Among of the most predictable character traits of the Malignant Mangoface are these: He is petty, he hates being a loser, and he absolutely has to be the center of attention. All of these are prominent in his latest move against President-elect Joe Biden:
Two sources said that Trump has floated the idea of a 2024-related event during Biden’s inauguration week, possibly on Inauguration Day if his legal efforts to overturn the 2020 election fail.
According to three people familiar with the conversations, the president, who refuses to acknowledge he lost the 2020 election as he clearly did, has not just talked to close advisers and confidants about a potential 2024 run to reclaim the White House but about the specifics of a campaign launch. The conversations have explored, among other things, how Trump could best time his announcement so as to keep the Republican Party behind him for the next four years. Two of these knowledgeable sources said the president has, in the past two weeks, even floated the idea of doing a 2024-related event during Biden’s inauguration week, possibly on Inauguration Day, if his legal effort to steal the 2020 election ultimately fails.
In addition to highlighting some of Trump’s worst character flaws, this proposed action will also work to keep his grip on the Republican party and make it even more difficult for Biden to get anything done. In any normal inauguration, leaders of both parties attend each other’s inaugurations as a gesture to comity, democracy, common decency. Even if they are insincere — and they are — it is a show of respect for the institutions and traditions of government.
Trump, of course, has none of that. And he will force the Republicans, on pain of his base’s displeasure, to go along with him. To attend his rally instead of the inauguration of the next president of the United States.
Given that Moscow Mitch has yet to even acknowledge that Biden won, it’s highly likely that he will go to Trump’s rally and insist that his caucus go as well. If Joe Biden still harbors any thoughts of working on a bipartisan basis, this should put an end to them.
On the other hand, if some senators like Romney and Murkowski do attend the inauguration, that will further widen the cracks within the GOP itself. Trump is already damaging the Republican party almost as much as he’s damaged the country; this could become another chisel hammering away at the fractures.