has become the first book in what appears to be an endless series. Damn. In 2015, The bad guy, a.k.a. Antagonist Trump, showed up. His own party laughed at him, mocked him, cursed him openly. He got stronger and stronger, saying things like “I’m gonna drain the swamp!” and “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” He came out with his MAGA hat, and the liberal media had a field day. But then, he got elected. His party loved him, said he was great, and hey, they had really liked him all along.
Our antagonist, with his sycophantic enablers, failed at many things, but he did manage to pass a trillion dollar tax bill that would get the rich, richer. His working class followers loved him for it. He denigrated women. He mocked the disadvantaged. He championed right-wing extremism. He laughed at climate change. He advanced racist policies. Remember “shit-hole countries”? Midway through his presidency he lost the House to Democrats–a ray of hope broke through the clouds.
Using the highest office of the land, he unsuccessfully attempted to extort a foreign power in order to get dirt on his 2020 opponent. The House brought impeachment charges. His Republican enablers, knowing he was guilty as hell, blocked witnesses. Bad boy got impeached but not convicted. He geared-up his hate-campaign. Things seemed to be going his way in spite of the sheer insanity. He was stuffing the Supreme Court. He was boasting that he had built the economy. (He hadn’t) He was boasting he had built a “beautiful wall.” (He hadn’t.) He smeared the media every chance he got. But then something happened. In China. Wuhan.
What could have gotten him re-elected, had he gone with the scientists instead of his own imbecilic and murderous mentality, put him lower and lower in the ratings. COVID 19 killed the economy, killed Americans. Trump attacked and blamed Democrats. He politicized the virus and thus watched millions more die. He didn’t give a damn. He became a super-spreader. He had to get re-elected…then it would go away. Tony Schwartz was quoted as saying that Trump would “burn the place down rather than leave.”
Trump tried to dismantle the Post Office. He pushed voter suppression. He incited a riot to take over the government of the United States. It all failed, and he left in disgrace.
End of story.
But it’s not. I watched a YouTube podcast this morning that showed President Biden slipping on the ramp to Air Force One–once, twice, then falling the third time. Dammit. Was that a sign? Was it symbolic? What will this next plot reveal? Trump is fading, but the bad guys are still out there like so many zombies, foaming at the mouth, screaming their lies, tearing the air with their now dull claws. Joe Biden and his team are moving us forward, but it’s slow going against a mountain of issues.
The story hasn’t ended. It only paused for a bit. What will the next volume bring? Anyone care to guess?