While his jubilant opponents are dancing in the streets, President* Pennywise pouted over his electoral demise.
Today’s quote comes from a piece by New York Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi. It involves an anonymous source. Anyone surprised? I thought not.
This person, who speaks to the president often — or, more accurately, who listens and says uh-huh as the president speaks — said that Trump is not just done for, but done. “He wants to lose. He’s out of money. He worries about being arrested. He worried about being assassinated,” they said. “It hasn’t been a great experience for him. He likes showing people around the White House, but the actual day-to-day business of being president? It’s been pretty unpleasant for him.”
Everyone processes loss in their own way.
“A lot of what Trump says is the opposite of what he means. That’s true of all of us, to some extent,” the president’s friend said. But when Trump said he didn’t mind losing to Biden, even though he famously hates losers of any ilk, his friend believed him. “He doesn’t believe losing is shameful — quitting is bad. Losing isn’t,” this person said. “He’s afraid. He’s the most insecure, afraid person ever. He’s too afraid to be president. He’s afraid to exercise power. He’s afraid to do the job. It’s why he’s overbearing and crazy — he sabotages himself constantly because he hates himself and wants out. He’s always trying to hurt himself. That guy commits more self-harm than anyone I’ve ever encountered.”
Not everyone in Trump World agrees but this comports with the guy we’ve gotten to know over the course of his presidency and the guy depicted by his niece Mary in her book. If it were someone else, I’d feel sorry for them. This guy? Fuck him.
There have been scattered protests by Trumpers but nothing like the jubilation from our people who are celebrating like we’ve deposed a dictator instead of a wannabe. Hell, I’d help topple a statue of him if one were available.
I’ve never bought the predictions of a civil war when Trump lost and thus far his supporters aren’t selling one. Trumpism is still with us but voters cut the head off the snake this week. Celebration remains in order.
The last word goes to Warren Zevon, Linda Ronstadt, and Jackson Browne with Bonnie Raitt: