Every time I see outgoing president Donald Trump on the news or at press conferences after Election Day, I start humming Whodini’s “Friends” song.
Friends. How many of us have them?
There’s no way this president has any. If so, at some point, one of his close friends should have pulled him to the side to tell him to imagine he’s in a never-ending library and shut up. Imagine not winning a presidential election — hell, imagine losing at a video game — and being so determined you won that you keep paying legitimate attorneys to prove it. No evidence, no paper trail, no actual witnesses, and nothing more than good old-fashioned redlining and voter suppression to stand on. With more than 14 cases dismissed, he’s still completely oblivious to feelings of embarrassment or fear and working off of an overactive imagination.
Even the loudest mouthed rapper in the world — Tekashi 6ix9ine (although 50 Cent is a close second, and both rappers claimed they’d vote for Trump before Chelsea Handler offered to sleep with one of them) — was smart enough to admit that he’s scared of two things: God and the FBI. The difference between Trump and the rainbow-haired rapper is Tekashi 6ix9ine sang like a hummingbird against nine men to get himself out of jail after two years. Loyalty be damned. He realized he was up against a wall and gave in.
Meanwhile eight of Trump’s associates have charges against them:
- Steve Bannon (plus three)
- Roger Stone (sentencing commuted by Trump)
- Michael Flynn (pardoned by Trump)
- Paul Manafort (released to home confinement because of COVID-19)
- Rick Gates (became a witness against Trump and allies only to publish a book big-upping him for re-election)
- Michael Cohen (sent to prison twice, once in retaliation for writing an anti-Trump book)
- George Papadopoulos (served 12 days in federal prison and is looking for a pardon)
And even after he’s had eight examples to learn from, Trump has gone with the most irrational response that should even surprise Tekashi 6ix9ine— pick a fight with the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding the proven results of electoral and popular votes for Election 2020.
“You would think if you’re in the FBI or Department of Justice, this is the biggest thing you could be looking at,” Trump said on Fox News “Sunday Morning Futures.” “Where are they? I’ve not seen anything.”
He continued on with, ““Why isn’t the FBI all over the place? … They’re not, and it’s an embarrassment to our country.”
One would think that a man who has six outstanding legal cases against himself would be more focused on how to fight those concerns— or act like he’s still the president for three months and figure out how to leave on a positive note against a worldwide health outbreak that has infected 13.14 million Americans under his watch. Arguably Trump’s appalling comfort level regarding Election 2020 could be the same one that got him out of being impeached by the Senate, regardless of the House vote — a sitting president is immune. But once President-Elect Joe Biden moves into the White House and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris heads to the United States Naval Observatory, the immunity perk is gone.
But listening to him speak unapologetically and loudly about two groups (FBI and DOJ) who could bury him underneath a prison, never mind send him to prison, is the epitome of privilege. And a man who has been living in a privileged world is the one thing that some of his supporters (including one with two hundred tattoos of “69” on his body) simply cannot relate to. This may be the “friend” he needs to finally realize what reality looks like.
A man who has freely walked away from a crime is a dangerous and dumb man. As with all criminals who are given a free pass, they keep returning to the scene of the crime. No matter how many times they get caught doing the same thing, they will usually develop a “can’t touch me” bravado that does nothing to help them. Family cannot talk to them. Friends cannot talk to him. Even work associates’ advice falls upon deaf ears. No matter how much evidence is put in front of his face that he lost, he’s still reaching for reasons why it’s someone else’s fault as opposed to facing his reality.
But when one mixes a sore loser’s mentality with a man of enormous privilege who is suddenly served a dose of humble pie, he simply doesn’t know how to behave. So he’s now moved into the kind of reckless over-confidence that people like Ted Cruise have when talking to FBI agents. (If you have not seen this shouting match at the 1:48 mark between Cruise and former Deputy Director/SWAT team operator Andrew McCabe, it’s amazingly horrific to watch.) While Trump clearly is someone who “needs loyalty,” he’s also someone who doesn’t particularly think rationally. It’s the same kind of bizarre logic that would make Tekashi 6ix9ine go way out of his way into a lifestyle he clearly could have avoided while proudly boasting about ratting former friends out — cartoon rat included.
So why would I think these two need to be friends — even though neither appears to be very bright and has a bizarre distaste for women? If you’ve watched Hulu’s “69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez” documentary, the decent human being living inside of Tekashi 6ix9ine still appears to be fighting his way out of the fame side of his brain. Trump’s brain long ago lost that fight. Still though, I think Trump could learn a lot from the New York native.
First, they can bond over why Chicagoans largely don’t like either of them. (There’s a reason the police guard the Trump Tower downtown — and a laundry list of reasons the rapper is problematic in the Windy City.) Second, although rappers who backed Trump have gone church-mouse quiet since he lost the election, the most-hated Mexican rapper inexplicably still managed to get a collaboration with a chart-topping artist. How he pulled that off is still anyone’s guess (read: money). Third, the rapper can advise the clueless politician that the FBI does not play around with citizens — especially if you make them the enemy (and even when you’re on the right side of history). Fourth, when it comes down to your freedom and someone else’s, few are loyal — no matter who you pardon. The sooner Trump learns that from a prime example, the better.
After November 4, Trump should have had a friend tell him about the art of silence, why he should finally do the job that 70 million (largely white) people voted for him to do and learn how to lay low when he leaves. All this mouthing off Trump is doing will come back to haunt him when he doesn’t have White House walls to protect him. And as much as he disrespected Latinos while in office, this Mexican rapper may be the one he could learn the most from. Oh, the irony of it all.
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