KVaughn called and said he was on his way to New York to select fabrics for his Winter collection of custom made scarves to be released on December 2, 2022. Every time we talk about his trips to New York you can tell his energy easily matches that of the city that never sleeps. On that note, Kevin sent me a few voice notes for this article in an attempt for the reader to gather insight on how his creative process works. They are posted here as a linear series of voice messages. This season he focused on purchasing silks, cashmere and wool for his one of kind custom made scarves. He also hung out with this seasons muse:
VM 1: Friday, November 11, 2022, Magdim Towers, Philadelphia .
VM 2: Arrives in NYC, journey begins.
VM 3: Arrives at Chic Fabrics, 247 West 38th Street, NYC.
VM4: Has lunch at Lazzara’s Pizza Cafe & Restaurant at 221 West 38th st. NYC.
VM5: Muse Adira love arrives for photos and shopping in NYC.
“Tick Tock (Knockin’ On Reckon’s Door – Second Knock)”
“I’m really rich!!” – Donald J. Trump
Those who are just that need not shout it from the rooftops. Only those who fall short must adhere to a sense of elongation of their own shrunken ego.
A lineage of lies from three generations of the Trump family; first, Grandpa Fred, then daddy Donald, and his trio of offspring have known the art of the spiel. Deals are one thing with negotiations and such. Yet, what Donald and the three adults who assist in the family business have done is to perfect the art of the spiel.
Not just a few crumbs or flakes of mistaken assets or decimals on balance sheets this situation is, as it is a cake of corruption. Or, more succinctly on point, a cow-pie of corruption.
Talk faster, talk smoother and lay the manure thick and wide. That’s the Trump way of being too cute by half with regulations, regulators and judicial entities both state and federal. With a perfected smile and a good spiel for any takers, their run of not being held accountable might be coming to an unceremonious halt.
“We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia” – Donald Trump, Jr.
Tick tock. Knock, knock.
Ivanka Trump, are you there?
Oh, no, I’m Mrs. Kushner. Ivanka Kushner is my name. I don’t know of that name Trump anymore. I’ve moved on with my husband, Jared Kushner and I am his wife only. No longer daughter of that person who used to be somebody. I am just Ivanka.
Tick tock. Knock, knock.
Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric Trump, are you there?
Yes, we remain, for we have the stain of the family name that can never be laundered or forgotten. I’m Don, Jr. and I’m Eric. We are Trump through and through. And, even if we wanted to run, race and do a Chuck Yeager away from that last name, we could never marry out of that financially, fractured lane.
“We don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.” – Eric Trump
Tick tock. Knock, knock.
A spare daughter from the second wife is somewhere in the Trump kingdom of rusting ruins.
For Tiffany Trump, nobody sees her as part of this crude cocktail. Oh yes, she may have Trump as her last name, but she isn’t in the mix of misery which is the legacy of her father’s administration and its’ sphere.
Third son is now a father’s last refuge for him to hide behind. Yet, nobody is in the category of believing the last child of Donald J. Trump is a mastermind of machinations and inclinations of illegalities which flowed for decades long before that young man was glint of a droplet of his father’s prowess.
Yet, now it is the former President who wants to twist a legally sanctioned FBI search of Mar-A-Lago into an affront on Donald’s baby boy. I have little doubt that if Barron Trump wasn’t a teenager and just a baby of a few months that his father would have lined and stuffed the crib with some of those classified documents in hopes that the FBI would not do a thorough search of all areas of the property. Oh no, Donald, when the FBI comes to your dwelling with a search warrant they will look everywhere and anywhere they need to in search of those documents. And, if they have to go through your missus’ closets and your teenagers’ domicile inside of that gaudy palace you call home – then they will. Stop your whining, Donald Trump.
Tick tock! Tick tock!
Now, it seems to be Melania Trump’s time to peep up and whine about having someone’s hands on her drawers during the warranted Mar-a-Lago search.
Married to a man of 76, a brooding, smoky eye on the future of self-preservation for a woman who has many more a decade of living knows that time’s a ticking.
Hourglass is being shaken up to a Bossa nova beat for the 52 year old former First Lady, as her melody of keep on, keeping on after the old horse is gone is played.
Tick tock. Melania is gonna’ get her own groove back on in the future.
Donald Trump is acting as if he’s still in his glory days of the 1980’s when the media’s fascination was palpable for him. Here, there, and every-freaking where is the tale of Trump. Yet, as the 1990’s came rolling in, so did the dents and dimmed ash of the reality of this man’s kingdom crumbling from his own actions.
First wife, discarded for a Georgia peach in 1992. By the end of that decade, the bloom was off the orchard and it was time to move on. So, like a game of mirrored illusions, the presentation of the glitz and glamour would precede to entice the public with a spectacle of perceived wealth and stability. Yet, everything which Donald J. Trump does is for the sake of performance.
