And so it begins. As you will recall, brothers and sisters, one month ago I said that Donald Trump will be in jail before Christmas. No, I don’t own a crystal ball. What I do own is a long personal history with narcissists.
What I said then was that sooner or later, more sooner than later, Trump’s behaviour will trigger one or more gag orders. The mere existence of those gag orders will cause Trump to defy them. That defiance will lead to bail revocation, which is a polite way of saying a judge is going to throw Trump in jail.
Since then Trump has been issued with two gag orders. He’s already defied both of those gag orders. Specifically, in one case, Judge Arthur Engoron said in court on Friday that Trump had failed to remove an online post mocking one of his court clerks. So the judge fined Trump the princely sum of $5,000.
I know, I know, some MAGA moron is going to dig his or her life’s savings out of a coffee can and pay the ticket. Or, if Trump is as rich as he says he is, fining Trump an amount that paltry is like fining you or me a penny. But that’s beside the point.
The point is the process has begun, and Trump CANNOT back down. A judge has just drawn a line in the sand and Trump MUST cross it. Why? Because in Trump’s diseased mind, nobody tells him what to do. That’s how narcissists think.
If you or I were in Trump’s position we would conclude that we can’t continue defying the judge. We would stop immediately because we’re sane and rational and we wouldn’t want to face escalating consequences. But narcissists don’t think that way. Narcissists CANNOT allow someone else to get the upper hand, no matter the cost.
In short order Engoron (or Tanya Chutkan) is going to conclude that Trump has no intention of obeying their gag orders. At that point they will throw Trump in jail. QED.
The offending post was a repost from some idiot calling himself “Judicial Protest.” It consisted of a photo of a young woman standing next to Senator Chuck Schumer. Schumer has a collegial hand on her shoulder. The caption reads, “Why is Judge Engoron’s Principal Law Clerk, Allison R Greenfield, palling around with Chuck Schumer?”
What is really going on is the clerk, who has a private life just like anyone else, wanted to get a fan selfie with Senator Schumer. The Senator, being the kindly and obliging guy he is, accommodated her. It was just that innocent.
But some anonymous, sleazy pile of shit on the internet did a vast search of all the faces in judge Engoron’s court desperately looking for dirt. That photo was the “worst” thing he could come up with. He gleefully posted it like some pimply-faced adolescent trying to please one of his heroes on a poster in his bedroom in his mother’s basement.
So of course it was a disgusting, chickenshit thing for Trump to do. But that’s who Trump is. He’s shown us what he is time and time again. We understand it, the MAGA crowd knows it and doesn’t care,
Anyway, these little games will continue. Trump being Trump won’t believe anyone will put him in jail. His narcissistic delusion will keep him defying the judges no matter how much his two-bit, ambulance-chasing, cafeteria lawyers scream at him to stop. And it will end with Trump in jail. Before Christmas. And I am so down for it. And, as ever, ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, comrades and friends, stay safe.
Robert Harrington is an American expat living in Britain. He is a portrait painter.