November 24, 2020 at 6:39 am EST | by Peter Rosenstein
Trump’s attempted coup equals more death
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President Donald Trump’s attempted coup has failed but will undoubtedly do lasting damage to our democracy. It has already done irreparable damage to the mental health of the nation.

Trump has proven once again he is a sick egomaniac and wannabe banana republic dictator. He has become what he detests the most — a loser. I have written before one of the reasons he is clinging to office by his fingernails is because he is aware of what awaits him when the cloak of the presidency is lifted. Trump is head of a failing crime family and is acting the part.

But he has misread our democracy and our laws are stronger than he is. The battleground states he lost in this election, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, and Wisconsin are now having their votes certified and will send Democratic electors to the Electoral College who will vote to make Joe Biden our 46th president. The drama Trump is creating with his lawsuits and tweets will be over on Dec. 14 when the electors meet to cast their ballots.

Each day Trump doesn’t recognize Joe Biden as the president-elect is distressing and dangerous for the nation. It took nearly three weeks for him to finally give Biden access to information he needs when GSA began a formal transition process. Trump still tweeted he will win.

Acts like that of Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, a Trump sycophant, to end funding agreements with the Federal Reserve will hurt not only business owners and stockholders but more crucially employees who will lose their jobs causing more people to go hungry, lose their homes and even die.

Then there is Trump’s legal team, which even Chris Christie sees as a joke. It is headed by Rudy Giuliani who has turned into a raving lunatic spreading lies and spouting far-fetched scenarios including one that a long dead President of Venezuela was involved in stealing this election from Trump. He held one press conference in a garden center opposite a porno store and a crematorium and another in the lobby of the Republican National Committee where dark dye was running down his face and he spewed one lie after another. Some who remembered his stint in drag at a New York Gridiron dinner suggested in his dotage he has even forgotten how to apply makeup. In all seriousness it is astounding how far he has fallen from what once was a stellar, if unearned, reputation as “America’s Mayor.”

Finally more Republicans are beginning to call for Trump to give up the ghost and to recognize Biden as the president-elect. The holdouts are the dregs of the Republican Party, including Sens. Moscow Mitch (R-Ken.) and Ms. Graham (R-S.C.). Democrats now need to win both Senate run-off races in Georgia to make sure those two clowns aren’t in the majority.

Nearly every foreign leader including the Pope, with the exception of Putin, has called to congratulate Biden. They are all thrilled not to have to deal with Trump anymore.

Those of us who supported Biden are being rewarded as he names incredible people to his administration. He is keeping his promise to name an administration that looks like America. There are already a couple of firsts with Janet Yellen the first woman to become Secretary of the Treasury and Avril Haines the first woman to be named DNI. Others in his Cabinet include Alejandro Mayorkas, a Cuban immigrant of Jewish descent to be Secretary of Homeland Security, Anthony Blinken, Secretary of State, and Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Ambassador to the United Nations. I am sure there will be other stellar people named including, Pete Buttigieg to positions in the administration.

The longer Trump keeps saying he can win he becomes more of a laughing stock around the world and he will do grave damage to our national security as our enemies will take advantage where they can. So like many other Americans I just can’t wait for him to go away; good riddance to bad trash.

Peter Rosenstein is a longtime LGBTQ rights and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly for the Blade.

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