Donald Trump decided not to spread the joy and cheer and instead chose to declare that the United States is “dying from within”, wishing Americans holiday greetings on Sunday.
The former president, who was described in a recent New York Magazine profile associated only with a small inner circle of aides and advisers as he pursues a third White House bid, remains largely hidden at Mar-a-Lago and his other Florida properties as he faces a raft of criminal and civil investigations.
Those ever-present problems were reflected in Trump’s mood Sunday morning, when he noted that much of the country was experiencing a cold snap this Christmas and blamed his political enemies for destroying American society and, in particular, for not doing more to crack down on illegal migration in the South. borders.
“On this very cold but beautiful Christmas, look at our nation NOW at the southern border compared to just a short time ago during the Trump administration,” Trump wrote.
“We had the most secure border in our history, as opposed to the ‘horror show’ that is happening now, with record numbers of people, many of them hardened criminals (including murderers, human traffickers and drug dealers), pouring into our country at an unprecedented rate.” we have never seen before. USA are dying inside!!!” he said.
But the former president did not end there. He went on to post a second angry tweet a few minutes later, which read: “TODAY, AS EVER, WE ARE A NATION IN DECLINE, A NATION IN DECLINE!”
Trump famously ran for president in 2016 on a promise to build a physical barrier along the US-Mexico border to control illegal migration. That barrier was never completed, although the Biden administration continued some construction and repair efforts after taking office in 2021.
His banter was a sign of what many Trumpworld correspondents have reported through first-hand interviews with the president and his allies, as well as analysis of his public events, which have at least temporarily ceased after his term ends in 2022: that the former president is now focused on little more than revenge on Joe Biden and others he holds responsible for his political defeat in 2020.
The former president now stands on shakier electoral ground than ever before. His GOP rivals smelled blood in the water after his handpicked aides Kari Lake, Doug Mastriano, Herschel Walker and others failed in this year’s midterm contests, leaving Democrats to retain control of the Senate and nearly GOP control of the House.
He remains saddled with criminal investigations into his campaign’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election in Georgia, not to mention the ongoing Justice Department grand jury investigation into Jan. 6 and efforts to obstruct a peaceful transition of power to Mr. Biden.
His company, the Trump Organization, was also recently convicted of a scheme to shield executive pay from the IRS.