Thursday, January 7, 2021

Trumpism is Over

President Trump has two weeks left in office, but for all practical purposes, Trumpism ended on January 6, 2021.

Wednesday started with a pro-Trump rally at the Ellipse just south of the White House where Trump had promised to speak. Some supporters had lined up before sunrise to get a prime position to hear the president.

Trump did appear but just before his appearance Trump reportedly received a phone call from Vice President Mike Pence during which he told the president that he was not going to object to the electors put before him at the joint-session Congressional electoral vote count.

That was unlikely to have sat well with the president, since it would most certainly mean Sleepy Joe Biden would be sworn in on January 21 and not him, and so when he reached the microphone before the thousands gathered he began by, naturally, talking about the size of the crowd and then continued by saying:

Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore and that’s what this is all about. To use a favorite term that all of you people really came up with, we will stop the steal.

He then spent nearly an hour reciting election irregularities that he said occurred across the country.

And then at the one hour and 12-minute mark, he gave his diehard supporters their marching orders:

Our exciting adventures and boldest endeavors have not yet begun. My fellow Americans for our movement, for our children and for our beloved country and I say this, despite all that’s happened, the best is yet to come.

So we’re going to, we’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, I love Pennsylvania Avenue, and we’re going to the Capitol and we’re going to try and give… The Democrats are hopeless. They’re never voting for anything, not even one vote. But we’re going to try and give our Republicans, the weak ones, because the strong ones don’t need any of our help, we’re going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.

So let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue. I want to thank you all. God bless you and God bless America. Thank you all for being here, this is incredible. Thank you very much. Thank you.

They took his instructions to heart and marched the one mile and a tenth to the Capitol.

And then they stormed the damn place

Lefty media went into total moral outrage posture as if storming a government building was in a league all its own compared even to the BLM riots and destruction of the pre-election months.

This was the CNN coverage of the "peaceful" BLM riots:

But this was the CNN coverage of the generally non-destructive storming of the Capitol:

And so, Trump once again showed an uncanny ability to fire up his base (at least the most hardcore part of it) but he had no real plan. Wednesday was a microcosm of his presidency. In November 2016, the street hustler had hustled himself into the big gig by discovering and tapping into the anger of the populous but he had no plan once in the White House and in the same manner, there was no plan as Trump urged his most ardent followers to march to the Capitol.

But the optics, as they say in the political business, were not good for the president. And then a Trump supporter was shot and killed inside the Capitol, most likely by law enforcement.

The president had fired up his most committed followers and they marched Trumpism into hell.

As I wrote immediately after his election:

Trump supporters are rabid, they will likely follow him down almost any hell hole.

And I added in that essay:

 These people are not going to listen to our arguments for smaller government. Their man is in power.

There will be opposition to Trump but it will be coming from the left, not the Trump right.

The left is all about expanding the state. Thus, it will be very difficult to reach out to these people and present state shrinking anti-Trump ideas. They are a perfect target for the socialists.

And so we now face a shift in power to the extreme left.

The Trump presidency was a disaster. He got outplayed by the swamp players time after time. He even placed many swamp creatures, still smelling with swamp stink as they entered the Oval office, as his top advisers.

And then came the year 2020, which he totally misplayed. First by putting focus on a virus that was of no serious threat. Then by holding daily press conferences about the virus with the sociopathic Fauci.

State and city officials across the country noticed the early-stage spike in Trump's poll numbers because of the virus press conferences and so they started giving press conferences of their own and they introduced mad unscientific lockdowns. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, the grandmother killer, even won an Emmy for his performances. And so the lockdowns continue even now as creepy politicians across the country sun themselves in the lights of the news media attention they get for locking down their jurisdictions.

And  Democratic leadership managed to turn the virus against Trump with the outlandish claim that he supposedly wasn't "doing enough" to stop a virus (!). And in Trump's most asinine move, he funded the blue state and city lockdowns by paying money to essentially all citizens and then boosting their unemployment checks which unquestionably smothered the protests against lockdowns. Everyone chilled at home (when not at BLM protests), pockets full of cash, and watched Netflix and ordered from Amazon. On top of that, the Trump stimulus package resulted in the Federal Reserve Bank pumping $4 trillion of new money into the system which is very likely going to result in accelerating price inflation in 2021.

Trump is also responsible for the "Warp Speed" vaccine that is being jabbed into people's arms and may be required for many of us. It's a shady vaccine for a virus that is of no serious threat to 99.9% of the population.

