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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Is this where his mandate comes from?

Because, really, the election is only legitimate because he won.

You know, as of January 20, 2017, these tweets become part of the Presidential record.  And we have to take them seriously.

I almost saw some of that on Press the Meat today.  Chuck Todd had a Pentagon correspondent (for NBC?  NYT?  I don't remember) who identified herself as Liberian and spoke of all the good Castro and Cuba had done in the world, that the US view of Castro as a devil and a monster was a very parochial one.  An attitude that inflamed a panel member from AEI; not surprisingly, but Todd gave the Liberian journalist (now American, or sounding like it and, I think, reporting for a major American media outlet) the benefit of the doubt, something the AEI representative refused to do.

It was interesting, and it may be the result of Trump in office is more people from "outside" the "mainstream" finding themselves on mainstream outlets, to provide "balance."  We'll see.  But there was talk even among Chuck's panelists of Trump's conflicts of interest and need to divest himself of his business interests (Kellyanne Conway's whine, on the same program, that Trump's children would be disadvantaged by such a move, got no sympathy from anyone.  The consensus was:  he's President, and country comes first.  Dump the businesses, completely.).

This is not going to be a positively smooth ride for Trump, and tweets like this won't win him any friends, even among those who insist we must all accept him as "My President."

Something I will, for the first time in my life, refuse to do.


It's a small thing, but you have to keep up with the small things, too:  since when is 290 electoral votes (Michigan is still undecided) a "landslide"?  It's possible (unlikely, but still) Clinton would flip all three recount states and win, the margin between them is so slender.  Trump has neither a mandate nor a landslide, nor the popular vote.  "Not My President" is, for the first time in my life, starting to sound like a very legitimate charge.


Blogger The Thought Criminal said...

Either it's true that he's going to obsess about him losing the popular vote, which won't be good, or he's worried that it will become clear that his "win" was through corrupted votes in states that were governed by corrupt Republican governments. And, really, if Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin aren't as sleazy as Louisiana gets the blame for, I'll eat Trump's wig.

1:55 AM  
Blogger June Butler said...

I'll accept that Trump is president-elect (God help us!), but how can I ever respect a man who brags about assaulting women and works his crowds up to a fever pitch of antisemitism, racism, and sexism? I can't.

The acceptance of Trump as president-elect is a hell of a lot more than a number of so-called mainstream Republicans ever gave President Obama.

If Trump believes millions of illegal immigrants voted, why is he opposed to a recount? If you're Trump or a true blue believer in Trump, what you say doesn't have to make the least bit of sense.

12:36 PM  

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