If there is anyone in America who has the right to say “I told you so” in response to the events now unfolding in Washington DC, it’s Mary L. Trump — President Donald Trump’s niece. Mary has been one of the president’s most vocal critics, and she has returned with a warning, telling CBS News in an interview that Donald Trump should be “barred from ever running for public office again.”
She also had a prediction: “…If he is allowed to, then as soon as Joe Biden is sworn in, Donald is going to start his 2024 campaign,” Trump said. “I don’t believe he intends to run, but he’s going to pretend to run and he will continue to have way too big a platform from which to continue to incite his supporters,” (via CBS News). While she has emphasized her disapproval of her uncle’s presidency from the beginning, these particular thoughts from Mary come after last week’s violent attack on the U.S. capitol.
Mary Trump has remained active on social media after her uncle's defeat
Mary L. Trump remained a social media force after her uncle’s defeat at the polls last Nov. 3, calling attention to issues like the coronavirus pandemic, and her uncle’s failure to accept the result of the national polls. But since violence erupted in the Capitol on Jan. 6, she has returned to Twitter in full force.
On Jan. 6 she called for the president and senior members of the Republican party to be held accountable for what happened, tweeting: “This is down to Donald and every one of his racist, traitorous enablers from McConnell on down. None of them should be allowed to hold power again. They ALL need to be held accountable, through removal from office or imprisonment. We cannot f*** around and let any of this stand.” That tweet was liked by more than 47,000 people.
After the results were certified by a shellshocked Congress, she returned to social media, saying: “Democracy didn’t prevail yesterday, it was knee-capped after 4 long years of being pushed to the breaking point. It will survive only if Donald and his fellow seditionists in Congress are removed from office. Now. Otherwise they’ll try it again—and next time they’ll succeed.”
Donald doesn't know how to turn the loss into a win: Mary Trump
Mary L. Trump, who wrote a book on her uncle, says her family’s attitude to defeat shaped Trump’s own inability to accept loss. “Losing was literally the worst thing you can do. So, for the first time in his life, Donald finds himself in a situation in which, not just that he’s lost, but he cannot for the life of him figure out a way to turn the loss into a win — something he’s always been able to do in the past because he’s perfectly happy to lie, cheat and steal his way to a win,” she told CBS News.
Mary is also furious at the Republicans, too, because she feels a lack of an official response to the insurrection has made her uncle feel that he is “enabled to do whatever he feels he needs to do in order to stay in the Oval Office.”
On Wednesday, the House Democrats plan to impeach the president a second time, and Politico reports that an unnamed White House official says they aren’t expected to fight the motion. “We’re not building out an aggressive operation to combat these impeachment charges. It’s just logistically impossible. Counsel’s office has hollowed out obviously, [White House Counsel Pat] Cipollone hasn’t been in the president’s circle. …Operationally, it’s just not going to look the same.”
Trump reportedly isn’t focused on picking apart the impeachment, distancing himself from most (save for a small circle of people). A former senior administration official echoed this sentiment to Politico, “He’s talking to people who are willing to indulge him.”
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