The Cost of Donald Trump's Failure to Lead (to Him and Us)

Honestly, I'm much more concerned about COVID-19 than I am about how Trump leaves office. No matter how he tries to spin it, Trump's lasting legacy will not be that he was cheated and robbed in his bid for re-election. It will be the tens of thousands of deaths he failed to prevent because of his failure as a leader.

I am electioned-out. I haven't read the news about him or his lawsuits or the vote tally in a few days (which feels like an eternity and has been quite liberating). But I'm going to break my silence of the past few days to share my prediction as how Donald Trump plans to get himself out of the election fiasco he has created, and why we shouldn't fall into the trap of celebrating his defeat on Thanksgiving.

I predict within days Donald Trump will announce he quits. That's right. He'll resign. He will say the vote was rigged and since no one will do anything about it, the country doesn't deserve him. Before Thanksgiving (or certainly before Christmas) I predict he'll head to Mar-a-Lago, never to be seen at the White House again. Glory, Glory Hallelujah. [More...]

Once at Mar-a-Lago, in between tweeting "poor, poor pitiful me" and "I've been cheated", he will fill the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas will congratulatory visits from Russian, Kazakh and Middle Eastern billionaires, who he will claim are throwing unbelievable business offers at him, to license his name for their overseas resorts. He will gleefully announce that now that he has been freed from the chains of economic restraint he endured in the oval office, he's going to accept the offers being thrown at him. (Don't forget he owes boatloads of money to banks for loans, which he will have to pay back because he personally guaranteed many of them.)

From Mar- a- Lago, he'll jet off to any foreign country with any billionaire who thinks there's still a dollar or two to be eeked from the Trump name.

Trump will quit and leave everything in the hands of a totally unprepared Mike Pence. He will chuckle about how he left the country high and dry. "I showed them", he'll say. He won't even need his clothes sent to him from the White House because they probably no longer fit due to the heft he's added to his frame this past year. Maybe he'll leave it to Melania to go back the White House after Christmas and take whatever she wants -- which will probably only be her clothes. She'll certainly pass on the Christmas ornaments.

Then to hoodwink his supporters into believing he's not giving up and quitting, he'll announce he'll be back to run again in 2024. You almost have to feel sorry for Mike Pence, because Trump's announcement will ruin any chance Pence thought he had at succeeding Biden/Harris in 2024. But Pence has no chance anyway. He will be too sullied by his own COVID-19 failure of leadership from which he will never recover.

Trump suffers from such a huge intellectual and moral deficit, and is so caught up in his fake and alternate reality, I won't be surprised if he announces he's going to run with Ivanka as VP in 2024. (That will show Kamala). Wouldn't that be the icing on the cake?

For sure, it is tempting to think of celebrating Donald Trump's downfall this Thanksgiving with family and friends. But we have a bigger problem in this country, one that Trump had a big hand in creating, and it's COVID-19. We can surely find other ways to celebrate Trump's ouster than over a turkey dinner.

What we need is leadership and a national lockdown now. I propose at least until Groundhog Day, when scientists and other disease experts can assess if we've done enough to start slowly loosening up restrictions. Bit by bit, this time. No grand reopenings for one and all. And any governor who fails to outlaw a planned event like Sturgis, or live New Year's eve celebrations, needs to be frog-marched before the media and shamed in all their infamy.

So please, if you have made plans to be with family members who don't live in your household, re-think them. And if you live in a household where parents or kids go out to school, work or to engage in sports with others, consider not cooking at all. Families that cook and eat together get sick together and some have even died together.

This holiday, consider ordering in individual pizzas, or buy a slew of frozen individual turkey pot pies with pints (not half gallons) of gelato or ice cream for desert. Skip the pecan and fruit pies that are inevitably sliced with a single knife by various hands. No salads and no salad dressing -- they require too much handling and touching. No trays of crudites, which people tend to pick up with their hands when talking.

Skip the big bottles of water and wine that need to be passed around. Go for the 6 oz bottles of Italian or Californian Brute Champagne or Prosecco, that come in baby cardboard packs of four, so everyone picks up their own bottle right from the carton and it's contents are too small to share.

Or order in Thai, Vietnamese, Indian or Chinese food, with individual appetizers and entrees for each person and no sharing. Use paper plates and plastic forks and knives and when you are done eating, put on rubber gloves and throw out the whole mess. No helping others clear the table or rinse the dishes to go in the dishwasher.

