[COMMENTARY] Trump Begs McConnell Not to Convict Him And Pleads To Get Right Wing Social Media Back Online
After having achieved the distinction of becoming the only president ever to be impeached twice, Donald Trump released a video message through the official White House government Twitter account Wednesday evening in which he lied about never having encouraged political division or violence and all but begged to have his expulsion from social media reversed.
Far from being a genuine, heart-felt mea culpa, the video makes several references to “our movement,” a kind of rallying cry and an indication that Trump doesn’t yet realize that his political future is over. In some ways, the message he seems to be conveying is similar to what he told the Proud Boys during the first presidential debate: “stand back and stand by.”
Because the five minute message, which he recorded behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office shortly after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach him for insurrection, contains myriad lies Hill Reporter will not include a link to it here.
In the video, he starts out by saying that the “incursion” of the U.S. Capitol “struck at the very heart of our republic.” Trump, who was too engrossed watching television images of domestic terrorists rampaging through the Capitol to answer frantic pleas for help last week from lawmakers, claimed that “violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country – or in our movement.” The next lie was that “making America great again has always been about defending the rule of law,” even though he’s spent the past five years encouraging his supporters to “beat the hell out of” anti-Trump hecklers at his public events. “Mob violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for,” he said.
The next of the big lies comes when he says “no true supporter of mine could endorse political violence.” Well, except for those thousands of people who invaded the Capitol, intent on killing Democratic lawmakers and hanging Vice President Mike Pence. He said he was “shocked and saddened by the calamity at the Capitol last week,” but still would not acknowledge the death of the Capitol Police officer who died after his mob bashed him in the head with a fire extinguisher.
In perhaps the most tone-deaf, self-serving pivot of any remarks he’s ever delivered as president, Trump then said he wanted to say a few words “about the most unprecedented assault on free speech we have seen in recent days. The efforts to censor, cancel and blacklist our fellow citizens are wrong and they are dangerous.”
Taken at face value he essentially is begging to have his various social media accounts once again activated. But if you listen carefully, what he’s really advocating is for Amazon or some other tech company to bring the communication app Parler back online. Parler, of course, has been on of the most frequently used methods of communication for those who planned and carried out last week’s attack on the Capitol and who are attempting to plan attacks in Washington and across the country on and around President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.
The video fades to black without Trump either acknowledging the historical shame of being twice-impeached that will forever be attached to his name and to his children, or the fact that he will become a failed one-term president when Biden is sworn in. In other words, classic Trump.