Trump's Final Big Lie and a Crisis of Character

Mish

Trump is down to his last set of lies, as president.

"Frankly, We Did Win This Election," Said Trump

And as far as I am concerned, the moon is really purple. 

It Trump made such a claim, his supporters would find some rationale to believe it.

Let's take a vote on a purple moon and Trump gets to decide.

There Was a Loser Last Night

Please consider There Was a Loser Last Night. It Was America.

We have just experienced four years of the most divisive and dishonest presidency in American history, which attacked the twin pillars of our democracy — truth and trust. Donald Trump has not spent a single day of his term trying to be president of all the people, and he has broken rules and trashed norms in ways that no other president ever dared — right up to Tuesday night, when he falsely claimed election fraud and summoned the Supreme Court to step in and stop the voting, as if such a thing were even remotely possible.

The tactically unique thing about Trumpism is that it never even tries to get the support of the majority of Americans. So the G.O.P. will continue with the strategy of using every legal, but democratically deeply harmful, way to control power even though most Americans vote against them — like the way they just crammed through two Supreme Court justices.”

The Only Middle Finger Available

On October 26, Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review accurately explained Trump is The Only Middle Finger Available.

If Trump manages to pull off an upset in 2020, it will be as a gigantic rude gesture directed at the commanding heights of American culture.

No one is voting for his barely sketched-out second-term agenda. 

Trump is, for better or worse, the foremost symbol of resistance to the overwhelming woke cultural tide that has swept along the media, academia, corporate America, Hollywood, professional sports, the big foundations, and almost everything in between. 

 He’s the vessel for registering opposition to everything from the 1619 Project to social media’s attempted suppression of the Hunter Biden story. 

 To put it in blunt terms, for many people, he’s the only middle finger available — to brandish against the people who’ve assumed they have the whip hand in American culture.

Trump's Last Big Lies

In one Tweet Trump said  “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!” 

Then in his 2:30 "victory" speech, Trump announced a win.

A Fraud and a Disgrace

In response, I commented Trump is a Fraud and a Disgrace to the United States.

Trump's Last Big Lies

The New Yorker comments Trump’s Brief Speech from the White House Made America’s Troubles Worse.

When Donald Trump came out to speak just before 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, votes were still being counted in enough states—notably Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Trump, standing in front of a phalanx of flags, claimed that the vote count had been “called off” because he won; that is not true on either count. He said that his lead in those swing states was insurmountable, which is also false, and that when “they”—he didn’t really identify “they,” except as “a very sad group of people”—realized that he was winning, they had swooped in to perpetrate “a fraud on the American public.” In saying this, he was lying to the American public. 

Trump complained that “everything just stopped,” while also declaring that he would be going to the Supreme Court, because “we want all voting to stop.” 

Tragedy of Character

Why was it even in Trump’s own interest to say such things? When he spoke, there was a fair chance that he was the legitimate winner; by the morning, Biden’s chances had improved, but the results are much closer than the polling had suggested.

Trump’s continued hold on the votes and imaginations of so many Americans suggests that his Presidency represents not just a tragedy but a national crisis of character.

Ultimately, Voters Gave Trump the Middle Finger

Trump lost because enough people were sick of him, his lies, his race baiting xenophobia, and protectionism. 

Yet, the majority of Trump supporters were not only willing to overlook all that, they cheer him on, including his victory speech lies. 

Let's be honest. Few wanted Biden. Fewer still wanted Harris. This was all about Trump. It was the election he wanted and got.

Ultimately, voters gave Trump the middle finger, but barely.

Thanks to that middle-finger vote, this will be the last set of big lies from Trump, at least as president. 

Mish

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Mish
Mish

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Eddie_T
Eddie_T

From your lips to God's ear, as someone once said. I only hope he doesn't manage to perpetuate this current attempted electoral fraud on our country.

Some people never saw Trump other than the lying, cheating, self-aggrandizing bullshitter that he is and always was. I can't help but feel like people who find him acceptable are themselves in moral peril.

Mish
Mish

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Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Trump's presidency will be remembered as the biggest fraud perpetrated on the American people.