The latest report on the vaccine, which was introduced while skipping much testing protocol, is that a healthy 56-year-old doctor suffered complete and untreatable destruction of his platelets days after receiving the vaccine and later died of a brain hemorrhage.

This is a Facebook post by his widow:

 Pfizer issued its boilerplate statement for these type of deaths:

We are actively investigating this case, but we don't believe at this time that there is any direct connection to the vaccine.

And then there is the election itself where Trump was no doubt outplayed by the Democrats again. He should have seen the problem developing with mail-in ballots and should have made a counter move long before the election, rather than whine after the election. People I talk to tell me that there were 3 or 4 moves Trump could have made before the election to counter the likely Democratic mail-in ballot stuffing. Again, he was just not savvy enough to outplay the swamp creatures.

But, enough of what he didn't do, it is over for him now. The goofy storming of the Capitol, which accomplished nothing for him, is going to be painted by the Left, and already is being painted by the Left, as an attempted coup. But this wasn't Banana Republic stuff, it was more like Orange Dye Revolution stuff, like orange dye seeping into the brain.

People will have had it with Trump now as the clock winds down on his presidency. The Orange Dye Revolution Storming of the Capitol just added that push to get things to move along two weeks early.

That is if Trump can hold onto the office for two more weeks.

From Axios:

With 13 days left in President Trump's term, confidants and Republican officials are considering drastic steps to stop him, Jonathan Swan and Margaret Talev report.
  • The big picture: These measures include censure, impeachment or invoking the 25th Amendment — a move, long dismissed as a liberal fantasy, in which Vice President Pence would step in if  Trump were found to be unable to perform his duties. 
  • This talk is coming from current and former White House and GOP Hill aides, and Republican lobbyists and political consultants — all of whom have either embraced him or quietly tolerated him until now. 
  • Senior State Department officials are encouraging 25th Amendment discussions along with other officials at the White House and other departments, according to two sources involved in the discussions...
  • The 25th Amendment route would require buy-in from Pence and a majority of Trump's Cabinet. But many of those Cabinet members also have been loyalists to the president and serve in acting capacities, so it's not clear that support or will exists.
  • The bottom line: No House or Senate Republican leaders are yet championing these ideas — and it's too soon to know whether those talking about them are just letting off steam after a shock to the democracy, or whether a critical mass exists to proceed.

Whatever happens over the next two weeks, Trump will hold on to his most rabid followers but that is all. Once he is out of office, mainstream media is going to drop his name down a black hole. Twitter has already temporarily frozen his Twitter account. And, now after the Orange Dye Revolution, most of the masses will just forget about the hustler that was in charge.

They will be sleepwalked toward socialism by the comparatively calm, seemingly harmless, but very dangerous Joe Biden. This is how Trumpism ends and it started Wednesday. 



  1. You should be over the moon Wenzel. According to Biden you'll have 30 million neuvo Americanos very soon with more to come. You thought labor was cheap now? Just wait until all of Mexico and Central America is here. Living standards are sure to go through the roof, since none of these people are as lazy and entitled as the whites they're going to replace. I'm sure crime will drop precipitously as well since violence is unheard of in those countries. Happy days are here again!

    1. Yeah, the American traitor RW is creaming his shorts with all that 'muh cheap labor'. We can only hope he is a crime victim at some point from his own stupidity, but like the left, he will be in denial.

    2. Why personally attack RW? I don't agree with many of his views but he's a talented writer and always has an interesting take, which is why I keep coming back to his blog. You can make a libertarian argument against open immigration but just harassing the editor of the blog isn't going to win anyone over.

    3. Chad, they are trolls. Don't feed them.

  2. Good summary. Lots of tactical errors versus the swamp. Amazing to see how many people are defending the swamp now. I think people don't need sleep walking to socialism, they welcome it. There is zero understanding from a majority of what evils socialism brings. At least we had no new significant wars and 3 years of very low unemployment. Here comes more lockdowns, social programs, wars, and green new deal. Hope everyone is prepared and subscribed to EPJ daily alerts.