Third wife, well…it might just be the lady’s choice to move on this time. Either that can occur or she can just wait it out as the seconds tick away.
Then, there is the first Mrs. Trump, the recently deceased Ivana.
Every state has its’ own tax code, which can allow certain exemptions. In New Jersey, any land that is used as a cemetery can make taxes, assessments and rates go poof. With a first spouse buried on the grounds of his golf club, Donald Trump suddenly has the elimination of those pesky pennies he’d have to pay in taxes. After all, a man who professes his wealth to blatantly can’t lose a penny to poverty.
A golden lady who Ivana Trump was will forever now be on the green; or should I say in a shabby plot beneath the earth near the first hole at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey.
By the way, the dearly departed Ivana was 73. Donald is 76.
Donald, you are not a nubile and naïve ingénue betwixt 19 and 29; but, a weathered, rapscallion of many a decade long in the tooth.
Time waits for no man, Mr. Trump. And, even with you trying to beat off the sands of the hourglass and legal reckoning; the grains keep on falling with a possible indictment tossed in for good measure.
If a human being can live to 100 years, then the tick of the hourglass keeps draining down to that final grain.
Donald Trump, a man who thinks all which his grubby hands have ever touched, or whose beady eyes have ever glanced upon, thinks every scrap of paper that ever passed his purview in his former position as President of the United States is now his possession for eternity.
Oh, this man is sorely mistaken in his own miserable mind. The top-secret, classified, confidential files are NOT YOURS! They belong to the government and the American people.
Since that is a fact, I might as well go down to the National Archives and put in my FOIA to see those files for myself. They do not belong to Donald Trump. They do not belong to any former President.
When a President leaves office, and oh yes, you had to GET OUT of that White House on January 20th, 2021; you leave the documents right where you found them and not pack them up and transport them to whereabouts that would seem unknown.
Donald Trump is a creature of bankruptcy and bloviating; both of which he is well marinated in. He is a man who never met a corner he couldn’t resist buffing down his own mercurial dimensions. He is a man who owes a whole, lotta’ money to a whole lotta’ entities, many which may be way beyond anything considered a financial institution.
Time is finite and on a continuum. Donald Trump cannot outrun justice forever, even if he thinks he can. Unlike the simplistic dismissal and derision that was put upon Special Counsel Robert Mueller, First Impeachment Chairman Adam Schiff, and Second Impeachment Chairman Jerrold Nadler, the former President is dealing with someone that he can’t easily be caricatured in the right-wing Trump-o-sphere.
Although Mr. Mueller, Schiff and Nadler have investigative power via Congressional mandate, the Attorney General of the United States, Merrick Garland has the ability to criminally charge the former President.
In other words, you are now messing with the people with the handcuffs and authority to take you into custody and into a holding cell.
So even as you bark and howl at the injustice of a search warrant being served at your pad in West Palm Beach, just be glad were not at home and you didn’t act a fool to interfere with them gathering the boxes of documents.
At the time of the FBI search Donald Trump was in New York City for a court ordered deposition in an investigation by the New York Attorney General involving the Trump Organization’s financial shenanigans. By the way, the man who consistently scoffed at anyone who took the 5th in any sort of court hearing took it more than 445 times. So, as it always is, do as Donald says and not as Donald does.
Tick tock is the clock and it never stops.
Donald Trump had more than a year’s worth of time to be humble, apologize and give back those files that the National Archives had been gently pleading for you to return to that government agency.
But, oh no, Donald Trump had to be the arrogant son-of-a-Trump he’s always been, in mimicking Daffy Duck’s squawking of “It’s Mine!! It’s Mine!!” and putting up a tantrum on his rancid puss.
Venue shopping for the perfect judge to oversee his case versus the Department of Justice involving those classified documents Donald Trump found a kindred spirit in Judge Aileen Cannon, who’d been rocketed onto the Florida bench by Mitch McConnell during the period between that eleven-week transition to inauguration.
Tick tock. I guess that period of time seems to prove more advantageous as the days go by.
With Judge Cannon, she might as well have gotten down off that bench, tossed off that black robe, and sat with the Trump legal team to give them all the legal assistance that they needed to hold off the Department of Justice’s further investigation.
She even was making up arguments that they even didn’t come up with, as she insinuated that the classified documents were not verified as being classified; even though there is photographic evidence in the DOJ’s affidavit for the search warrant of Mar-a-Lago of multiple folder with labels marked as ‘top secret’.
To all who are swallowing the swill of untruths from the Donald J. Trump spigot, just remember that everyone doesn’t drink from that same well as they do.
