Welp. Donny Deutsch seems to have nailed it.
He's not the first to suggest that Donald Trump plans to parlay his politically disastrous life into some money-making media venture. Just like he parlayed his disastrous real estate/business life into a money-making reality-TV venture. The way Deutsch explains it on Deadline White House makes a good deal of sense, and he is not concerned in the slightest that Trump won't vacate the White House on January 20, 2021, despite the fact that exactly four Republicans have acknowledged Joe Biden won the election — none of them holding a position of significant power, or a position in Trump's administration.
The terrifying thing about Deutsch's prediction is that through his media ventures, Trump will exert significant political power as a king-maker of sorts.
I find the notion that Trump will go on to forever control 20% of the vote absolutely terrifying. That doesn't make me feel relaxed at all. I mean, yay for confidence he'll leave the White House, but why the f*ck does he get to go on to make a billion dollars?
Nicolle Wallace, who is a lot smarter than I am, was minimally comforted, but took it further, connecting Deutsch's analysis to Trump's desperate need for relevance. She asked him, though, why everyone else went along with it. "Why is Pence going along with it? He is not getting the 8:00 and Trump gets the 9:00 hour."
Donald Trump is not going away, kids. He's not gonna have the power, but Donald Trump is gonna be speaking to anywhere from ten to seventy million Americans every day and the media, this media, outside of Fox, has to be disciplined when ratings maybe drop off in March and April, and we're talking about infrastructure, not to put the heroin back in, and go back and cover it. Let them just stay in their own little bunker over there.
Now, THAT'S good advice. But I am still having trouble with the notion that the only thing on Trump's mind is his future media empire, and that everyone else is going along with it to stay in his good graces, so he'll keep saying nice things about them. If they abandoned him, which they could do, he'd be alone. Their complicity is the thing that gives him power. Their subservience is the thing that gives him influence. They had the chance to remove him during impeachment, and chose not to. Why? So he doesn't tweet bad things at them when he's out of office?
It doesn't add up. Look at all the elements.
- SecDef Esper fired
- GSA won’t sign letter
- Top Pentagon Policy official fired
- Top Defense Dept intel official fired
- COS to the Defense Sec fired
- Wall built around WH
- Trump won’t concede
- Pompeo talks 2nd term
- Barr meeting w. Mitch
- Mitch meets w CIA dir.
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) November 10, 2020
Do all of those things seem like elements of something as simple as slimeballs wanting to stay on the bully's good side? Those don't sound like simply the moves of someone trying to preserve his image. It sounds like the moves of an entire political party getting ready to do something highly unconstitutional.