The daunting degree of incoherence present in Donald Trump’s recent statements is unmistakably accelerating as his obsession with the 2020 presidential election that he lost decisively to Joe Biden continues to fester. He still refuses to concede five months after Biden was inaugurated.
In one of his statements released on Tuesday, Trump claimed that 100,000 “obsolete” voters removed from the voting rolls in Georgia should be counted as having voted for him, despite the fact that, by definition, they haven’t voted for anyone for at least five years. Last week he bragged about how powerful his social media presence is, despite the source he cited showing that his online engagement had suffered a massive decline after having been banned from Twitter and Facebook.
Adding to this rash of desperate and deranged outbursts, Trump also put out a commentary complaining about a report that he had sought to punish Saturday Night Live and other late night comedy programs for their mockery of him. The story that was published by the Daily Beast said that…
“In March 2019, the then-president of the United States had just watched an episode of the long-running, liberal-leaning NBC sketch comedy series (it wasn’t even a new episode, it was a rerun), and grew immediately incensed that the show was gently mocking him.”
“According to two people familiar with the matter, Trump asked advisers and lawyers in early 2019 about what the Federal Communications Commission, the court system, and—most confusingly to some Trump lieutenants—the Department of Justice could do to probe or mitigate SNL, Jimmy Kimmel, and other late-night comedy mischief-makers.”
Holy crapola. This is the sort of tyrannical tripe that Trump busied himself while occupying the White House. His utterly predictable outrage at being laughed at has now resulted in the sort of rambling hysterics one would expect from a malignant narcissist. He asserted that the whole story was – what else – “fake news” put out by the “lamestream” media. But that’s not all. His run-on rant was filled with the conceit, hostility, and paranoia of a certifiable basket case:
“The story that I asked the Department of Justice to go after ratings-challenged (without Trump!) Saturday Night Live, and other late-night Losers, is total Fake News, It was fabricated, there were no sources, and yet the Lamestream Media goes with it. I did say, however, that Alec Baldwin has no talent, certainly when it comes to imitating me. The one who had what it took was Darrell Hammond. With all of that being said, however, I do believe that the 100% one-sided shows should be considered an illegal campaign contribution from the Democrat Party, hard to believe I got 75 million votes (the most of any sitting President) despite all of that, together with a very Fraudulent Election. 2024 or before!”
Trump’s assertion that “there were no sources” ignores the fact that the story cited two sources with knowledge of Trump’s resentment toward the comedians who dared to satirized him. But more troubling is his circular psychosis wherein he denies the story detailing his interest in persecuting the comedians, while simultaneously contradicting his denial and affirming that it’s all true.
At the outset of the statement Trump declares that he never “asked the Department of Justice to go after” the offending comics. But by the end of the statement he’s proclaiming that what they did “should be considered an illegal” act. Then he, once again, takes a bizarre pride in getting seven million fewer votes than Biden, and closes with a cryptic reference to his returning to the presidency before the next election.
Trump’s animosity toward entertainers is nothing new. He has frequently fixated on numerous other celebrities who, like most of the American people, found him repulsive. His feelings that this sort of personal affront by comedians was worthy of investigation and revenge were expressed repeatedly in the past. For instance, on Dec 16th 2018, he tweeted that…
“A REAL scandal is the one sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday Night Live. It is all nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials. Should be tested in courts, can’t be legal? Only defame & belittle! Collusion?”
And on Feb 17th 2019, he tweeted that…
“Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC! Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion!”
And on Mar 17th 2019, he tweeted that…
“It’s truly incredible that shows like Saturday Night Live, not funny/no talent, can spend all of their time knocking the same person (me), over & over, without so much of a mention of ‘the other side.’ Like an advertisement without consequences. Same with Late Night Shows……” [cont’d] “….Should Federal Election Commission and/or FCC look into this? There must be Collusion with the Democrats and, of course, Russia! Such one sided media coverage, most of it Fake News. Hard to believe I won and am winning. Approval Rating 52%, 93% with Republicans. Sorry! #MAGA”
Trump’s denial of the Daily Beast story looks pretty ridiculous in light of his past comments, as well as those within the denial. He wants the legality of criticism to be “tested in courts.” he years for “retribution” and for the critics to “be looked into.” He refers vaguely to some unspecified “consequences” to be meted out by the FEC and/or the FCC. And he somehow implicates Russia into this schizoid conspiracy.
Clearly Trump had the intent to abuse the powers of the presidency by harassing his comic tormentors. The only reason it wasn’t carried out was because he was patronized by his own advisors and staff who gave him assurances that they would look into his requests for legal vengeance, but never actually did so. And what makes this truly worrisome is that he still hasn’t hit rock bottom.
UPDATE: If Trump hoped his comic bashing would scare them off, he’s gonna be disappointed. Both Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel addressed this Tuesday night in their monologues:
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