Thursday, February 6, 2020
U.S. President Donald Trump was received today in the White House’s East Room. Trump was clear. “It’s a celebration, because we have something that just worked out.” This is how he characterized his remarks to the nation – a celebration.
As I heard it, I imagined a coronation. He entered the East Room to the herald of the United States Marine Band playing “Hail to the Chief.” Trump thanked his supporters in the room, many by name. I heard this as bestowing knighthoods on his warriors. He actually called his Senate and House partisans “warriors” – “great warriors,” “incredible warriors.”
Trump spoke for an hour in his extemporaneous, rambling style. He often used the royal ‘we’, although at times it was an inclusive ‘we’ – everyone in the room, all Republicans (except for Senator Mitt Romney whom he’s sorry about). No barrier between him and the people. Entirely unified against the party of black knights who tried to depose him.
Trump spouted his grievances against those whom he styled as his enemies who were out to get him – ranting on and off for a full hour about the injustice heaped upon him. The Speaker of the House is “a horrible person.” The chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is “a vicious, horrible person.” He’s a “corrupt politician.”
His enemies were out to get him even before the election. It was so unjust – “tremendous corruption,” according to Trump.
But the righteous king was victorious – a “total acquittal.” Trump was only missing a crown and a sable stole.