Note to Donald Trump – Special Master Raymond Dearie ain’t no punk that can be rolled over by you and lawyers; because his judicial power does not flow from you being the person who nominated him to the bench and also is not in the bucket of being co-opted or compromised to do your bidding in a courthouse.
Judge Raymond Dearie isn’t a ‘dearie’ that needs a patting on the head to get in his good graces. He is the real deal that shouldn’t be mistaken for some cannon of compliance.
Time’s a ticking and Special Master Dearie is ready to get down to business and go through those documents without haste. As the adage goes; be careful what you wish for, Mr. Trump. By your own wisdom you proposed senior US District Judge Raymond Dearie, based in Brooklyn, to be the Special Master in this matter and now you’ve got him.
“He works incredibly well with parties, but doesn’t tolerate nonsense. He will not allow parties, or attorneys, to play games, or play fast-and-loose with the rules.” – Richard Garbarini, lawyer at Garbarini Fitzgerald, New York
Looks like it’s off to a rocky start, as Judge Dearie seems not to be down for any foolishness your lawyers try to step to him with. This special master wants Donald Trump’s legal team to put forward which documents the former President actually declassified. And, unlike saying things on rally stages, radio streams, or written on social media platforms, it would be a crime in and of itself to say the same things in a court of law.
Without showing the paperwork that underlies how and when the documents were declassified, then Donald Trump is just pissing in the wind and howling at the moon at what he supposedly did. You can’t just say you laid the documents on a table and said a four-point blessing of declassification and it would materialize, Donald Trump. This has got to be in black and white and not made up on the fly to get you off the hook for any illegalities you may have committed.
Loose lips sink ships and Trump’s seems to be venturing into S.S. Titanic waters of that iceberg coming up quickly with each and every proclamation that comes from his mouth.
Time can catch up with a person when they least expect it. And, for Donald Trump, it seems all things that would be delayed or held off in his past by virtue of his position as President of the United States or becoming a recent resident of Florida is no longer an option.
Tick tock. Knock, knock.
Who’s there? New York calling.
Obsessed with the size of things, Donald is in a constant state of attempting to make everything of his bigger in every way. Slapped with a civil suit from the New York Attorney General with charges of misrepresentation of his organization’s financial statements from 2011 to 2021, Donald Trump made an enormous distortion of his net worth each year to feather his own pockets.
“This valuation estimated the apartment’s value at $29,738 per square foot. The property was also listed at more than 30,000 square feet when it was really about 11,000 square feet. Trump only lowered his size and valuation estimates of the triplex when Forbes published a 2017 article titled, “Donald Trump Has Been Lying About The Size Of His Penthouse.” – New York Attorney General Letitia James
For Donald Trump and Trump Organization various fillings it’s a game of high-low, like something of a “Card Sharks” game show. Okay, when he needed more loans and financial lines of credit from banking institutions, the evaluation of his properties and developments would need to be sized upward. Then, when it came time to file papers with the IRS to get tax breaks and other goodies for the well-healed, then those same entities would be sized downward to pay a lower tax bill every year.
Tick tock. Plop, plop.
Empire of Trump is going pop, pop.
Yeah, Trump, all of it right down the toilet, just like the papers you rip up and flush with such contempt, so is the camouflage of Presidential prestige you try to hide behind.
January 20th, 2021, the only thing you have from your years of the Presidency to take to Mar-a-Lago or anywhere else you go with you is your Secret Service detail. Air Force One goes bye-bye. Presidential Daily Briefing goes bye-bye. Presidential Seal goes bye-bye. And, lastly, but definitely the most importantly is any modicum of Executive Privilege for one, Donald J. Trump.
But, know this; the Secret Service might not share the color orange in your future; for that is a road which you’ll have to hoe all by yourself. After all, they are a law enforcement entity.
In the crapper is any semblance of a reputation of gilded name.
Vice-chair of the January 6th Committee, Representative Liz Cheney may have been defeated in her primary in Wyoming, but is not deterred in holding former President Donald Trump accountable for his actions which led up to that chaos on the Capitol and the FBI search at Mar-a-Lago.
As if the former occupant of the White House was some kind idol of heavenly being by some; Cheney revisited a few sighs from one of her former colleagues in the Republican conference cloak room when there were objections to the certification of results stating “the things we do for orange Jesus”. Like some bizarre citrus cult, Republican members of Congress bow down to a man who demands loyalty when it only is a one-way effort.
Bullying his way through life, Donald Trump makes us all feel at times as if we were the Prime Minister of Montenegro, being shoved to one side to let Trump trample all which is normal.
“There doesn’t have to be a process, as I understand it. You’re the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying it’s declassified, even by thinking about it.” – President Donald J. Trump
Now, I shall share a solemn verse from ‘The Orange Jesus Version of The Holy Bible’:
1st Delassifications: verse 20:22 – “As I thinketh, I maketh so”.
