Quo Vadis, Donald J. Trump?


FAIR COMMENT | Alito Malinao

Sometime in the 5th century BC, the playwright Euripides said: “Whom the gods want to destroy, they first make crazy.” We are afraid that with his erratic behavior after he lost to former Vice President Joe Biden in the last U.S. election, President Donald J. Trump is showing some signs of irrationality or madness.

This makes me sad because I had always been a fan of Trump. In my previous columns, I said that if I were to vote in the U.S. election, I would certainly vote for Trump. I admire Trump’s incurable optimism, the bedrock of his entire personality that has propelled the American economy to great heights before the onset of the pandemic.

I am also a sucker for the underdog and since Day One, Trump, the outsider, has been subjected to the almost non-stop attack by the American mainstream media with the exclusion of Fox News, a conservative media network. I sympathized with him. I cheered whenever he counter-punched on his enemies in the media, which he derisively called “fake news” outlets.

But after the U.S. election in which he was trounced by former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump showed his true character: his being stubborn and inability to accept defeat. Perhaps, Trump could not believe that he will be defeated by someone who he condescendingly called “Sleepy Joe” during the campaign.

Up to the first week of January, a few days before the inauguration of President-elect Biden on January 20, Trump continued to refuse to concede. Earlier, he promised that if Biden’s victory will be ratified by the Electoral College, he would concede.

The Electoral College affirmed Biden’s victory with a final vote of 306 to 232. But after the results were announced, Trump reneged on his promise and continued to charge that he was robbed of victory by alleged massive cheating by his opponent.

Because of his obstinate claim of election fraud, some of his top aides and party-mates have abandoned him, among them Attorney General William Bar and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Barr was forced to resign after he said that there is not enough evidence for Trump’s allegation of massive fraud during the election. McConnell, a Republican, congratulated Biden after the release of the Electoral College vote.

What now, Trump?
Donald John Trump, the 45th president of the U.S., is actually a non-politician but a billionaire businessman engaged in huge real estate projects that he inherited from his father. He had never held any elective position when he ran and won for president in the 2016 election against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Clinton won in the general election but she was bested by Trump in the Electoral College.

Trump attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania before taking charge of his family’s business. An astute businessman and charismatic leader, he built and renovated numerous hotels, casinos, and office towers during his business career, accumulating a net worth of billions.

He also owned several beauty pageants and hosted a top-earning reality show on TV. As president he was impeached by the House of Representatives for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress but the Senate acquitted him of both charges.

There is no way that Trump can alter the result of the 2020 election. So, what is his next move? And how will history judge him?

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