Comprehending Donald Trump’s ever accelerating psychoses is a constant struggle that requires daily (hourly?) attention and a vast tolerance for bellicose blasts of bullshittery. And as his political and legal tribulations come closer to fulfilling his personal apocalypse, he gets increasingly desperate and deranged.
On Saturday, December 3, 2022, Trump spoke more explicitly about his anti-democratic, authoritarian aspirations than ever before. On his floundering Twitter ripoff, Truth Social, Trump raged that the Constitution should be “terminated” in order to satisfy his election fraud fantasies and his voracious lust for power.
Not surprisingly, the media (with the exception of Fox News, which we’ll get to below) reacted appropriately to Trump’s totalitarian temper tantrum. It is obviously newsworthy when a former president, and current presidential candidate, advocates dispensing with the Constitution that he would be oath bound to uphold. And just as unsurprisingly, Trump is now lashing out the media for reporting verbatim what he said. He wrote…
“The Fake News is actually trying to convince the American People that I said I wanted to ‘terminate’ the Constitution. This is simply more DISINFORMATION & LIES, just like RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA, and all of their other HOAXES & SCAMS. What I said was that when there is ‘MASSIVE & WIDESPREAD FRAUD & DECEPTION,’ as has been irrefutably proven in the 2020 Presidential Election, steps must be immediately taken to RIGHT THE WRONG. Only FOOLS would disagree with that and accept STOLEN ELECTIONS. MAGA!
So Trump is “actually trying to convince the American People” that he did not say that he wants to “terminate” the Constitution. And he had to misquote himself to do it. What he conveniently left out of his latest harangue (and it’s still on his website) was his assertion that the imaginary fraud that he continues to obsess about would justify “throw[ing] the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declar[ing him] the RIGHTFUL WINNER,” and furthermore, “allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution.”
As Trump says, “Only fools would disagree” that he is deliberately editing his grossly offensive and un-American tirade. Fortunately for Trump, there are still a few fools willing to commit to his cult. Sadly, Fox News is still among them.
On Monday’s episode of Fox and Friends, the “Curvy Couch” potatoes did a segment on Elon Musk’s Twitter nothingburger about alleged leftist bias and suppression of stories about Hunter Biden’s stolen laptop. The whole “revelation” amounted to rank speculation, fabrication, and the disturbing doxing of private Twitter communications and staff.
Crammed into this segment were a few seconds about Trump’s Constitution trashing. Co-host Steve Doocy complained that…
“I know a lot of people are looking at what Twitter put out and they’re saying ‘There was no smoking gun.’ I think there is a smoking gun. And the smoking gun is that it worked. That that story about the laptop was censored and – Did it change the outcome of the election? We don’t know for sure. But we do know that there have been polls that have shown that, had people known about the Hunter Biden story and how Joe Biden may or may not have been involved ultimately and the Biden family, that could have changed their vote. Ultimately, would it have changed the outcome of the presidential? Well obviously Donald Trump felt so, because he said yesterday that the Constitution should be thrown out. Which is crazy.”
This is Fox & Friends only coverage of Trump calling to terminate the constitution — a passing mention, glossed over, as they try to hype up the nothingburger that was ~the Twitter files~
Less than 10 seconds pic.twitter.com/g34A3zGN00
— Lis Power (@LisPower1) December 5, 2022
Notice that Doocy’s validation of the allegations about Twitter consisted of nothing but his own conclusion that some unspecified strategy had “worked.” But in his next sentence he admits that it didn’t actually work, or at least “We don’t know for sure.” Therefore…no smoking gun.
Doocy goes on to claim that some polls, that he fails to identify, suggested that the outcome of the election would have been different had the public been aware of the bogus Biden story. And his validation of that baseless assertion came from another rather dubious source – Donald Trump “felt” it, and it triggered his attack on the Constitution. So that’s that, right?
For the record, Fox News has barely mentioned Trump’s Constitution bashing at all. One other instance was on MediaBuzz, where host Howard Kurtz simply acknowledged that it occurred, then said viewers could make up their own minds, and then cut to a commercial. That lasted less than half a minute. And this is Fox’s media “analysis” show.
Here's Fox News' Howie Kurtz on Trump calling for the "termination" of constitutional order to reinstate him in office: "A lot of media criticism on that, you can make up your own mind." pic.twitter.com/3wp6KOBICN
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) December 5, 2022
There’s a reason that Trump has to misquote himself in order to address the nauseating things he actually says. He needs to alter the reality of his glassy-eyed cult followers into believing that nothing he ever does or says could be wrong. And any suggestion that he is less than perfect is just another hoax and/or scam. It’s the same reason that he has still not condemned the vulgar anti-Semitism and white supremacy of his Mar-a-Lago dinner guests, Ye (aka Kanye West) and Nick Fuentes. Trump can’t malign those Hitler fanboys because he so fervently admires and emulates him, himself.
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