William Katz:  Urgent Agenda








YIKES!  TRUMP DOES IT AGAIN:  They used to say about Harry Truman that he did the biggest things in the biggest ways and the littlest things in the littlest ways.  

They never heard of Donald Trump who, sadly, continues to diminish himself by doing too many big things in little ways. 

The revelations of the last few days, that Twitter (along with others) withheld critical information about the Biden family from the American voting public just before the 2020 election, are major in themselves.  They raise the gravest questions about the integrity of the press, and the sanctity of elections.

This was a moment made for Donald Trump who, all along, has said the election of 2020 was not on the level.  It was a time for a thoughtful, patriotic, dignified reply by Mr. Trump, who could claim some kind of vindication.

And what do we get?  Read on, from CNN:

Former President Donald Trump called for the termination of the Constitution to overturn the 2020 election and reinstate him to power Saturday in a continuation of his election denialism and pushing of fringe conspiracy theories.

"Do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declare the RIGHTFUL WINNER, or do you have a NEW ELECTION? A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution," Trump wrote in a post on the social network Truth Social and accused "Big Tech" of working closely with Democrats. "Our great 'Founders' did not want, and would not condone, False & Fraudulent Elections!"

White House spokesman Andrew Bates said Saturday that Trump's remarks are "anathema to the soul of our nation, and should be universally condemned."

"You cannot only love America when you win," Bates said in a statement. "The American Constitution is a sacrosanct document that for over 200 years has guaranteed that freedom and the rule of law prevail in our great country. The Constitution brings the American people together -- regardless of party -- and elected leaders swear to uphold it. It's the ultimate monument to all of the Americans who have given their lives to defeat self-serving despots that abused their power and trampled on fundamental rights."

Trump's post came after the release of internal Twitter emails showing deliberation in 2020 over a New York Post story about material found on Hunter Biden's laptop. Employees on Twitter's legal, policy and communications teams debated -- and at times disagreed -- over whether to restrict the article under the company's hacked materials policy. The debate took place weeks before the 2020 election, when Joe Biden, Hunter Biden's father, was running against then-President Trump.

Trump announced his third presidential bid last month and is still widely considered the leader of the Republican Party. Party leaders had hoped that the former president would drop his election denialism rhetoric after lackluster results in the midterms.

COMMENT:  Trump botched it.  As usual, he went overboard, and blew a chance to show that some of his concerns over the election were valid.  Instead, he winds up almost throwing the Constitution down the incinerator chute.

Not good.  And not good for 2024.   Some recent surveys show Trump losing support among Republicans for the 2024 presidential nomination.  And he has major legal problems ahead.  He is not handling himself well.

December 3-4, 2022