A Simpleton’s Coup Plot

The only thing more distasteful than writing about Donald Trump is writing about his spawn. Javanka were in the news last week because they were each deposed by the Dipshit Insurrection committee. Trump Junior was in the news for all the wrong reasons.

It was her emails that caused Hillary Clinton headaches; with Trump Junior it’s his texts. Repeat after me: Because his texts.

“Two days after the 2020 presidential election, as votes were still being tallied, Donald Trump’s eldest son texted then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows that “we have operational control” to ensure his father would get a second term, with Republican majorities in the US Senate and swing state legislatures, CNN has learned.

In the text, which has not been previously reported, Donald Trump Jr. lays out ideas for keeping his father in power by subverting the Electoral College process, according to the message reviewed by CNN. The text is among records obtained by the House select committee investigating January 6, 2021.

“It’s very simple,” Trump Jr. texted to Meadows on November 5, adding later in the same missive: “We have multiple paths We control them all.”

Mark Meadows’ texts are the gift that keeps giving. In his texts Trump Junior outlines how to jump start the Big Lie that they hoped would morph into a big steal. Who knew that Trump Junior was into W-style strategery? Like most of W’s schemes, this one bombed.

Maybe both presidential spawn should have played this board game:

I played Stratego as a kid, but it didn’t make me a strategic thinker. It took law school for that: a course of action I don’t recommend for this purpose.

The reaction to the CNN report quoted above came fast and furious, which has nothing to do with the dumbass action movie series, I just felt like dusting off a nugget from the dictionary of journalistic cliches.

The best reaction came from Harvard Con Law maven Larry Tribe:

The Trumpers may be devious and dishonest but texting about a coup plot is another D-word:  DUMB.

It violates the Earl Long Rule:

Unlike his idiot son, the Impeached Insult Comedian adheres to an updated version of Uncle Earl’s maxim: he never emails or texts. That’s why it will be harder to prove criminal intent on his part than with others of his inner circle.

Prosecutions of some of those right below the Kaiser of Chaos look increasingly likely. They’ve left the sort of footprints their dear leader has not. Another reason to call it the Dipshit Insurrection.

I still believe that caution is in order when it comes to going after former President* Pennywise. I have another maxim in mind:

The Omar Rule not only rules, it rocks.

Along the same lines there’s an excellent article about the DOJ investigation in The Guardian in which the process of building a sold case against Trump is described:

“Some former top DoJ officials and prosecutors, however, say Garland is moving correctly and expeditiously in pursuing all criminal conduct to overturn Biden’s election in its sprawling January 6 inquiry.

“When people (including many lawyers) criticize the DoJ for not more clearly centering the January 6 investigation on Trump, they are expressing impatience rather than a clear understanding of the trajectory of the investigation,” the former justice inspector general Michael Bromwich told the Guardian.

“DoJ is methodically building the case from the bottom up. It is almost surely the most complex criminal investigation in the nation’s history, involving the most prosecutors, the most investigators, the most digital evidence – and the most defendants,” he added.

Bromwich added that “people view the scores of ongoing criminal prosecutions of participants in the January 6 insurrection as somehow separate from the investigation of Trump. They are not. He is the subject of the investigation at the top of the pyramid. People need to carefully watch what is happening, not react based on their impatience.”

Repeat after me: The law is slow.

The Omar Rule may be the reason new Manhattan DA Melvin Bragg decided not to go forward with the Trump fraud case. Additionally, the charges looked like small potatoes compared to federal election and insurrection related ones. Bragg is crawfishing right now but it would be better to nail Trump on criminal conduct related to his presidency*. Conviction on state charges would NOT bar him from running but a conviction for seditious conspiracy would.

Repeat after me: The Omar Rule not only rules, it rocks.

I agree with Professor Tribe that the Trump Junior-Meadows texts are a smoking rifle perhaps even a smoking howitzer. For all we know, the delay in pressing contempt charges against Meadows *could* involve attempts by DOJ to cut a deal with him. Someone will eventually roll over on the Impeached Insult Comedian and it could be the sycophantic Meadows. Stay tuned.

Let’s circle back to the post title with the obvious last word, which goes to XTC: