Speculation on Trump’s future after January 20th is rampant. A second run at the presidency or his own ultra-right wing television channel have been floated, all funded by a grift Super PAC.
But what if Trump’s endgame is something grander, on a scale even the Republicans couldn’t comprehend or believe possible. What if Trump intends to create a third party? Since the election he has espoused his vote count, so often he has come to believe his own rhetoric.
Seventy-five million votes.
Note enough for re-election, but certainly enough to brag about…if it were accurate. Any statistician will tell you the numbers can be skewed to satisfy whatever agenda needs promoting. Votes are no different. Not every vote was for TRUMP. No doubt some were for the Republican Party as a whole. Others were against Democrats no matter what, or in extreme cases, against socialism/communism.
Adversely, not every Biden vote was for Biden, but then Biden is not the issue. He won and that is undisputable.
Even Trump sees the writing on the wall. But Trump is, if nothing else, an opportunist. He sees a chance to make a buck, he will go for it. He whores his name out to buildings and business ventures with equal immorality. What he does with his reputation is his business, both ethically and financially. No one knows that better than Trump himself, and considering most of his ventures, it isn’t beyond fantasy that he might try one more grand scheme to solidify his name in history. A wall seen from space can be torn down, but a political party… well, can be easily forgotten.
But to narcissistic megalomaniac like Trump won’t see that. He will always only see the bright lights of fame, everyone else be damned.
There was an interview with a doctor on CNN. I watched more than listened because I was doing other stuff at the time, but the headline was something along the lines of a Jewish doctor dealing with patients with Nazis tattoos. That got me thinking about the laws passed regarding refusing gays service based on religious belief. You know, Judaism is a religion, and there are a lot of Jewish doctors out there. Not a giant leap needed.
Doug Ford had a good start at the beginning of the pandemic. In lockstep with the federal government he shut down Ontario, touting that he listened to the doctors and the science. But… it appears that might not have been entirely true. With a number of doctors to choose from, he chose his own version of Dr. Atlas. Not someone who only told him what he wanted to hear, but someone he could cherry pick the information he wanted. So, in the late summer, when just about every medical professional screamed for him to take stronger measures, he gave his daily briefing and gave his “Come on, folks” speech in earnest only too happy to blame the people than blame himself.
Ford set a plate of cookies on the table then got mad at us because we sneaked a cookie. When we didn’t get caught or sufficiently punished we snuck another and another until it was too late. Now Ontario’s business heart is hamstringed during the Christmas buying season. Realistically, the shutdown couldn’t have been prevented, but, if proper measures had been taken earlier, if Ford had actually listened to the doctors, if he had actually followed the science, a major lockdown might have been delayed long enough. Who knows, it might not have occurred at all.
The problem is Ford is torn between provincial politics and federal politics. He was all buddy-buddy with Trudeau until Erin O’Toole took over CPC leadership. O’Toole is from Ontario and when he took up the Conservative reins Ford seemed to have forgotten how the federal Conservatives treated him. He saw a reboot of the blue wave, followed the other Conservative premiers and pulled away from Trudeau, throwing darts with one hand while taking money with the other. Then, O’Toole was outmaneuvered—twice. Ford shuffled his feet and returned his “Come on, folks” reprimand, but all too late. He divided his base with mixed messages. He’s got businesses openly protesting his lockdowns and his own people protesting on his front lawn.