Jake: You lied to me Elwood: It wasn’t lies, it was just bullshit The Blues Brothers
First, let ne say this. I have absolutely no reason to doubt that Hope Hicks has contracted the coronavirus. The fact that a reporter had to break it, instead of the White House self disclosing it tells you all you need to know. Also, it would be a moronic ploy if it weren’t true. Look how it has thrown both the White House as well as the campaign into a confused mess. and now the news cycle is going to be dominated for days by the virus, the one thing that the campaign most needed off of the front pages.
But when it comes to whether or not His Lowness himself has contracted the virus? Fuck if I know. We have the White House announcement, with no physical test results to back it up. And not only does Trump lie like an old cat in the sunshine, every ass clown with the initials MD that we’ve heard from regarding Trump are all so full of shit that they could fertilize Nebraska. But why would Trump possibly lie about a thing like contracting the coronavirus? Here’s why.
Trump is getting clobbered. He trails badly in all national polls, with Biden topping 50%, the magic number, in many of them. Ditto for almost every one of the battleground states, with Biden clearing the 50% hurdle repeatedly. His campaign is almost as stony broke as he is. And now the campaign is being called on to spend money in states that shouldn’t even be in play, like Texas, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Oh, and he’s also losing 8-10 pre election lawsuits that he’s filing.
Enter the coronavirus. Trump has just entered quarantine. If he follows the proper protocol, Trump will be out of action for at least 14 days. But ask yourself, how many 74 year old patients with pre conditions have been laid up for weeks? But even a 14 day quarantine will do nicely. It’s hard for Trump to be controversial when he’s locked up in his bedroom, if he stays off of twitter. Also, there are 32 days left until election, 14 days in quarantine cuts that almost in half, and it also gives him an excuse to bug out on the second debate. As for his rallies, how many people will show up now that they know that he can actually infect them?
Look, I don’t know whether Trump is lying or not, and it really doesn’t matter. The Hicks coronavirus confirmation, and his announcement, true or not, give him the one thing he has been desperately searching for. A villain. And it gives him the chance to slide right into the mode of complaint that he is most comfortable with, victimhood. Especially if the election results are overwhelming enough that Trump can’t possibly contest the legitimacy in court, he still has his out. He was robbed! By his arch nemesis, the coronavirus.
Trump is truly hoisted on his own petard. He has built his entire personal and political persona on being the strong man, the iron man, nothing gets him down. If he whiles about the debilitating effects of the coronavirus, he risks looking weak to his supporters, who expect more of him. And worse, it would only confirm what Bob Woodward has already told us. Basically, all the way back in February, Trump knew how serious it was, and he downplayed it. That’s right, he played them for suckers.
But once the election is over?. Sweet Jesus, the self pitying whining almost writes itself. See? See?!? I told you this would happen, the whole thing was rigged! I was kicking Biden’s ass, the real polls had me up by double digits. I buried him in the first debate, and would have done the same in the other two! The Democrats, fueled by the fake news kept spreading the false narrative that Russia was trying to interfere in the election! When it was actually China that was interfering! I told you that they purposely sent that China virus over here to wreck out economy, because we were kicking their asses on trade. talk about interference? How much more could they interfere than to give me their filthy plague a month before the election?
If the election turns out as one sided as I think it’s going to be, I have no doubt the post election will play out something very like this. Without COVID-19, Trump would have been stuck bitching about stolen ballots, and massive fraud, and all that shit that will be laughed out of court without hardcore proof. But with COVID-19, Trump now has his doorway to victimhood, and he’ll take it. I told Teri a month ago that if Trump loses, especially badly, I already knew his exit strategy. He’ get on the plane for his holiday break at Mar-A-Lago, and just never some back. There won’t be anything for him to do in the new term anyway, especially if the Democrats flip the Senate. He’ll just play golf and rage tweet, his new retirement plan. Only 32 days left. VOTE!