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Why Trump Wants to Still be President at 12:01PM on Jan. 20, 2021 --- His Personal Reasons

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Tiffany Trump.  Just graduated from law school.  The BIG question. Will she end up suing DAD?
Tiffany Trump. Just graduated from law school. The BIG question. Will she end up suing DAD?
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" To announce that there must be no criticism of the President . . . is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or anyone else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about anyone else."

Theodore Roosevelt, Editorial in The Kansas City Star May 7, 1918

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"Threats to Donald's reign come from within the White House as well as from afar. Various anti-Trumpsters descended from the once-ruling clan of the Republican Party, who regard the Trumps as arrivistes, now spread heresy and treason over the land. Close friends, like Xi Jingping and Kim Jong Un, are drifting away. And a tax rebellion led by his rival, the Madame Speaker, may make trouble for him. They are all saying that he is really not a winner.

"At the same time, can he really trust his children, other than the often renewed Ivanka? Jr. seems to be so ambitious for himself. Eric --- well everyone knows about his brain-power. As for the second daughter Tiffany, her mother hates him and who knows, fresh from law school she may end up suing Dad. As for Melania and Barron, who can forget the look she gave him at the Inauguration just after he was sworn in. Happiness it did not reflect. Indeed. Troubles in the royal household. BUT. If he can still be there, by hook or by crook, on the appointed date, at the appointed hour, then he can show them all, and the world too. He will be a loser no more."

These two paragraphs are a play on one of many superb paragraphs that appear in the New York Times review by the well-known novelist Thomas Mallon of the third, and last, of Hilary Mantel's superb trilogy on Thomas Cromwell, who was Henry VIII's Roy Cohn, until, like Michael Cohen, he wasn't. Fortunately for Mr. Cohen times are different now, and instead of losing his head, like Thomas Cromwell did, he just lost some of his fortune and some of freedom for some time (that is until, ironically, it was the effects of the Trumpidemic2020© that sprang him out of prison).

Ah yes, the Trumpidemic2020©. That of course is the event that could keep Trump from achieving his objective. The most serious problem for Trump in trying to deal with it is that he absolutely no understanding of what it is. As I have pointed out in my two most recent OpEd News columns, he appears to have only the foggiest notion of what a virus is and also seems to have no idea whatsoever of how this particular virus is spread, that is from person-to-person through mucous-and-saliva droplets carried by the air.

In a three-part columns series published just before the aforementioned one, I have analyzed in detail how Trump, not smart, not well-educated, not inquisitive, (what a combo), has gotten to the most powerful single position in the world. From childhood he has used what I have called his Box of Six Magic Tricks: 1. He has always had protectors and enablers. 2. "Always attack; Never defend" is his life's mantra. 3. When you run into a problem, just sue. 4. Never be responsible to anyone else. 5. Live a life surrounded by enemies, either real or made up. 6. Become history's greatest con man (which he has done).

The problem for Trump with this particular corona virus is that none of his Box of Tricks will work against it. Conventional public health measures --- of which he has no knowledge or understanding and less interest in learning about them --- if instituted early on could have kept the pandemic under control in the U.S. Of course he was completely incapable, either intellectually or emotionally, of following that path. (It happens that if he had done that, as I have also pointed out, he would now be on a glide path to re-election. But that chance was totally missed.) And it is this total knowledge/ignorance vacuum that prevents Trump from seeing what the virus simply is: an infectious agent which follows a very simple air-borne pathway from person-to-person.

Up to now, all of the enemies that he has dealt with in his life have been people, or for his purposes he could see them as people. Well, the virus is not a person. And since he is incapable of understanding what it really is, he then reduces it to a number, which is, as it happens, an enemy that he can understand. Which is why (as I have explained in detail in the columns linked above) he has worked so hard to prevent there being an effective, national, testing/contact-tracing/and isolation program from being established.

Yes indeed, in his own mind, if the reported numbers can be kept low, at least in relative terms, he will be beating the virus, even if in terms of the real, vast, death and suffering it is causing and will cause in the future that is hardly the case. As if to confirm this observation, notice how he treats the death total simply as a number, not as 100,000 sadnesses, as at the same time we all should be grateful to him that the number is not much higher. (Of course, at the rate the virus is going, combined with Trump's and the Trumpsters' policies and actions towards it and its outcomes, that number will get a lot higher. But that is another matter.)

Now, how does this all relate to Trump's overwhelming compulsion to have a second term? (And that's what it is: an overwhelming compulsion.) That is, what is the Why? But before we get to that there is the matter of the how, which I will treat only in summary here.

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Steven Jonas, MD, MPH, MS is a Professor Emeritus of Preventive Medicine at StonyBrookMedicine (NY) and author/co-author/editor/co-editor of over 35 books. In addition to his position on OpEdNews as a "Trusted Author," he is a Senior Editor, (more...)
 
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