As Rachel was reading the newly unsealed testimony from the former, fired US Attorney for Georgia, and portions of the Democratic Senate Judiciary committee midterm report on Trump’s attempts to use the Department of Justice to overturn the results of the 2020 election, I realized something. Trump was always doomed for failure. By his personal mental chemistry, and he is taking the current iteration of the GOP right on down with him.
If there are two things that are well know about Donald Trump, it is that he is totally transactional, and he is chronically obsessive. But the problem is that both of those traits are incredibly short sighted, seeking instant gratification. And therein lies the fatal flaw of Trump’s ill fated coup attempt.
The testimony that Rachel read tonight showed that right from the get go, Trump was obsessed by the state of Georgia. Georgia was a personal insult to Trump on purely political reasons. After all, Georgia hasn’t voted for a Democrat for President since Noah took up shipbuilding. I believe the last Democrat to win in Georgia was home town boy Jimmy Carter in 1976. But losing Georgia was a deeply personal insult to Trump, and he took it personally.
The statements that Rachel read off tonight showed just how obsessed Trump was with Georgia. Two different witnesses testified as to how Trump couldn’t even talk about anything other than Georgia. His every machination was geared towards overturning the outcome in Georgia. His infamous phone call to the Secretary of State in Georgia, making him a criminal person of interest in Fulton county, having South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham call Georgia officials to put on additional pressure, his aborted attempt to have the DOJ send a letter to the Georgia Legislature alleging rampant voter fraud, and telling them to call a special session to overturn the popular vote and install Trump electors, everything was geared to reversing his loss in Georgia.
Here’s the thing. It really didn’t fucking matter! Even if Trump had managed to engineer some kind of a coup in Georgia, he got started so late, and there was so much resistance, that even if he succeeded, there would not be enough time to send those DOJ letters to the legislatures of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Arizona before the vote certification on January 6th. And besides, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin all have Democratic Governors who would have blocked any such attempt. Changing the results of the Georgia election would not have been enough to overcome Biden’s lead.
And the Klown Kar circus continues. As much as the GOP wants to pivot to 2022, and start throwing shade on the Democrats for their efforts since 2020, Trump has signaled that he will continue to campaign on the 2020 stop The Steal message he can’t separate himself from. Which means that the national GOP will continue to live in the past. Meanwhile, 70% of the country has moved on to paying the mortgage, making a living, and seeing what the Democrats are doing for them. Not a winning combination.
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