Washington Post: Thursday saw two major developments in the pursuit of the Big Lie: Trump successfully browbeat Texas into conducting a “full forensic” recount of votes in four counties and his sad yet bizarre audit in Arizona found another 360 votes — for Joe Biden.
Here’s the scorecard:
1. Arizona — 360 vote shift to Biden
2. Michigan/Antrim County — 12 votes to Trump
3. Georgia — 1,779 votes to Trump
4. Wisconsin — 74 votes to Biden
In other words: Democracy 1, Trump 0.
“Sucking up to Donald Trump is not a strategy that works.”
— Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), reported by the Lexington Herald Leader.
“I mean, he can’t rein in his own people. We have the Mitt Romneys of the world and, you know, the Ben Sasses of the world. These are not good for the Republican Party.”
— Former President Trump said that Republicans need “stronger” and “better” leadership than Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, The Hill reports.
“Would anybody have marched on the Capitol, and tried to overrun the Capitol, without the president’s speech? I think it’s pretty much definitive that wouldn’t have happened. … It seems cause-and-effect. The question is, did he know he was enraging people to do that? I don’t know.”
— Former Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller told Vice News that he believes former President Donald Trump’s speech caused the violent mob to attack the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
“Former President Donald Trump was spotted outside Trump Tower Sunday night in his first visit back to the Big Apple since leaving office,” the New York Post reports. “He was seated in a backseat of a black SUV. Upon his arrival, he waved to a lone Trump supporter who was across the street next to the media.”
“President Donald Trump’s onslaught of falsehoods about the November election misled millions of Americans, undermined faith in the electoral system, sparked a deadly riot — and has now left taxpayers with a large, and growing, bill,” the Washington Post reports. “The total so far: $519 million.”
Trump is taking on the mantle of itinerant provocateur,
Setting forth to sully the unfaithful with Trumpian manure.
He’s hitting the road
To chastise and goad
His enemies, on what is being heralded as his revenge tour.
“Have a good life, we will see you soon.”
— President Trump, in remarks before leaving Washington, D.C.
Donald Trump owns a distinction no predecessor has attained.
He earned it through sedition, encitement and bloodstains.
Though not an honor o’er which he’ll gloat,
History will nonetheless ever note
That President Donald J. Trump has been impeached — again!