  3. For a guy that fell ass backwards into the presidency, it's kind of shocking he made it this long. Regardless Trump has continued to show he's a political liability to Republicans. We got a taste of this during the midterms, where rather than focusing on the Democrat's failed attempt to prevent Kavanuagh's nomination to the court, he proceeded to fulminate about immigration and put Republicans on the defensive. This helped take the edge off Democrat's and it was an absolute bloodbath for Republicans. With the lock downs and general unrest of the year, not to mention the deluge of negative coverage Trump received it was really no surprise that not only did he lose the election, but he consistently underperformed Congressional Republicans. I think it's become obvious that while Trump has a vehement group of supporters, he also comes with the baggage of having a whole host of other people that hate every inch of his guts and will do anything to remove him from power. This is most notable in the suburbs that lest we forget George W. Bush won handily, but have been drifting left ever since 2016. This is what led to his loss and what continues to hurt Republicans while he is the President. Rather than accept his loss after the court challenges failed and the electoral college votes were certified, he instead has continued to vociferously declare that the election was completely and utterly stolen. Imagine if he would've conceded and turned his attention rightly on the establishment media and their cohorts the Democrats. Joe Biden barely even ran a campaign, but thanks to the lockdowns in mostly Democratic run states, riots in cities that were almost exclusively Democratic, and a media ignoring the corruption of Biden and giving him almost universally positive coverage (especially when compared to Trump) he needed a good campaign strategy focusing on how it was not the pandemic but leftist policies that were causing much of the suffering in the U.S. I completely agree with you Robert when you say that Trump should have never gone along with the lockdown policy or be seen associating with the megalomaniac Fauci. Still while Trump gave the recommendations for the initial lockdowns it was individual states that continued them well past the alloted time. Biden was out demanding mask mandates and additional lockdowns, but rather than tying Biden to those policies his strategy inevitably became an attempt to discredit Biden based on his mental state or his failure to get any significant legislation passed from his time in Congress

  4. There was the crime bill Biden helped champion, but seeing as he had disowned it during his campaign he couldn't fall back on it to counter Trump. Perhaps in a different reality this could've been effective during the first debate. A substantive attack on Biden for his bad policy positions, effective uselessness, and putting his mental acquity into question. However, the first debate was an utter disaster for Trump. It changed no ones perspective on Biden and because of how ineffective Trump's strategy had been i.e. try to get Biden of his game so he looks mentally unfit in front of the camera, Trump ironically did more damage to himself. He was too pugnacious and he interuppted at every attempt which prevented Biden from showing any kind of mental lapses, because he had no time to speak. In the end this just confirmed to voters that Trump seemed unhinged and his pugnacity turned off too many women in the suburbs with his performance a complete disaster. In contrast because Biden did not fall apart the 'Sleepy Joe' moniker didn't appear to have any merit to it. It was at this point I knew Trump was done for. And now he has spent the last two months fulminating at his loss and adopting a pathetic victim mentality to shield his wounded pride. And his reasoning for his loss is often infantile and conspiratorial. Yes there was probably voter fraud, but not to the extent that would've changed the results. Trump should've focused his ire on the Democrat's whose policies have been overwhelmingly detrimental for the citizens living under them. He should've focused on the media that went all in for Joe Biden like no other candidate in their history. He could've accepted that while he did lose it wasn't due to a great campaign run by Biden, but the presses unending hatred of him. Instead he has been focused entirely of overturning election results claiming there was fraud even in races where Congressional Republicans picked up seats. The logic behind these claims just doesnt make sense on any level. And if any of this didn't make Trump seem more and more politically superfluous then look no further than the Senate races in Georgia. While Perdue and Loeffler were both mediocre candidates at best they were certainly the favorites to retain their seats for two reasons, at least after election day. The first was with a Trump loss this would be a big motivation factor for Republicans to stick it to the incoming Biden administration by preventing full Democratic control over the federal government. The second was Democrat's holding up a relief bill for months hoping that postponing any sort of relief for beleaguered families would be a net detriment to Trump. And you could see Loeffler and Perdue using those two points to attack their opponents. However, then Trump came along and effectively shit on the bed of both of those points.

