An orderly transition

President Donald Trump speaks Nov. 5 in the briefing room at the White House. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/Tribune News Service

WATERTOWN — Since early October, an inactive email account of mine has been deluged with messages from the Trump campaign pleading for money.

It’s baffling how campaign staffers for President Donald Trump stumbled across my email address (all of the messages have come from the Trump Make America Great Again Committee). Believing it may have been hacked, I haven’t used it for more than a year.

Important people who communicated with me through this email destination were directed to other accounts, so it’s obvious that anything coming in after a certain point is irrelevant. I’ll label all the Trump campaign messages as non-essential — but entertaining!

It began Oct. 7. The first email advised me that Vice President Mike Pence would debate U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris that evening. So, of course, the group needed my financial assistance — which I very eagerly did not provide.

That email was one of eight I received on that date: two from DonaldJTrump.com, four from Donald J. Trump, one from Official Trump Campaign Store and one from Mike Pence.

Pence’s email (OK, let’s pretend for a moment that he actually wrote it) was sent after the debate. Funny, he doesn’t say a thing about the fly that camped out on his head for a couple of minutes! Perhaps no one on his staff had the nerve to tell him how silly he looked.

The fundraising emails have continued pouring in every day. They have come from Donald J. Trump, Mike Pence, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump 1000 Club, Trump Match Alert, President Trump and Vice President Pence, Trump Donor List, Trump FEC Deadline, Vote for President Trump, and Trump Finance, as well as separate messages from Lara Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump.

Hmm, nothing from Ivanka Trump or Jared Kushner. Were they soliciting money for Joe Biden’s campaign?

On Oct. 22, I received an email from Melania Trump. It offered me the 2021 Trump calendar.

Given how recent events have turned out (not in the president’s favor), it’s a good guess that every month of this calendar will display a different photo of an unemployed Donald Trump playing golf at one of his lavish resorts.

The campaign emails were ramped up beginning Nov. 4. You know, the day after Trump lost the general election. The dramatic subject lines have told the story:

n “They want to STEAL this Election from us. I need YOU to fight back.” (from Donald J. Trump)

n “The Radical Left. We can’t let them steal this Election.” (DEFEND THE ELECTION)

n “Don’t let the Democrats manipulate the results. DEFEND the election.” (DonaldJTrump.com)

n “The Election will be under attack. Fight back and increase your impact by 1000%.” (DEFEND PRESIDENT TRUMP)

n “The Left doesn’t want OUR president to WIN. We need YOU to DEFEND the Election results.” (Mike Pence)

Here’s an interesting message from Nov. 7: “This has gone too far. The potential voter fraud is unprecedented.”

It’s amusing to parse the rhetoric here. The sender (Election Defense) wants me to believe that voter fraud this year has been on a scale unlike anything we’ve ever seen.

But some people may gloss over the pertinent phrase here: “Potential.” This indicates a projection on the part of the writer, something that’s purely hypothetical.

Yes, anything qualifying as “potential” could wind up being “unprecedented.” That’s because something you deem as a possibility will be as extreme as you can imagine, depending on how horrible you want to make the issue appear.

Interestingly, this message sums up Trump’s post-election mindset. He’s urging his supporters to become angry over some level of voter fraud (not voter fraud that’s actually occurring, mind you, but that he’s conjuring in his head).

Of course, the claims of widespread voter fraud are complete nonsense. And his campaign is losing its arguments in court after court. Its cases are getting tossed because it presents no evidence to back up its assertions.

While I haven’t seen this in any of my emails, others who have been similarly deluged said fundraising pleas have included tiny print detailing how at least some of the money will go toward retiring campaign debt. So he’s riling people up with bogus claims of voter fraud so they’ll fork over cash, allowing him to (here’s a novel idea for Trump) pay his bills!

Trump has finally found himself trapped by reality. He clearly lost the election, but he’s too immature to admit it.

So he spews lie after lie about voter fraud in an attempt to persuade Americans that he came out on top. He can’t overcome the need to throw one last hissy fit.

Rather than spending his last few months in office doing something comprehensive and meaningful about the novel coronavirus pandemic, Trump will end his time at the White House by sulking about losing this election. Like just about every other moment of his life, he will ignore the needs of others to fixate on himself.

What a sad legacy Trump will leave. He may wish to send me an email about how I’m wrong here, but my inbox is already full.

Jerry Moore is the editorial page editor for the Watertown Daily Times. Readers may call him at 315-661-2369 or send emails to jmoore@wdt.net.

