During Thanksgiving, Donald Trump had just announced that he seeking re-election, but his political inventory was weak. It was blame for the unexpectedly poor performance of Republicans in the 2022 midterm elections. “Trump Poisoned in MAGA Meltdown,” headlined the Drudge Report, while the cover page of the Murdochs’ New York Post declared newly re-elected Florida Governor Ron DeSantis “DeFuture.”
A year later, the tables on Thanksgiving have changed.
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Across America, Democrats and by no means Trumpers are having heartburn and MAGAts are toasting: Polls to have THE disgraced ancient The president is fighting DeSantis and every other Republican who has deigned to challenge him, and perhaps on his way to beating President Biden. That’s despite the intervening 12 months in which Trump racked up four indictments for trying to overturn his 2020 defeat and stealing top-secret documents, 91 court costs and two trials that ended in findings legal responsibility for sexual abuse And financial fraud.
But each of the legal and substantial aspects arguments opposition to Trump 2.0 has become obsolete; true believers will not swallow any of it. What more can anti-Trump people say to counter MAGA followers at their holiday parties?
My advice: let others speak – those who saw him holed up in the White House.
No president in American history has been so damned by so many people in the inner circle. Here is a checklist, far from exhaustive, of the convictions of Trump’s most senior recruits – “only the best people” Keep in mind.
Mike Deniersvice-president: On January 6, 2021, “President Trump also demanded that I choose between him and our Constitution. … Anyone who puts himself above the Constitution should under no circumstances be President of the United States.”
William Barrsecond An attorney general: “A very petty person who will always put his interests before those of the country. » He “should not be near the oval workplace.”
John F. Kelly, White House Chief of Staff, Secretary of Homeland Security, and retired Navy Normal: “An individual who believes that those who defend their nation in uniform, or who are shot down or seriously wounded in combat, or who pass years of being tortured as prisoners of war, are all “suckers”. due to the fact that “there is nothing to gain for them”. A person who didn’t need to be seen around army amputees because “it doesn’t look right to me.” …An individual who has nothing but contempt for our democratic institutions, our Constitution and the rule of law. …God help us.
James N. Mattis, first Secretary of Defense, former normal Marine: “The first president in my lifetime who doesn’t try to unite the American people. …Instead, he tries to divide us. He would order the Navy to “violate the constitutional rights of its citizens.” »
Brand Hope, Second Secretary of Protection: “He is unfit for work. … His actions concern only himself and never the nation. And then, of course, I think he also has integrity and character issues.
Rex Tillersonfirst secretary of state: “A fool.” “The president would say, ‘Well, here’s what I have to do, and this is how I have to do it,’ and I have to say to him, ‘Well, Mr. President, … you can’t do it that way. method. This violates the law. This violates the treaty. He got really upset when we had these conversations.
Gary Cohn, first director of the White House National Financial Council: “This is not what we did for the nation. This is what we saved him from doing.
HOUR McMastersecond national security advisor, retired military lieutenant: “A drug. »
John Bolt, third national security advisor: “I was in these rooms with him when he met these (foreign) leaders. I think they think he’s a laughing idiot.
Richard SpencerSecretary of the Navy: Trump “has little to no understanding of what it means to be in the Navy, to fight ethically, or to be governed by an algorithm and uniform practices.”
Thomas P. Bossert, White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor: Trump “has baselessly undermined American democracy for months. Therefore, he is guilty of this siege (of January 6), and it is a real shame.”
Alyssa Farah Griffin, White House communications director: “We are all saying the same thing: We have worked with him, we know him, and we are telling you, America – this man is not fit to be president. And a second term would be more dangerous than the first.
Unfortunately, Griffin knows how difficult it can be to sway Trumpers into your office, how cleanly the former president cut families apart with his hateful policies. his father boycotted her wedding ceremony due to her criticism of her former boss.
“We just have to keep trying to get through it,” she said, but do it respectfully. We should “have those tough conversations.”
If your Thanksgiving is likely to involve politics with turkey, keep this cheat sheet handy. When Uncle MAGA is gone, let him do it.