When your meal is over, you and your extended loved ones can get together on zoom, or you can just hang out with those in your household and binge a new TV series, watch a new or favorite old movie and go to bed early. And when you wake up on Friday, you can be proud that you just increased the odds we can end the virus in 2021, and not have to be having this same conversation about 2022. Now that would be something to be thankful for.

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    There is the vaccine (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Nov 13, 2020 at 07:57:13 AM EST
    If the are telling the truth a 90% effective vaccine could really be a game changer.  They are sayin now there's likely to be more than one vaccine.

    As far as worrying about antivaxxers I say meh.  Let them die.  I plan to get vaccinated ASAP.  If Fauci takes it I will.

    I agree with the comment at Trump may resign but only with a pardon deal.  He will pardon a bunch of crooks.  Then Pence will pardon him.   But who can say he won't be delusional enough to try to pardon himself first.  

    Its a looooooog time till Jan 20th.

    He's basically already quit.  He has done no work as president for weeks.  At least.  He was never interested in the job.  Which is why one reason he won't run again.  But he will keep saying it and it will be a nightmare for anyone else thinking of running.  Works for me.

    I've been reading Melania will divorce him soon.  Perbably some kind of an agreement she could not do it while he was president.  But she will bounce.  

    The IRS and debtors are going to take his money and SDNY is going to indict him.  

    But bottom line, we have not heard his wretched whiny voice in 8 days.  EIGHT DAYS.

    That alone is reason to celebrate.

    As far as holidays I have already told the family I will be thinking of them here on the sofa watching tv marathons.    I will probably celebrate with a friend and neighbor who never leaves his house.  My living room is 40 ft long.  Social distance to spare.

    Trump is (none / 0) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Nov 13, 2020 at 08:14:11 AM EST
    Already Gone

    "On Thursday, six American service members were killed in a helicopter crash during a peacekeeping mission in Egypt. Tropical Storm Eta made landfall in North Florida, contributing to severe flooding. The number of Americans infected with the novel coronavirus continued at a record-setting pace, sending the stock market tumbling," the Washington Post reports.

    "At the White House, President Trump spent the day as he has most others this week -- sequestered from public view, tweeting grievances, falsehoods and misinformation about the election results and about Fox News's coverage of him. Neither he nor his aides briefed reporters on the news of the day or reacted to Democratic leaders who accused Republicans of imperiling the pandemic response by `refusing to accept reality' over the election results."

    in truth, he's been "gone, (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by cpinva on Fri Nov 13, 2020 at 08:23:10 AM EST
    since 1-21-2017, only the desiccated husk has been present since then.

    The problem with anti vaxxers (none / 0) (#11)
    by CST on Fri Nov 13, 2020 at 10:13:58 AM EST
    Is that not everyone can get vaccines. Some people may be allergic, too young, or have other health issues that prevent it. So they are not only putting themselves at risk but also putting others at risk.

    I'm struggling with the holiday issue.  Vermont (where my parents are) is one of the only places without uncontrolled spread in the whole country right now.  But they are also coming to MA regularly to help out my sister with childcare and frankly I just miss them and they aren't getting any younger.

    Right now I am thinking of getting tested and going for it.


    My family plans to get together (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by MO Blue on Fri Nov 13, 2020 at 10:37:28 AM EST
    But with some definite guidelines. There are only 5 of us. We will gather at my daughter's spacious house. Everyone will wear masks and stay 6-10 feet apart. Food will be served  buffet style and people will eat separately.  

    Other people I know, plan to self quarantine for 14 days and get tested prior to their family get together.

    Good luck whatever your decision.


    not an open thread (none / 0) (#15)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Nov 13, 2020 at 12:47:03 PM EST
    I'll put up a new one, let's keep this to Trump and his exit strategy

    Ccn I just say... (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Fri Nov 13, 2020 at 05:39:22 PM EST
    that my Linda Ronstadt crush is as strong today as it was as a teenager?

    So terrible that she has been robbed of her gift.


    you're just exhausted because (none / 0) (#1)
    by cpinva on Fri Nov 13, 2020 at 02:15:00 AM EST
    Jan. 1 was a thousand years ago.

    yes, he could take the "You're not worthy of me, I quit!" route, and there is historical precedence for this approach to failures of leadership. interestingly, the last guy that did it shot his new wife in the head, before taking cyanide, because his country wasn't worthy of him. Trump shares a completely delusional personality with him as well.

    I doubt the A.G. of NY is going to let him flee the country, and the US does have an extradition treaty with Mar-a-Lago. So no problem.

    This is funny (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by MO Blue on Fri Nov 13, 2020 at 07:57:27 AM EST
    the US does have an extradition treaty with Mar-a-Lago.

