It began with a downward-escalator ride (read into that all you want) to the applause of a paid audience and it ended with an ignominious and empty walk (couldn’t even get a paid audience) from the White House to Marine 1. And in between all hell broke loose, including pandemic and insurrection. DC is in lock-down and looks like they are preparing for more insurrection.
Trump opened a door to the darkest, lowest impulses in America and encouraged the worst in everyone to walk through it. He easily tapped into something primal, vile, venal and depraved, so frightened and frightening in our nation’s character, and he celebrated it. A white nationalist, Trump made bigotry and hatred into virtues and kindness into a weakness for suckers and losers. He showed us who we are, deep inside, and we didn’t like what we saw.
We’ll try to forget the great evil he unleashed on our land, but we cannot: hell is empty and all the devils are here. We’ve got a rough slog ahead and his followers are determined to make it worse, in his name.
(Side note: the pardons are a rogues gallery of miscreants, but do not include himself or his family. Lawyers allegedly talked Trump out of issuing pardons for several Coup Klux Klan lawmakers who asked for clemency; he can still change his mind about that anytime before noon today. And in a final finger to everyone, Trump rescinded his 2017 executive order barring former White House employees from lobbying the government. Yes, he ordered the Swamp refilled.)
We have much work to do to try to fix things (other than the windows and doors at the Capitol destroyed in the Stupid Coup which are still being repaired even now) and we may no longer have the help of nearly half our country, lost to his madness, and other souls lost to the virus he welcomed in. The official U.S. coronavirus death toll surpassed 400,000 on Trump’s final day in office, quite an accomplishment.
Napoleon dismissed the Brits as a nation of shopkeepers, and yet the shopkeepers won and Napoleon ended up in exile on Elba. Trump is exiled to his gilded cage in Florida awaiting justice. Sometimes the little people, the shopkeepers actually win. Today is ours. Celebrate it, mark your calendars that on this date, fairness and common decency exiled vulgar opportunity.
There will be many takes today on Trump in exodus, but the only one we need is that he is finally gone. Good riddance.