WTF? You can’t just think you’re doing a skit on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and pull a Carnac the Magnificent act on America in saying the thought of declassifying top secret documents is all that you needed to make your illegal act of taking the documents to Mar-a-Lago suddenly legal because you say so. Uh-uh, it ain’t gonna’ fly, even as you said it to one of your biggest supporters, Sean Hannity.
Even he can’t swallow that idiotic fluff you’re tossing out, like you once did with paper towels to the survivors of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico five years ago to this year.
Oh yeah, that was also another disaster that was exacerbated in the Trump years.
Donald never misses a chance to make himself the victim and even tries to drag Melania into the arena of being put upon when Mar-a-Lago was legally searched.
“She felt very violated. I mean, this is a terrible thing. They go into her closet, they go through her dresses, and who knows what else, and it wasn’t left the way it – they found it.” – Donald J. Trump
Speaking of that word ‘violate’ and women, well, let’s go down misogyny – oops, I mean memory lane.
When first confronted with the contents of that lewd “Access Hollywood” tape, Trump had the pebbles of intimating that what was said did not sound like him. Wow, even back then he was trying to squeak out something being ‘fake’. Just like he claims investigations into his financial misdeeds and ties to Russia are. But, then again, his old buddy Vladimir knows how it is to spread that numbing salve of misinformation about things being ‘fake’’ as with the maternity hospital that his forces bombed the life out of in Mariupol.
Yeah, Donald may have given a lackluster word of apology, but it wasn’t of remorse. I guess you would have to have honest regret over something for that to be so.
The boy born in Queens to the man in the White House is who Donald J. Trump has always been; with his fellow fanciers, predilections, gradations of predation, crass critiques, fallacies, and scant apology.
Kind of odd it is that a man who proclaims his prowess of ultra-masculinity gets a shaky bopping to a gay anthem at his rallies. Alas, Donald Trump can convey his softer side when it comes to a friend in being handsy.
They say what goes around comes around. I believe that to be true. Donald Trump being called on the carpet for the first time in his rarified life is something many people who have watched his act over the decades nod in agreement to, as the justice system has slowly creaked up behind him and bit him in his puffy posterior. Delay, deflect and deride is the playbook he uses with deftness. And, it’s worked quite well for him, until now.
You are a fraud of a man who says he holds women in high esteem, when the fact is you spew bitter vile from your lips to enlarge your ego on a poisonous screed. You are a fraud of success; a man who has frittered away millions and maybe billions due to your excess.
Time has boomeranged on you, Mr. Trump, as has the solidified will from corners you probably thought would never snap back. Merrick Garland has the will, as he’s shown you in approving the search warrant for the FBI to get those top-secret documents back. Letitia James has the will in exposing your once golden corporation as being nothing more than a rusted fraud. Fawnee Willis has the will, as she’s in the middle of investigating your scrounging around for 11,780 votes in Georgia.
And, lastly, in an ironic twist of fate, a person who is in the middle of trying to rehabilitate your administration’s flaccid reputation for the history books has stated a sobering truth that is a whiplashed verification to what you’ve done in dynamiting the peaceful transition to Joseph Biden.
“In Washington, it is kind of like a time-duration game, in the sense that you have to accomplish everything you can while you have the opportunity and the other side is doing everything they can to either frustrate you, attack you, stall you.” – Jared Kushner, Trump White House Senior Adviser
As to you, Donald, the ticking hands on the clock are shifting towards karma’s conclusion, as no longer will you stall justice or stall democracy for your own miniscule benefit.
Door of reckoning is opening.
“Tick Tock (Knockin’ On Reckon’s Door – Second Knock)”
“Tick Tock (Knockin’ On Reckon’s Door – Second Knock)” – FOOTNOTES
1.-“I’m Really Rich”: Trump Claims he Doesn’t Even “need financing” as Truth Social Deal Falls Apart – Salon Magazine
Behind the Scenes Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2022
Photographs by Earnest Thomas, Copyright 2022
Kitchie Ohh Luncheon
After the successful shoot with Kitchie Ohh for the new Vixen’s series, I invited friends over to meet Kitchie for lunch. I selected an eclectic group of friends drawing from different aspects of the professional world including; Kitty Hailey, the famous Philadelphia based private investigator who primarily works on civil rights cases. She is a good person to know if you’ve been abused by the U.S. legal system. Kitty was accompanied by her assistant investigator, Malik Mubashir a history and religion scholar who graduated from Harvard in the 1970’a. He’s currently one of the beloved teachers at the Friends Select School in Philadelphia. Malik is dedicating his free time assisting Kitty on various high profile civil rights cases.