    Unfortunately, the US media never allows failed politicians to fade into obscurity.

    Think of a world where we wouldn't have to hear or see the likes of Trump, his children, Joe Lieberman or Rick Santorum (to name a few) ever again. Wouldn't it be lovely.


    He's not (none / 0) (#2)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Nov 13, 2020 at 05:35:58 AM EST
    gonna quit unless he has brokered some deal for a pardon. There's too much grift left for him to do and he gets to golf at tax payer's expense.

    Glenn Kirchner of the WaPo on his You Tube channel said that the NY AG should indict Trump during the lame duck period if for no other reason than to test the legal theory of not indicting a sitting president.

    I don't think there is any actual, (none / 0) (#6)
    by cpinva on Fri Nov 13, 2020 at 08:19:58 AM EST
    formal "legal theory" behind the only DOJ policy of not indicting a sitting president. it hasn't been in existence that long, and, as my non lawyer guy self understands the premise underlying the policy, it's mainly for relatively minor type things, in order to keep the government functioning smoothly, until the president leaves office. one could fairly question whether or not the federal gov't is actually functioning smoothly, under the present administration, but that's a different conversation.

    in legal fact, the DOJ could indict a sitting president any time there is sufficient evidence of a criminal act warranting it, the AG simply chooses not to, until such time as that individual is no longer in office.

    yeah, James & Vance should hit him with whatever they presently have the minimum sufficient evidence for now, and keep digging, because there is much more to be unearthed. a federal pardon ain't gonna do squat for him, on state charges.


    Not sure why (none / 0) (#8)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Nov 13, 2020 at 08:23:36 AM EST
    they would do that and add complications to the whole thing when they can just wait a couple of weeks.

    I suspect they will be more interested in nailing him than breaking new ground legally.


    That said (none / 0) (#9)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Nov 13, 2020 at 08:24:22 AM EST
    I would love it if they did.

    With Trump's (none / 0) (#13)
    by KeysDan on Fri Nov 13, 2020 at 11:23:42 AM EST
    mercurial disposition, it is difficult to even guess what he will do.  He probably does not know at this point.

    But, a pardon for him and family are, no doubt, a fundamental part of his thinking.  It would be fitting for him to pardon himself---relying on the Supreme Court to back him up. Actually, the issue of a self-pardon should be resolved, and this would be a test for the Trump nominees to the Court.

    Trump is probably torn between quitting now, getting back at both his supporters who did not do enough for him, Biden supporters to whom he wants to retaliate, and to grift until no longer able to do so.  Installation of those Pentagon hacks does seem to present golden opportunities.


    IMO (none / 0) (#14)
    by MO Blue on Fri Nov 13, 2020 at 11:50:28 AM EST
    he will not quit while he can still con money out of the dupes who still support him. The grift goes on.

    Leaving office (none / 0) (#16)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Nov 13, 2020 at 02:12:07 PM EST
    Will not mean he stops grifting money from the rubes.  

    CNN (none / 0) (#17)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Nov 13, 2020 at 02:18:46 PM EST
    "President Trump is refusing to concede the 2020 election to President-elect Joe Biden, but once Trump moves to the acceptance stage of his defeat, the urgent business of presidential pardons is likely to surge to the top of his checklist before leaving office," CNN reports.

    "From campaign associates to members of his family -- and even possibly himself -- Trump could use his expansive pardon power to try to settle legal questions on his way out the door."

    "Perhaps the biggest looming pardon question is whether Trump will consider granting himself a pardon, amid state investigations into his business and finances and the prospect of federal investigators scrutinizing him after he leaves office."

    Irresponsible actions have consequences (none / 0) (#10)
    by MO Blue on Fri Nov 13, 2020 at 09:43:45 AM EST
    More than 130 Secret Service officers are said to be infected with coronavirus or quarantining in wake of Trump's campaign travel

    Unfortunately, people around the presidency and his sycophants have to deal with those consequences.

    I concur on the quit. (none / 0) (#18)
    by Chuck0 on Fri Nov 13, 2020 at 04:18:05 PM EST
    I've said to my wife that the Biden people were a bit premature calling Biden #46. I have suspected for quite awhile that there is a good chance that Pence become #46 making Biden #47.

    He is a bully. When bullies don't get their way, they take their ball and go home. I suspect this may happen here.

    I keep seeing stories reporting on the orange doofus actions. Lack of concession, etc. Why is this news? Did anyone expect anything different?

    He is small, little excuse of a human, acting accordingly.