I’ve thought about this, and I’ve thought about this, and the only thing that makes any Trumpsense is his trademark “alpha-male” dominance compulsion. The Speaker of the House didn’t follow orders and bow the knee to him as “GOP” nominee, so now Ryan has to be forced, bulldozed, bamboozled, humiliated, and otherwise coerced into doing so, rather than letting their meeting a couple of weeks ago and time allow Ryan to face-savingly do so on his own. Which he probably would have, especially since he’s on #NotYetTrump island pretty much by himself, and that institutional unity pressure is powerful.
But now? Put yourself in Ryan’s position after the scam the Trump campaign pulled today:
Senior level Trump campaign sources confirmed to ABC News Wednesday that House Speaker Paul Ryan will be endorsing presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
It’s unclear when the endorsement will take place, but Ryan has a briefing on the House GOP agenda scheduled later today in Washington.
And just exactly who was this “senior-level Trump campaign source”? None other than the Russophile himself:
House Speaker Paul Ryan has begun telling confidants that he wants to end his standoff with Donald Trump in part because he’s worried the split has sharpened divisions in the Republican Party, according to two people close to the lawmaker.
Ryan aides say nothing has been decided about a possible Trump endorsement. But Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, told a small group of Republican lawmakers Thursday that he expects Ryan to endorse the party’s nominee as early as this week, according to two people in the meeting.
“He expects” Ryan to endorse Trump this week. Sounds almost like a threat, doesn’t it? Not unlike Sebastian Shaw’s comment to Colonel Hendry in X-Men First Class that he “expected” that Hendry would reconsider his opposition to putting U.S. nuclear missiles in Turkey: He wasn’t expressing his hope for Hendry’s cooperation; he was telling Hendry what he was going to do, or else.
Who knows where Ryan was in this “transition” process, but how could or can he possibly endorse Trump now? And, sure enough:
.@SpeakerRyan spox tells me: “We’ve not told the Trump campaign to expect an endorsement. He’s also not told anyone he regrets anything.”
Either Trump was making it up in an effort to force Ryan’s hand – i.e. a shame endorsement – or Ryan was going to give Trump his blessing and the latter just couldn’t allow it to look like the former was granting him the endorsement, but rather that Trump was taking it. In other words, that “alpha-male” domination crap. Again. How can Ryan endorse him now, or before the convention? One way or the other, TrumpWorld tried, completely needlessly, to make a chump out of the Speaker. Since when is it his, and everybody else’s, “duty” to swallow their pride (and a lot more than that) to make The Donald’s colossal ego swell like Bill Clinton at an intern convention? Remember, rapprochement and reconciliation are a two-way street or it isn’t genuine. The former leads to unity; the latter is the kind of “unity” that Nazi Germany inflicted on France in 1940, or the Union imposed on the Confederacy at Appomattox.
For all of you out there who are willing to grant Donald Trump the “benefit of the doubt,” I want to ask you a very simple question: Why does he continue to treat “fellow” Republicans as either rivals and enemies (those that won’t submit to him) or his personal bitches (those that have submitted)? Why does he debase and degrade and humiliate the latter for forfeiting their self-respect and demonize the former for retaining it? Name any Republicans outside his Kool Aid brigade whom he has regarded as genuine friends and allies even if not seeing eye to eye with them on everything? Shouldn’t that lack matter? Isn’t it important?
The questions are all rhetorical of course, and boil down to that same common axiom: Trump gotta be Trump, and Trump is not a Republican. And Douglas V. Gibbs expected me to “tone down” my criticism of this asshole, or stop writing about him altogether because his three-watt bulb following wanted Political Pistachio to be a Trumplican safe area? Fuck that, and fuck them. I’ll be in their grills 24/7 until the end of time, or this campaign, whichever comes first.
Exit question from Brad Thor:
I have been mistakenly comparing him to a potential Mussolini, and about a week ago, Foreign Affairs did an amazing article about the Caudillos – the strongmen of Latin America, and THAT is who Trump is. He is a Chavez. He is a Perőn. That is the type of guy he is, and I guarantee you… during his presidency, he is going to petition the American people to allow a temporary suspension of the Constitution, so that he can help America get back on its feet again….
With the feckless, spineless Congress we have, who will stand in the way of Donald Trump overstepping his Constitutional authority as president?
Or he won’t bother with any petitioning and will just do it. Obama did that, after all, and his drooling lemming acolytes cheered him on. Trump and the Trumplicans would be no different.
In any case, don’t worry. Brad; the Pelosi-Schumer Congress would impeach and remove Trump. It would be a “deal” that Trump couldn’t refuse.
And if he tried, well, that’s the kind of violence his followers would cheer on as well.