On the anniversary of Donald Trump's January 6th insurrection in Washington, D.C., both the White House and the Congress presented solemn observances to mourn the victims, honor the heroes, and memorialize the event for history.
President Joe Biden delivered a speech that spoke passionately to American unity, while demanding that the perpetrators of the violent and treasonous coup attempt be brought to justice. Biden's address (video below) began by noting that…
“For the first time in our history, a president had not just lost an election, he tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob breached the Capitol. But they failed. They failed. And on this day of remembrance, we must make sure that such an attack never, never happens again.”
Biden called Trump out for advancing “lies conceived and spread for profit and power.” He elaborated saying that Trump lies…
“…because he values power over principle, because he sees his own interests as more important than his country’s interests and America’s interests, and because his bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or our Constitution. He can’t accept he lost.”
In the meantime, Trump took to Twitter (via his Twitter ban defying spokes-shill) to double-down on the flagrant falsehoods he's been flinging for more than year. This tweet tantrum is in lieu of the “news” conference that he previously scheduled, then chickened out of. But Trump's perversion of reality is just the latest of his infantile outbursts that serves no purpose other than to viciously malign his enemies and exalt himself. He began with a particularly hysterical lie, saying that…
“Biden, who is destroying our Nation with insane policies of open Borders, corrupt Elections, disastrous energy policies, unconstitutional mandates, and devastating school closures, used my name today to try to further divide America.”
Trump accusing others of “destroying our nation” and being “insane” is peak irony. And of course he is lying about Biden's record. But that isn't news. He's also whining that Biden “used my name,” in speech where his name was not mentioned even once. Perhaps that's what the malignant narcissist is really upset about.
Trump continued with his litany of lies about alleged Biden failures. He said that “Our Country no longer has Borders, has totally and completely lost control of Covid (record numbers!), is no longer Energy Independent, Inflation is rampant, our Military is in chaos.” All of which is demonstrably untrue. Not that that matters to Trump.
The remainder of his tweet focused solely on his fixation about the 2020 election. And he closed with the bizarre assertion that “The Democrats want to own this day of January 6th so they can stoke fears and divide America. I say, let them have it.” Really? Trump is gifting the day of violence and treason that he orchestrated to Democrats. Isn't that generous of him?
In a follow-up tweet, Trump reiterated his rant that the “real insurrection” was on Election Day, November 3rd, 2020. Biden masterfully addressed that preposterous claim in his speech saying that…
“The Big Lie being told by the former president and many Republicans who fear his wrath is that the insurrection in this country actually took place on Election Day — November 3rd, 2020. Think about that. Is that what you thought? Is that what you thought when you voted that day? […] Can you think of a more twisted way to look at this country — to look at America?”
Trump is desperate to deflect from his culpability for the insurrection and to evade the consequences of his criminality. In addition to his role in plotting the assault, his purposeful neglect for three terrifying hours was unarguably dereliction of duty. That's something else that Biden addressed as well, noting that Trump was…
“…sitting in the private dining room off the Oval Office in the White House, watching it all on television and doing nothing for hours as police were assaulted, lives at risk, and the nation’s capital under siege.”
That disgusting scenario was affirmed by Trump's former White House communications director, Stephanie Grisham, who told CNN that “All I know about that day is that he was in the dining room gleefully watching on his TV as he often did, [saying] ‘Look at all the people fighting for me,’ hitting rewind, watching it again.”
How sick is that? And yet it is precisely what anyone who has observed Trump for the past few years (decades?) would expect. As nauseating as his behavior was and is, it is still not particularly surprising. And that says more about what a low-grade, sub-species specimen Trump is, and how important it is to make certain that he is never again anywhere near the seat of power in this country.
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