Algorithm. A concise and defined sequence of events leading to an unambiguous conclusion. What is clear, irrespective of one’s political leanings, is that events leading up to and following the November Presidential election in the United States this year have been murky. The Presidential debates were full of rancor, and many Americans lost respect for the process. Social media relations were fractured, and calls for unity seemed hollow. The President and his most ardent supporters vowed to not go quietly into the night. However, in the wake of yesterday’s chaos in the Capitol, what we are witnessing is less a display of patriotism than it is of mob mentality gone awry.
The fallout has begun in earnest. Mike Pence and Mitch McConnell strongly condemned the violent disruptions in the Capitol yesterday. Significant White House officials are resigning in apparent protest of the protest. Lindsey Graham said: “Count me out. Enough is enough”.
Apparently claims about The Art of the Steal aren’t as effective as The Art of the Deal after all. So in the wake of reports from Yahoo that the yahoos who invaded the Capitol have pledged to continue their rejection of the the election (referring to Biden as “He ain’t my President”), it is time for Donald Trump to move on. To avoid further chaos and bloodshed on Inauguration Day in less than two weeks, he needs to model an Al Gore-ithm.
Al Gore won the national popular vote by more than 500,000 votes in 2000, but narrowly lost Florida, giving the Electoral College to George Bush by the slimmest of margins at 271 to 266. The edge of that razor was much thinner than the final Biden/Trump tally of 306 to 232. Yet on December 13, 2000, Al Gore conceded his loss in a televised speech saying that while he was deeply disappointed and sharply disagreed with the Supreme Court verdict that ended his campaign, ”partisan rancor must now be put aside.” “I accept the finality of this outcome, which will be ratified next Monday in the Electoral College” he said. “And tonight, for the sake of our unity as a people and the strength of our democracy, I offer my concession.”
I voted for Trump without enthusiasm for his foibles, but in greater fear of trends that I was seeing in a dangerously influential element of the Democratic party. But what I witnessed in images from the Capitol yesterday was deeply disturbing. I would encourage everyone to view Gore’s stirring seven minute speech. The patriotic sentiments and feelings are as timely now as they were in 2000. Most of all, it is a speech that Trump needs to view. And if he has viewed it, needs to view again and take to heart. For it is only from Trump’s mouth directly that his minions take their marching orders.