Yesterday morning, the AM shock jock went on and on about how the teacher’s union is doing everything it can to delay getting the kids back to school. The afternoon shock-jock was pissed off because Merrick Garland is concerned about ‘white supremacy’ but doesn’t seem to care about the ‘billions’ of dollars in property destroyed by Antifa in riots last year.
In between, the Rush Limbaugh show featured his widow, Kathryn, who’s busy selling off all the trinkets and other crap that Rush used to peddle on his show. So much for the continued media strength of MAGA and the alt-right. Now hold that thought.
Back in January 1986 I was attending a meeting in Albany where fifty or sixty of us were sitting in a room trying to figure out how the State government would take care of this or that. All of a sudden, a guy walked into the room and said, “I just want to announce that the Challenger took off from Cape Canaveral a minute ago and blew up.”
Without a word, we all got up and stumbled out of the room. I grabbed a cab down to the train station and went back to New York. I was drained and numb all the way home.
The next day, I watched Reagan give a speech about the Challenger. Now understand, I’m no fan of Reagan, but this speech was the best speech I ever heard from any President and I’ve been listening to Presidents make speeches now for sixty years.
Joe gave a brief speech about the half-million Covid-19 deaths followed by a moment of silence last night. It may not have been a better speech than what Reagan said after the Challenger blew up, but it came close. And the whole time he was talking, I kept wondering what Trump would have said if he were still President last night.
If you want to get an idea about how much the tone and content of the bully pulpit has changed, you might want to read the statement that Trump sent to the media after his Supreme Court told him that he’s no different from every other person now and if the government wants to see your tax returns, you gotta give them up.
And here’s the single, best line from the Trump rant: “These are attacks by Democrats willing to do anything to stop the almost 75 million people (the most votes, by far, ever gotten by a sitting president) who voted for me in the election—an election which many people, and experts, feel that I won. I agree!
Maybe the only true statement in this entire off-the-wall, angry panegyric is the fact that Trump did receive 75 million votes. Actually, it was 74 million votes, but his opponent got 81 million, although obviously many of those votes should have been counted for Trump.
But not to worry, because not only did Trump get re-elected, but he is also going to become President again when he’s inaugurated next month. When he’s – what?
That’s right. The QAnon party, or movement, or whatever they want to call themselves, is spreading the word around various alt-right internet platforms that the real, honest-to-goodness inauguration of the President is going to take place on March 4th. Plans for the event have not yet been disclosed and tickets aren’t yet on sale. But Trump’s bankrupt hotel in D.C. has jacked up room prices to over a thousand a night.
If these schmucks actually show up again, they’ll be greeted by 5,000 National Guard troops. And this time, as opposed to the riot in January, the National Guard won’t be deployed to direct traffic or tell tourists where they can find a little port-a-potty to take a pee.
Trump concluded his crazy missive with his new tagline: “We will win!” Exactly what is Trump planning on winning? Maybe he’s hoping that one of the AM shock-jocks will give him a weekly slot on their show.
That’s about the only thing that Trump’s going to win.