“President” Donald. J. Trump, fresh off his perhaps best week to date, is busy yelling and screaming to his base at rallies. On Saturday evening, he was up to his normal activity, the “Dog whistle and Incitement Tour.” He ended up posting this on Twitter: “You don’t hand matches to an arsonist, and you don’t give power to an angry left-wing mob. Democrats have become too EXTREME and TOO DANGEROUS to govern. Republicans believe in the rule of law – not the rule of the mob. VOTE REPUBLICAN!”
The Greatest Projectionist of Totally Untrue Shite, or POTUS, is at it again. A reminder to the “President”- he lost the popular vote, and not just narrowly, but bigly – the greatest margin of any president, according to the Independent’s reporting in December 2016, and Republicans have lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections going back to 1992. (In two of those elections, 2000 and 2016, the Republican candidate lost the popular vote but won the electoral college.)
In addition, apparently Donald Trump has forgotten about “rule of the mob” at his regular rallies or at Charlottesville or in other examples the last two years. More importantly, Trump is calling Democrats, who again have won the popular vote in four of the last five elections, too dangerous. With his words and actions, Trump is inciting his base to be dangerous and to divide the country to ensure continued discord and division.
As a reminder from President Abraham Lincoln, at his famous House Divided Speech, “A house divided against itself, cannot stand.” POTUS and many others in his party apparently have abandoned any pretense of caring about a union, a one nation, indivisible, outlook. Such posturing and rhetoric, irresponsible and unpresidential to the core, will not end well for this republic.
Daniel Cotter is a lawyer writing and teaching about SCOTUS, and married father of two boys living in Chicago, Illinois.