Signed,
A 2016 Trump voter

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Trump campaign and Republican party asking for money for legal expenses and recount expenses.

Rippletum
Rippletum

so do you still think voting for the Libertarian candidate was a good idea???

Dodge Demon
Dodge Demon

If I was in his shoes I'd give up on the whole U.S. of A. sh1tshow right now and take the hot wife to St. Barts or similar and not look back. The last exit before Doom for the country was in 1996.

Tengen
Tengen

So the real test comes after the recounts are complete, presumably with Biden as the winner. I still have a hard time believing that Trump would refuse to leave, but he may say numerous irresponsible things between the time final results are announced and January.

People seem to be accepting the results, even on places like ZH, but there are a handful of crazies who could be incited to violence with the wrong cues from Trump.

Dodge Demon
Dodge Demon

Maybe he should finally act "presidential", like Henry Fonda at the end of Fail Safe.

ToInfinityandBeyond
ToInfinityandBeyond

There is no doubt that Trump is a polarizing figure. People either love him or hate him. Just can’t figure out the attraction.

LewisM
LewisM

How does the GOP come back from being the party of Trump? The bubble is about to burst - all the politicians that lined up and cheered him on will have a hard time defending themselves when Trump goes down for his various crimes.

Mr. Purple
Mr. Purple

Prosecutors of America: "Trump, go away quietly, take your family with you and NEVER come back or spend the rest of your life in prison with your family destitute."

Trump:

STF
STF

@Mish - this used to be an economic blog.. Now you blog politics only. Not that the two are not related, but what's going on?

Stock markets are flying in the face of uncertainty, how do you explain that ?

Steve_R
Steve_R

Look at history, it does this every 4 years, except 2008, moving off oversold condition.

Augustthegreat
Augustthegreat

Rippletum
Rippletum

Obviously the vote count shows that the American people wanted this. But for Covid I have no doubt that Trump would have been re-elected and even with Covid he still could win. I am not sure what the goal is for the Republicans other than maybe darwinism. The Democrats should give in and allow the Republicans to take away social security and medicare and cut it off immediately and completely. Also, eliminate the taxes for social security and medicare. Let the churches help the elderly and the poor. Give them what they want and let them choke on it.

Amanacer
Amanacer

The democrats tax and spend plan is far better than Trump's print and spend plan.

Webej
Webej

There is decades of expansive literature with overwhelming evidence of electoral fraud and tricks and statistical impossibilities (and quite a few court sentencings as well). International election monitoring organizations have repeatedly stated that the controls are too poor to even make monitoring possible. Americans always claim that it is marginal & insignificant, not proven that it has ever swung an election (tends to happen in swing districts at crucial times), etc. With so much denial, there is of course no chance of actually looking and finding the real extent of the problem.

Free and fair elections and democracy is just another American shibboleth, like being the greatest country, with the fairest justice and the freest people. Etcetera ad nauseum.

bradw2k
bradw2k

"he's the only middle finger" is spot on. For many Trump voters, he is a condemnation incarnate of leftist-PC culture. Trump has been the only Republican politician to exude the pure unapologetic contempt they feel for the New Progressives.

That contempt is well deserved.

But the form of Trumpist resistance is very un-intellectual, which is why it feels like the next rung down in hell to the reasonable observer. The irrationalism and pseudo-intellectualism of leftist-PC culture deserves to be crushed to dust by Thomas Sowells and George Wills and Ayaan Hirsi Alis. Whereas fighting lefties with mindless yells of "MAGA" is overall ... not productive, to be charitable.

FactsonJoe
FactsonJoe

People 120 years old and older voting in Detroit:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CHNEa30BqFm/

They should contact the Guinness book of records because all of those voters that VOTED would be much older than the oldest person alive in the whole world.

FactsonJoe
FactsonJoe

Detroit had 32,519 more REGISTERED voters than ELIGIBLE voters.
There is massive voter fraud and people need to go to Prison for this.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CHNG9u9hsI7/
Eddie_T
Eddie_T

Mish, it takes real guts to make the right stand, and I for one appreciate your courage in speaking out, even though the same crowd shows up here every day (to say they aren't coming back, lol) and to continue to try to hand-wave away the lies and skullduggery of this man who wants to be the Bolsanaro or the Duterte that drags America down into a strongman oligarchy where the Constitution is optional depending on how he feels today.

