He is a ridiculous man. People around the country and the world view him as madman, a man whose grasp on reality gets shakier each day.

          Of course, being mentally unhinged is a step up from being ridiculous – an excuse even, for his delusional residence in an alternate universe.

          President Donald Trump’s downward mental spiral since his election loss makes him a perfect candidate for a story by Dostoevsky – whom I have just paraphrased.

          Defeated in the popular vote (again) and swamped in the electoral vote, the president rants and raves about voter fraud – that didn’t happen – and has spent two months golfing on the government dime and refusing to admit that he’s “a loser and not what he wants to appear to be” (ala The Beatles).

           Trump’s unfounded claims – refuted by facts on an almost daily basis – have been so egregious that even a Fox faux newsman felt compelled to debunk them one-by-one.

          Trump is a liar and a loser, looking more ridiculous each day – EXCEPT – our Grifter-in-Chief, as reported by Huffington Post’s Nick Visser, has “raised more than $200 million since Election Day amid ongoing appeals to supporters as part of his effort to undercut results of the race that saw him lose by millions of votes to President-elect Joe Biden.

          “Both The Washington Post and The New York Times reported details of the massive haul, much of which was raised through small-dollar donations from the president’s ardent base in the week after the election.”

          But, Visser notes, “shady” wording in the solicitations ”would almost guarantee that Trump will exit the White House with all of his campaign debt paid off and a sizable chunk in the bank for any political activity after his presidency.

          “The Post noted there are few limitations on how the money can be spent and that it could easily flow to Trump’s own properties through event fees or pay for his travel or personal expenses.”

          Ooh. Those mean liberal newspapers.

          Oops. Editors at National Review, founded by conservative icon William S. Buckley, said Trump’s, ”Flawed and dishonest assertions …pollute the public discourse and mislead good people who make the mistake of believing things said by the president of the United States.”

          After more than 20,000 Trump lies, people who prefer democracy to demagoguery are a bit more skeptical. But the 25 to 30 percent of the country who have embraced Trumpism from the start are looking for confirmation not information.

          After crediting the Trump turnout with strengthening Republican power in many institutions, National Review observed,  “But the president can’t stand to admit that he lost and so has insisted since the wee hours of Election Night that he really won — and won ‘by a lot.’

          “Almost nothing that the Trump team has alleged has withstood the slightest scrutiny. In particular, it’s hard to find much that is remotely true in the president’s Twitter feed these days. It is full of already-debunked claims and crackpot conspiracy theories.”

          He is a sick man. . . . He is a spiteful man. No, he is not a pleasant man. (Dostoevsky again.)

          (Gary Edmondson is chair of the Stephens County Democratic Party: scdpok.us or facebook.com/SCDPOK/.)

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