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WEEK #209 (AND FINAL WEEK!) OF THE TRUMP ERA IN REVIEW, FRIDAY 1/16/21, TO WEDNESDAY, 1/20/21

Quote of the Week: “President Trump will work from early in the morning until late in the evening. He will make many calls and have many meetings.” – written by Trump himself, and the only entry in the official White House schedule every single day since New’s Year Eve

The final week of the Trump Era began minus Trump on Friday, or at least invisible on social media, the only place the Trump of his imagination ever existed. The difference between the real Donald Trump and his social media alter-ego is as startling as the difference between The Wizard of Oz and the puny little man pulling levers behind the curtain, an exposure that would come as a shattering and world-altering revelation to his most fevered followers before his final week ended.

The fact that Mike Lindel, the My Pillow guy and a private citizen, was somehow elevated to Keeper of Classified Official Documents in Trump’s rapidly shrinking inner circle should have tipped off the Qanons, Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, White Supremacists and assorted MAGA hat-wearing, Trump flag-flying misfits that their emperor was buck naked and howling at the moon, but delusions die hard, and grand delusions die grander.

Continuing investigations into the Charge of The White Brigade on the US Capitol on Jan 6 revealed that assassination of key government figures was the aim, and that longtime Trump cronies and shady political operatives Roger Stone and Steve Bannon were involved in its planning and implementation, and that the Capitol police force had 3 days advance notice of violence against the Capitol, yet failed to act. 

Undaunted by this disturbing news, President Trump worked from early in the morning until late in the evening. He made many calls and had many meetings.

On Saturday, Trump’s Department of Justice reflexively acted as Trump’s personal lawyer once again even though William Barr is gone, when they tried to walk back the talk of attempted assassinations, even as its own investigators uncovered evidence of suspicious foreign funding for the insurrectionists and widened its net to arrest scores more MAGA warriors and identify hundreds more suspects.

Trump marionette Alex Azar, head of the EPA and one of the President’s main saboteurs of the Covid-19 recovery, found his 11th hour conscience and resigned on Saturday, mewling about (!) his own tarnished legacy in a resignation letter long on finger-pointing and short on mea culpas. Then the military cancelled Trump’s carefully planned hero’s sendoff for himself at Andrews Air Force Base, a mini-military parade complete with fighter jet flyovers of Biden’s Inauguration. As a consolation, they did provide a reliable squad of Marines to ensure the door doesn’t hit him in the ass on the way out.

Then First Lady Melania formally ended her “Be Best” campaign, which came as a surprise to just about everyone. Who knew a Be Best Campaign really existed outside of her imagination? For his own part,  President Trump continued working from early in the morning until late in the evening. He made many calls and had many meetings, with one result being a final scam to bilk his beloved poorly educated out of whatever money they have left, to fund his Presidential Library to the tune of $2 billion.

On Sunday we heard from a couple of Trump’s most loyal minions when we were treated to the tidings of Rudy Giuliani selling Presidential Pardons for $2 million apiece, and Lindsey Graham blaming (!) 80 year-old Speaker of The House Nancy Pelosi for not pulling a Rambo and personally repelling the attack on the Capitol. 

Trump, meanwhile, once again working from early in the morning until late in the evening while making many calls and having many meetings, installed a Republican political operative loyal to him, and with no experience in Intelligence gathering, as the top lawyer at the National Intelligence Agency (and defacto liaison to the soon to be former President Trump), a job from which it is difficult to be fired, and a man destined to be reassigned to guarding office supplies in the very near future.

On Monday, while Joe Biden dominated the national discussion, introduced his team and laid out his plans for America, we heard next to nothing from the White House except “President Trump will work from early in the morning until late in the evening. He will make many calls and have many meetings.”

Perhaps we understood Trump’s silence on Tuesday when it was announced that America surpassed 400,000 deaths from Covid-19, and a solemn ceremony was held marking their passing on the Great Mall in Washington, presided over by President-Elect Biden. 400 lights were lit at sunset around the Reflecting Pool, each representing a thousand of our beloved fallen, while Biden did what Trump could not bring himself to do in 11 months, express our profound collective grief and offer condolences to 400,000 American families whose lives have a gaping hole in them.

Biden and his family had arrived in Washington DC that morning, denied the traditional military jet provided by all sitting Presidents to incoming Presidents, denied by the man who could not bring himself to meet with Biden face-to-face, or to even speak his name. Indeed, listening to the self-praising farewell video Trump released that day, you would think he was being replaced by nothing at all, just some faceless and nameless “new administration.”

Indeed, for this final full day in office, President Trump really did work from early in the morning until late in the evening. He also made many calls and had many meetings. Of course it was not the American People’s business being conducted or discussed, but instead round after round of fevered negotiations for Presidential Pardons by a rogue’s gallery of vagrants, criminals, embezzlers and traitors, so many of them that they would not be announced until the wee hours of Inauguration Day.

