A lot of us – even those of us less prone to panic – feared what Earth-shattering tantrums Donald Trump might let forth when he lost the 2020 presidential election. There is some reason to be concerned about what actions he might take now that he’s forced to come to terms with the reality that he’s not invincible – and that he’s got a very real prospect of facing legal consequences for his actions not only while in office, but during both of his campaigns.
While some of his actions are troubling, such as causing every day people to question and thus lose their faith in democratic institutions like our federal elections, or the possibility that he might be willing to trade national secrets to nations like Russia and Saudi Arabia, there are also problems that are likely to make Donald Trump seem a lot less threatening, and tarnish his image as an invincible crusader for right-wingers.
Trump may be afraid of New York Attorney General Tish James, but he’s got another problem with city officials in El Paso, Texas, who hired a law firm to collect the $569,204 from when his campaign held a rally there back in 2019. The city council has yet to actually sue, but needs the money due to a budget shortfall after the pandemic. This is not only embarrassing for Trump, but also exemplifies the weakness of his leadership like nothing else.
It’s a safe bet that other cities, also hit hard by COVID may follow suit – only serving to make Trump look as weak and clueless as he should look, and could have the effect of deflating a portion of his fanbase, since the pretend strongman can no longer fight off his creditors.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making