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Fri Jan 8, 2021, 10:42 AM

Why Trump's grudging 'concession' speech was literally unbelievable

https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/why-trump-s-grudging-concession-speech-was-literally-unbelievable-n1253441


Why Trump's grudging 'concession' speech was literally unbelievable
Trump's new video was less a concession speech and more a please-let-me-stick-around-for-12-more-days speech.
Jan. 8, 2021, 8:00 AM EST
By Steve Benen

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"Now Congress has certified the results, and the new administration will be inaugurated on January 20. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly, and seamless transition of power."


Let's review the many problems:

1. Trump's video is filled with lies. In the video, the Republican claimed, "I immediately deployed the National Guard and federal law enforcement to secure the building and expel the intruders." I wish that were true, but it's plainly not. What's more, in the new video, Trump condemned the insurrectionist mob as "heinous," and claimed to be "outraged by the violence, lawlessness, and mayhem," which is the opposite of what he told the public a day earlier.

2. Teleprompter Trump is not to be trusted. The pattern has been obvious for quite a while: Trump speaks his mind, sparks outrage, and then does damage control by reading the words others put on a teleprompter for him to read. As a rule, this is soon followed by a fresh round of scandalous sincerity, in which Trump contradicts the script.

3. It's too late. Oh, now Trump is committed to "a smooth, orderly, and seamless transition of power"? In case the Republican hasn't noticed, the transition is underway, but there's nothing smooth, orderly, or seamless about it.

4. Motivations matter. Trump's video was born of panic. As his failed term nears its end, he faces the very real possibility of impeachment, being removed from office through the 25th Amendment, and possible criminal liability for inciting a riot against his own country's Capitol.


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There were plenty of pundits reflecting late yesterday on Trump's shift in "tone," but make no mistake: this new video is about strategy, not sincerity. Those afraid of what he might do in closing days of his term need not feel reassured. The threat, made obvious on Wednesday, remains unchanged.

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Walleye Jan 8 #1
musclecar6 Jan 8 #2
ScratchCat Jan 8 #3
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PatSeg Jan 8 #5

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 8, 2021, 10:46 AM

1. I'm not even sure he comprehends the words, when he's reading aloud

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 8, 2021, 11:29 AM

2. He's only



doing damage control while simultaneously scheming his next disingenuous move. Amazing how many people still canít see thru our favorite megalomaniac lunatic.

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Response to musclecar6 (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 8, 2021, 11:37 AM

3. I think someone got to him

Someone must of told him how close he is to being removed and reminded him he needs a pardon from Mike Pence on the campaign finance charges that are waiting in SDNY. He is also interested in pardoning his kids, so maybe they got to him and convinced him to cool it before they were out of luck.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 8, 2021, 11:44 AM

4. He never conceded to Joe Biden. He just agreed to leave the White House

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Fri Jan 8, 2021, 11:47 AM

5. It was very clear

those were not Donald Trump's words. He never talks like that.

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