As Rachael Maddow notes at MSNBC, Trump hasn’t made it clear exactly what he expects when he gathers together every white supremacist Proud Boy, every Hawaiian shirt wearing Boogalooer, and every other variety of neo-Nazi in one place. But Washington insiders are worried that Trump is leaning into the suggestion by disgraced former general Michael Flynn that he dust off the Insurrection Act, declare a national emergency, and order up a revote until the states he doesn’t like get it right.
As CNN reported back on Dec. 20, even Trump’s own staff is worried that he’s taking Flynn’s nonsensical suggestion too seriously. And as the last of the equally ridiculous lawsuits and challenges in state and federal courts fizzle out, getting Pence to simply not count the votes seems like the only move left in the Subverting Democracy Handbook. After all, nothing says peaceful transition like an outgoing executive encouraging armed insurrectionists to mass around the capitol for a “wild” time.
The “March for Trump” website (deliberately not linked) is calling for a cross-country bus trip that touches such sacred spots as the Alamo and Trump’s wall. They’ll also be driving across Georgia. But even though they have their bus route planned out and press conferences scheduled along the way, the main event in Washington, D.C. remains to be described. The best the site can give is “details coming soon.” That may be in part because the group behind the protest still doesn’t have an approved permit. The group “Women for America First” had originally scheduled their members to interfere with Biden’s inauguration before amending their request based on Trump’s out-of-the-blue tweet about the wild protest on Jan. 6.
It’s unclear just how many people will show up for Trump’s latest gig. An attempt to gather the faithful on Nov. 14 brought only about 10,000 people to town—making Kayleigh McEnany an even bigger liar than Sean Spicer. It’s quite possible that the only thing wild about this event is how wildly McEnany has to lie to make it seem as if there are still people who care enough to come when Trump calls. On the other hand, if Pence is only looking for an excuse, a single busload of Trump supporters will probably serve as well as thousands.