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Thu Oct 15, 2020, 08:37 AM

Lazy Cowards Don't Start Civil Wars

All evidence suggests that the president would run from the responsibility of overseeing the violent fracture of America.

6:45 AM ET
Graeme Wood
Staff writer at The Atlantic

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So in the competition between those who predicted a presidency of indolence and those who predicted a presidency of creeping fascism, the latter appear to be ahead by several touchdowns. And yet I think the first group might have a strong final quarter—even though the journalist was wrong about pretty much everything. When we consider how the postelection interregnum will go, we should remember that Trump had a vision of the presidency that began with extreme laziness, and that the end of his presidency could go roughly the same way.

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Trump thought that the presidency is like many large organizations: capable of running itself, with the president a public figurehead, no more necessary to the United States’ daily operation than the guy who plays Ronald McDonald is to the McDonald’s corporation. The deep state—a permanent bureaucracy that runs things in its own interests, irrespective of who is president—was not his villain. It was his fantasy. Holding campaign rallies, even after the campaign ended in victory, was the equivalent of showing up in Ronald McDonald makeup (complete with unnaturally dyed hair), the job that he always wanted, and hoped he still had.

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The end of the indolent presidency could indeed have been triumphant resignation. Picture this: After a year in office, the country is still running; the long national nightmare of having a crypto-Kenyan Muslim president is over. Trump addresses Congress to announce that, having made America great again, he will retire to Trump Tower, like Cincinnatus to his farm on the right bank of the Tiber, and leave the republic in the capable hands of President Mike Pence. Trump then enjoys a gilded post-presidency—with opportunities for profit that would make the Clinton family blush. To those who imagine Trump as Mussolini, this scenario will sound crazy.

But what stopped it from happening was not that Trump found his inner duce. The first intervention was reality: The president who sleeps away a year in office does not awake to find his ship on course for safe harbor. He finds it run aground and ripped apart, leaking its contents all over the country like the Exxon Valdez. The second was impeachment, the Russia investigation, and other accusations of criminality against Trump and his associates. Being much poorer than he claimed to be, then hiring cut-rate criminals to run his affairs, made honorable departure from office ahead of schedule—and without permanent taint—impossible.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/10/lazy-cowards-dont-start-civil-wars/616720/

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Thu Oct 15, 2020, 09:05 AM

1. Great response to the doom and gloomers

Here is my favorite passage:

"What if Trump does not concede—and he continues not to concede, even as he packs his suitcases, swipes some White House–branded complimentary toiletries, and walks onto the South Lawn and into Marine One and waves farewell to the presidency?

I think this scenario is in fact the most likely one, if Trump loses the election. And it may even be his preferred scenario, better than an outright victory (which would require another four years of onerous employment), better than showing up on Inauguration Day and having to duel Joe Biden for the right to be sworn in. As for the prospect of civil war: Trump is a coward, and all evidence suggests that he would run from the responsibility, even more burdensome than normal service as president, of overseeing the violent fracture of America."

The POS is going to lose and he is going to leave the WH. Let him continue to do his sick rallies and go on Faux and become even more irrelevant and pathetic as he heads to a coronary.

Thanks for posting.

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Thu Oct 15, 2020, 09:29 AM

2. trDump is a vindictive SOB,.. look how he methodically and habitually,....

Is attempting to dismantle and obliterate Obama's legacy bit by bit,... and piece by piece.

He is a sick puppy who wishes to up root and destroy anything he can not take direct and exclusive credit for. He only wants to pin all accolades just on himself. Sharing credit with another is unthinkable in his sick and selfish mind.

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Thu Oct 15, 2020, 10:28 AM

3. All this ignores

That there are other complicit in his crimes, and also that he couldn't just hand off the civil war responsibilities to others with vested interests (like he has been doing for the past 4 years). All Trump would have to do is cheerlead for the base about how they are going to kill all the liberals.

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