Too odious to defend

The Post reports that Trump is in a bad mood. You don’t say.

With less than seven days remaining in his presidency, Trump’s inner circle is shrinking, offices in his White House are emptying, and the president is lashing out at some of those who remain. He is angry that his allies have not mounted a more forceful defense of his incitement of the mob that stormed the Capitol last week, advisers and associates said.

Really. All he wanted to do was slaughter all the Democrats in Congress and install himself as dictator. What’s the big deal?

He’s in a rage at Pence, and souring on Giuliani.

Trump has instructed aides not to pay Giuliani’s legal fees, two officials said, and has demanded that he personally approve any reimbursements for the expenses Giuliani incurred while traveling on the president’s behalf to challenge election results in key states. They said Trump has privately expressed concern with some of Giuliani’s moves and did not appreciate a demand from Giuliani for $20,000 a day in fees for his work attempting to overturn the election.

It’s outrageous; only Trump is allowed to rip people off like that.

He’s mad that no one is defending him – not even McEnany! Not even Prince Jared! The Post doesn’t say what Princess Ivanka is doing.

Lindsey Graham is one of the last remaining ass-kissers.

Graham traveled to Texas on Tuesday in what was Trump’s last scheduled presidential trip, spending hours with Trump aboard Air Force One talking about impeachment and planning how Trump should spend his final days in office.

Trump told Graham to lobby senators to acquit him in the future trial and Graham of course obliged.

During the flight home, Graham said, he tried to calm Trump after Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.), the No. 3 House GOP leader, announced she would vote to impeach.

“I just told him, ‘Listen, Mr. President, there are some people out there who were upset before and are upset now, but I assure you, most Republicans believe impeachment is bad for the country and not necessary and it would do damage to the institution of the presidency itself,” Graham recalled.

Cynical enough yet? Not a word about “Don’t worry, you’re innocent,” much less about the good of the country, about treason and attempted mass murder, about democracy and human rights, about how it’s not entirely admirable to try to overthrow the government by sending fascists to kill off half of Congress – just self-interested reason Republicans think impeachment would be inconvenient.

The Post points out that it’s striking that no White House people were out there defending him yesterday during the impeachment.

The president’s aides did not blast out talking points to allies. His press secretary did not hold a briefing with reporters. His advisers did not do television interviews from the White House’s North Lawn. His lawyers and legislative affairs staffers did not whip votes or seek to persuade lawmakers to vote against impeachment.

This is both because there was no organized campaign to block impeachment and because many of his aides believe Trump’s incitement of the riot was too odious to defend.

So even they have a Too Odious marker – it’s just that it’s a lot harder to reach than most people’s.

“I just think this is the logical conclusion of someone who will only accept people in his inner orbit if they are willing to completely set themselves on fire on his behalf, and you’ve just reached a point to where everyone is burned out,” a senior administration official said. “Everyone is thinking, ‘I’ll set myself on fire for the president of the United States for this, for this and for this — but I’m not doing it for that.’ ”

It took him until two weeks before the end to reach that point – and it took all of them that long too.

One of Trump’s only White House defenses came from Jason Miller, a senior political adviser. He did not defend the president’s conduct but rather argued that those who voted to impeach him would pay a political price.

There it is again, just like Graham – ignore the substance, just talk about the savvy politics. Tell us again exactly how hollow you are.

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