I watched excerpts of the Trump rally in South Georgia, which is incidentally the part of the state that’s most illiterate and historically the most racist.
Just look at the crowd. No distancing, few masks, and almost no blacks. In fact approximately 30 black students from Valdosta State were ejected.
The theme of the rally was “Defend the Majority.”
People in South Georgia know “the Majority” has two meanings. They can recognize a dog whistle when they hear one.
It wasn’t just Georgians at the rally. There are tons of Trump rally groupies who drive long distances to all his events.
Just study Trump’s demeanor. This man is prepared to play hard ball. He’ll do anything to avoid giving up the reins of power.
I believe Trump will feel emboldened by the thousands of followers he can attract to rallies, and will seriously consider suspending the Constitution by executive order to do a Turkey-style, honest to God coup.
It’s scary to observe him laying the groundwork in plain sight.
As long as Trump roams the White House corridors, with no adults to check him, we are not out of danger. He’s angry, he’s cruel, and he’s vindictive.
Here’s what Trump told reporters on Thanksgiving Day.
“There’s going to be a lot happening between now and January 20. A lot happening.”
That sent chills up my spine.
Trump has dispatched the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz to the Persian Gulf.
Will he provoke a war in Iran? Wag the dog?
We saw who Trump is at the beginning of this movie.
In some movies there’s a twist. The good guy is really a bad guy, maybe a serial killer. And the bad guy turns out to be a good guy.
But the protagonist in the Trump movie has never deviated from the script.
Barbara Res, who for years managed Trump’s construction projects predicted…
“It’s a matter of wrestling this loss, as it were, from the victory of Biden, and he’ll do anything. And if all else fails, he will burn down the house.”
Trump’s niece Mary Trump, a registered therapist, makes the same prediction
“He’s going to burn it all down, sow more chaos and division because that’s where he succeeds.”
They both know him, have observed him up close.
Why on earth should any of us let down our guard, believe that the bad guy will turn out to be a good guy?
What to do?
Use social media to affect public opinion. Make use of your connections. Urge the media and power brokers to keep up their guard, to not be too distracted by Trump’s frivolous law suits, to pay attention to what else he is up to.
Remember, Trump warned us: “There’s going to be a lot happening between now and January 20.”
Trump sometimes keeps his promises.
Update in response to a comment below by Scott Morse
Those who wrote the Constitution put in place a formidable barrier to a would-be tyrant, whom they feared would arise.
Congress would be that barrier.
They did not fully contemplate a complicit/impotent Congress.
Thus far the courts, the media, career government employees, and the military have stood in Trump’s way.
Trump did not count on the media being as good and as tough as it has been.
Early on Trump tried to neuter the media by calling it the enemy of the people. But he failed and he now has a deadly enemy that knows him for what he is.
What Germans Could Have Said About The Third Reich In 1938.
We don’t vote for the man. We vote for the plan. Hitler can be a jerk but we sure like what he’s doing for Germany.
Hitler has his faults but so does everybody.
Hitler’s authentic; he’s not politically correct. He says what he thinks…and what we feel but don’t say.
Hitler’s made Germany great again. The economy is booming. German science and technology is the best in the world…from Volkswagens and Mercedes Benzes and Leica lenses to nuclear research and rockets.
Hitler’s not a godless Communist. The German people are essentially center-right conservatives, not left-leaning, Germany-hating radicals.
Germany needs a leader who doesn’t think and act like a typical politician.
Hitler doesn’t let the League of Nations or any other international organization tell Germany what to do. We follow German laws.
Hitler’s built the mightiest army and the most dangerous navy in the world. Nobody’s gonna push Germany around.
Hitler doesn’t bow and scrape before other world leaders.
Hitler believes Germany should be for Germans, not immigrants.
Millions of German Catholics and Evangelicals support him, believe him, love him, and pray for him.
Hitler calls Jesus his Lord and Savior.
“My feeling as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter.”
(Speech delivered at Munich, April 16,1922,
from Norman H. Baynes, ed., 1942. The Speeches of Adolf Hitler: April 1922-August 1939. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 19-20)
Hitler has made outrageous threats against Jews, but that’s just Hitler. It’s just talk.
It wasn’t just talk. In four more years, in 1942, the Final Solution was secretly launched.
—Gene Griessman, PhD
Trump is not Hitler. Only Hitler was Hitler. But there are similarities.
Leaders with authoritarian impulses and their followers tend to sound alike, say the same thing.
If history does not repeat itself, does it sometimes rhyme?
President Harry Truman thought so. He said, “The only new thing in the world is the history you don’t know.”
For me, in years to come I would be ashamed to admit that a sick, dangerous man became my nation’s leader, and I said nothing.
—Gene Griessman, PhD
Here’s what some Trump supporters are saying. Vote for the Plan not for the Man
That particular slogan would have worked in the Third Reich.
