Irony

When Donald Trump thought, properly as it turned out, that he would lose the election, he stamped his feet and whined. There will be fraud, he declared before even a single vote had been cast. If he lost in Pennsylvania, “There will be vote tampering in certain places. You know where I mean.” (This election wasn’t about race—my ass.) Ironically, he did lose the election by about 2.4 million votes so far, but he won the Presidency in Pennsylvania just as he predicted, sort of.

Then Jill Stein wanted a recount in states where Trump’s margin of victory was slim, especially in Michigan where he won by barely 10,000 votes and no votes were cast for the President on over 80,000 ballots (about double the average of the last six elections). Trump threw another twitter tantrum declaring he had won the popular vote by millions if you don’t count the three million votes cast by illegal aliens, who are only detectable by secret Trump-vision.

He’s declaring the election was a fraud even though he won.

Now, after having sneaked by “crooked Hillary,” Trump is boasting how he will use the Presidency to enrich himself. He doesn’t use those words, but actions speak louder and he’s already throwing his weight around with the Argentine president and Indian businessmen. He does say, “The president can’t have a conflict of interest.” Here’s a man who told us how as a businessman he gave money to politicians and expected them to do his bidding. Now that he’s the politician, he’s simply cut out the middleman. Crooked, much?

And after lambasting Hillary for her sometimes sloppy handling of classified documents (Lock her up!) which the FBI decided no reasonable prosecutor would pursue, he is talking to David Petraeus about the job of Secretary of State. Unlike Hillary, Petraeus was actually convicted of giving secret documents, including “sources and methods” information, to his mistress, the journalist Paula Broadwell. He admitted it and they did lock him up. Okay, actually he is on probation. Will he be able to fly around the world if he is wearing an ankle monitor?

But the greatest irony is that Trump lost the election but will win the Presidency through the action of the Electoral College, a system Alexander Hamilton created specifically to keep the public succumbing to the blandishments of a demagogue. Seems the public was right and Alexander Hamilton was wrong but the public will pay for his mistake anyway.

And then there’s Melania’s war on cyberbullying. …begins at home.

Marx’s remark about history repeating itself, first as tragedy then as farce, is coming true and Donald Trump is Pantalone-Elect, the Clown in Chief. No wonder during the campaign the media compared his speaking style to a stand-up comedian. Only this farce isn’t funny.

Author: leonardrysdyk

Leonard Rysdyk is the author of more than a dozen novels, stories, articles and poems. His work has appeared in many publications including Snow White, Blood Red, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Aboriginal Magazine and the New York Review of Science Fiction. A professor at Nassau Community College, he teaches literature (including science fiction), cultural history (including the history of science) and is an acknowledged innovator in the field of Computer Aided Instruction (CAI), a subject on which he has lectured and consulted.

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