Earlier this week Donald Trump announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for president of the United States in 2024. Trump’s announcement address was a frenzied mess of anger, paranoia, fear mongering, and lies. In other words, it was identical to the rants he has been delivering at his traveling cult rallies for several years.
Trump spoke, as he often does, about how awful America is, describing it as a nation plagued by “blood-soaked streets” in “cesspool cities.” And he declared that he has “no doubt that it’s going to get worse.” How inspiring!
With that uplifting kick-off speech, Trump introduced a complicating factor for Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Justice Department that is investigating Trump’s criminal activities related to the January 6th insurrection that he incited, and his theft of national security materials that he hoarded – and lied about having – at his Mar-a-Lago resort/home.
Garland has now determined that there is sufficient conflict of interest and political considerations to warrant appointing an independent special counsel to continue the probe. It’s a debatable decision with credible arguments for and against. In Garland’s view a special counsel will take the politics out of the investigation. However, Trump sees it only through the lens of his malignant narcissism, and he gave Fox News an exclusive response to the appointment. It will surprise no one that it is rife with hysteria, outrage, and fear…
“I have been going through this for six years – for six years I have been going through this, and I am not going to go through it anymore. And I hope the Republicans have the courage to fight this. I have been proven innocent for six years on everything – from fake impeachments to [former special counsel Robert] Mueller who found no collusion, and now I have to do it more? It is not acceptable. It is so unfair. It is so political. I’m not going to partake in this.
When you’re finished laughing, let’s dig a little deeper into Trump’s meltdown. First of all, he doesn’t get to decide whether he is “going to go through it anymore.” The suspects in crimes don’t get to tell the investigators what to do. And Trump’s pleading for Republicans to rescue him from his legal nightmare is downright pitiful. There is no role for the GOP to assume here, and that would just be reinserting politics into a matter that should be avoiding it.
Furthermore, Trump is lying when he claims that he has “been proven innocent.” There has been no such adjudication. As for Robert Mueller, his report explicitly stated that Trump was not exonerated and it enumerated several instances of alleged obstruction of justice. Mueller told the House Intelligence Committee that Trump’s campaign had “welcomed and encouraged Russian interference,” in the 2016 election, and then lied to cover it up. So let him partake in that. But he wasn’t through whining…
“I have never heard of such a thing. They found nothing. I announce and then they appoint a special prosecutor, They found nothing, and now they take some guy who hates Trump. This is a disgrace and only happening because I am leading in every poll in both parties. It is not even believable that they’re allowed to do this. This is the worst politicization of justice in our country. Hunter Biden is a criminal many times over and nothing happens to him. Joe Biden is a criminal many times over – and nothing happens to them. It is unfair to the country, to the Republican Party, and I don’t think people should accept it. I am not going to accept it. The Republican Party has to stand up and fight.”
So Trump is upset that a special counsel was named after he announced his candidacy. This makes no sense. Would he prefer that the attorneys in the Justice Department conduct the investigation? Of course not. He’s been yammering about that for months. The truth is that he will complain no matter what happens, other than a complete dismissal.
Also, Trump thinks he’s leading in the polls of Democrats? He really has lost all connection to reality. That’s why he babbles about this being “unbelievable,” and that it shouldn’t be allowed. Although he would allow it if it were aimed at Hunter and/or Joe Biden? Perhaps the reason that “nothing happens” to President Biden is that there is no evidence of any crime.
What’s more, Trump has already branded the special counsel, Jack Smith, as “some guy who hates Trump.” There is no way that Trump knows anything about him. For the record, this what Fox News wrote about Smith…
“Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday appointed former Justice Department official Jack Smith to the role of special counsel to investigate the entirety of the criminal probe into the retention of presidential records held at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. […] Smith will also oversee the DOJ’s investigation into Jan. 6, a senior Justice Department official told Fox News. […] Smith is a former assistant U.S. attorney and chief to the DOJ’s public integrity section. Since 2018, Smith has been a prosecutor with the International Criminal Court tasked with investigating and adjudicating war crimes in Kosovo.”
Smith gave a statement on Friday saying that he intends…
“…to conduct the assigned investigations, and any prosecutions that may result from them, independently and in the best traditions of the Department of Justice. The pace of the investigations will not pause or flag under my watch. I will exercise independent judgment and will move the investigations forward expeditiously and thoroughly to whatever outcome the facts and the law dictate.”
Sounds like a real radical, liberal, communist, Trump hater, huh? This is the typical reaction by Trump to any event that is less than a celebration of his self-perceived magnificence. But whether he knows it or not, the spell is wearing off for many former Trump supporters. In fact, he is now issuing threats in order to secure their continued support. And while Trump got the context wrong above, he was right that “it’s just going to get worse” – for him.
UPDATE: Trump posted a six minute video with a more elaborate rant about the special counsel appointment. He was speaking at an America First Policy Institute event. The AFPI was founded by Larry Kudlow, to whom Trump refers to several times. Kudlow is a former Trump economic advisor and current Fox News host. What follows are a few excerpts that reveal that Trump is merely recycling the same old grievance and victimhood nonsense that he’s been disgorging for years.
- “I wanted to address the appalling announcement today by the egregiously corrupt Biden administration and their weaponized Department of Justice.”
- “This horrendous abuse of power is the latest in a long series of witch hunts.”
- “the corrupt and highly political Justice Department just appointed a super radical left special counsel.”
- “Lisa Monaco, a major trump hater … She is totally controlled by Andrew Weissman … bad guy. And he’s an even bigger Trump hater.”
- “the Mueller scam, which ended up as you know, no conclusion.”
- “This is a rigged deal, just as the 2020 election was rigged.”
- “Hunter, who is a corrupt drug addict and implementer for his father.”
- “I’ve proven to be one of the most honest and innocent people ever in our country.”
- “We went through two of them. Wouldn’t this be like double jeopardy?”
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