Bob Franken




editor’s note: Please note the Cyrillic spelling of “tower” in the third paragraph.

Could you imagine if I lose?” President Donald Trump is now actually musing out loud about the possibility that he might not get re-elected. He was speaking, in this instance, at one of his rallies: “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. I don’t know.”
He may have to leave the country as an alternative to facing all his legal problems, particularly if he’s not successful in pardoning himself. True, his successor Joe Biden expressed the opinion during the campaign that it’s “not very … good for democracy to be talking about prosecuting former presidents.” But he also said that he’d keep a hands-off approach: “I will not interfere with the Justice Department’s judgment of whether or not they think they should pursue a prosecution.” Additionally, there are tons of state investigations, to say nothing of all the unresolved lawsuits that he finally might have to face when his attorneys run out of delaying tactics.
So where could fugitive Trump flee? That’s easy. Among the dozens of countries that don’t have an extradition treaty with the United States is Russia. Surely he and his buddy Vladimir Putin have secretly colluded on detailed plans for his escape. He might have finally worked out a deal for constructing in Moscow the Trump Bashnya, or Trump башня if you prefer the Russian Cyrillic alphabet translation of Trump Tower. This alleged secret agreement could even allow him to set up a resort property near Odessa. What would he call it? How about Marxist Lago?
That would take care of Donald Trump, but what about his most passionate believers, who would prefer to settle in another country if their hero flies the coop? In particular, where would the white supremacist militias go? People like the ones who came up with the plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, apparently because she displeased their hero, King Trump.
They even surreptitiously scouted the Whitmer family vacation home, but not all that surreptitiously. These “Vigilantes Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight” managed to be infiltrated by undercover FBI agents and soon found themselves indicted on a variety of federal and state charges. Mercenaries they’re not.
One might surmise that a president of the United States would temper his incendiary language a tad. But not this president. In a western Michigan rally he was on the attack against Whitmer for her strict anti-pandemic actions. Still again, his rabid supporters screamed, “Lock her up!” at the top of their lungs. Supporters who will become infected with Covid because they crowded together unmasked. President Trump simply basked in their shouted mantra, before sending them all wild again by adding, “Lock ’em all up!”

As you might have guessed, Gov. Whitmer was not amused. “This is exactly the rhetoric that has put me, my family and other government officials’ lives in danger while we try to save the lives of our fellow Americans,” she tweeted. “It needs to stop.”
The list of those who POTUS wants to lock up is long indeed, and could well become reality if he is re-elected and takes that as a mandate to assume authoritarian powers. The millions of those turned off by his lunacy must turn out in enormous numbers to vote him out of office. This is no time for complacency. Only by massively standing up to his tactics can they ensure that his legal trickery in pursuit of stealing the election will be futile. But even so, remember, he will have two-plus months as a lame duck to damage the country, and leave the United States far more weakened than it was by making final plans with Putin and absconding to safety in Russia.

© 2020 Bob Franken
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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