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zeitgeist

I like the part where you unravel the goings-on in the interesting message from Nov. 7.

Holmes

84% of Americans believe the division in the country has been created by the media. (Gallup) The media has gone from journalism to activism. Hmmm, who would have predicted that?

hermit thrush

earth to holmes, this is an opinion piece.

Pitbull

Earth to hermit, that doesn't matter! "Journalists" everywhere are slinging the news and are as partisan as can be about it. What does CNN stand for? I thing the word "news" is involved. The lines have been blurred whether you like it or not. By the way, maybe today you could find a reputable news outlet and look up how your foolish ANTIFA/BLM minions attacked peaceful marchers on Saturday. You probably haven't even heard about it.

hermit thrush

pb are you really so ignorant of the media that you don't understand that most outlets (both in print and tv) have completely separate news and opinion sections? the reality is that almost all of these places (even including right-wing outlets like fox and the wsj) have very credible news divisions. if the news side of fox reports something, then everyone should believe it until/unless subsequent reporting comes along to the contrary. the lines have only been "blurred" by a decades-long campaign by right-wing forces to discredit the media overall, because they want to control people with propaganda.

to show how gullible people like pb are, like us take note that his own president tweeted out a video of one of his supporters getting clocked by a sucker punch -- only to have it revealed that when the full video came, the trumper was the one who started it.

hermit thrush

*let us

*came out

Pitbull

Did the Trumper start the sucker punch, hermit. You're on Mars with this. Look it up readers. There was unprovoked violence against peaceful Trump supporters in our nation's capital and it has been censored by mainstream media.

hermit thrush

yes he did start it. the unprovoked violence began with the trumpers here. the guy who punched him shouldn't have done that but the trumper is as guilty as anyone. https://twitter.com/aravosis/status/1328139417245061120

Pitbull

Ooh "the guy who did this shouldn't have, but...". What a pontificating nimrod you are. When one man hits another in the head from behind he's a coward. Is that who you align yourself with, hermit, cowards? Sure sounds like it.

hermit thrush

once again you seem to have problems with the meaning of words, pb. i'm not defending the guy who threw the punch sucker punch at the end. if you want to call him a coward for doing that, then sure, no argument from me. now what do you have to say about the feral trumper who started the whole thing and committed multiple felonies before he got punched? it's a bit rich complaining like you are when your guy is the one who started the street brawl.

She's back

So Now I am really trying to understand those who still "believe in" Trumpism....here's a start :

>>"If Trumpism is a type of cult, how does one go about deprogramming millions of people?

That is the main reason why I wrote my new book "The Cult of Trump." I knew that the people who need the book the most are not going to read it. People in cults don't think they're in a cult. I felt like I needed to first start with those people who will listen and then learn that mind control is real. Brainwashing can take place. People are witnessing that very directly in America right now. Unfortunately, what is happening in America right now is that people who have family members or friends who have become Trumpists are now calling them names and cutting off contact from them."<<

OK I'll try to stop that BUT what CAN I do to help the trump cultists????

>>"To try to get people out of Trump’s cult we should first try to engage them in an intelligent conversation about the psychology of influence. We should also talk to Trumpists about how to better discern facts from opinions and beliefs."<<<

More here:

https://www.salon.com/2019/10/22/cam-members-of-the-trump-cult-be-deprogrammed-after-the-leader-falls-steven-hassan-says-yes/

Holmes

Come on man, the ‘Salon’ is to fact as Aesop Fables are to reality.

hermit thrush

here you see, in the wild, the kinds of mental processes that lead right-wingers to become consumed by conspiracy theories. they can't accept any information from outside their narrow propaganda bubble.

Pitbull

You sound very deranged. I feel sorry for you.

hermit thrush

if you are going to write comments like this does it at least mean you're going to stop whining when you feel like people are condescending to you?

Pitbull

No, hermit, my comments hold to the truth. Yours and the condescending person who purports to "help" Trump supporters are, well, condescending. Go away.

hermit thrush

omg, when you're the one doing the condescending you're just dropping truth bombs, but when you're condescended to it's a horrible and unjustified act of disrespect. do you even hear the words you're saying? is this just the typical conservative thing where you know perfectly well it's a double standard and you thrill to the transgression of it? that doesn't seem like the kind of honorable conduct you'd expect from a military man.

Pitbull

Truth bombs. I like it.

hermit thrush

your honor could hardly shine brighter.

Newsjunkie39a

You've obviously read all the conspiracy theory, um, schlock that's been thrown at the wall. Hope the stench didn't bother you too much.

hermit thrush

He clearly lost the election, but he’s too immature to admit it.

that's the benign interpretation. it could well be that something more sinister is at play.