  5. First by refusing to concede the election he effectively took away Loeffler and Perdue's biggest selling point. If Trump was going to find a way to contest the election then control of the Senate doesnt matter as much as if Biden were to be in the White House. Secondly Trump at the last minute refused to sign the relief bill arguing that American families should receive 2000 dollars. I cannot even begin to explain how utterly stupid this was. This isn't to say that granting additional relief is smart from a libertarian perspective im only looking at this politically. Regardless Trump was not making any kind of libertarian or small government argument he merely wanted the 600 dollars raised to 2000 completely arbitrarily I might add. So now it was Trump holding off on the bill and this allowed Ossoff and Warnock to then flip the script and claim it was Congressional Republicans holding up relief. And just to prove Trump is a political ignoramus he signs the bill anyway with no increase in stimulus checks. His little stunt did nothing but hurt the Republican Senators and he got nothing out of it. And to make matters even worse Trump not only was going to Georgia saying that the Republican voters were being disenfranchised and the election will be stolen anyway. He actively was criticizing the Georgia governor and secretary of state for not finding ways to overturn the election the results. All of this lead to a depressed Republican turnout. While Democrat's voted at 90% in the run off versus the 2020 election, Republicans only voted 87%. The most depressed areas were also the most rural, which is also where Trump gets the most support. In fact on the day of the election Trump held a rally. The county he arrived in did vote 3:1 in favor of the Republicans, however, turnout was down an incredible 15%. And just when you think it can't get any worse for the guy this shit happens. There's really not a whole lot to be said at this point other than this is the final nail in the coffin. Trump will be an utter pariah his voice in any future general elections as a former president will probably carry even less prestige than a failed presidential candidate. There will be no Trump 2024. His political failings not to mention the massive debts he has incurred will cause him to try and salvage his image for years to come. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if Democrat's pass some kind of resolution that prevents him from ever attaining the presidency again. At this point it doesnt matter if the 25th Amendment is utilized. From a political standpoint Trump is a dead man walking.

  6. It's one thing we learned, libertardians hate America just as much as the left.

    1. More so, as the most well known of the lolbertarians protect the most powerful leftists from scrutiny.

  7. It has always felt like Trump stumbled on a way to hack The Matrix, which is how he got elected, but then the Establishment machine took over and patched up that hack so that it won't happen again, and set about on retribution thereafter. Since Trump had no deep philosophical roots nor strategic thinking, he really floundered after hacking his way in. I still think that he did all of us a valuable service in exposing how ludicrous the Establishment is, but too many people ascribe what they've seen to Trump and not the Establishment. I just hope that his supporters can maintain their intensity for the next four years to keep ridiculing the legitimacy of the new regime, since ridicule of that sort is very healthy.

  8. Very good post-mortem, RW.
    And so unfolded the choppy term of a businessman-outsider as President, who his most ardent advocates said would be the greatest thing since sliced bread. I would have loved to see what he could've accomplished had he been left the Hell alone to do his job, but such is the fate of someone so patently and boldly taking on The Swamp; Yes, he made mostly horrible cabinet picks and packed his administration with Swamp insiders, saboteurs and enemies, leaving him far less time and focus for accomplishing things. But he went out in a blaze of controversy and negative attention, the same way he went in. Maybe next time we try a plumber-outsider as President...or a mechanical engineer-outsider...or seamstress-outsider... Couldn't be any worse.

  9. Trump was never anything more than the establishment's guy. He is an actor and played his part. His actions are who he is. Hillary could never have accomplished the police state we live in today. If he and his legal team wanted to prove the election fraud it would have happened. They ignored the obvious avenues to expose it. See the recent Propaganda Report interviews with election integrity expert Garland Favorito to understand just how obvious the scam is.
    Heads I win, tails you lose...

    1. He also helped to usher in MMT as a working reality and "stimulus" as part of normal and non-controversial Americana.

  10. How incredibly sad that a man who would have almost zero chance of dying from a cold virus would die from a vaccine purportedly employed to protect against that nonexistent threat.

  11. Can't argue with RW on his Trump observations. It appears that no matter how politically inept or politically astute, politicians always leave us in the same position of impoverishment. And democracy is at the heart of this tragedy.

  12. Trumpism is over. So is American Republic. Welcome to the USSA. Hopefully it will go the way of the USSR sooner than lŠ°ter. I personally will support every politician calling for secession of Texas from the USSA.

    Oh, and I promise to never hire any leftist, and avoid doing business with leftist-infested companies or individuals. May they crash and burn.

  13. Trumpism is dead. But I wonder, is it dead in the same way that the Reichstag fire ended Hindenburgism? With control of the government, and keeping the major democratic cities locked down for several more months, in addition to now the moral cause given by the assault on the "cathedral of democracy", I am not so sure that the future is bright for freedom and liberty. While I'm happy I live in Florida, I can't even tell you how many people have moved here from Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Chicago, and even Canada. They bring their horrible politics with them as well. Not only can the Dems now add new States, I think they plan on taking over traditionally republican ones as well. An American Holodomir I'm worried may follow.

  14. Trumpism needs to die, someone, perhaps Rand Paul, needs to step up and signal a new direction before someone else does in the GOP.