The Donald Unpresidented

I was looking for the right word. I came across it yesterday, finally.

Unpresidented.

I’m worried that Donald Trump is going to be unpresidented. I think he might be a bit worried about it too, seeing that he came up with this word for it.

He might get unpresidented tomorrow, 19 December. Because I think that tomorrow is when the US electoral college votes in Trump as president. Normally it’s just an automatic rubber stamp, but this year there have been calls for the electoral college to vote against Trump. I’ve read that only 38 electors need to switch their votes for it to happen. Some college professor somewhere has said that they’ve got the 38 needed. So maybe tomorrow there’ll come the bombshell news that Trump has been unpresidented. And that Hillary Clinton has been empresidented. Or maybe represidented. With the agreement of the House of Represidentives.

Because it seems to me quite possible, that come Inauguration Day, it’s not going to be Donald Trump making the big speech, but the spectral figure of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the woman who should have won the election, the woman whose turn it was to be president, but who had been unpresidented by a complete outsider.

Everyone knew she was going to be elected. Except the Russians knew better.

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And there are people telling us that the Russians knew better because they’d hacked the voting machines to ensure that Trump won. The Russians really didn’t want Hillary Clinton. Putin had said there would be war if she became president.

And actually, the world has been teetering on the brink of war for months, with NATO forces on Russia’s border, and Russian aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean, and Obama ramping up anti-Russian rhetoric.

If Trump isn’t unpresidented by the electoral college, he might be unpresidented by an executive order by Barack Obama, citing national emergency, as the US goes to war with Russia, leaving Trump sidelined in Trump Tower.

Or he might be unpresidented by the Lone Gunman. It’s always a lone gunman, isn’t it?

Michael Moore, who foresaw Trump’s win, thinks the same way:

“He’s not president ‘til noon on January 20th of 2017,” he said. “That’s more than six weeks away. Would you not agree, regardless what side of the political fence you’re on, this has been the craziest election year. Nothing anyone predicted has happened — the opposite has happened. So is it possible, just possible, that in these next six weeks, something else might happen — something crazy, something we’re not expecting?”

It’s going to be a nervous, jumpy month ahead.

The rational side of me says this is nonsense. Trump won. And in about a month’s time, he’s going to be standing in front of the Capitol, making his inauguration speech…

…while eating a cheeseburger. Because every time I think of Trump making that speech, I always imagine him waving a cheeseburger, held in a spotless white napkin, and using it to make bullet points with gobs of mustard.

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16 Responses to The Donald Unpresidented

  1. garyk30 says:

    The Trump electors are all Republicans that probably voted for him in the general election.

    It is very unlikely that they are going to change their minds tomorrow.

    Nor is it likely that Clinton electors will change their minds and vote for Trump.

    Electors tend to be party officials, they are not unbiased independents.

  2. nightlight7 says:

    Glad to see my old country (before coming to USA), Serbia, is right up there with Russians.

    • Dan says:

      Hi nightlight7, A friend of mine went to Serbia recently and said it was a smoker’s paradise – you can smoke almost everywhere. He sussed it first when the bank teller counting out his currency had a cigarette in the corner of his mouth. It would definitely be the only venue for the Frank Davis Conference on Astrophysics and Global Cooling..
      Moscow, however, you can’t even smoke in the parks.

      • nisakiman says:

        Come to Greece. We can smoke almost everywhere here, too. Oh, there are the mandatory ‘No Smoking’ signs all over the place, but they’re just for decoration. Some bars have them in little holders on the tables, right next to the ashtray. They’re quite cute.

  3. Frank Davis says:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/in-last-shot-bid-thousands-urge-electoral-college-to-block-trump-at-monday-vote/2016/12/17/125fa84a-c327-11e6-8422-eac61c0ef74d_story.html?utm_term=.b836a2c674f8

    Pressure on members of the electoral college to select someone other than Donald Trump has grown dramatically — and noisily — in recent weeks, causing some to waver but yielding little evidence that Trump will fall short when electors convene in most state capitals Monday to cast their votes.

  4. Frank Davis says:

    http://thehill.com/homenews/310937-kissinger-trump-a-phenomenon-that-foreign-countries-havent-seen

    Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said in an interview Sunday that President-elect Donald Trump could go down in history as a “very considerable president.”