Holmes

I don’t think it’s over yet...

hermit thrush

then you think wrong.

Pitbull

If we looked at the signature validation system hermits candidate could head straight to the nursing home.

hermit thrush

pb what are you babbling about now?

Pitbull

Ooh, sinister.

hermit thrush

i mean, it is trump after all....

Pitbull

The irony is palpable, Jerry. While trying to call out Trump as childish, you sound like one yourself. Your anger is apparent but you don't even try to control it. You throw around juvenile statements such as, "Like just about every other moment of his life he will ignore the needs of others to fixate on himself." You betray your partisan hatred and drag your profession further into the mire.

hermit thrush

it's 5 1/2 years since trump came down the escalator and it is still completely amazing how some people simply explode at criticism of him. calling people out as childish is not itself childish. trump is a well-known narcissist and there's nothing remotely juvenile about saying "Like just about every other moment of his life he will ignore the needs of others to fixate on himself." is juvenile yet another entry on the list of words pb doesn't know the meaning of?

Pitbull

You are a comedian! (A very bad one.)

hermit thrush

if i had nothing substantive to say in response, this is probably the sort of angle i'd go with too.

Pitbull

"Ignoring the needs of others." You mean like HBCU funding, getting 3 Arab countries to establish relations with Israel, reduce the u/e rate to the lowest in 55 years, and enabling vaccine development at an unheard of pace? I guess Biden wi have to fix all that.

hermit thrush

first of all, that has nothing to do with your "juvenile" charge.

but on the merits, look at trump's conduct right now as he is in the process of leaving office. he's refusing to hand the reins over to biden. he's willing to compromise our national security and public health for what is at best a fit of juvenile pique, and at worst something far more sinister. a perfect example of ignoring the needs of others, of refusing to do what's best for the country. jerry couldn't be more right.

Pitbull

I see you couldn't answer my 12:18 comment, hermit, could you?

hermit thrush

if i replied to every single thing that's objectionable in your comments then i would be here all day. go back and re-read what jerry wrote. he was talking about trump ignoring the needs of others in his last couple months in office. you took that and wrote a bunch of stuff which was irrelevant to this time frame. i steered it back to what jerry was actually talking about, although i guess i didn't make it explicit enough for you that that was what i was doing.

it remains shockingly disloyal to our country that anyone would continue to stand by trump while he's sabotaging the incoming biden administration.

Newsjunkie39a

And what about the mire into which Our Beloved Leader has dragged the USA?

Pitbull, perhaps you should join OBL and put on your big-boy pants, just like Philadelphia's mayor suggested.

Pitbull

Do you have a pair of big boy pants I could borrow or do you wear big girl pants?

Holmes

Now you know why the media approval is at an all time low.

hermit thrush

media approval is low because right-wingers can't handle anything except propaganda that flatters their partisan interests.

Pitbull

Hermit, is talking about right wingers and propaganda. Now thats a good one! Maybe he should go back to watching John Berman and Joy Reid.

hermit thrush

people who want to be genuinely well-informed stay away from tv altogether.

Newsjunkie39a

I suspect you believe that if I'm a girl I'm not worth your attention.

rdsouth

Jerry Moore is clearly in on the conspiracy to cover up this imaginary nonsense.

Eagle24

I received a daily deluge from the GOP looking for a donation with the same claims were heading to socialism ...taking away our guns..the usual blather... interestingly much more than from the Dems.... I taped two cents to each...and mail back..figured it'd keep someone busy.. Forever Trumpers now feel what a lot of the country did 4 years ago... sooo put on your big boy pants...suck it up...move on....

Pitbull

Or......RESIST!

hermit thrush

pb, every opposition party opposes the party in power. there is nothing even slightly novel about the "resistance," except possibly its branding.

Holmes

Too bad you didn’t put yours’ on for the last 4 years!

Pitbull

You know what? When Obama won twice, I said, "Bummer", and went back to work. When Trump won 4 years ago, your side freaked out and played games to stagnate the country. There is NO comparison of the two.

hermit thrush

what ridiculous nonsense from the guy whose party went full in on tricorn hat cosplay in 2009. when trump won i personally thought this was going to be a disaster for the country (235k deaths later, i am right) and i went back to work too. i however am mindful enough not to project my own personal experience on everyone else. the reality is that the opposition to obama was as fervent as you could ask for. mitch mcconnell said his top priority was to deny obama a second term, and he meant it. does pb care about any of this? no s/he does not.

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