Predictably, former President Trump freaked out this weekend over the recent indictment of his former top adviser Steve Bannon on two counts of contempt of Congress for his refusal to comply with a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Capitol riot. Bannon tied his refusal to comply to claims from Trump that what the committee is after is covered by executive privilege, but executive privilege is a concept generally used to shield internal government deliberations — and Bannon didn’t even work for the government during the time under consideration. Still, Trump self-confidently proclaimed that Bannon has suffered perhaps more than just about anyone in the U.S. in terms of his legal travails — which is a stunningly egotistical way of looking at things.
Trump ranted as follows:
‘This Country has perhaps never done to anyone what they have done to Steve Bannon and they are looking to do it to others, also. If they would be so tough with China, Russia, and the world, who no longer respects us, maybe our Country would not be failing at a level at which we have never seen before. We never talk about making our Country great, and it is now heading in an unthinkable direction with the Afghanistan withdrawal, open Borders, Inflation, Woke everything, and so much more. The USA is a radicalized mess!’
It’s startling for Trump to be the one complaining about supposed radicalization when it’s his own supporters — for whom he has since expressed repeated support — who stormed the Capitol and basically tried to kill the vice president and members of Congress. As for Bannon, it’s worth noting that he has previously faced fraud-related charges for a scheme to collect grassroots donations for border wall construction that didn’t actually go to wall construction, and Trump may have had that issue in mind as well. Check out his meltdown in the post below:
President Donald J. Trump:
"This Country has perhaps never done to anyone what they have done to Steve Bannon and they are looking to do it to others, also. If they would be so tough with China, Russia, and the world, who no longer respects us, maybe our Country would… pic.twitter.com/gW6fU7Y7WI
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) November 14, 2021
Obviously, characterizing Bannon’s troubles as around the top of the list in terms of severity throughout the entirety of American history is utterly insane, but seriously, though: how stupid are these people? Do they have any understanding of the basic reality that led up to the present moment? Or do they simply think that the U.S. is their personal domain to do whatever they want with — and that’s that? People are suffering amid the continuing fallout from, among other things, the COVID-19 crisis that Trump helped exacerbate in the U.S. with his optics-based refusal to act more aggressively against the virus — and Trump is focused on these sniveling complaints. It’s a pathetic disgrace.