Also in attendance was Anthony Seraphin and his lovely sister Bunny who once owned the Seraphin Gallery on Pine street in Philadelphia. Tony continues to make private sales and investments in the arts. Out of town guests included friend and colleague Ted Kawalerski, professional photographer/film maker New York and his girlfriend Dana Montemurno, a highly skilled skin care specialist based in Westport Ct.
Needless to say my personal assistant Anthony Colagreco was present offering up one of his spectacular vegetarian dishes. Besides his cooking talents TC is also a master massage therapist. Also in attendance was my long time friend, Sam Binder a Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts trained artist whose primary interest is in sculpture.
The gracious Miss Kitchie Ohh enjoyed the guests and delighted in the food, drink and lively conversations.
Many thanks to my creative director KVaughn who came up with the brilliant idea to invite the fabulous photographer Earnest Thomas to photograph the luncheon. Thanks Earnest!
In a review of the seventh hearing, Donald J. Trump’s acts of commission were spectacularly displayed in showing how much in charge he was of the dainty dolls in satin and rough boys in leather.
As for the eight hearing of the House January 6th Committee, it was an exacting reverse engineered inaction of omission which came in the form of a more demurred presentation from a President who always boasted with anything which would arise, that he alone could fix it.
Overview of the Eighth Hearing – July 21st, 2022
“For 187 minutes on January 6th, this man of unbridled destructive energy could not be moved, not by his aides, not by his allies, not by the violent chants of rioters, or the desperate pleas of those facing down the riot. And more tellingly, Donald Trump ignored and disregarded the desperate pleas of his own family, including Ivanka and Don Junior. Even though he was the only person in the world who could call off the mob he sent to the Capitol, he could not be moved to rise from his dining room table and walk the few steps down the White House hallway into the press briefing room, where cameras were anxiously and desperately waiting to carry his message to the armed and violent mob savagely beating and killing law enforcement officers ravaging the Capitol and hunting down the vice president and various members of Congress.” – Bennie Thompson, D-MISS, Chairman, January 6th Committee
Donald Trump’s inaction was an action of sorts, as sitting on his rump in the dining room off the Oval Office doing nothing showed the abandonment of the American people, when some sense of leadership was needed. But, then again, the American people did not the full portrait of a man who was not just a rider in the storm, but the driver of devastation.
“Donald Trump’s own White House counsel, his own White House staff, members of his own family all implored him to immediately intervene to condemn the violence and instruct his supporters to stand down, leave the Capitol, and disperse. For multiple hours, he would not. Donald Trump would not get on the phone and order the military or law enforcement agencies to help. And for hours, Donald Trump chose not to answer the pleas from Congress, from his own party, and from all across our nation to do what his oath required. He refused to defend our nation and our Constitution. He refused to do what every American President must.” – Liz Cheney, R-WY, vice-Chair, January 6th Committee
All about the numbers.
All about an Election Day.
All about 11,780 votes.
All about an electoral certification.
All about machinations of a coup.
All about inaction.
All about President Donald J. Trump.
This is January 6th, 2021!
This is 187 minutes!
Sending out a few chirping characters of persuasion to his second in command at 8:17am, Donald Trump was bright-eyed and fluffy tailed for his big speech at the Ellipse:
“States want to correct their votes, which they now know were based on irregularities and fraud, plus corrupt process never received legislative approval. All Mike Pence has to do is send them back to the States, AND WE WIN. Do it Mike, this is a time for extreme courage!” – President Donald J. Trump
With morning turning to afternoon, not only was Vice-President Mike Pence in danger, but so was Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was third in line of Presidential succession. I think someone who might have been overlooked in the enormity of calamity that was hovering over that day was the fact that the former Senator from California who was now Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris was having a meeting inside of the Democratic National Committee and was evacuated at 1:14pm, where the first of two pipe bombs were found that day.
Pence, Pelosi, Harris – just to think about what could have happened to one or all of them is beyond any type of horror I wish not to think about ever again after writing this article.
At 2:24pm another needling of Vice-President Pence came from Trump:
“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify.USA demands the truth!” – President Donald J. Trump
With all hell breaking loose, to the left, right, up, down and all around the Capitol, all Donald Trump was focusing on was urging further objection to the electoral count, as he was working the phones in dialing for Senators from Utah and Alabama at 2:26 pm to help him implement the pernicious plan.
