Good lord . . .
By ALLEGRA KIRKLAND | Published NOVEMBER 29, 2016, 12:07 PM EDT
The President-elect will kick off what his aides have billed as a “thank you tour” at a Thursday rally in Cincinnati, according to a Bloomberg report.
Donald Trump plans to visit key swing states and historically blue states that went red on November 8 to host the same sort of large, clamorous arena rallies that were a hallmark of his campaign.
The first event, at Cincinnati’s US Bank Arena, was actually a previous venue for a Trump rally, according to Bloomberg. Other stops have not yet been announced.
The tour is a highly unusual move for an incoming president, and comes as Trump is still filling key cabinet and administration posts.
While George Gigicos, director of Trump’s advance team, told reporters on November 17 that the arena rallies represent a “victory tour,” his campaign immediately backed away from such language.
Ahh yes -- the ol' presidential victory tour -- because which winning U.S. president hasn't indulged in that grandest of all grand and American traditions - touring around the country, feting your supporters and gloating over the vanquished remains of your political opponents?
Actually -- none have. But Drumpf is a narcissist beast of an entirely different nature.
Authoritarian strongman leaders have to keep up the mere appearance of legitimacy in their ill-gotten roles as "leaders" and thus the necessity of touring and holding Nuremberg style rallies to remind the fist pumping, arm-thrusting faithful who the "winner" was and who indisputably is in charge of things.
It is classic fascism in it's purest form. And it is also no coincidence that the same day the "victory" tour was announced, dear leader was flapping his Mussoliniesque pie-hole on his beautiful Twitter account about how the act of flag burning, an ugly, but constitutionally guaranteed 1st amendment right, should result in the imprisonment and/or revocation of citizenship of the perpetrators.
To which The Gadfly would reply:
First they came for the Muslims, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Muslim.
Then they came for the rest of the immigrants, and I did not speak out— Because I was not an immigrant.
Then they came for the flag burners and anyone who dared to openly criticize their leader and their regime, and I did not speak out — Because I was not one of those - yet.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.
Drumpf and his surrogates have issued thinly veiled threats to use the power of the state to imprison his political opponent Hillary Clinton. Why? Well - because they have the power now, and not because any evidence of criminal wrongdoing actually exists justifying it.
Drumpf and his cult-like army of goose-steppers have also made threats against the press. Now lord knows The Gadfly holds no deep affection for the craven media in this country - but that blame can be laid almost directly at the feet of the corporotocracy headed up by moguls like Rupert Murdoch and other uber wealthy oligarchs of his ilk who control most of the media content Americans see and hear and are more concerned with making a profit than they are in presenting truthful, unbiased news to the American citizenry.
Both of those actions - threatening to jail political opponents and threatening the press just also happen to be hallmark traits of fascist, authoritarian regimes.
It can't happen here you think? The literal incarnation of Buzz Windrip is most definitely in our midst dear readers - and nothing short of unified vigilance and resistance stands between his depressing, life dispiriting vision of America and the America which would be a beacon of hope of freedom and democracy to all repressed peoples of the world.
And for the skeptics who believe The Gadfly is being too melodramatic here - Fuck you. It was the same type of apathy and listlessness in citizens like you who allowed the ascension of dictators like Hitler and Mussolini in the 1930's in to power, thus bringing on the horror and human carnage of WW2.
Drumpf, based on his unhinged behavior and the inflammatory statements he has made to date, needs to be held rigidly accountable to the United States constitution and the American ideals that made this nation great. And if the handful of sane Republicans and Democrats and the gutless media are not up to that task, then it is the solemn duty of true patriotic Americans to step up to the podium and make their voices heard loud and clear.
Oh -- and btw -- The Gadfly does not believe it to be an unreasonable stretch of the imagination in thinking that Drumpf, in his own mind, envisions his victory tour resembling something like this: