This was going to be a column that urged Democrats to finally face reality and consider a change at the top of the ticket, given President Biden’s age, poll numbers and the endless scandals involving his party boy son.
Then, I was reminded of Jan. 6, and of how a selfish and treasonous president lit a fuse that set off an explosion at the seat of American government. What we have before us now is another textbook clash that forces us to choose between the lesser of two evils.
Nowhere are the dynamics of that choice better illustrated than in the lyrics of a popular Christmas tune that lists all the flaws of a certain holiday hater.
Trump, like the Grinch, has the appeal of “a seasick crocodile.”
“Given the choice between the two of you,” the song says, “I’d take the seasick crocodile.”
The lesser of two evils.
In all honesty, it’s hard to listen to that song and not think of Donald Trump.
Its poetry perfectly captures the hateful, destructive nature of a lying megalomaniac who would stop at nothing to cling to power and abuse it even further.
Grinch nauseates the singer with a “nauseous super-naus,” and is a “crooked jerky jockey” who drives a “crooked horse.”
Trump, the current Republican front runner, seeks to drive his crooked horse all the way back to the White House, the place from which he stole classified documents and watched as domestic terrorists laid siege to Capitol Hill.
The fact that he is even in a position to run again has filled some legitimate lawmakers with a nauseous super-naus.
“The January 6 insurrection was a violent uprising against the United States that tragically resulted in loss of multiple lives,” a group of elected officials wrote in a letter to the New York state Board of Elections.
“That dark day in our nation’s history was led, facilitated, and encouraged by Trump.”
Democratic Manhattan state Sens. Brad Hoylman-Sigal, Liz Krueger, and others cited Trump’s efforts to overthrow democracy in violation of the Constitution’s insurrection disqualification clause in outlining why he shouldn’t be featured on the ballot in New York.
Their effort mirrors others across the country, including in a closely watched case before Colorado’s Supreme Court.
The House committee that investigated the Jan. 6 insurrection last year found Trump incited the violent attack that led to seven deaths. Trump has pleaded not guilty to related criminal charges in D.C.
“We fight like hell,” Trump told the crowd that day. “And if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.”
The “fake news media” didn’t make that up. Trump’s lies whipped up the crowd, and with their leader’s blessing, they tried to take over the country.
This must never happen again.
“The Board must not allow those who participated to run again for office against the mandate of the Constitution,” the elected leaders said in the letter.
“Therefore, with the urgency of an approaching primary election, we urge the Board to address this critical issue now and to ensure Trump’s name does not appear on the New York ballot.”
In other words, Hoylman-Sigel, Krueger and the others behind this letter wouldn’t touch him with a “39-and-a-half-foot pole.”
Biden, 81, has no shortage of presidential flaws. He was late to the fight to maintain voting rights, and he turned his back on New York City as it dealt with a flood of migrants.
But most of all — or least of all — he has failed to inspire.
Still, he doesn’t nauseate the electorate. Unlike the Grinch, or his likely Republican challenger, Biden’s heart is not “an empty hole.” His brain isn’t “full of spiders.”
He doesn’t have garlic in his soul.
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