Even as Donald Trump is in the process of being impeached for the second time, and twenty thousand National Guard troops are moving into Washington DC ahead of the inauguration, Trump has released a new statement. Though brief and generic, it gives away a lot about where his head is.
Here’s the Trump statement: “In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind. That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers. Thank you.”
We know that Trump didn’t write this and doesn’t mean a word of it, but he did sign off on its release. This means he’s scared. In the past week he’s lost three banks, his Twitter account, a major golf tournament, and several key allies. He’s also under criminal investigation by the DC Attorney General for inciting violence. Trump is facing bankruptcy and prison, and he’s hoping that this weak statement will somehow save him. It won’t.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report