The people in Trump World are either evil or incompetent or both. While there may have been some exceptions to this rule early on in the administration when people were willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and think that he was actually interested in being a serious president, now that he has been revealed to be dangerous delusional sociopathic narcissist, such people have either left or been fired and the ones still supporting fit almost perfectly into those two categories.
I am a fan of puzzles and I must say that I am still struggling to understand how in the world Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giluliani ended up holding what Trump tweeted was a “Big press conference” in the back lot of a landscaping company. Over at MSNBC, Chris Hayes tries to make sense of it, saying that it is emblematic of the incompetence that has characterized Trump’s entire life. I tend to agree that in this case, incompetence wins out, since evil makes no sense.
So many things had to go wrong for this debacle to occur. Philadelphia is a massive city with tons of hotels and conference venues. If the location venue had been announced in error because of confusing it with the luxury hotel brand, it would not have been difficult to find another more upscale venue at short notice to hold a press conference. It was not urgent so delaying it by a few hours until they found a better venue would not have been difficult. The fact that aides went to the trouble of fixing so many Trump-Pence signs on the wall suggests that the scheduler in the campaign tasked with arranging these events meant to hold it there all along and had those signs ready. Given that Trump is obsessed with image and how things look more than anything else, this was a screw up of mammoth proportions.
But that was not the only post-election hijinks. Some Trump supporters created a Facebook group called Stop the Steal but that turned into another hilarious mess.
On Thursday, a Facebook group called “Stop the Steal”, a reference to the president’s false claims that Joe Biden is “stealing” the US election, was disabled by the social network for misinformation after gaining more than 350,000 members. Other groups emerged in its place, including a second “Stop the Steal” group that attracted more than 40,000 castaways from the original group.
But less than 24 hours later, an administrator for the group changed its name to “Gay Communists for Socialism” without explanation, confounding the new members.
Dozens of posts from angry and confused Trump supporters asked, “What happened to stop the steal?” and, “Why is this group called gay communists for socialism?”, while others demanded, “Get me off this page!!!!!!”
The Guardian confirmed the group was created on 5 November as “Stop the Steal” before being renamed. One administrator, whose real identity could not be verified, told the Guardian the group was a planned operation to troll conservatives with a fake “Stop the Steal” group.
“We had no idea it would take off like this or suck in as many clueless people as it did when we made the switch,” the administrator said. He said the group, which now has 60,000 members, has an additional 20,000 member requests.