Et in dystopia ego
The preferred metaphor here is probably "through the looking glass." The POTUS has tweeted that he will investigate voter fraud, including dead people on voter rolls (which is not fraud, simply a record keeping problem), because he is being denied the claim that he won by the greatest margin of victory in U.S. history.
In other words, because of the raging narcissism of Donald Trump, the entire election process of last November, an election which selected hundreds of thousands of people to office from city government to the Oval Office, is to be treated as corrupted and the results unreliable because the man who now lives in the White House can't enjoy it because reality is the pea under his mattress, and he can't get any sleep. If Trump is the victim of electoral fraud, what other elections must be called into question? And does this only run one way, in favor of Trump and conservative Republicans?
This is not "through the looking glass." This is 25th Amendment territory. This is a challenge to the legitimacy of the democratic process which is the basis of this nation by the President himself, because he didn't win enough votes to salve his enormous ego. This is the very definition of a man unfit to hold the office, and incapable of carrying out its duties.
This is what Republican senators were saying yesterday, in response to Trump's statement and Spicer's answers at the press briefing:
“I’m just not concentrating on that. I’m looking at the policies he’s putting forward, and they look good to me," Sen. Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) said, when asked about Trump's claim that millions of undocumented immigrants had committed voter fraud.
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) said he wasn't even paying that close attention to Trump's first days.
"I've been working on health care. Truly health care," Cassidy said. "I don't want to be like in a bubble, but I'm thinking about health care and getting our plan across."
Even Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) tried to down play Trump's comments.
"There are always arguments on both sides about how much, how frequent and all the rest," McConnell said about Trump's voter fraud accusations Tuesday.
Other Republicans – two who pulled their support for Trump during the election– however, vehemently pushed back on the notion that Trump had been robbed of votes.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said that he had "no evidence of it" when asked about voter fraud.
“I don’t think there is any evidence to support that. He won the election. Move on," Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said. “I'm not going to tell [Trump] what to do. I’m just saying he won the election, we ought to move on.”
Do they still want to move on this morning?