The aftermath of the 2020 election thrust America into a tumultuous uproar. The incumbent president claims that the election was rigged against him. A month after the election, Trump continues to insist that the election was stolen from him by massive vote fraud.

On Nov. 11, Trump fired Chris Krebs, the director of Homeland Security, who issued a statement that the 2020 election was the most secure in the history of our nation and that there was no evidence of discernable interference in the election process, either foreign or domestic. The firing of the director is a new version of killing the messenger of bad news. 

In his resistance to vacate the Oval Office, Trump deluged the courts with lawsuits demanding vote recounts, and the negation or reversal of the election results. 

In fact, it appears that Trump is the only one who tampered with our election. He tried to discredit the validity of mail-in ballots. He had his appointee U.S. Postmaster General attempt to sabotage the functioning of U.S. Postal Service by removing the blue mail drop boxes in numerous communities. Fortunately, that effort was halted in a timely fashion. 

During the few days after the election, the tedious vote counting showed an apparent stalemate in the election. During that time, Trump filed more than 30 lawsuits claiming vote fraud and irregularities in vote counting. 

As a citizen of the United States, Trump is afforded Constitutional rights to seek recourse in the courts for perceived wrong-doing. Most of the filed lawsuits have been thrown out, dismissed for lack of merit. Several recounts of votes revealed a Biden victory.

As the post-election debris and dust settle, issues of a peaceful transition of power arise. Yes, the transition of power will be peaceful. The only shots fired will be those of the two ceremonial 2-gun salutes. But it’s evident that the transition is not smooth between the two administrations. 

The non-cooperation of the Trump administration with the Biden transition team is so blatant that it has become a threat to our national security. Is this is the man and the administration who promised to make America great again? 

In a protracted childish temper tantrum, Donald is acting out like a latent adolescent who sits behind the wheel refusing to leave the driver seat, and he threatens to render the vehicle inoperable, even after he had been informed that his driving privileges had been revoked. In his efforts to maintain his image as a fighter, the president has forgotten the words in “The Gambler,” song: “You got to know when to hold ’em, Know when to fold ’em …” 

Currently, political pundits have begun to speculate that Trump and his followers, of what once was the GOP, are already laying the groundwork for the 2024 election. By not cooperating in the transition, they seek to decrease the new administration’s efficacy and sabotage Biden’s agenda.

Another Trump campaign for the presidency cannot be ruled out. It would be within his behavioral style. From my master’s studies in Counseling Psychology, I recall that individuals with Antisocial Personality Disorder tend not to learn from their mistakes, and aspects of narcissism motivate to seek aggrandizement. 

Fred Natkevi is a longtime Oak Park resident who grew up in Eastern Europe during World War II.

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