Trump Regime

He’s On His Way Out

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Some people are understandably worried that Trump and his henchmen are engaged in a slow-motion coup and may literally refuse to leave the White House. I do not share that concern because the Constitution is very clear and there are multiple barriers to doing that. Joe Biden will be inaugurated regardless of what Trump says or does.

With that said, if you need some more reassurance, today's reports may help.

Politico reports that Trump's chief of staff, Mark Meadows, has explicitly told White House staff to come up with last-minute orders Trump can sign before Biden is inaugurated.

Even as President Donald Trump refused to concede to President-elect Joe Biden, Meadows was asking aides on the call to give him three goals by the end of the week that could be accomplished by Biden’s inauguration, according to two people briefed on the conversation. Since then, staffers have compiled a list of roughly 15 moves they could make through executive orders, executive actions or finalizing agency rules that they plan to pursue in the coming days, according to interviews with three administration officials. [...]

Inside the Trump White House, Meadows, senior adviser Jared Kushner and White House counsel Pat Cipollone are leading the various discussions on last-minute policymaking.

Among other things, Trump could sign orders that place further restrictions on immigrant worker visas. His staff -- and I will infer this is coming from his top trade adviser Ron Vara Peter Navarro --- also want to take one last pass at sanctioning Chinese goods or companies for "national security" reasons.

Meanwhile, Axios reported this morning that Trump intends to use the rest of his term attacking Fox News so he can launch an alternative network of his own when he's out of the White House.

Trump is apparently never going to let go of the fact that Fox News called Arizona for Joe Biden even if that was the correct call.

Some Trump advisers think Fox News made a mistake with an early call (seconded by AP) of President-elect Biden's win in Arizona. That enraged Trump, and gave him something tangible to use in his attacks on the network.

"He plans to wreck Fox. No doubt about it," said a source with detailed knowledge of Trump's intentions. [...]

Trump's digital offering would likely charge a monthly fee to MAGA fans. Many are Fox News viewers, and he'd aim to replace the network — and the $5.99-a-month Fox Nation streaming service, which has an 85% conversion rate from free trials to paid subscribers — as their top destination.

So -- yeah -- Biden hasn't been inaugurated yet and there remains a small chance that Trump has a few more levers of devilry to pull, but people close to him are also considering specific price models for whatever he does next.

I just want to make a quick prediction here: whatever Trump announces or has plans for will not turn out the way he thinks if it turns out at all. I do not believe his family's hold on the GOP will hold for another four years, either, because they're going to spend the rest of their lives mired in legal and financial distress. I doubt the Trump Organization will even make it to 2023 without declaring bankruptcy.

The MAGA network will be a failure if it ever gets off the ground and if he announces he's running for president in 2024 in the final days of 2020, that's not going to happen either. If I'm wrong I'll call myself out in four years.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Trump and his enablers will no doubt do what terrible things they can in the decreasing number of days left to them. And Biden should just undo it all on Day One with a “All Executive Orders issued since November 3 are utterly revoked” Executive Order.

    Even better, “All EOs issued since January 20, 2017”.

    Trump can do more damage, but at least what he does from here out is fairly easily reversed.

  • Aynwrong

    I have a hard time believing that Trump can provide any real competition. The man has never run a successful enterprise in his life. He ran how many casinos into the dirt? Also, is even a nimrod like Hannity foolish to think that Trump would reliably pay him at all even if could match whatever Fox pays him?

  • muselet

    The Trump administration is acting like every authoritarian regime in the world that has ever lost an election: deny the legitimacy of the vote, try to cling to power and monkeywrench the operation of government. The only thing missing is mobilizing the military.

    A normal administration treats itself as something of a caretaker government until the new president is inaugurated. However, this is not a normal administration and Donald Trump is not a normal president.

    *sigh*

    I don’t want to underestimate the potential for a successful all-Trump-all-the-time streaming service—there are plenty of Red Hats out there, after all, with lots and lots of grievances against … well, pretty much everything—but while streaming is cheaper to establish and run than cable or broadcast, Trump is effectively broke. He owes more than he can possibly pay back and I can’t think of anyone other than Vladimir Putin who would front him the kind of money he’d need. The money he can skim from the election recount fund won’t be nearly enough.

    Trump won’t go away, since people like him never do, but in a year or so it should be very much easier to ignore him and everything he says and does.

    –alopecia

    • 1933john

      I understand that it will be called SGN (Second Guess
      Network} and the Female Anchor will have no privacy.

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    • Draxiar

      Exactly. All this chatter about him buying a network is, of course, speculation but it just doesn’t add up based on a cursory look at the information out there. No one will lend to him, he owes nearly a billion dollars to various places, he’s got an empty-cupboard grocery list of lawsuits that are going to hog-tie his pig ass in exhaustive legal fees, rich donors are likely looking to the next money slave for their bidding, his properties are failing, and he’s a horrible business person with short-sighted instincts. Honestly, it wouldn’t shock me if he dies in a few years from a terrible diet and spine shattering stress.

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