Hitler had quite a plan.
Today we have the gift of hindsight, but in the Thirties Hitler impressed, and fooled, a lot of people.
He revived the economy with modern factories, autobahns, sleek new trains, autos, and aircraft, booming agriculture scientific discoveries, and technological advances. It all was studied and emulated throughout the world.
Higher education flourished. Students came from everywhere to attend German universities and earn German advanced degrees.
Hitler fought the Communists, despised the press, loathed liberals, and attended church.
He built his political base with forgotten people—conservative, rural and small-town Germans. He hated non-German immigrants
Hitler glorified traditional German values, idealized Germany’s past, and was committed to making Germany great again.
It was good to be German. There was national pride. Patriotism flourished.
Hitler believed in a strong military, equipped his armed forces with the latest technology, funded nuclear military research, and gave unstinting support to the police.
Hitler used a version of Germany First as a favored political slogan.
It was quite a plan. Millions said they’d never seen anything like it.
Fast forward. The FB page of one prominent Trump supporter has these words:
“Vote for the Plan not the Man. Don’t bash candidates here. Comment only on their Plan/Strategy/Solutions.
I’ll delete comments about persons, character, lies.”
Yup, those are the exact words.
Hitler craved praise and adulation.but he might have grudgingly accepted that slogan. He was proud of his plan.
Do you think he would have wanted people to discuss his character, lies, corruption, racism, and cruelty?
“You are losing. We heard you loved Evita. You saw it so many times. Where will you live out your years in disgrace? Will you buy Jeffrey Epstein’s island? One last extra special deal from him? Or will you be drooling on yourself in a suite at Walter Reed? Maybe you will be in prison?
I bet you fear that.
The Manhattan District Attorney may not be around to cover for you or your crooked kids anymore. Eliza Orlins doesn’t believe in different sets of rules for the Trumps. What about the State Attorney General? You know what you’ve done.
Oh, Donald. Who do you owe almost $500 million in personally guaranteed loans to? It’s all coming down. You think you and your disgusting family are going to be in deal-flow next year? Are you really that delusional?
You are lucky Chris Wallace interrupted you after Joe Biden said you weren’t smart. You started to melt down. That’s the place that hurts the most. Right? Fred Sr., knew it. You’ve spent your whole life proving it. You aren’t very smart. You couldn’t take the SAT on your own. What was the real score? 970? We both know you know.
Are the steroids wearing off? Is the euphoria fading? Do you feel foggy? Tired? Do you ache? How is the breathing? Hmmm. Are you watching TV today? We will have some nice surprises for you. Everyone is laughing at you. You are a joke. A splendid moron turned deadly clown.
Did you watch Martha McSally in her debate against American hero, fighter pilot, test pilot, astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly? She is so embarrassed by you. She is ashamed and full of self-loathing for the choice she made in following you over the cliff. She is in free fall now. She will lose, like most of them, because of you.
We hear from the White House and the campaign everyday. They are betraying you. They are looking to get out alive and salvage careers and their names. It’s Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner vs. Donald Trump Jr., and Kimberly Guilfoyle on the inside. They are at war over scraps and who gets to command what will be the remnants of your rancid cult.
It’s almost over now.
You are the greatest failure in American history.
You are the worst president in American history.
Disgrace will always precede your name.
Your grandchildren and great-grandchildren will grow up ashamed of their names.
One day, I suppose there will be some small and not-much-visited library that bears your name. It will be the type of place where a drunk walks by, staring at the wall for a minute, before deciding it is beneath his dignity to piss on.
That’s what is waiting for you.
Joe Biden is a better man. He’s smarter. He’s winning.
Do you remember when you didn’t want to name Donald Trump Jr., Donald because you were worried about him being a loser named Donald?
You were right about that.
But it is you who will be remembered as America’s greatest loser. You will be crushed in the election!”
Schmidt’s Republican credentials are 24K. He’s been involved in numerous Republican campaigns including running John McCain’s presidential campaign. Schmidt is a founding member of the Lincoln Project.
Listen attentively to the other person’s idea/strategy.
Then say: “That is certainly a PLAUSIBLE idea/strategy. Could I add another strategy that I’d like for us to consider for three reasons.” Or “Is like to add to that idea.” Etc.
This response has several advantages. One.It acknowledges that the other person has made a useful contribution. Two. The word “plausible” implies that the idea/strategy has strong points and possible weak points that need to be assayed. The word actually invites examination of strengths and weaknesses. Three. The word “plausible” gives you an opportunity to add your idea to the assay.
Gene Griessman has performed “Lincoln Live” at Ford’s Theatre and at the Georgia Dome before 25,000. His books include “The Words Lincoln Lived By” and “Time Tactics of Very Successful People.”
“Lincoln and Obama” is now available on Audible. To learn more about his in-person presentations, call 404-435-2225.