To understand Trumpism, one must understand Mick Mulvaney. Trump himself is easy enough to read – you just assume the absolute worst and he delivers. But the Mick Mulvaneys of this world play a more complicated game.
Ulvaney, who was Trump’s acting chief of staff and special envoy for Northern Ireland, is one of the many Irish-Americans who enabled Mussolini of Mar-a-Lago – there’s McCarthy and McConnell and Kelly and Flynn and Conway and McGahn and Hannity and McEnany and O ‘Reilly and Guilfoyle and Bannon.
As embarrassing as all this is, what about this headline and subheading from a written article That Wall Street Journal shortly after the 2020 election: “If he loses, Trump will relent gracefully: he will fight hard to make sure the results are fair, and in the end he will accept the outcome, whatever it may be.”
This was not a “raid”. It was an impeccably executed search for an exhaustive trial
That’s what Mick Mulvaney called it. Of course, anyone can make wrong decisions, and that was a common attitude among “sane” Republicans – ah, sure, we’ll keep him happy for a while, and then he’ll burn himself out.
Well, he ended up burning a lot of things, and those soothing sounds from the likes of Mulvaney weren’t helpful in maintaining a reasonable level of wakefulness. In fact, Mulvaney only resigned on January 7, 2021, after the Capitol was destroyed and lives lost.
“He’s not the same as eight months ago,” Mick said sadly.
But it was him, Mick, it was him.
I guess you and others like you just weren’t looking too closely.
Undaunted, Mulvaney became a top contributor for CBS News, reflecting a general attitude among the media classes
Everyone who’s been in power basically gives them the horn – and I should add that he was a guest speaker at the Kennedy Summer School in New Ross last year.
Mick Mulvaney called last week. He spoke on RTÉ radio about the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago driving time and BBC2’s news night and CNN’s New day. And those are just the ones I’ve personally heard or seen.
None of the otherwise excellent presenters reminded him that he was the man who declared, “If he loses, Trump will resign gracefully.”
They also failed to mention that at the time of Trump’s famously blackmailing phone call to Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Trump told reporters, “We do this all the time. Get over it.”
Mulvaney certainly got over it, and Trump got over his impeachment with the brazen support of both “reasonable” and “unreasonable” Republicans — whether Ukraine got over it is harder to tell. But no one pressed Mulvaney on his relatively poor record on these matters, mostly, I suppose, because they invited him to speak as one of those “reasonable” Republicans.
But he wasn’t sensible. Maybe people think he was reasonable, but that’s because they don’t seem to care about the meaning of the word.
Mulvaney’s initial stance, before the matter of nuclear secrets was raised, was best summed up in his tweet: “If the Mar-a-Lago raid is really about documents, I’m wondering if the local police force the Swat team.” to barge in at your front door to fetch your overdue library books. The government better have a better reason for this invasion.”
Some might say he’s doing it “bilaterally” here, but he doesn’t even do that. His anger is directed almost entirely on one side, on those who carried out the “ambush.” Or the “invasion”.
But this was not a “raid” or “invasion” by US Attorney General Merrick Garland. It was a search impeccably carried out after an exhaustive legal process.
In any case, a former president might be expected to bear as much responsibility as investigators for making off with a pile of classified documents, some of which are marked “Top Secret.” This is ‘document retention’ as Mick put it.
They still can’t admit they were terribly wrong
As for the “overdue library books,” it’s a cute line to spin to get the juices flowing.
They’re always trying to minimize – “get over it!” – because they hitched their car to a man with well-documented organized crime ties and Jeffrey Epstein just for starters. And last week alone “fetched the fifth” 440 times.
And even after he orchestrated a violent coup, they still can’t admit that they got it grossly wrong, that they made it possible for him because he was able to deliver their abysmal ideology, which amounts to little more than tax cuts for millionaires and the demolition of much of the social progress of the 20th century.
So they spread their flippant “conservative” clichés, and there’s still a market for that. With Trump due to come to Doonbeg this month, Mulvaney tweeted a story recalling protests over his recent visit. “Trump derangement syndrome knows no bounds,” he joked.
Yes, they still do, those characters who seemed to think their husband had the ability to “admit gracefully” — who can look at Trump and see only the confusion of others.
We’ve always been fascinated by the worst of people
Espionage. It’s a good word, maybe one of the greatest of all time. And once they got past the “overdue library books” stage of history, conversations naturally turned to whether Trump might be keeping nuclear secrets as souvenirs to brag about
his golf buddies, or if he had something more transactional in mind.
The more “unreasonable” Republicans addressed Steve Bannon’s claim that evidence was planted by the FBI. Great scream, Steve.
For guidance, we could turn to a 2018 article detailing how Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) had bragged about receiving classified information from Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner – recently a coincident recipient of $2 billion by MBS for its mutual fund, against expert advice.
Of course, arguing that this story appeared in a liberal organ where they’re always terribly unfair to Trump – oh wait, it actually was in the Daily Mail.
What we do know for sure is that Trump is motivated by two things – money and malice. We also know that in 100 – no, 1,000 – years there will be some program on TV or something like that most nights on those years of Trump’s America, just as there is currently an insatiable appetite for stuff about Nazi Germany.
We’re endlessly fascinated by truly awful people and how they can get away with it for so long – and how hopefully they’ll end up destroyed.
Perhaps the most terrifying thing about Trump is that he might have won the 2020 election if only he’d dealt with Covid like a reasonably normal person. At first he only had to say the words: “This man’s name is Dr. Anthony Fauci, he knows the stuff, he’ll take it from here.”
But he just couldn’t. He had to turn it into another theater of hate.
This one flopped at the box office — but there’s always an audience for spying.
Hitsville brought a little bit of magic to the whole world
As a bit of “balance,” it must be said that a great American checked out of the Tower of Song last week, and that the works of Lamont Dozier of the Holland-Dozier-Holland Motown team will continue to be the darkest deeds of the worst of his compatriots.
Dozier wrote and produced dozens of classics for The Four Tops and The Supremes and others, but due to space constraints we couldn’t possibly include them all here. Let’s just say that our life would be worse without something Grab it, I’ll be there, Where has our love gone?, heat wave, baby love, stop in the name of loveand It’s the same old song.
The blades used to do it It’s the same old song As an encore, Cleary-Larkin-Cleary from Ringsend joins Holland-Dozier-Holland from the Motor City.
What a life.
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