“Within minutes of stepping off the Ellipse stage, Donald Trump knew about the violent attack on the Capitol. From the comfort of his dining room, he watched on TV as the attack escalated. He sent tweets that inflamed and expressed support for the desire of some to literally kill Vice President Mike Pence. For three hours, he refused to call off the attack. Donald Trump refused to take the urgent advice he received that day, not from his political opponents or from the liberal media, but from his own family, his own friends, his own staff, and his own advisers. In the midst of an attack when there was no time for politics, the people closest to Trump told him the truth.” – Adam Kinzinger, R-IL, January 6th Committee Member
At 2:38 pm, while Capitol Police and congressional staffers were barricading the main entrance that leads to the House floor, President Donald J. Trump tweeted the following:
“Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!” – President Donald J. Trump
Without missing a beat, Trump touted that false flag sloganeering of “Support the Blue”. “Back The Blue” and “Blue Lives Matter”, which didn’t mean a damn thing as those men and women of law enforcement who in that same moment were in the middle of a battle for their lives with his supporters in and around the Capitol complex.
For the 8th hearing of the January 6th Committee, there were a pair of witnesses who were White House insiders. One was from the communications sphere and the second was from the national security realm.
Sarah Matthews, Deputy White House Press Secretary had served under Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and she testified about the media messaging for that hectic day.
Matthews and Kayleigh McEnany had a conversation after the President’s tweet at 2:38, which the White House Deputy Press Secretary recounted in her testimony before the committee about the reluctance Trump was giving everyone who was advising him on what to say in those 250 characters.
“When she got back, she told me that a tweet had been sent out. And I told her that I thought the tweet did not go far enough, that I thought there needed to be a call to action and he needed to condemn the violence. And we were in a room full of people, but people weren’t paying attention. And so, she looked directly at me and, in a hushed tone, shared with me that the president did not want to include any sort of mention of peace in that tweet, and that it took some convincing on their part, those who were in the room. And she said that there was a back and forth, going over different phrases to find something that he was comfortable with. And it wasn’t until Ivanka Trump suggested the phrase stay peaceful that he finally agreed to include it.” – Sarah Matthews, former Deputy White House Press Secretary
Seated next to Sarah Matthews in the hearing room was Matthew Pottinger, Deputy National Security Adviser, who took what happened on January 6th and placed it into a global narrative of how we are seen around the world, by both friend and foe.
“The – you know, we’ve been hearing, for the entirety of US history from kings and despots, that the United States is – is in decline, and those kings and despots have been proven wrong every single time. But nonetheless, January 6th helped feed a perception that I think emboldens our adversaries. You know, the – the other part I – I think is simply our- our allies. I heard from a lot of friends in Europe, in Asia, allies, close friends, and supporters of the United States that they were concerned about the health of our democracy. And so, I think it’s incumbent upon us to put their minds at ease, to put our own hearts at ease, by investigating what happened on the 6th and making sure that it never happens again.” – Matthew Pottinger, Deputy National Security Adviser
Both Matthew Pottinger and Sarah Matthews resigned from the Trump administration in the wake of an unprecedented attack on the seat of American democracy, the United States Capitol.
As Stephen Ayers and all the others who were there in Washington DC at the behest of the President to hear his speech at the Stop The Steal Rally, the tweet which was sent out at 2:38pm also had a reaction from someone who knew the impact of the President’s words.
“POTUS is not ignorant of what his words would do” – Ali Alexander, Stop The Steal Rally organizer
The only hand-to-hand combat Donald J. Trump ever had was a Big Mac in either of his hands and trying to decide which he would wolf down first.
Even House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy expressed his displeasure with the antics of President Trump during those hours when he himself was cowering as the barbarians were at the gates of Congress.
“I’ve had it with this guy. What he did is unacceptable. Nobody can defend that and nobody should defend it. The only discussions I would have with him is that I think this will pass and it would be my recommendation he should resign.” – Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-CA., House Minority Leader
Under a month of saying those words of a warrior against the vile actions by President Donald J. Trump on January 6th, it was McCarthy who went down to Mar-A-Lago to kiss Trump’s backside, grovel and play patty-cake for political dollars with him.
Finally at 3:26pm, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser received confirmation from the Secretary of the Army of the United States Capitol Police request for DC National Guard support was approved.
Ten minutes later, at 3:36pm, a tweet from the house of lies came from White Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany:
“At President @realDonaldTrump’s direction, the National Guard is on the way along with other federal protective services. We reiterate President Trump’s call against violence and to remain peaceful” – Kayleigh McEnany, White House Press Secretary
Earlier in the committee hearings, it was Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley who confirmed that it was not the President that gave the order to call up the National Guard, but it was Vice-President Mike Pence.
So, once more, the house of lies does what it does oh so well – lie la lie….lie la lie, lie, lie, lie, lie…
Damn, it’s like hearing Simon and Garfunkel’s harmonizing on one of their tunes.
From 4:03pm to 4:07pm, President Trump went into the Rose Garden and scraped together some a mealy-mouthed message to his people to leave the United States Capitol peacefully. Even after all which occurred in a volley of such heinous violence, he expressed his love for those who supported him.
