has racked up at least 306 electoral votes, and a six million popular vote lead, Trump continues to insist that he is the “real” winner. While the bunker-dweller hasn’t made a public statement since election day, he has posted dozens of bitter and desperate tweets asserting election fraud without offering even a sliver of evidence. His allegations just keep getting more and more preposterous and anchored to crackpot conspiracy theories invented by fringe Internet trolls.
Which leads us to his latest tweet that serves as a striking example of a mind releasing its last tenuous hold on anything resembling sanity:
For years the Dems have been preaching how unsafe and rigged our elections have been. Now they are saying what a wonderful job the Trump Administration did in making 2020 the most secure election ever. Actually this is true, except for what the Democrats did. Rigged Election!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2020
This little twantrum requires some additional analysis to truly appreciate it. Let’s begin with the fact that Democrats have not been saying elections were rigged. They’ve been saying – with abundant evidence – that Russia interfered in the elections. And they did it with Trump as a knowing and compliant accomplice. That’s entirely different than rigging. And it’s unambiguously treasonous.
Second, Democrats aren’t saying “what a wonderful job the Trump administration did.” That’s because the Trump administration didn’t do anything at all with regard to the election. Elections are run by the states. Furthermore, those saying that the election was “the most secure election ever” are not Democrats. They are the experts in Trump’s own Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA):
“The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history. […] There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”
Third, Trump’s cognitive facilities are clearly defective. He’s agreeing that this election was the most secure ever, while simultaneously insisting that it was so badly rigged that it reversed the outcome. Both of those things cannot be true. And flipping the election would be a feat of corruption that would require hundreds of thousands of votes to be falsified in at least five states.
Trump wants his Deplorables to believe that he personally presided over the most fair and honest election ever, except for all the rampant cheating. That’s like taking credit for putting out a house fire that burned down the whole block. And that’s not all. He also wants his cult followers to buy the notion that Democrats in multiple states faked enough votes to turn around Trump’s imaginary victory, while also allowing Republicans to pick up seats in the House and preserve their Senate majority. That can only make sense to someone with a severe psychotic malfunction.
For such a short tweet, Trump got an awful lot wrong. And he failed utterly to prove anything but just how deranged he is. It’s a pitiful exhibition by a childish loser who is incapable of behaving with any dignity or grace. And it also likely part of an unethical marketing scam to finance his post-presidency aspirations for a media enterprise that would “wreck Fox News.” Which will be fun to watch if he ever actually tries it. But, as with most blowhards, Trump will probably wimp out and just settle for selling his name to telemarketers for reverse mortgages and crappy pillows.
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