Also getting the President’s attention was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell throwing him under the bus by endorsing his impeachment and intimating he will vote for his conviction and disenfranchisement from holding public office in his upcoming Senate trial for the crime of inciting insurrection against the United States, which prompted Trump to threaten to start his own political party called the Patriot Party, an empty threat considering the vast amount of actual work required to form a viable 3rd Party as a national presence.

Trump also spared the time to invite as many people as he could, all of them allowed to bring (!) 5 guests, to his truncated going away party, including enemies, legislators he knew were attending Biden’s inauguration, and even people he angrily fired, a telling sign that Trump’s struggle with withdrawal from his Adulation Addiction was kicking into overdrive.

Speaking of the absence of adulation, the Screen Actors Guild decided to hold a hearing to decide whether or not to expel Trump as a member because he tried to overthrow the government, which, if successful, would cut off any avenue to resume his TV career, while a Federal Court killed his latest round of relaxed pollution rules, while Biden would eliminate the worst of his remaining pro-pollution orders the following day.

On early Wednesday Morning, on top of his 143 pardons and decrees of leniency to his professional and political allies (the usual suspects, thugs like Steve Bannon and Elliot Broidy plus a Reality TV animal abuser), Trump revoked Executive Order 13770, an order on ethics he signed when he first took office, freeing those who served in his administration to cash in with lucrative lobbying gigs, a prohibition that Biden would reinstate later that day.

Then Trump helicoptered to Andrews Air Force Base for his big farewell, and his final rally as President of the United States, which, fittingly enough, drew a crowd smaller than your average supermarket grand opening, where he made another Biden-free speech. He finally managed to thank his family and supporters before launching into a litany of lies about his imaginary “accomplishments,” made one final mention of “the Jynah virus” (but said nothing about its victims), then falsely claimed the number of infections were “skyrocketing downward,” betraying total ignorance of the current state of the raging pandemic along with a complete misunderstanding of how rockets work.

He promised the few hardy stragglers in his “crowd” that “we will be back in some form,” neglecting to elucidate if that would be solid, liquid or gaseous form, before making one true statement, that he put America “in a position it’s never been before.” Yes, that he did, with a sacked Capitol, a raging pandemic for which he had no plan in place to fight, and millions suddenly plunged into poverty. And then, with the gay anthem YMCA blasting from the loudspeakers, Trump boarded his final flight on Air Force One to Mar A Lago, his Elbe in West Palm Beach.

As well as being the last gasp of the Trump Era, the second best part of the final Trump Era day was that it ended at noon, no small consideration to a populace reflexively bracing itself for a fresh outrage from a maniacal President on an hourly basis. Joe Biden was sworn in as our 46th President at noon, and the US government immediately reverted to normal operation, neatly identifying the single impediment to good governance for the past 4 years, one Donald John Trump.

At the end of 4 furious and traumatic years, we are left with no touching acts of kindness by President Trump, no encouraging words, no endearing traits, no praise for his countrymen, not a single amusing anecdote, no instance of national pride in our leader and exactly no inspirational quotes. No insight into who this man really is was gained.

A thousand books will be written about Trump and the circumstances that led to such a man’s ascension to the American Presidency, few of them celebratory or overburdened with lavish praise. There will be detailed histories, scholarly political analyses and anecdotal revelations, with no shortage of them being psychoanalytical treatises trying to figure out just what the hell happened and why.

This chronicle has been none of those things, simply a record of what actually happened and exactly what was said on a day to day basis, sort of a “Just Some Guy Reading the Newspapers” approach. I made up nothing, nor was I privy to any insider details that were not reported in the news media. I thank all of my readers profoundly, those of us who endured these times together and who could stand to see it laid out in print every week for 4 of the longest years any of us will ever experience. You all have my deepest gratitude and my fervent hope that the sun will shine on all your hopes and dreams, for yourselves and your loved ones.

So let’s end this dog & pony show like we began it; together, bloodied but unbowed. And just for shits and giggles let’s repeat Trump’s own maniacal mantra: “President Trump will work from early in the morning until late in the evening. He will make many calls and have many meetings… President Trump will work from early in the morning until late in the evening. He will make many calls and have many meetings… President Trump will work from early in the morning until late in the evening. He will make many calls and have many meetings….”

*Special thanks to my lovely one Louise Molinari-Crespo for putting up with my furious Fridays spent immersed in this nonsense, and to my friends Beth Diebels, Teri Picarone, Cathy Schemm Stanchek, Bart LoShiavo, Julian Parks, Bob Polito, Dave Forman and dozens more who who brought a thousand things large and small to my attention, my fellow “Just some Guys and Gals” who supported this chronicle for 209 sordid chapters over 4 long years.  

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