“We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt. It’s a very tough period of time. There’s never been a time like this where such a thing happened where they could take it away from all of us, from me, from you, from our country. This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home. We love you. You’re very special. You’ve seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel, but go home and go home in peace.” – President Donald J. Trump
Not done with rubbing salt into the still festering wound of the madness which all Americans and people all over the world had been witness to in wall to wall televised coverage that day, the President’s thumbs were working overtime for a tweet that went out at 6:00pm:
“These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!” – President Donald J. Trump
Citing the violation of civic integrity policy, at 7:00pm Twitter suspended Donald Trump for 12 hours.
Geez, Twitter finally pulled his plug, as he was sounding like he was creeping into ‘Remember the Alamo’ territory there. Ugh!!
Besides the President of the United States going round and round in looking for some way to stop the certification, even as the Capitol was being battered and flesh was being bruised, there were those legislators on the inside that commiserated in desiring the failed plan to continue. Rudy Guiliani was on the phone like a used-car salesman trying to nail down a final sale to a Congressman and six Senators. Representative Jim Jordan and Senators Marsha Blackburn, Tommy Tuberville, Bill Haggerty, Lindsey Graham, Josh Hawley, and Ted Cruz were getting the big sell to make the President’s wicked dream of overturning an election come true.
The very long ago Mayor of New York City was not going to give up the ghost of past glory, as he tried to rally the troops to help Trump:
“Hello. Senator Tuberville? Or I should say Coach Tuberville. This is Rudy Giuliani, President’s lawyer. I’m calling you because I want to discuss with you how they’re trying to rush this hearing and how we need you, our Republican friends, to try to just slow it down so we can get these legislatures to get more information to you.” – Rudy Guiliani, former Mayor of New York City
What if United States Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman had a pang of selfishness in those moments as that hulking mob up that marble staircase in the Capitol was hurling expletives of both violence and racial hatred at him for the color of his skin, would have just shrugged or pointed a finger in the direction of the Senate chamber and told the mob exactly where they could find the people they considered traitors to Trump and truth?
Unlike a well-insulated President inside of the White House, at 2:14pm Officer Eugene Goodman showed selfless service and courage in getting the rowdy mob to go into a different direction, saving the Senators and their staffs from coming face to face with those who meant them harm and even death.
What if Vice-President Mike Pence just gave into the chattering of persuasion in tossing the Constitution in the crapper, flushing democracy down the tubes and going along to get along with a carnival-barkin’ crazy bunch of coup conspirators?
Unlike the whining man-baby inside of the White House, in the early hours of January 7th at 3:40 am Vice-President Mike Pence presided over the electoral certification of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as victors in the 2020 Presidential election over President Donald J. Trump and himself.
Nine minutes later at 3:49am, there was a Presidential statement released via the twitter account of Dan Scavino, Deputy White House Chief of Staff:
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th. I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!” – President Donald J. Trump
What if the President of the United States would have manned up, swallowed his pride and put America before himself?
Of course, there is no answer to this, because the person in question is Donald John Trump.
If the President of the United States does not have the emotional bandwidth, then we were (and, I hope he doesn’t run again) and could all be screwed by his whims, flights of fancy, and just plain-out dimensions of such dark despair.
Those in government in the days following January 6th were trying to deal with aftermath of what had gone on. There were members of the Trump cabinet and appointees in the administration resigning to whispers of the invocation of the twenty-fifth amendment to the Constitution, which would only happen with the incapacitation of the President of the United States. It was a rollercoaster of days between the 7th and 21st days of January, when a new President would be inaugurated.
“There was a couple of the calls where, you know, Meadows and or Pompeo, but more Meadows, you know, how – how is the President doing? Like, Pompeo might say how’s the President doing? And Meadows would say, well, he’s in a really dark place. Like here’s one, for example, on the 7th of January. So this is a day after, right? POTUS is very emotional and in a bad place. Meadows.” – General Mark Milley, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman
At any point along that timeframe, from back in the early months of 2020 when Trump’s re-election campaign was starting in motion, to the days winding down to November and then after Election Day itself; 60-plus judicial rulings going in a more favorable direction, state officials turning a blind-eye here and there, getting high-appointed members of the administration to bend laws into pretzels for the sake of one man – it could have all gone sideways.
But, even now in the wake of the remnants of that convoluted, election theory; there are turns and twists in the reshaping of how future elections have already been affected, in several new voting laws being passed across the country. Many are not too subtle voter suppression laws pushed forth by those election deniers that wallowed in the waste-water of Trump’s cynical ploy to maintain power.
All these years, it was never about anyone else. Only and always, it was Donald Trump. He took it, he ran with it, he bastardized it, and watched us all ignite.
