Yesterday I teased out a prelude to what I would be writing about today; I took the liberty to posit that Donald J Trump will not be competing for the presidency again, even though he will continue to pretend to be a major player in the Republican party in the future.
Separate and apart from the potential legal entanglement that Donald Trump may be facing in Georgia and New York, there is still a lot we don’t know that may come out of the justice department after a new DOJ head is sworn in and all the evidence that William Barr suppressed is looked at with a critical eye.
From all indications, Trump’s properties are not doing well financially; in fact, some reports indicate some of his properties are bleeding cash profusely. Many of the sweet deals that Trump had, for example, with New York City, have dried up as the de Blasio Administration has stopped doing business with Trump.
Trump will find it difficult to find banks willing to do business with him going forward, and those that did are trying desperately to extricate themselves from him.
In the hundreds of millions of dollars that will become due in the next year or two, Trump has massive loans. Those loans were personally guaranteed. Donald Trump is no longer in office, and so Banks will be less hesitant about going after him and his properties to retrieve their money.
Soon enough, there will be an avalanche of lawsuits facing Trump, and he will find himself fending them off left, right, and center. The Fulton County District Attorney had indicated that she had opened a probe to determine whether Donald Trump broke Georgia’s election laws when he called the Secretary of State demanding that he find him the votes he needed to overturn the results in that state and declare him the winner.
In New York, Trump is under probe for potential tax law violations; there are allegations that Donald Trump inflated his assets’ value to secure better loans.
Additionally, Trump faces potential felony charges for the insurrection he instigated on January 6th. He also faces legal jeopardy for defamation for his lying attacks on the Dominion, the maker of voting machines used only in one county in California.
Conventional wisdom would suggest that Trump would likely seek elective office to get the power position back to ward off some of the legal challenges he faces. However, it was the same elevation to the power position that exposed him to all of the legal woes he now faces.
The potential challenges he faces may have had something to do with his refusal to relinquish power after losing the 2020 elections.
It was always my view that he wanted to remain in office at all costs, hoping that most of those legal obstacles would disappear based on the statute of limitations laws. Donald Trump, the [winner] (sic), managed to lose the presidency, the US House & the US Senate, all in the space of a four-year term. As evidenced in his senate floor diatribe after he voted to acquit him of his crimes, Mitch McConnell’s palpable anger at him speaks volumes.
The idea that Donald Trump is a winner is a reality only to those with their heads buried deep in the sands of unreality.
The number one question for Trump is whether to run and not make it further than the Republican primaries and be roundly repudiated again?
For the Republican party itself, the party also has to self-examine; Republican voters are fleeing the party in droves, as reported by Republican officials across the country, including in critical states for the Republicans like Georgia and Arizona.
Probably the most significant blow to Donald Trump is that he has been de-platformed by Twitter and Facebook. Twitter has permanently banned him.
Without the ability to sow discord and demagogic lies using social media, Donald Trump is nothing. Trump was never about anything substantive; his entire life from childhood to the present day has been one big lie. Without the established platforms from which to spout lies and hatred, Donald Trump is an insignificant troll that has been a colossal failure.
I believe that given a few months, the bitter taste of Donald Trump will begin to fade from our collective psyche and none too soon.
Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.