Trump and His Party
The word “rebuke” is a strong stab. This expression of sharp disapproval or criticism was plugged into many headlines today (12-12-2017), to sum up the Doug Jones victory for the vacant Alabama Senate seat. However, there’s much more to this victory than the total number of votes.
First, let us address the corpulent elephant in the room, Donald Trump. This is what he posted on his Twitter feed last night, “Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard-fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!”
And then after a bad night’s sleep, he continued this morning with, “The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election. I was right! Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!”
Now I am not a doctor, but I will attempt some arm-chair psychoanalysis here. First of all, the congratulations tweet came rather early in the night. A clear desire to put this to bed before the sleepy presidential numbskull hit the pillow. Even Roy Moore refused to concede the election with a prayer to God to intercede, perhaps a prayer too late?
Trump mentioned the “write-in” votes being a big factor. Yes, as of this writing, there were more than 22,000 unverified write-in votes and clearly people were saying they didn’t like either candidate. Time will tell if those write-in votes were a Republican protest vote or serious concern about Moore’s history of pedophilia.
Trump brushes away the write-in factor with “a win is a win,” as if to say all that matters is winning, even when the other guy wins. Admirable, or is he setting us up? He says people in Alabama are great, and that “the Republicans” will have another shot soon. Gee, is he distancing himself from “the Republicans,” as if he is some external force in their universe? Some of the old-line Republicans wish he was.
And then, this morning, our great Orange Leader clears the air and disavows his involvement in this sordid affair by using the phrase, “I was right!” It takes so much courage to admit that you were right, even though your man lost. He even declares, “I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election.” This is pure Trumpean, or better known in medical circles as anosognosia. This extreme form of denial of the disorder itself is serious, and will eventually cripple this nation and the business of government. Maybe Trump is shooting for a constitutional crisis?
Trump complains to his base with the phrase, “…the deck was stacked against him!” The President isn’t talking about Roy Moore here, he is lamenting his own predicament. When you collect the language, with “it never ends” and the cards being stacked against him, you can easily see a pattern of self-pity and perhaps a deep, dark, patricidal desire on his part. It’s as if all the enemies in the world are somehow after him and he’s never good enough for his father. He lashes out at anyone who stands in his way in order to prove his father wrong. What was said to this person when he was growing up?
Maybe that is why he likes people like Vladimir Putin and Rodrigo Duterte. They represent tyrants who would take out their own fathers to look better to their admiring fans. They are all narcissists and neurotic Nazi wannabes. They want to march their troops into the city, close all the shops, burn the printing presses and detain the dissenters with their guns and generals. They are on the living room carpet playing with their little plastic soldiers imagining they are the total commanders. And they get to decide what is right and wrong.
Trump was played by Bannon, once again, and they both lost in Alabama. Trump was busy picking a fight with demonic democratic women like Kirsten Gillibrand, who has called for him to resign for grabbing some pussy. Why doesn’t the junior Senator from New York understand that all women are liars. Women cannot be believed. She is just another target; a woman he needs to control so he can feel good about himself.
That is what Roy Moore was saying. It’s the same message. Bannon cannot deal with women, Trump cannot deal with women and many Congressmen would rather not work with women. How many women were invited into the inner circle to help write the healthcare bill? None.
Donald Trump is a horrible leader of a political party. He has that role only because he’s the president. What he really wants to do is sit in the corner with the people who tell him how great he is and eat two large pieces of cake, while they have but one. The Republican party will have to pick up the check.
Last night in Alabama, the party paid the check for something that was not only embarrassing to America, but to the people who were born in Alabama. In the moment, former basketball star and Alabama native Charles Barkley said it best, “This is a wakeup call for Democrats and I’ve told this to Doug Jones and I love Mr. Jones. They’ve taken the black vote and the poor vote for granted for a long time. It’s time for them to get off their ass and start making life better for black voters and for people who are poor. They’ve always had our votes and they abused our votes. But this is a wake-up call for Democrats to do better for black people and poor white people.” A pretty clear message and he used no Twitter page to say it. This was on CNN.
Roy Moore should have never been on the ballot. He’s yesterday’s bigotry. But before we all get stirred up about this one, let’s face some facts.
96% of the African-American vote went to Doug Jones, while only 4% of the minority vote went to Roy Moore. 98% of Black women voted for Doug Jones. But the reality in this special election was that 70% of White women voted for Roy Moore, while 65% of White men went with Moore and he still didn’t win. Why?
This election was less a victory for cross-over voting and more an achievement in high Democrat and African-American turnout. But we have seen this before with Barack Obama. Things were better for people like Judge Roy back when we had slavery, you know, when Black Americans couldn’t vote.
What this does say about our political process is that 60% of the voters stayed home because they weren’t excited about either candidate. That is what determined the outcome. Disinterest is the strongest voter suppression tool in America. Roy Moore intimating that slavery was a “good time” helped motivated those most affected by that sentiment.
Trump can take some of the blame, but only the national marketing blame, because local people don’t care what he says. That is the hardest pill for him to swallow today. Trump is just another politician who thinks putting his weight behind a local candidate means something. The weight he puts on this country, its people and the constitution is more than a bit discomforting. It feels like rape.
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