“The Big Lie has been good only for Trump and has brought him millions in donations, which some evidence suggests may have been mishandled. The Big Lie, and the related violence, election interference and other perceived misconduct, was and is an affront to this nation and its first principles. It has permanently soiled the history pages and deepened the abyss that divides our country and continues to expand due to the delusions and lack of accountability of politicians in both parties. It should be disqualifying for Trump and his political acolytes, and would have been at any other time in our history. To modify a well known Seinfeld quote – SANITY NOW! ” – Ty Cobb, former White House attorney
Trump has taking the willing and the unwilling of all Americans into the abyss without a care of how dark and deep the ramifications are into this unknown reality the United States of America is facing right now in the moment and into the unforeseen future.
But, hey, just as long as it keeps stoking that bottomless pit of ego need that the narcissistic former President craves like inhaling hamburgers and hearing the distant strains of “Hail to the Chief” played on a loop in his mind.
Yet, for the rest of us average citizens who are just trying to live our lives, love our families, embrace our friends, and practice the tenants of democracy and civic engagement – well, we just get the stiff-arm, brush-off and obviously the middle finger of Donald Trump, who embodies the paranoiac, incendiary and nihilistic, lyrical attitude of “Gasoline” towards us all:
“I don’t give a fuck
Burn it all down, burn it to the ground
Feed the flames, go insane
And burn it all down, burn it all down
The time is up
There’s no return
Fuck them all
Watch them burn
Yeah, ’cause I don’t give a fuck
Fuck what they say, fuck everything
Light the match, gasoline
Kill it all, kill everything
And burn it all down, burn it all down” –“Gasoline” by I Prevail (songwriters, Brian Burkheiser, Eric Vanlerberghe, Steve Menoian, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.)
Trump incinerates the truth to ash, as black is white and white is black, and the loser of an election makes the rest of us in this world seem like our sanity is out of whack.
“And what Trump’s going to do is declare victory, right? He’s going to declare victory, but that doesn’t mean he’s a winner. He’s just gonna say he’s a winner. The Democrats – more of our people vote early that count. Theirs vote in mail. And so they’re going to have a natural disadvantage and Trump’s going to take advantage – that’s our strategy. He’s gonna declare himself a winner. So when you wake up Wednesday morning, it’s going to be a firestorm. Also – also if Trump is – if Trump is losing by 10 or 11:00 at night, it’s going to be even crazier. Because he’s gonna sit right there and say they stole it. If Biden’s wining, Trump is going to do some crazy shit.” – Steve Bannon, advisor to President Donald J. Trump
With Trump using that crack-head logic, it was almost like him reliving his father Fred’s adoration of Norman Vincent Peale’s “The Power of Positive Thinking” in believing anything you can craft a positive spin upon, even an election loss would be turned into an election win if only you just believe. Not so fast, Donnie, you sure as anything ain’t a Kansas waif in need of clicking your ruby red slippers together to bring you back from Oz. You are just an opportunist with a thunderous bark, trying to plow through to a victory you did not achieve. Just say any ol’ crap and everything will fall into place. Nope, not for you, Trumpy!!
“President Trump did not then and does not now have the character or courage to say to the American people what his own people know to be true. He is responsible for the attack on the Capitol on January 6th.” – Elaine Luria, D-VA, January 6th Committee Member
Courage is what was seen and heard from the witnesses who were sworn in and testified under oath in the eight public hearings held by the House January 6th Committee.
Vice-Chair Liz Cheney from Wyoming eloquently took a brief moment from her closing remarks to point out the women who were featured from the first to eighth hearing, in showing that a valiant heart need not be that of masculinity or muscularity, but a graceful determination of feminine will.
“We’ve seen bravery and honor in these hearings. And Ms. Matthews and Mr. Pottinger, both of you will be remembered for that. As will Cassidy Hutchinson. She sat here alone took the oath and testified before millions of Americans. She knew all along that she would be attacked by President Trump and by the 50, 60, and 70 year old men who hide themselves behind executive privilege. But like our witnesses today, she has courage and she did it anyway. Cassidy, Sara, and our other witnesses including Officer Caroline Edwards, Shaye Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, are an inspiration to American women and to American girls. We owe a debt to all of those who have and will appear here.” – Liz Cheney, R-WY, vice-Chair, January 6th Committee
Donald Trump may have taken America into the abyss and figured he’d sail off into the sunset. Yet, no man is above the law. And, a castle in West Palm Beach ain’t beyond the grasp of a warrant looking for purloined papers ya’ took when you left your last gig!!
It sure isn’t Avon calling!
Hmm….I guess that’ll keep for another time.
“Under The Banner of Heaven (Abyss Part Two)”
FOOTNOTES – “Under The Banner Of Heaven (Abyss Part Two)”:
18.-Transcript of the 8th Jan. 6 committee on its investigation : NPR