Alas, even the bare minimum enforcement of basic elements of democracy is too much for President Trump.
President Trump has been laying the groundwork for years at this point.
Even if he had won the election, he’d probably continue floating it — letting a potential Michael Flynn pardon swing in the breeze while he waits for the right moment to let it drop. Now we’ve reached an hour so ripe with presidential turmoil that he might as well fling a distraction at his base.
Perhaps it’s easier to speak out against President Trump and the flailing, chaotic, dwindling days of his presidency when you’re no longer in an official position.
At least three members of the Trump family inner orbit are looking to a future that might not necessarily involve the chief patriarch being president of the United States.
While the family publicly continues to hype Trump’s dangerous and ridiculous election delegitimization crusade, privately a few have their sights set on their own political futures.
In a narrow sense, this is a very New York City-centric issue. But if it comes to fruition, life as we know it in this city will not only collapse further into the unlivable realm than it already has in the wake of COVID-19, but we might see another outbreak spike in the city.
That’s a headline that could encompass the societal feeling of just about any stage of 2020. But it feels particularly pointed right now.
At least, that’s all according to a growing list of anonymous White House and campaign aides.