Dr. Manhattan23
Dr. Manhattan23

I can't wait to see how honest the Biden/Harris Whitehouse will be. After years of the media calling this administration a liar (not undeserved, but...), after years of honest political class running the country, I am sure that the coming administration will be 100% truthful and honest as were the predecessors prior to Trump. I wonder if the media will call out all the honesty that is guaranteed to take place.

Duncan Burns
Duncan Burns

No matter the outcome, for most people, nothing will change in their lives. Poor will still be poor, wealthy will still be wealthy, and for those of us everywhere in-between will still grind out a living (and hopefully happy where you're at). The bad policies of both Party's will continue.

Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon

I think the biggest lesson everyone learned this election is that most political polling is now dubious in it's accuracy.

FactsonJoe
FactsonJoe

Mish, your comment system is mass removing my comments when I post proof about election fraud.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

The hammer is gonna come down on Trump soon.

Exclusive: Tired of Trump, Deutsche Bank games ways to sever ties with the president - sources

NEW YORK/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank AG is looking for ways to end its relationship with President Donald Trump after the U.S. elections, as it tires of the negative publicity stemming from the ties, according to three senior bank officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

Deutsche Bank has about $340 million in loans outstanding to the Trump Organization, the president’s umbrella group that is currently overseen by his two sons, according to filings made by Trump to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics in July and a senior source within the bank. The three loans, which are against Trump properties and start coming due in two years, are current on payments and personally guaranteed by the president, according to two bank officials.

In meetings in recent months, a Deutsche Bank management committee that oversees reputational and other risks for the lender in the Americas region has discussed ways in which it could rid the bank of these last vestiges of the relationship, two of the three bank officials said. The bank has over the years lent Trump more than $2 billion, one of the officials said.

One idea that has come up in the meetings: sell the loans in the secondary market, two of the bank officials said. But one of the officials said that idea has not gained traction, in part because it is not clear who would want to buy the loans and the attendant problems that come with it.

While it was known that Deutsche Bank has been closely examining its relationship with Trump, including by setting up a working group in 2016 to review the bank’s relationship with him, its recent eagerness to end all ties and the contours of discussions in light of the election have not been previously reported.

Deutsche Bank declined to comment. The Trump Organization did not respond to requests for comment. The White House declined to comment.

WARREN’S WARNING
The German bank, which first started lending to Trump in the late 1990s, has been dragged into congressional and other investigations into the real estate mogul-turned-politician’s finances and alleged Russia connections.

The probes and the bad press, seen by one senior executive as “serious collateral damage” from the relationship, are an unwelcome distraction for the bank, the three officials said. It comes at a time when Chief Executive Christian Sewing is trying to turn Deutsche Bank around after its decades-long run at becoming a major Wall Street bank left it nursing huge losses.

Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat member of the Senate banking committee, has previously called for an investigation into Deutsche Bank over its money laundering controls and has demanded answers from the lender about its relationship with Trump and his family. She told Reuters that she intended to keep pushing for a probe in the next administration.

“You bet I’m going to continue to fight for accountability and strong enforcement of our banking laws, especially for giant institutions like Deutsche Bank,” she said.

What happens next for the bank rests on the outcome of Tuesday’s elections, according to the three bank officials.

If the Republican president loses, and Democrats take control of the White House and Congress, senior Deutsche Bank executives believe congressional investigations that have stalled amid a court battle over access to Trump’s financial records could be rejuvenated, the three bank officials said.

In this scenario, however, Deutsche Bank executives believe they will also have more freedom to deal with the loans and end their relationship with Trump, the officials said. They hope doing so might help reduce some of the scrutiny, they said.

DIFFERENT SCENARIOS
The loans, which are against Trump’s golf course in Miami, and hotels in Washington and Chicago, are such that the Trump Organization has only had to pay interest on them so far, and the entire principal is outstanding, two of the three bank officials said. They come due in 2023 and 2024, the filings show.

