WASHINGTON: If Democrats win the election Joe Biden are going to be President for less than three months before the “communist” Kamala Harris takes over, US President Donald Trump raged in course of a paranoid attack on the mainstream political establishment, including his own administration, amid growing concerns about his health following his Covid-19 treatment, early-release from hospital, and therefore the medications he’s taking.
In phone calls to pliant Fox News anchors who offer a platform for his rants, Trump also unloaded on his cabinet colleagues Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Attorney General Bill Barr, and FBI Director Christopher Wray for not doing enough to indict and imprison Democratic leaders Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden for allegedly spying on him, despite what in his mind is copious evidence to point out they sought to stage a political coup.
Trump’s unhinged attacks, delivered in course of a phone-in to Fox News anchor and media confidant Sean Hannity during which his hoarse voice broke twice and he was heard coughing, alarmed medical professionals and therefore the political class, whilst Democrats moved to invoke the 25th amendment that gives the removal of the President on grounds of incapacity.
He also gave himself — and persuaded his doctors to support — an all-clear to carry campaign rallies as early as this weekend, albeit he’s yet to check negative for COVID-19 following his treatment. To prove his fitness and well-being, he scheduled another Fox News interview with a doctor who shares his views on the pandemic – that it’s no big deal, one can recover easily from it, and masks are basically useless.
The US President reserved his most ferocious comments for Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris, calling her a “monster” and “unlikeable” in remarks that were widely seen as sexist and racist given his record of such invective against women, particularly minority women. He has previously called Harris “nasty” and “madwoman,” and called other women “wacky” “stupid” “low IQ” and “a dog.”
He also attacked Harris on the political front, calling her a communist and suggesting she was a part of a “radical left” that wanted to require over the presidency indirectly and destroy the country. “He (Biden) won’t be president for 3 months before the wonderful Kamala takes over. She’s not a socialist. She’s a step beyond socialism, as you know…a communist,” he said, calling her “totally unlikeable.”
Kamala Harris declined to reply to his attack apart from calling it “childish” but Biden stepped up her to defend her, saying it had been despicable and beneath the office of the presidency. “This may be a one that has more integrity in her pinkie than most of the people have in their whole body,” he said.
However, it had been Trump’s attack against their own cabinet colleagues that rattled even Republicans amid fears that he dragging the party to defeat and uncharted territory by saying he won’t accept an unfavorable result or plan to a peaceful transition.
“Unless (Attorney General) Bill Barr indicts these people for crimes, the best political crime within the history of our country, then we’re getting to get little satisfaction unless I win and we’ll just need to go, because I won’t forget it,” Trump rambled, pertaining to the investigation into his 2016 campaign ties with Russia. “But these people should be indicted. This was the best political crime within the history of our country, which includes Obama and it includes Biden.”
He said he wasn’t proud of Mike Pompeo because he had not released Hillary Clinton’s emails and he was disappointed with FBI Director Christopher Wray for not pursuing the case more vigorously.
Amid the Trump meltdown, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a bill to make a Congressional panel to guage the President’s “capacity” to stay in office.
The move was seen as useless political showboating because removing the President under the 25th amendment would require the support of the Senate and therefore the vice-president, and both are in Republican hands. There are not any signs that the party is prepared to jettison Trump albeit he’s seen in some quarters as damaging GOP prospects within the November 3 polls together with his erratic behavior.