Thursday, December 17, 2020

Trumpty in Chains

Albert Jarry's Ubu Roi also known as King Turd was prescient in that it described the world of a despot/infant with our current president fitting the bill of the tyrannical child to a tee. Now the loser of a democratic election, Trump has abandoned all his presidential duties with the exception of those related to the perpetuation of his dictatorship. The fact that he has done immeasurable harm to the the fragile ideals of democracy means little to him—as do the violent antics of some of many zealous supporters. "Four Stabbed and One Shot as Trump Supporters and Opponents "Clash,"(NYT, 12/12/20). "Michigan GOP lawmaker loses committee posts after not ruling out violence during Electoral College vote,"CNBC, 12/14/20) are two recent frightening headlines. Indeed supporters of the President’s claims of a rigged election threaten to disenfranchise voters right up until January 6, the day Vice President Pence is slated to sign off on the tally. Even more telling is the final play in the Ubu Trilogy, Ubu Enchaine in which the dethroned tyrant reaps what he sows and becomes a prisoner of himself. Isn’t this a fitting prediction for the defeated Trump now the pied piper of his disenfranchised band of followers, his loyal press secretary Kayleigh McEnany in tow? Who knows if King Ubu will continue to file law suits against the election even after President-Elect Biden is sworn into office? Of course, Ubu may literally end up in chains if Letitia James or Cyrus Vance have their way.

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