Spoiler alert: there’s not one person in the Trump administration who’s willing to go to prison just to make the transition period harder for President Biden. Not one. Some of them, such as the GSA administrator today, will bluff about it a bit. But they’ll all end up caving.
What these dumb dumbs are hoping is that you’ll be naive enough to believe they can somehow magically get away with just not signing off on the transition. If they’ve got you scared of an imaginary threat, then they can use it as leverage to get concessions in return for caving on it.
The first rule in defeating Trump and his henchmen has always been to not fall for the things they threaten to do that are literally impossible. Being vigilant isn’t the same as being gullible. When you fall for impossible threats, you hand the bad guys leverage.
Of course there a number of doomsday pundits who always insist that Trump and his henchmen will in fact definitely do the literally impossible things that they’re threatening to do, because they’re trying to scare you into paying attention to them and their platforms. So it’s understandable why you’re tempted to fall for it. But it’s not a smart way to play poker.
Will the transition be smooth or successful? Of course not. Trump has already hollowed out the executive branch. On some level there is no government to transition. It’ll be a total mess. But no one in the Trump regime has a magic wand when it comes to doing some kind of doomsday evil during the transition. They just don’t.
The kid who has been evicted from the playground has lost all his leverage. He doesn’t suddenly gain leverage because he threatens to throw the ball over the fence; doing so would only ensure the worst possible outcome for him. We still get to have the playground, and if necessary we can get a new ball. Don’t give these defeated stooges leverage by cowering to their threat to take their ball and go home.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report