    “Donald Trump is a phenomenon that foreign countries haven’t seen,” Kissinger said on CBS’s “Face The Nation.”

    “So it is a shocking experience to them that he came in to office. At the same time, extraordinary opportunity.”

    Kissinger said every country now has to consider two things.

    “One, their perception that the previous president, or the outgoing president, basically withdrew America from international politics, so that they had to make their own assessments of their necessities,” he said.

    “And secondly, that here is a new president who’s asking a lot of unfamiliar questions. And because of the combination of the partial vacuum and the new questions, one could imagine that something remarkable and new emerges out of it.”

  5. Frank Davis says:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/electors-under-siege-232774

    On Monday, members of the Electoral College will cast their historic votes for the next president of the United States. In the meantime, they are under siege.

    The nation’s 538 presidential electors have been thrust into the political foreground like never before in American history. In the aftermath of a uniquely polarizing presidential contest, the once-anonymous electors are squarely in the spotlight, targeted by death threats, harassing phone calls and reams of hate mail. One Texas Republican elector said he’s been bombarded with more than 200,000 emails.

    “I never can imagine harassing people like this. It’s just f—– up,” said Jim Rhoades, a Republican elector from Michigan who runs a home inspection service. “I’ve lost a bunch of business.”

    In recent decades, the Electoral College had become such a reliable rubber stamp of Election Day results that it was viewed as an afterthought.

    But with many Democrats desperate to block the all-but-certain ascension of Donald Trump to the White House, this long-neglected body has been gripped by turmoil, and its members have been subjected to pleas to upend centuries of tradition by casting their votes for someone other than the president-elect.

    • nisakiman says:

      It’s just like the reaction of the urban elite to Brexit in UK. Their comfort zone is threatened and they’re in a panic. They were all so hubristic in their certainty that their dogma was unassailable, and now that dogma has been questioned all they can think of is to find a way to make the nasty dissenters go away, by any means possible.

  6. waltc says:

    Fyi, the college meets/votes at noon US EST. I sincerely doubt they’ll unpresident Trump, tho I’ve heard that if they do, he’d be represidented by the (Republican majority) House. Then, too, if Hillary were illigitimately crowned, I also think there’d be open civil war, and her PC pals are the ones without the guns.

    • waltc says:

      Oh, and though the losing team would like to claim the Russians hacked the voting machines, even they can’t do it because there’s not a shred of evidence. It all comes down to a few key questions: 1) who hacked (the only two things that were hacked) Panetta’s and the DNC’s computers? 2) Why? 3) Was the hacked/leaked information true or was it tampered-with disinformation? and 4) Did the leakage affect the outcome?

      IMO, 1) they may well have tho there’s some evidence to the contrary and Panetta admits to having fallen for a phishing scheme that only an idiot would fall for and given up his password. 2) if they did and are ALSO the source of the leaks (two separate issues?) i’d think that for a variety of reasons, it was more anti-Hillary than per se pro Trump. 3) the elephant in the room is that the damning leaks were all genuinely true, a fact that the partisans attempt to obscure by screaming “Russians! Russians!” 4) Only to the extent that some alienated Sanders voters might have stayed home upon learning how the DNC had stacked the deck. Most of the other content –the Panetta stuff–was fairly obscure. And the meme about Hillary was already planted long before the leaks and even long before Comey’s press conference and subsequent Letters.

      • Frank Davis says:

        Was this the pic you mentioned a few days ago?

      • Joe L. says:

        Yes, Podesta fell victim to phishing. This is the closest thing to ‘hacking’ that has been reported (ultimately it comes down to his own carelessness, though). However, there is no evidence that the DNC leaks were the result of hacking; in fact, WikiLeaks has continually inferred that the DNC leaks came from an inside source.

        The emails from Hillary’s private email server were leaked from inside, as even the FBI, in their investigation, could not prove that her server was ever hacked (although they believe the likelihood was high due to slipshod security measures). How come, all of a sudden, the Russians are now culpable for all of this?

        In other news, the sky is purple, 2+2=7, and tobacco is the cause of all diseases known to mankind. Lather, rinse, repeat.

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