The Great Communicator
“We fight like hell, and if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.” Former, former, former President Donald Trump, speaking from the podium shortly before adoring throngs, which is a whole lot of people, took off on a spree of madness and mayhem, invading and terrorizing the capitol and so doing, created the basis of Trump’s second impeachment trial for having incited violence and committed treason.
The Republicans in the Senate have an excruciatingly difficult assignment in wading through the carefully nuanced comments by the former, former, former president and master linguist and whether he actually called on the mob to descend on and terrorize the Capitol or whether he actually meant that his supporters should meet in small focus groups where they would craft a coherent program and send out mass emails to the members of congress urging that they carefully consider whether the results of the election should be further examined and if not, they should return home and watch TV.
Just kidding, his words were incendiary and as clear as sparkling water and if he didn’t directly orchestrate the violence, and I think he did, he might just as well have because the results were the same and anyone watching yesterday’s impeachment trial would have to agree that Trump committed treason or be admitted to a psychiatric institution for observation to determine if he was connected to reality or living in some delusional funk, which is exactly where those Republicans who voted not to impeach must be existing. Trump picked up a gigantic can of gasoline and tossed it on the crowd and then ignited it and voila, mob violence a la Trump.
So, let’s examine the nuances and double meanings of the former, former, former presidents words.
Trump, in his own words:
“You don’t concede when there’s theft involved. Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore, and that is what this is all about. And to use a favorite term that all of you people really came up with, we will stop the steal.”
Perhaps he meant that the principles of conservatism were being challenged and that people of all stripes must start talking with great care and after great study about how they can get the country back on track so everyone can live happily ever after.
“Republicans are constantly fighting like a boxer with his hands tied behind his back. It’s like a boxer. And we want to be so nice. We want to be so respectful of everybody, including bad people. And we’re going to have to fight much harder.”
It could be argued by someone with a microscopic intellect that Trump was using “fight much harder” as a metaphor for standing up for values and working harder than ever to expose the hypocrisy of the left while also respecting that all Americans have a right to their views and to express them peacefully on every street corner and in every market place.
“We’re going to walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women, and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them, because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.”
Again, the former, former, former president who incidentally has very small hands and you know that they say,that he might have been simply expressing the need for emotional, mental and physical strength to continue the process as explained by the founding fathers.
“When you catch somebody in a fraud, you are allowed to go by very different rules. So I hope Mike (Pence) has the courage to do what he has to do, and I hope he doesn’t listen to the RINOs and the stupid people that he’s listening to.”
Trump simply wanted the vice president to reject the results of the electoral college so that the process could proceed properly. Of course, “very different rules” may really just be referring to the process of modifying the Republican platform through careful deliberation that may take a long time but will be well worth the patience if it brings about a happier country.
“I hope Mike is going to do the right thing. I hope so. I hope so, because if Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election. … And I actually — I just spoke to Mike. I said: ‘Mike, that doesn’t take courage. What takes courage is to do nothing. That takes courage.’”
And a short time later, after it was clear that the vice president would not blow off the electoral college at which time the former, former, former president exploded in a fit of juvenile fury and called Pence a “coward” which further inflamed the mob that wanted Pence’s head on a stick, just above the head of Nancy Pelosi. But to be clear, the word “coward” has many meanings, like sniveling, shameless, chicken, craven, cur, dastard, funk, poltroon, recreant, sissy, defeatist, quitter, cream puff, milquetoast, pushover, pussy [slang], weakling, wimp, caitiff, snake, sneak, ostrich and scaramouch and anybody can easily see that Trump was simply trying to be precise as nobody knows what “caitiff” means.
“We will never give up. We will never concede. It doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved. Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore, and that is what this is all about. And to use a favorite term that all of you people really came up with, we will stop the steal.”
In a masterful oration filled with very carefully chosen words, the former, former, former president was simply saying that we have all “had enough” and that it was time to join hands and arms and legs and to sing Kumbaya and any number of other Pete Seeger songs about peace and freedom and love and justice.
“You will have an illegitimate president. That is what you will have, and we can’t let that happen. These are the facts that you won’t hear from the fake news media. It’s all part of the suppression effort. They don’t want to talk about it. They don’t want to talk about it.”
OK, this is hitting below the belt, to claim that Joe Biden is a bastard because really his parents my not have been married but they loved each other and anyway, in this day and age it is no shame to be born to a single mother who works hard every day. And it is no surprise that President Biden has “suppressed,” in Trump’s words, the truth about his being born illegitimate because there remains tremendous stigma to it and of all people, Trump has no standing to discuss morality.
“Now it is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy. And after this, we’re going to walk down, and I’ll be there with you. … We are going to the Capitol, and we are going to try and give — the Democrats are hopeless, they are never voting for anything, not even one vote, but we are going to try — give our Republicans, the weak ones, because the strong ones don’t need any of our help, we’re try — going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.”
This was really just a pep talk along the lines of Knute Rockne, who famously aroused the Notre Dame football squad on to victory with the immortal words, “But don’t forget, men — we’re gonna get ’em on the run, we’re gonna go, go, go, go! — and we aren’t going to stop until we go over that goal line! And don’t forget, men — today is the day we’re gonna win. They can’t lick us — and that’s how it goes… The first platoon men — go in there and fight, fight, fight, fight, fight! What do you say, men!” Surely Rockne was not literally urging his team fight to the end, but rather not to give up on the field and play for victory, similar to the goals of the former, former, former president.
And there are those nitpickers who criticized Trump for having assured the assembled rabble that he would personally march with them to the capitol when in fact, he scurried away from the chaos faster than you can say Jack Robinson and was escorted back to the White House where he sipped warm, flat Coke, gobbled up a few Big Macs and watched the unfolding madness on television, in the comfort and security of his home for a few more hours.
“I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
Of course, Trump was calling for a kumbaya moment and for his lemmings to remain calm and joyous and to let their voices be heard much like the slaves sang spirituals in hopes of winning freedom if not now, then in the great beyond. And so what if Trump tweeted his tepid words coming after he had dumped gasoline and lit the conflagration.
The Democrats need 17 Republicans to break with the former president and vote with them to have the two-thirds necessary to convict Trump. Come on guys, if you Republicans don’t vote to convict the treasonous former, former, former president, how will you sleep at night and what will you tell your children when they ask you if your balls were cut off?