This is going to be a sad Holiday season for Donald Trump. His seditious playmates are being invited to congressional “parties” for show and tell about how he incited a violent insurrection in Washington, D.C. Of course, they may not show up because Trump is suing to assert an executive privilege that he doesn't have because he isn't the executive anymore. But that's only a small part of Trump's Xmas woes.

Trump's propaganda ministers at Fox News were revealed to have been begging him to call off his StormTrumpers on January 6th. His Sexual Predators Tour with Bill O'Reilly was a big flop. And the Attorney General of New York is investigating his criminal real estate syndicate.

In the midst of these and other misfortunes, Trump has attempted to assuage his narcissism by announcing a “news” conference on the anniversary of the January 6th insurrection. His desperate yearning for adoration is likely to result in disappoint when no one shows up. And the same is true for another one of his pathetic attention-seeking ploys. Trump recently challenged anyone to debate his “Big Lie” that the 2020 presidential election was “rigged” and “stolen” from him.

When Trump first issued his debate challenge he thought there was a reasonable chance that respectable persons would volunteer to get in the mud with him as he propagated bogus claims of election fraud that have been debunked repeatedly, even by rabidly right-wing partisans. Shortly thereafter, Trump posted a triumphant message asserting that nobody had stepped up to accept his challenge. In fact, many people did, but always the coward, Trump chose to pretend that they didn't exist. Now, a month later, Trump is again falsely claiming that there were no takers:

“Has it been at all noticed that I offered to debate anybody, on television or otherwise, about the RIGGED Presidential Election of 2020. This was a publicly stated challenge – I have been called a 'ratings machine,' and therefore would be good for television economics – which have not been doing so well lately. With all the bravado out there, I have not had one credible person willing to stand up and debate me in order to defend the CROOKED election.”

Has it been at all noticed that Trump is actually bragging that “not one credible person” is willing to muddy themselves by debating his flagrant lies? Why on Earth would they? He has been brutally snubbed but is too self-obsessed to realize it. Nevertheless, he thinks that his exalted presence will rescue the supposedly dying television industry. Trump went on to delusionally proclaim that he won virtually every state in last year's election. And then whined…

“So, after one month, a very public offer to debate, I have no takers – not even the sleazebags you see on the January 6th Commission who speak with such fake reverence about the day.”

Despite Trump's childish ravings, the members of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th insurrection would actually welcome a debate with Trump. All he has to do is agree to meet with them, make his case under oath, and answer a few questions. He would be free to present whatever evidence he has. Although he's a had a year to do that – and more than sixty court cases – and has failed to do so. His appearance before the Committee would surely produce the TV ratings he is boasting about.

That said, no one should hold their breath waiting for Trump accept this debate, or even to acknowledge that the Committee has agreed to it. He will find a way to chicken out because that's what he always does. And deep down he knows that he doesn't have the cerebral capacity to engage in intellectual combat with a panel of fifth graders, much less the members of Congress.

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