“Do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declare the RIGHTFUL WINNER, or do you have a NEW ELECTION? A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution. Our great ‘Founders’ did not want, and would not condone, False & Fraudulent Elections!”
—-Former President Donald Trump, simultaneously making a fool of himself and fulfilling Democrats’ most extreme scaremongering regarding his candidacy on his social media platform, Truth Social.
Maybe he reads Ethics Alarms, and sensed that I was beginning to question my hasty designation of him as the 2022 Asshole of the Year after Kanye West’s sudden emergence as a Hitler fanboy and a Holocausr denier. If that was Trump’s objective, he succeeded: that statement laps West, in part because Ye is just a publicity-seeking, unstable rapper with a insatiable thirst for publicity, and nobody should pay much attention to him. Trump is far, far more influential, but is just as reckless in abusing his prominence.
That statement is signature significance and res ipsa loquitur; the latter, because no one should have to have explained to them why it is irresponsible, unhinged, and stupid, and the latter because only a politician who has lost all contact with reality would say something like that, ever, even once. And I’m not going to explain it. If you’re smart enough to come here, you’re smart enough to figure out what wrong with Trump’s quote without assistance.
That statement is so disqualifying that anyone who continues to advocate Trump’s re-election or support him is any way should be shunned, condemned, and never trusted or taken seriously again. It also almost certainly has the effect of dooming Herschel Walker’s chances of winning a Senate seat in Georgia, not that this would be a tragedy.
Nobody should give power to someone who argues for the suspension of the Constitution, whatever the provocation. When I saw the CNN headline “Trump calls for the termination of the Constitution in Truth Social post,” I immediately thought, “Well, there they go again! I wonder what Trump wrote that was distorted like that?” But CNN wasn’t far off.
It shouldn’t matter whether Trump is opposed by Ron DeSantis, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Bette Midler or a Pet Rock. He has, finally and utterly, jumped the shark, nuked the fridge, shot himself in the head and set himself on fire. Republicans, conservatives and everyone else who doesn’t want to go down in flames with him needs to get far, far, FAR away.
What an asshole.