A Public Plea to Trump to Quit Beating His Dog
The disgraced loser’s rehabilitation starts here if he’s to get out of the doghouse but isn’t likely
I have one question for Donald J. Trump: Have you quit beating your dog? Never mind that the self-identified head of the Republican party doesn’t like dogs. If he had one, he’d be beating him just like he took after Mitch McConnell yesterday. You can skewer McConnell in the press. It’s not so easy with a dog, so if you have Trump's values, you beat it.
We have seen a lot from the man once known as the Orange Menace in the last two months, all of it bad. But it’s no longer fair to call him the Orange Menace. Voters and the Constitution have neutered Trump. He can still bark, but the bite is fading fast.
Prosecutors and lawyers will play the role of dogcatchers if you are willing to assign Trump the dog's role. Surprisingly, he might take it. The shoes of the victim seem to fit him fine. For four years — longer if you count his racism-laced campaign that started a year earlier — he has been repeatedly victimized by fake news outlets who have made a business of pointing out what they call lies.
Now that he’s out of office, the same victimizers have upped their game. They’ve decided to ignore him. That’s real punishment for a narcissist. If you doubt this, contact one and ask.
Rehabilitation is harder for a blind politician than it is for one clear-eyed. If you can’t see reality, you might step in more poop. And, depending on your state of mind, the poop might not even be poop. It could be something innocuous. But someone like Trump most likely will view it as yet another unjustified assault. One not only on him, unfair to the core because of what he did for America, but against the interests of the United States, at least those parts of it that, in his mind, matter.
Trump seems to be limiting his strategizing to family members and ex-felons. If he talked to the rest of us, he might tell us that he had an obligation to respond to “the attacks.” This is the biblical response. If someone hits you, you owe it to them to hit them back harder. And as we know, the ex-president would not let something less serious than a bone-spur keep him from joining the battle.
Thus, rehabilitation is not the probable future for Trump. Instead, in his fetid mind, it is a Senate where Ivanka has replaced Little Marco, where Lara Trump represents North Carolina in the Senate, and where Donald J. Trump, Jr. kills at least one endangered species animal a week.
Maybe rehabilitation would be more likely if Melania put her considerable talents to the task. Alas, she has doubled up on spa treatments at Mar-a-Lago. Query: Can Trump charge these treatments to his taxpayer-funded expense account set up for former presidents? If he can, at least we know the ex-president’s debt burden is not increasing.
The fake news tells us that Trump plans to campaign against those Republicans, called RINOs in Trump’s world, to punish them for their votes to convict him. Will he follow up on this threat? That depends on many things, but it’s not too early to speculate how effective he will be if campaigning from behind bars in a federal or New York State prison.