Less than three weeks before the election, and the Donald Trump story keeps rolling on—on toward an catastrophic conclusion. Previously I aimed this series of posts at the humor surrounding a narcissistic businessman vying for a job that requires character. Now I’m leaving the high road and will be calling things as they are.
As a reminder, self-obsessed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by scooping up conservative America’s low-hanging fruit. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could not be done. I was wrong! Wrong I was, though it is becoming clear by the hour that more than a personal train wreck is headed our way.
It ceased to be funny three days ago. At the third presidential debate, between Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump was asked whether he would accept the election result after ballots are cast on November 8. His response appeared to come from another world or at least from another time and country:
Published on Oct 19, 2016
Donald Trump was asked at the final presidential debate whether he will accept the results of the election.
“I will look at it at the time. … I’ll keep you in suspense,” Trump responded to Chris Wallace. He called out the media for being dishonest and corrupt and “poisoning” the minds of voters.
Trump said there are millions of people registered to vote that shouldn’t be able to vote. He then said his opponent shouldn’t be allowed to run because of what she did with her private email server and “so many other things.”
Candidate Trump has elaborated on these remarks elsewhere, stating he will accept the results, if he wins. The implication, to this naive observer, is that when the inevitable happens, and he loses by a huge margin, he will pronounced the election was rigged, and he will not accept the result.
More disturbing, there are those, apparently encouraged by Trumps advocacy, who are inclined to take action of a formidable kind:
At this point the story turns dark, as ABC interviews a fervent Trump supporter. He, also, sees the inevitable. And he knows what needs to be done. He proclaims he will do everything in his power to take her out (Clinton). He says, “Even if I have to be a patriot, I will.” Oops! We know what that means.Patriot is code for militant. This individual, and possibly others, is considering violent action to obtain what cannot be accomplished by democratic means.
Saner heads in the Republican Party, including Trump’s Vice Presidential candidate, have repudiated this stance. The main body of the Party has chimed in, as well, and the Democrats are having a field day with it. If there is an additional way to sink the Republican Party in this election, then Donald Trump has not stumbled across it.
To nobody’s surprise, die-hard Trump fans are attempting to deflect the issue. This post by a Facebook friend is typical:
Make what you will of it. I will provide my take if anybody is interested.
Meanwhile, right on schedule, Donald Trump’s journey to self destruction continues, much as I predicted over a year ago. In conclusion, I will post the signature banner for this series:
A warning for those who chance to meet a wild Trump coming home late at night, past a graveyard, all alone in a storm: Don’t bump the Trump. [With apologies to Shel Silverstein.]
Enjoying my excursion into schadenfreude, I have this to say. Thank you, Mr. Trump. It’s the nicest thing anybody’s ever done for me.Thank you very, very, very much!
Yeah, it’s game on. We are going to have more fun between now and November. We can be assured Donald Trump will never fail to entertain us.
Continue reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.