In stilted video uploaded to his reactivated Twitter account, Trump did not accept any role in inciting the violence perpetrated by his supporters when they forced the way into the Capitol, inflicting damage as police escorted members of Congress to secure locations. The attack left one Capitol Police Officer dead and an Air Force veteran who posted O’Anon conspiracy theories shot and killed when she tried to force her way into the building.
His actions incited the mob that shut down the Capitol, temporarily suspended the business of Congress, and shuttered his chaotic attempt to save an election he lost and any hopes for a legacy.
Trumpism, another name for the Trump Effect, may be a legacy, a laughable period or a nightmare, depending on what happens over the next four years with a more “normal” president in turbulent times. Is America, and the presidency, changed forever? Time, and history, will decide.
In what many think is an example of just how far Trump is wiling to go in his ludicrous claims of voter fraud, the suggestion of conspiracy theorist Powell, who was fired from the Trump legal team at one point, amazes even supporters of the defeated president’s ignorance of reality.
As expected, aides — even those who leave knowing they served a failing and fallen president — mix adulation for the ego-driven president who still won’t admit defeat.
In typical twisting of the fact, Trump claims he was blocked and had problems in his transition but his opponent conceded right away and most of the problems he encountered were of his own making.
Mark Meadows, already in trouble with Trump for admitting he was sicker than the president admitted when he caught the virus and went to the hospital, probably sealed his fate with the president’s temper tantrums with this latest admission.
In the final presidential debate, Americans were given two choices: A progressive candidate and former vice president with specific plans for the future and a former forever TV “reality show” who repeated his disproven lies and false claims.
Will Trump have some control over his ranting and raving or will he just dig himself deeper into his political void?