“It was the worst of times, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of darkness, it was the winter of despair.” — Charles Dickens, Tale of Two Cities
Talk about a scumbag, this may be Donald Trump’s lowest moment yet. And I hesitate as I say that, because with him, there is always another bottom to be reached. And once you’ve hit that bottom, you discover it’s got a cellar and the cellar has sub-basements.
On Monday, Trump posted on Truth Social that he would endorse somebody for the Missouri governor’s race that day. He then picked up the phone, according to Politico, and called Eric Schmitt. He said, “You’ll be happy.” Then he did the same thing with Eric Greitens.
And so he manipulated a thank you out of each of them, because obviously he didn’t tell Schmitt that he was also endorsing Greitens or vice versa.
To recap, Trump couldn’t decide whether to endorse Eric Greitens or Eric Schmitt in the Missouri Senate race, so he just endorses “ERIC” the night before the election. Now both are graciously thanking him for his sincere support. pic.twitter.com/voE4Z3myOk
— Natalie Allison (@natalie_allison) August 1, 2022
I just had a GREAT phone call with President Trump, I thanked him for his support!
Together we will MAGA & Save America! 🇺🇸
— Eric Greitens (@EricGreitens) August 1, 2022
BREAKING: Donald Trump endorses Eric Schmitt for Senate. Stand with Trump and vote for proven conservative Eric Schmitt tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/geOOUGGhq8
— Team Schmitt for US Senate (@Schmitt4Senate) August 1, 2022
Or, maybe it was this Eric. And he would thank Daddy, too.
— MeidasTouch (@MeidasTouch) August 2, 2022
Read the entire passage from Tale of Two Cities:
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way–in short, the period was so far like the present period that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”
I share this because Tale of Two Cities was set during the time of the French Revolution and the Reign Of Terror. The things that happened in those times blew peoples’ minds.
In this country we compare the present to the Civil War, because our country is still so relatively young and the Civil War is the worst thing we’ve experienced in our history.
History moves in cycles. Even in this country, we saw the Whig party collapse and the Republican party form. Now we are seeing the Republican party collapse and who knows what will arise from its ashes?
Another bit of history that comes to mind is from ancient Rome. Emperor Caligula decided that he wanted his horse, Incitatus, to become a member of the senate. Caligula was so insulated in his bubble of wealth and privilege, so contemptuous of the institutions of government which to him were merely toys to trifle with, that he thought it was comical to suggest that his horse become a senator.
To my mind, what Donald Trump just did was show the same contempt for our traditions and institutions as Caligula did in his day.
Maybe by game show standards, this was a cute move, to play with the minds of two gubernatorial candidates and their constituents. It utterly disgusts me. And if there’s an adult anywhere in the Republican party, it should utterly disgust him or her.
Rome fell not too many more years after Caligula. The GOP is falling as we speak. Let’s just hope they don’t take democracy down with them.