Sunday, June 6, 2021

Insurrection redux - The Great Pretender, the Delusional Donald Trump, is not done with us yet.

The Platters’ song, The Great Pretender, premiered in December 1955. Given the claims being made by the modern Great Pretender Donald J. Trump, it seems apropos, to introduce “The Delusional Donald Trump” with some lines from that song.

Oh oh, yes I’m the great pretender
Pretending that I’m doing well
My need is such I pretend too much
I’m lonely but no one can tell

Oh oh, yes I’m the great pretender
Adrift in a world of my own

Too real is this feeling of make believe

Yes I’m the great pretender
Just laughin’ and gay like a clown
I seem to be what I’m not, you see

Delusional Donald Trump And His Cult Followers Are Plotting A Second Insurrection reports the AZ BlueMeanie in the Blog for Arizona.

Earlier this week, Maggie Habberman of the New York Times posted that Donald Trump has become full-blown delusional, he actually believes that he is going to be “reinstated” as president by August.

Seth Masket @smotus
Jun 3, 2021
If Trump is trying to recruit allies for his reinstatement, at what point to we treat this not as a delusion but as a coup attempt? He kinda has priors. … And, you know, no biggie, but insurrection is a crime. And I’m no law-talking guy but it’s probably better to prosecute such criminal acts than look the other way.…

18 U.S. Code § 2383 - Rebellion or insurrection
Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

Jonathan Bernstein warns that Trump’s Planned Return Isn’t Really a Joke:

We have something new in U.S. politics: a pretender. Former President Donald Trump is still claiming that he really won the election, and is now saying he’ll be “reinstated” to office by August, after an audit of some kind provides proof of voter fraud. Some of his supporters are egging him on; others are going along with portions of the charade; still more are trying to ignore it all.

It’s tempting to treat the whole thing as a joke. But there are reasons to take it seriously.

[I]t’s quite possible that Trump doesn’t realize what he’s proposing is flat-out illegal. That is, the choice Masket is posing is no choice at all: What Trump claims will happen, an extra-legal seizure of power, would be a coup regardless of whether he’s delusional or not. And we don’t even have to explore what he really thinks; as Benjy Sarlin points out, “What’s definitely true is he ACTS on conspiracy theories as if they were real.”

[O]f course, it could all amount to nothing. Reporting suggests that some of Trump’s advisers are trying to talk him “off the ledge.”

Former President Donald Trump plans to resume his signature campaign-style rallies in a series of battleground states this summer as he inches closer to a decision on whether to mount a comeback presidential bid in 2024.

“We’ll be doing one in Florida, we’re going to do one in Ohio, we’re going to do one in North Carolina,” the 45th President told the right-wing media outfit One America News in an interview Thursday, adding that he would release a rally schedule “relatively soon.”

“We’ll be announcing them very soon over the next week or two,” Trump said.

The North Carolina rally is scheduled this Saturday. Former President Trump speaking in NC Saturday: Here’s exactly when and where

Former President Donald Trump will speak at North Carolina’s annual state Republican Party convention on Saturday.

Trump will speak in person at the June 5 convention dinner in Greenville. He is scheduled to speak at 6 p.m., according to a release from the NC Republican Party.

Trump’s speech will be closed to the media, and journalists won’t be able to view it via livestream or alternate forms, said Livy Polen, a spokeswoman for the NC GOP.

You are forewarned, America. You saw what happened at Donald Trump’s last rally on January 6 in Washington, D.C. He tried to overthrow the U.S. government in a coup d’etat.

As Rep. Liz Cheney said:

The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.

Delusional Donald Trump is not done. He is still plotting an insurrection.

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