We’ve sure come a long way from when Donald Trump’s first cabinet met and they went round robin from Secretary to Secretary, sycophant to sycophant, each one telling him how wonderful a job he was doing and what a bloody miracle he was. I well remember the video of Reince Priebus and Mike Pence fluffing Trump, as Paul Ryan looked on and preened, so pleased with his flock, his unified government, before it all began to collapse. Trump soaked it up like a sponge. He just loves him some flattery, it’s his favorite drug. Pride goeth before a fall, Donald, and you’re going to make quite the orange splat. And here’s Bill Barr, again — yes, you guessed it — not only not fluffing Trump but actively inching him towards the ledge.
Bill Barr: “If a prominent person commits a crime and is seeking office, that doesn’t give him immunity. If there's enough time to have it resolved before the election, it should be resolved…The idea that this is interfering with the election is simply wrong.” pic.twitter.com/aQ3AhjckSr
— Republican Accountability (@AccountableGOP) August 31, 2023
Yes, I hear it too, the muffled screams coming all the way from Bedminster, the sighs of the cleaning staff as they prepare to mop up ketchup, yet once again. And Melania hears it, bigly, in Trump Tower. She’s saying, “Zees is why I stay New York.”
It’s always interesting to see Trump’s former enablers come out and say publicly that Trump is wrong and was wrong. Do they think that we don’t know that they’ve always known how full of shit the Orange Man was, but when he was in power, they didn’t care?
Barr was all too fine with redacting portions of the Mueller report and falsifying the gist of what that document said. The Big Lie/Insurrection was the bridge too far, apparently, and I’ve always thought that that was because of Strike Force Rudy. With the right crew in place, I think Barr might have found it convenient to look the other way. But with the howlingly ridiculous 2,000 Mules (do you remember when Barr belly laughed about that on TV, and Dinesh D’Souza went ballistics?) plus Strike Force Rudy, along with Mike Lindell and Patrick Byrne and all that, it just got too nuts.
I think when Rudy had the now famous press conference at the Four Seasons Landscaping (dear God, was the aide who messed that up drunk or merely beyond stupid?) that Barr threw in the towel at that moment. Just a conjecture, but that happened a day or two after Barr stalked out of the Oval Office in the rain, where he had just offered Trump his resignation. I think the Four Seasons debacle eliminated any scintilla of doubt that might have remained that he had done the right thing.
Trump world was a ship of fools long before you decided to abandon it, Mr. Barr, but we welcome all the support we can get in our fight against Mango Mussolini. The horror here is that you know and I know and Barr has come right out and said it, he’ll vote for Trump a third time. So he’s talking out both sides of his mouth, basically.
And that is the central quandary in our country today. Even the people who know best that Trump can’t be allowed anywhere near the Oval Office will put him back in there, if they can, for power’s sake. Party above country, power above constitution, perversity above common sense and decency.
This is the state of the GOP and that’s how we got here.