He’s said and done many bizarre things recently, but does he really mean it – Leave the country?
The last few days have been pretty bizarre for President Donald John Trump (I), even by Trump standards:
- He abruptly ended a solo interview with CBS News’ “60 Minutes” Tuesday and did not return for an appearance he was supposed to tape with Vice President Mike Pence
- He launched an attack against the interviewer, Leslie Stahl, on Twitter for not wearing a mask, and threatened to post the interview before it aired.
- He told his adoring, mostly unmasked, supporters at a rally in Erie, PA that he really didn’t want to be there: “”Before the plague came in, I had it made. I wasn’t coming to Erie. I mean, I have to be honest, there was no way I was coming.”
- And, at a rally in Georgia on Friday he said, “Running against the worst candidate in the history of presidential politics puts pressure on me. “Could you imagine if I lose? My whole life, what am I going to do? I’m going to say, ‘I lost to the worst candidate in the history of politics.’ I’m not going to feel so good. Maybe I’ll have to leave the country?“
Anger at an interviewer asking “nasty” questions…standard Trump.
Accusing someone else for not wearing a mask…yeah, a little ironic, but not surprising.
Telling supporters in a city that he didn’t want to be there…chalk it up to a Trump (not so funny) joke.
But it was the last thing that caught my attention: “Maybe I’ll have to leave the country?” So, I began to think – has any losing presidential candidate ever left the country?
Even Aaron Burr, who shot and killed his political rival, Alexander Hamilton, for not backing his bid for the presidency in the election of 1800, didn’t leave the country. Facing potential murder charges, Burr fled to the South. The charges were dropped, and he returned to Washington to finish his term as vice president.*
(*In 1800, there was no ticket. The candidate with the most votes became President (Thomas Jefferson) and the one with the second most votes, Vice-President (Aaron Burr).
So let’s play, the “Why would Trump want to leave the country if he lost the election?” game:
a. It was embarrassing to lose to “Sleepy Joe;”
b. The Ex-Presidential Suite at the Trump Tower in Moscow will be the biggest, goldest, most ostentatious suite in the world;
c. He doesn’t want to go to jail;
d. All of the above.
Of course the answer is “d. All of the above” but with special emphasis on “c. He doesn’t want to go to jail.”
But wait, where would he go? C’mon, Mr. Obvious. He would leave and go to a country that doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the United States. This is, by the way, a pretty extensive list to choose from:
So, get ready fellow citizens, MAGA hatters and all. On the morning of January 20, 2021, right before Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States and while he is still the President (and by the way, immune from prosecution), Donald and the rest of the Trumps – Melania, Barron, Don Jr., Eric, and Javanka (but not Tiffany. I mean someone in the family needs to stay home and face the music) will be on a plane headed for…
“Здравствуйте, президент Путин. Спасибо, что приняли нас.”
"Hello President Putin. Thanks for having us."
"習主席，您好。感謝您的光臨." "Hello President Xi. Thanks for having us." 안녕하세요, 위대한 지도자 김. 우리를 가져 주셔서 감사합니다! "Hello Great Leader Kim. Thanks for having us." مرحبا MBS. شكرا لاستضافتنا. "Hello MBS. Thanks for having us."
Which one will it be? According my Countdown To Trump’s Last Day clock, in about 103 days, 2 hours, 8 minutes and 3 seconds we’ll have the answer. Can’t wait. The suspense is killing me!