The businesses backing the loans face challenges. The coronavirus-driven economic slowdown has hit the travel industry, including hotels. Moreover, last month Reuters reported that Trump’s plan to make money by developing houses and hotels on his golf courses, including the one involving the Deutsche Bank loan, had not panned out so far.

The Deutsche Bankexecutives are not unduly concerned about Trump’s ability to repay the loans, given the president’s personal guarantees and the time left before they come due, the three bank officials said.

If Trump is not in office, Deutsche Bank executives feel that it would be easier for them to demand repayment, foreclose if he is not able to pay it off or refinance, or try to sell the loans, according to two of the three bank officials.

Since Trump has personally guaranteed all the loans, Deutsche Bank could also seize the president’s assets if he is unable to repay, two of the three bank officials said.

If Trump wins a second term, Deutsche Bank executives feel their options would be fewer, the three bank officials said. The bank wouldn’t want the negative publicity inherent with seizing assets from a sitting president and would likely extend the loans until he is out of office, two of the bank officials said.

The bottom line, the three bank officials said, is that the matter won’t be resolved until well after the election.

Rocky Raccoon
Rocky Raccoon

The GOP will never get away again in my lifetime with attacking the character of Democrat politicians. They will always be reminded of Trump if they do.

Denver1
Denver1

"Trump's Final Big Lie and a Crisis of Character." Mish, make sure you don't fit the first word of your insult. If anything, you have been sorely deficient in predicting the Dem Party progress, and worse, insulting anyone and everyone who might have found some benefit or solace to the last four years.
It's funny how your departure from the cesspool of US seemed to gin up your attacks on more conservative communities. I see this same behavior daily from the recent folks who leave California and NY for Denver, and now attack the natives.
Go back and save Illinois.
They need your help.

Sechel
Sechel

Haven't heard @Mish talk about this. But it seems that polling is still broken. I'm very surprised that the polls at the state level.

Cforbes
Cforbes

I sure wish this site would go back to objective financial analysis No one can talk about Trump without insulting his supporters who are half the US population.

gigijilli
gigijilli

trump, trump, trump, trump.....it appears to be a bit of an obsession. It does not matter who sits in that chair; the guys that run this country today will be running it tomorrow.
A monkey could be president and one would never know the difference.

Telenochek82
Telenochek82

Instead of Trump, we should be laser focused on Murdochs and their radical right organizations, such as Fox News in US, Australias News Corp etc...

Ben B
Ben B

Mish, your economic commentary is good, but you should stay out of politics.

Democrats have been stealing elections since JFK. If you can't admit there was sizeable fraud in swing states by the Dems, you're not worth reading any longer.

Minorities swung to Trump in a historic way. He's unlikable, but his agenda reflects family values, which Hispanics appreciate.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

Trump is not done with the Big Lie.....he's still lying right out loud tonight.....calling legitimate early votes that have yet to be counted "illegal" and trash talking and trying to stir people up to reject the results of the election......it's downright pathetic....

ToInfinityandBeyond
ToInfinityandBeyond

If you don’t like or agree with Mish’s views then you don’t have to read his blog. I am sure there are plenty of right wing blogs that post articles more aligned with your political persuasion.

Sechel
Sechel

Trump is about to lose Georgia. Pennsylvania will turn Biden at around 4 a.m. at the current rate. I still disagree that Biden takes North Carolina. He will get Arizona and Nevada

Sechel
Sechel

I think Biden is a one term President and Harris never wins an election

ToInfinityandBeyond
ToInfinityandBeyond

This one is for FibsonJoeJoe and the rest of the Republican conspiracy theorists......

nertak
nertak

"attacked the twin pillars of our democracy — truth and trust....broken rules and trashed norms.....will continue with the strategy of using every legal, but democratically deeply harmful, way to control power even though most Americans vote against them — "
Pretty much sums up how Republicans feel about Pelosi & crew, the young Socialist pushers, & their self righteous supporters so pull in your halo & realize you're not here to judge or to play God


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