Trump Says He’s Being Selfless — It’s Unlikely
Starting off his Monday morning tweet session, Donald Trump claimed that his fight to overturn the election and defy the will of the voters wasn’t a selfish move, but an attempt to stand for millions of voters. However, there’s just no evidence that Trump is in it for anyone but himself — as usual.
When Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen wrote the book, Disloyal, about his time in the president’s service, one major theme was that Trump doesn’t care about anyone but himself. He’s not a person to carry out acts of self-sacrifice, and he demands and expects obeisance from all, and something in return for every favor. Cohen has reiterated that sentiment since — such as in September, when the LA Times reports he told Late Night With Seth Meyers viewers, that he was trying to get a message to Trump cultists: “Open up your eyes and acknowledge that Trump doesn’t care about you.”
Now Trump says he’s fighting for the voters and not for himself. (In case the president deletes and replaces this tweet when someone points out it actually says ’74 million million’ there will be a screenshot appended to the end of this article.)
I’m not fighting for me, I’m fighting for the 74,000,000 million people (not including the many Trump ballots that were “tossed”), a record for a sitting President, who voted for me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2020
However, if 74 million voters cast their ballot for Trump, over 80 million chose Joe Biden, and in addition to losing the popular vote for the second time (lets pause to notice Trump wasn’t worried about what the majority of voters wanted in 2016 either), this time Trump also lost the electoral college — by a landslide. If he was fighting for what the American people want, he could leave the White House gracefully, without further discrediting our election process.
However, when he does, he’ll very likely face prosecution. He’s been claiming that holding office should make him immune to prosecution. His attorneys argued this before the Supreme Court, as Forbes reports, saying that he shouldn’t be susceptible to charges of financial crimes as long as he remains president.
As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong? In the meantime, the never ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) continues into the mid-terms!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2018
He’s also claimed the president has the power to pardon himself — Politifact repoRts that this has just never been tested and there’s no legal consensus on whether it can happen, but ultimately, the very fact that Trump would propose this speaks to his mindset and goals. It looks like a person putting their own protection first.
As NPR reports, even if Trump issued for himself a broad Federal pardon, or resigned, making Mike Pence briefly the president, and having Pence grant him the pardon, it wouldn’t protect him from state-level charges, which could hit on January 21st, the day after Joe Biden’s inauguration. He’s also facing defamation cases from two women he demeaned when they came forward with allegations that he sexually assaulted them.
Could Trump be acting selflessly? We can’t read his mind, but there’s nothing in his history to support it, and ultimately, remaining in office protects Trump far more than he, in office, could be argued to protect the American people.