The President of the United States is inarguably the most powerful person on the planet. A former President typically wields a great deal of power. They usually have political clout within their party. When they speak out on issues, their words are taken seriously. Ex-Presidents are part of a small club that usually includes no more than four to five people at a time. But Donald Trump isn’t invited to the next meeting. The other club members, three Democrats and one Republican don’t want his company, and the feeling is probably mutual.
I’ve seen Citizen Trump twice in real life. Once at a Super Bowl in Minneapolis and a second time at the U.S. Open (tennis) in New York. Each time he was dressed in a suit at events where the guests are normally casual. He was surrounded by several men and his wife, a different one each time as the occasions were a few years apart. Trump was overdressed as if he had an image to maintain, and despite being in a group. He was alone. I wonder if a man like Trump has any real friends? He uses people, and they use him. What happens when he is no longer any use to them?
While Trump was President, few had the temerity to stand up to Trump. With a single tweet, he could change public opinion, ostracize them from their Party or social circle. They might receive death threats or lose their next election. Those in the Republican Party feared him; most of America was split far too evenly, either loving him or radically opposed to him. That was until Trump directed a mob to attack the Capitol. At least a few minds changed. More importantly, he was banned at least temporarily by social media giants Twitter and Facebook. Trump’s main weapon was disabled. Misinformation about election fraud dropped 73% in two weeks. Those previously under Trump’s feet started experimenting with their newfound freedom, daring to say Trump lost, and it was all a big lie.
Trump went out with a whimper and not a bang. His main goals are not to be convicted in the Senate during his upcoming impeachment trial and to raise money for lawyers to face an onslaught of legal challenges. Never have so many been waiting so long to take a bite out of Trump. Some of the upcoming actions are civil, some criminal. They range from rape, sexual harassment, tax fraud, slander, election fraud, obstruction of Congress, and inciting violence against the United States. In theory, accessory to murder could be thrown in as well.
Donald Trump, who normally loves to be in front of a camera, is in hiding. He hasn’t answered reporters' questions since the Confederate flag was paraded through the Capitol rotunda by one of his supporters. Every day there is more news of his former subordinates' involvement in the planning and financing of the raid on the Capitol. The Proud Boys, Trump allies he once told to, “Stand Back and Stand By,” are now calling Trump “weak” and “a total failure.” Trump supporters who were arrested after the riot literally begged him for a pardon. He left them hanging, but they were in good company. Rudy Guiliani, Jared Kushner, and Trump’s sons and daughter also got no pardon. That might increase Trump’s chances of a Senate conviction, and he could be permanently barred from running for office again if the Senate desires.
Donald flew back to his new home of Florida on Air Force One. It will likely be his last ever flight on Air Force One, the name given any plane on which the President is aboard. His ability to reside at his club in Mar-a-Lago is in question. Residents of Palm Beach, where the club is located, intend to enforce a 1993 arrangement that Trump would not live at the club, spend any more than 21 days there annually, and not more than seven at one time. Trump was just evicted from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. in Washington D.C. He is unwelcome in his former home of Manhattan and now faces being blocked from living at his Florida club. Trump still owns several homes but seems to be wanted in none.
Who would envy Citizen Trump? He’s seventy-four years old, morbidly obese; his biometrics suggest potential heart problems, he has a terrible diet and gets little exercise. While nobody knows his marriage's inner workings, he and Melania slept in separate bedrooms in the White House. She can’t have been thrilled about his trysts with multiple women during their marriage, which were very publicly exposed and still the subject of civil and criminal litigation.
I think Citizen Trump will find those that supported him while he was President would find him less attractive as an ordinary citizen. Many have already faded away; others have publicly renounced him. Many were shocked, shocked to learn who Trump was after the riot orchestrated by Trump. That’s their excuse to pretend they didn’t know who he was all along.
Some have made their Trump bed so tightly they will be forced to lie in it. Others will bet the Trump base will dwindle or forget their rage before the next election. Mitch McConnell is likely unworried. He’s 78 and just won re-election for six more years. He’s a multi-millionaire in his own right, thanks to marrying into a rich Chinese family. Trump no longer has anything Mitch wants and is therefore disposable. McConnell may yet give the signal to Republicans in the Senate to convict Trump of his high crimes.
Citizen Trump has little to look forward to. His European golf courses have lost over 90 million dollars in the past few years. His banks have stopped doing business with him except maintaining his current loans. At Deutsche Bank alone, he has over $340 million in loans coming due and won’t be able to refinance. Trump was able to fleece over $207 million from his supporters to fund his legal challenges. The money was alleged to fight voter fraud, but that was never the intent. Once a grifter, always a grifter.
On paper, Trump may still be a billionaire, maybe a multimillionaire. I have a feeling the courts will sort it all out while pursuing the tax fraud charges. Since he didn’t pardon himself; the Feds may be coming for him, the State of New York and possibly the District of Columbia may be coming for him, a long list of women accusers are still seeking redress. One reason I believe Trump wanted to win so bad was to have the statute of limitations run out on some of those cases. It might even be that the mob and the Russians have unfinished business with Trump who ultimately couldn’t deliver for them?
I don’t hate Donald Trump. That would be like drinking poison and hoping for him to feel the effects. I must confess that watching his continuing demise will provide entertainment as karma dictates he will eventually get his. Is that petty? Probably. The past four years of all Trump all the time has been too much. Hopefully, Twitter and Facebook will allow us to continue enjoying the silence. Bye Donald!