You really didn’t see this coming after four years of the Madness of King Donald?
The majority of Americans understood what he was doing to our beloved country and said enough already: enough white supremacy, enough corruption, enough lying, enough petty grievances, enough childish name-calling.
With their votes last week, they said it’s time to restore dignity and common decency to the White House and for America to regain its lost world leadership; to again become a beacon of democracy, an example for other nations to follow.
Georgia, to the amazement of many, turned blue thanks in large part to Stacey Abrams’ tireless efforts to get out the vote. The good ol’ boys were left clutching their pearls and pining for old times that will soon be forgotten. They never grasped this country, this state and this county are younger and more diverse than ever and that trend is sure to continue as the conservative dinosaurs become extinct.
Speaking of dinos, Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue face runoff elections against Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. Should Loeffler and Perdue lose, the Senate would be deadlocked at 50-50 with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris breaking ties.
Loeffler and Perdue disqualified themselves from any office of public trust after they received an early COVID-19 briefing warning them of what was coming. Did either alert their Georgia constituents? Of course not. Instead, they sold off stocks likely to take big hits and bought shares of companies poised to cash in on the pandemic — makers of PPE and such.
Both have been enthusiastic Trump enablers, so they deserve to go down with their lame duck president. Knowing this, out-of-state dark money is going to flood the Georgia airwaves and social media with propaganda aimed at propping up their Senate lapdogs.
This is why voters can’t be complacent when the runoff elections come around. They must tune out the lies and distortions and turn out in the same numbers they did for Joe Biden to support Warnock and Ossoff. If they fail, we’ll have the self-proclaimed “grim reaper” McConnell continuing to obstruct policies that help average American families.
Closer to home, I was mystified by the speech Dr. Kerwin Swint gave last week before the Kiwanis Club of Marietta. The director of the School of Government and International Affairs at Kennesaw State University, I wondered if Swint has been watching the same president I’ve been watching. It’s kind of his job.
“President Trump is one of the most consequential, significant leaders of the last 50 years,” Swint told the club as reported by the MDJ. “(He) is an inspirational leader to millions of Americans…However, he has engendered incredible hatred by those who oppose him.”
“Inspirational” in what sense? Inspiring division and racism? Inspiring xenophobia? Inspiring mindless anger and even violence among his supporters?
With no political experience, many believed Trump would be a disrupter, challenging Washington’s status quo. But he showed himself to be a vandal, destroying for destruction’s sake. He proved it once again by refusing to concede the election and baselessly charging widespread voter fraud.
What folks like me hate not the man, but the damage he has done to our democratic principles while casting those who oppose him as un-American and even traitors.
What we hate is the fact that nearly a quarter million people have died of COVID-19 when many of those deaths could have been avoided. What we hate is a president using his office to extract a “favor” from a foreign leader with the goal of smearing a political opponent. What we hate most of all is how Trump desecrated the presidency while making a mockery of our institutions and processes.
“(Trump) poked the Washington bureaucracy — what do you call it — the swamp?” Swint asked.
After Trump is back at Mar a Lago licking his wounded ego, those who don’t already know it will discover he, his children and many of his associates were the swampiest of swamp creatures, a shameless pay-to-play bunch with unknown (so far) financial ties to foreign oligarchs and despots.
Some 75 million Americans certainly saw all of this and roundly rejected it. How Dr. Swint missed it, I don’t know, but spontaneous celebrations broke out from coast-to-coast on Saturday when Biden’s victory became final.
These voters know the press is not the enemy of the people. They don’t want a dishonest, crude, amoral president in the Oval Office, and they saw the incompetent Trump for what he is, a conman and nihilist.
No, historians won’t look back 50 years from now and call it the “Trump Phenomenon.” They’ll call it the Trump Delusion.
Donald Trump lost this election. He can deny and delay the inevitable, but on Jan. 20, 2021, if he refuses to leave the Oval Office, he’ll be escorted out the door by the Secret Service, peaceably or, if he chooses, forcibly.