Just when I thought I had gotten to the end of the most bizarre news day I’d seen in politics ever on Tuesday, it got weirder.
A Trump loss would of course have to have been rigged, since, by his own acclamation, he is a hard working, job creating, sacrificing winner in all that he does.
“I think we have widespread voter fraud, but the first thing that Trump needs to do is begin talking about it constantly,” Stone said. “He needs to say for example, today would be a perfect example: ‘I am leading in Florida. The polls all show it. If I lose Florida, we will know that there’s voter fraud. If there’s voter fraud, this election will be illegitimate, the election of the winner will be illegitimate, we will have a constitutional crisis, widespread civil disobedience, and the government will no longer be the government.’”
The voter fraud red herring Republicans like to dangle every election cycle has been debunked time after time. It is simply a non-issue. It, Stone’s statement, gets worse.
“If you can’t have an honest election, nothing else counts,” he (Stone) continued. “I think he’s gotta put them on notice that their inauguration will be rhetorical, and when I mean civil disobedience, not violence, but it will be a bloodbath. The government will be shut down if they attempt to steal this and swear Hillary in. No, we will not stand for it. We will not stand for it.”
… This kind of talk from Roger Stone may be predictable, but it’s irresponsible, it’s evil, and it’s dangerous. Trump may well lose, but he will lose in a way that will leave no doubt that rigging was never, ever an issue.
Trump is drowning in his own hyperbole.
And, after all, that is the point. In my view, Trump has known for a long time that he is in this political foray far over his head. His ascension to GOP nominee for POTUS is an aberration he could only have dreamed of. Day by day he demonstrates his non-competence for this position, and he realizes that, in a non-partisan way, the populace is coming to that same realization.
In typical Trump fashion, he will never admit his failings, and he will never admit that his on-coming, legitimate landslide loss in November is as predictable as it is inevitable.
Connection to PTSD
George W. Bush was a rhinestone cowboy. He listened to–or more likely was pushed by–the devil, Dick Cheney, in international matters which, for his administration, meant going to war for fallacious reasons. I didn’t think it was possible, but a Trump presidency would be even worse. This wall builder-in-chief doesn’t have any advisers of note (although that’s arguably better than having Cheney at one’s ear) and he is prone to saying stupid, stupid things about matters both foreign and domestic. Since he is incapable of admitting mistakes, his hair-triggered tongue could lead to dire consequences.
Trump has pointed to these dictators as examles of effective leadership: Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un, Moamar Ghadaffi, and Saddam Hussein. He has threatened to use tortuous techniques on unindicted prisoners that are “much, much worse than water boarding.” Eventually, these unfettered, untethered inanities place American troops in danger. Is that what we want from our commander-in-chief?