Few Presidents have had a drunker summer than President Donald Trump is having right now. I would have to say, Nixon is right up there, and in August 1974, Nixon, with no wind at his back, threw in the towel, and got his sorry ass onto that helicopter and cut and ran.
Not to say this President is going to quit though things are drunk. I am betting he might but he might want to get a few more rallies in first to satisfy his addiction to the adoration. He also can still win even though things are tough all over just that quick. In December, he looked like a lock for a second term; now he looks like he should take a standing eight count.
He is a sitting President and the polling is not great. Usually sitting Presidents are in the mix polling wise unless things are really horrific. Well, the answer to that is, things are not just horrific; they are drunk as hell.
The economy is in the tank. I mean, it is bonkers if you keep up with such things. Over 40 million people have filed for unemployment recently and the economy is shrinking like clothes in the dryer. Everyone is hoarding their cash.
On top of that, the U.S. has over 3 million people who have tested positive for the coronavirus including over 62,000 in one day yesterday. Over 130,000, at least have died. Some states, which rushed to open back up, on the order of this President, are basically disaster areas clinically. All over the country, people are following his drunk example of not wearing masks, not taking any precautions, as the virus spreads and spreads.
So, hospitals are filling up again, available ICU bed numbers shrink, people die, and super spreader events happen daily. The pandemic is being managed like one of Trump’s casinos in Atlantic City — no regard for people, regulations, the law, decency and the future; just get the money, and who gives a damn who dies or who goes broke.
The killing of George Floyd more than a month ago by a police officer in Minneapolis is also part of the madness. That killing unleashed a global movement of protest and dissent against many things Trump represents: white supremacy, state violence, and contempt for any notion of equality and free speech. As always, he didn’t re-think these drunk ideas; he doubled down. Former Joint Chiefs Chairman General James Mattis had enough of it so he wrote:
Then if things were and are not drunk enough politically, the Supreme Court just ruled that a New York prosecutor can obtain copies of Trump’s financial records for a grand jury probe. The records won’t be out right away but we know, information will trickle out. This is not politically damaging but it is damaging to a person with a very, fragile ego.
Then there is his niece’s book which basically says, my uncle is mentally disturbed (she is a psychologist) and never should have been allowed to become President and we have to stop the guy. Once that drops, another five ads by the Lincoln Project will likely be unleashed and who knows what will get tweeted or what group will become the object of his scorn.
Richard Nixon didn’t face this kind of onslaught (very deserving to me considering the kinds of division being sowed). After writing this, I think I might need a drink, and some music. Stay tuned. And, enjoy: