Sic Transit Gloria Trumpi: So the Glory Trump, Part II

Dear Donald…

So sorry to hear how it turned out — the whole MAGA thing…

People have no sense of gratitude, do they? We heard that when you got back to Mar-a-Lago in Florida last week…you were greeted by signs towed behind an airplane.

‘TRUMP WORST PRESIDENT EVER’, one banner read…


What kind of way is that to treat an aging patriot?

Must be depressing, huh?

Fake news

Word on the street is that the staff has locked up the guns and put all sharp objects out of reach.

Probably fake news.

Also probably fake news is this from Newsweek:

Donald Trump May Struggle to Pay Back His Empire’s Spiraling Debt

Experts say that former U.S. President Donald Trump may find it difficult to pay back the mountain of debt his empire owes over the next four years, with revenues of some of his key businesses plunging amid the coronavirus pandemic and his reputation bruised by two impeachments.

And here’s The Washington Post piling on:

Donald Trump returns to his company this week as it faces a deepening crisis, with key properties bleeding revenue and its bankers, lawyers and customers fleeing the company.

Financial disclosure forms, filed by the former president as he left office, revealed that his hotels, resorts and other properties had lost more than $120 million in revenue last year, as the pandemic forced long-term closures and kept customers home.

Those losses were worst in the places where Trump could least afford it: His Washington hotel, which has a $170 million loan outstanding, saw revenue drop more than 60 percent. His Doral resort in Miami – also carrying a huge debt load – saw a 44 percent drop.

On Thursday, the company’s troubles grew: One of its banks and one of its law firms said they would cut their ties with the Trump Organization. They are the latest in a string of vendors and customers who severed their relationships with the company after Jan. 6, when a mob of Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol directly after he addressed them at a rally.

It must be tough being a pariah.

Count on us

The fake news media is accusing you of all kinds of things now. But you can count on us; we’re not falling for it.

We’ve heard you say a lot of dumb things over the years, but we never heard anything that sounded like you were a ‘white supremacist’.

And we don’t hold you responsible for the COVID-19 death toll. What do they think you are, a miracle worker?

Besides, the United Kingdom has even more coronavirus victims per million. Why aren’t they talking about that?

As for the folks breaking into the Capitol…well…how were you supposed to know your audience was full of half-wits?

And now, they’re on your case about that, too…

Nationwide manhunt

Yes, a nationwide dragnet is underway…for your biggest supporters. From The Wall Street Journal

FBI field offices from Arizona to New York have fanned out to make arrests, search homes and interview witnesses, family members and associates. Homeland security agents and local law enforcement have also taken part in the investigation, according to the filings and people involved.

“The scope and scale of this investigation and these cases are unprecedented not only in FBI history, but probably DOJ history,” said Michael Sherwin, acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, which is overseeing the prosecutions.

Prosecutors will also be looking for people who want to cooperate.

Driving into Baltimore yesterday, we passed three — 3! — billboards urging us to snitch on our friends and neighbours.

‘Seeking Information’ they said…‘Call 1-800-CALL-FBI’.

It looks like this ‘domestic terrorism’ hustle is going forward. They are trying to enroll the whole population into an army of tattletales.

And according to ABC News, the shock-and-awe campaign is working:

Teen speaks out after alerting FBI about father’s alleged role in US Capitol siege

A Texas teenager who alerted federal authorities about his father’s alleged role in the Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol says he wants others to know that “it’s OK to come forward.”

OK? It’s better than OK.

To hear the press tell it, turning in your own father is a heroic act of patriotism…like the FBI agents who encouraged Muslims to commit acts of ‘terrorism’ so they could arrest them…or the Soviet school children who were urged to report their parents for ‘counter-revolutionary views’.

And Donald, we hope you’re not hiding any of these desperadoes in your attic.

Fake conservatism

But we just wanted to write to say that the only thing we blame you for is that you ran for president as a ‘conservative’ Republican and not a liberal Democrat.

You were a Democrat for most of your life. And your programs were more in line with the liberal Democrat agenda. After all, you’ve always been a Big Government kind of guy.

You promised to balance the budget and drain the swamp. But then you ran the biggest deficits in history…added debt faster than anyone ever had…and ‘printed’ beaucoup dollars to cover it.

And where did you think all that new money would go?

Into the swamp, of course.

Not only did you stab real conservatives in the back with your fake conservativism, you also gave Big Government Democrats a whole new way to exterminate them.

If you’d called yourself what you really are — a big-government, big-spending, big-jackass Democrat — it might be the Democrats who were hiding in attics.

Instead, thanks to you, they control both houses of Congress and the White House, too. And when they want to show the world how awful conservatives are, all they have to do is hold up your photo…along with a photo of that goofy guy in horns.

And if they get any pushback from a few conservative survivors, their ‘war on domestic terrorism’ should finish them off.

End result

And now, with no meaningful opposition, the government-as-the-solution-to-every-problem crowd is running wild…

Joe Biden signed 30 ‘executive orders’ in his first three days in office.

Spending proposals are ‘off the charts’. They think they can run up trillions in new debt…forgive student debt…delay rent payments…and pass out stimmy cheques every month.

You know where this leads. Well…maybe you don’t. But we do.

It’s sure to result in bigger government, a deeper swamp, less freedom to do what you want or say what you think…

…and eventually, in a full-blown national disaster.

Donald, you really messed up.


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