The Return of Trump
Trump has returned to the national political stage from his self-imposed exile at Mar-a-Lago
Better fasten your seatbelts boys and girls. He’s back.
Trump strode triumphantly across the stage at CPAC on Sunday and asked the question that had been eating at him while he had been hiding at Mar-a-Lago, “Do you miss me yet?” His screaming fans answered, “We love you! We love you!”
And with that, our national nightmare has begun. Four more years of Trump stirring up trouble.
Three things stood out for me from his speech. The first was his listing of the ten Republicans who voted to impeach him in the House and the seven senators who voted to convict him in the Senate. He especially singled out Liz Cheney of Wyoming who not only voted to impeach him but also has since been urging the party to move on from Trump.
As we have seen, his supporters take him quite literally. Will any of us ever forget the gallows that was set up outside of the Capitol as the mob invaded the building chanting “Hang Mike Pence?” And that was just because Trump said he was unhappy with Pence.
I wonder what his supporters will do now that Trump has progressed from merely being unhappy to ordering them outright to get rid of these renegade Republicans?
Guillotine? Too quick and easy. A firing squad of AR’s? A waste of ammo. How about a classic like hanging them, then cutting them down and drawing and quartering them? Putting their heads on pikes outside of the Capitol would be a nice touch.
By creating a hit list, Trump has put a target on the backs of the seventeen Republicans who voted against him. They should all hire personal security immediately.
The second thing that stood out to me was Trump’s insistence that he was not going to form a third party. He claims that the Republican Party is united and will win the midterms in 2022 and the presidency in 2024.
This is news to more than 120 Republicans who met on Zoom the first week in February to discuss breaking away from the Trumpist Republican Party and forming their own center-right party. They even discussed names for their new party.
Only 40% of the attendees were in favor of forming the new party. I think it’s time that they revisit that decision, don’t you?
The third thing that stood out for me was Trump’s broad hints that he is planning to run for president in 2024. He is getting less and less coy by the day. During his speech he told the crowd “With your help, we will take back the House, we will win the Senate and then a Republican president will make a triumphant return to the White House. I wonder who will that be? Who, who, who will that be, I wonder.”
This tells me that he is definitely going to run. Trump never got over his stint on reality TV. Do you remember how he chose his initial cabinet? Parading the people he was interviewing in front of the press like a bunch of contestants on a game show?
Well, he’s doing it again. All of the hints that he has been dropping are like teasers for a new TV show or a new season for an existing TV show. He will continue to dribble out more and more information until he is ready to announce his candidacy, or should I say, the second season of “Trump Goes to Washington.”
Too many of us are putting our faith in the judicial system, counting on the criminal courts to rid of us of our Trumpian problem. The problem with that is the courts don’t function like they do on “Law & Order” where a crime is solved, a criminal caught and charged, then tried and convicted, all in a single hour.
Reality is more like years than hours. And Trump’s legal team has always been masters at drawing out legal proceedings. Even if Trump is convicted, they will just appeal and appeal and appeal until he dies.
Trump is 74 and obese. His diet is a nutritional wasteland. He gets no exercise other than swinging golf clubs and giving speeches. He won’t have the longevity of Jimmy Carter.
All they have to do is drag out the proceedings long enough and Trump will meet his natural end, thus ending the case(s).
Much to our dismay, Trump is back on the national political stage. We shouldn’t be surprised. There’s no way that he would retire and write his memoirs or take up painting like other former presidents. Robbed of the adulation of the crowds, he is nothing and no one, something that his ego cannot stand.
So he has re-entered the public sphere and we all know how this will end. We have seen this movie already. He will peddle lies. He will instigate violence. He will refuse to accept defeat.
We had one short month of relative peace and quiet. Four weeks to start to heal from the trauma of the Trump presidency.
And now he has ripped the band aid off.