77 days. 11 weeks. That’s how far between Election Day and Inauguration Day. This post is a hypothetical because I’ve got every finger and toe crossed that Dump loses and Biden will be sworn in at noon on January 20th, 2021.
I’m operating under that assumption for the next few hundred words.
I’d like to know what you think is going to happen, taking what you know of the man, think you know of the man, or what just being alive the past four years and change has told you.
For myself, it boils down to two possibilities:
1. He’ll pull a Mitch McConnell and do absolutely nothing, because he’s in the mother of all snit fits.
He’ll shout and rant and rave, and he’ll keep bloviating to his die hard supporters on Twitter and every rally or press opportunity he can, but will stop any attempt at actual governance. And I’m sure he’ll forbid his lackeys from giving the Biden transition team anything to help them keep the government in the air.
On the other hand, hopefully Obama’s old staff kept their copies somewhere, because from what I read, most of Dump’s first appointees to office didn’t even look at the info provided or figured they knew all that stuff already. And since Joe worked with those folks, too, maybe he can get that stuff pretty easily.
I can see Dump just having a snit fit and maybe giving himself a heart attack thanks to all those burgers and shouting at the TV (seriously, anybody think he mighta stroked out at one point as red and constantly pissed off as he is? I’m trying to remember if he might’ve had strokes at one point, or if that was a theory.) Anyhoo–
2. He’ll pull a Hitler and go for a “I’m not going quietly and I’m taking the whole country down with me.”
Not like he wasn’t already going there by accident (or by inattention, fielder’s choice). But Dump is the mother of all sore losers. He cannot tolerate being out of the spotlight, of not being considered successful, not a winner… all that crap.
What’s got my anxiety ratcheting up is the honest feeling that he’s going to actively sabotage anything good or useful for those 77 days. He’s picked too many yes men (and women) to stop him now and they won’t reign him in. They may resign in protest, but they’ve let him get away with too damned much and I don’t see anything good coming out of Dump in those days. I think he’ll sign every executive order he can think of, actively lash out and hurt people more than before, and probably instigate more crap than ever with foreign countries who have leaders that never liked him, like the biggest “fuck you” he can manage on the world stage.
My imagination, sadly, can’t think of what exactly he’d try to do or would do in those days. Perhaps it’s too scary to contemplate what he would want to do (other than scream that he won the election and refuse to take the results for what they are). How far would he go to hang onto his meal ticket, and how bad would he make it for the rest of us when he can’t hang onto it?
That’s my biggest worry: we all know he’s not gonna go quietly.
He’s all about image, bravado, bullying. There’s nothing soft or subtle about him, and nothing pleasant. The only thing I’m positive about is that he’ll manage to make our lives more of a living hell than ever for those 77 days, especially now that ACB’s been sworn in (the list of expletives is too tiring to type).
So, in all honesty (because, yes, I’m sure many of us have that daydream of him being dragged off screaming to a prison van, but I’m thinking more seriously here), what do you think he’ll do if when he loses the election during those 77 days. What do you think he could do in that time? What do you think he would do?