A.H. Scott: Free Reign

artist rendering of insurrectionist Stewart Rhodes
Insurrectionist Stewart Rhodes. Art work by Thomcat23, Copyright 2023

Free Reign


By A.H. Scott, Copyright 2023


For a moth with a constant craving for the flame of fame, Donald Trump would diminish without the oxygen that is just relinquished to him, time and time again. This time, the king of the callous and cruel kingdom has taken full rein of power when given free reign by CNN. 

They gave it with slightest of resistance and he took it. Or, should I just say he grabbed it? He pounced and eviscerated with sharpest of tongue having a penetrative finality.

When you’ve got free reign, well, of course there is never any real consequence. You can just jet off in your private plane and golf, and golf, and golf some more. Oh, yes, anywhere around the globe, you can travel around and there is no consequence at all. 

Screw being humane! You go ahead and just do whatever you feel or want!

Oh yeah, and by the time the law does catch up with ya’, it won’t matter, cuz’ you can delay, obfuscate, and just play out the clock or beat it, which is done so deftly by you. 

On Wednesday, May 10th, 2023, it all was all there. Donald Trump unbound of any dimension of decency. It was only 24 hours prior on Tuesday, May 9th that he was found liable for defamation and sexual abuse by a New York jury. 

Would anybody think a multi-million dollar verdict could possibly steer the former President of the United States in pulling back from going over the edge of normality in tossing a boulder of salt into a wound? Hell no! Trump lets it rip!!

Trump’s hack-kneed performance of some sort of bottom-feeder humorist of Luciferian banter and hollow strains of that audience’s laugh track exemplified whiffs of Riefenstahl to it, as that town hall at St. Anselm College in Golfstown, New Hampshire was televised on CNN. Oh yes!! I just wrote that. It is exactly what I am comparing that ‘town hall’ CNN hosted as a poisonous propaganda of Donald Trump’s willful triumph.

“CNN went in the tank to get Donald Trump on there” – Chris Christie, former governor, R-New Jersey[1]

Free reign comes, whether it is taken or given. It isn’t some amorphous thing out there in the ether, above the fray. 

Donald J. Trump in the past has been positioned to be denied the reins of absolute power. In 2016, the Republican electorate minted him as their presidential candidate. And then, the odious “Access Hollywood” tape surfaced and his political plug could have been pulled. But, oh no, they stuck with him and dragged him across the victory line into the White House. 

Once inside the White House, did Donald Trump change? (snickers) Of course he didn’t. 

The first impeachment could have led to a removal from office by Senate Republicans voting with their colleagues across the aisle. But, hey, the guys and gals in the GOP stuck with him. 

I mean, how much worse would Donald J. Trump get? I guess it’s like what Maine Senator Susan Collins quipped about the President learning his lesson[2] back during that time. 

“I believe that the president has learned from this case” and that he will be much more cautious in the future.” – Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine[3]

But, hey, Susie – the only lesson Donnie learned was how to concoct something more monstrous than just a phone call of extortion over military aid to a foreign country and bring the destruction of democracy right into the halls of Congress. 

In the tumultuous tornado of events that surrounded the days before, during and after January 6th, 2021, the reign of Donald Trump was on that uncertain precipice of maintaining the perceived or actual political strength which he was dealing with. Yet, as bizarre and cock-eyed of sanity as it is to admit, Donald actually was holding the Trump card over the Republicans, who had run scared for their literal lives through the halls of Congress from the maddening crowd of insurrectionists aiming to keep their leader in office, by any means necessary. 

Kevin McCarthy chided Trump’s actions on January 6th, as did Mitch McConnell right along with him. Yet, as the days slipped away, McCarthy went down to Mar-a-Lago to kiss up to Trump and McConnell made a decision not to vote for the affirmative in Donald J. Trump’s second impeachment. 

Oops, another chance lost for the Republicans to wash that man right out of their hair. But, hey, they made their choice to do that, as their constituents back home showed their allegiance to Trump. 

Now, past his White House years, Donald Trump is a man under investigation by Special Prosecutor Jack Smith and District Attorneys Alvin Bragg and Fawnee Willis. And as of May 9th, he has been found liable for defamation and sexual abuse of a woman by a New York jury. 

And, to that woman named E. Jean Carroll, I applaud her courage and her patience. At any time along these years since she has taken Donald Trump to court, Ms. Carroll could have just given up and slunk back into the shadows of silence, and dropped the case. But, she did not. She stood with an iron spine and focused vision for justice. 

In a sane world, a person who had just been found liable for multi-millions for defamation and sexual abuse would hold their head low and keep their mouth shut. But, in today’s America, we are in the maelstrom of Trump’s Kingdom of Cruelty, which is that acceleration of abhorrence which exposes the being that Donald Trump actually is. He breathes contempt for humanity, as his adoring crowd snickers and scoffs at the basest regaling of tawdry tales of that man’s brutality. 

Donald Trump’s free reign ends when the Republican lawmakers and electorate decides to turn their back on him and all which he embodies. But, that is unlikely, for he is the reflection of their intolerance[4], misogyny, and an all-out sadistic streak of fervency.

“I look at a white nationalist as a Trump Republican” – Senator Tommy Tuberville, R-Alabama[5]

Is Donald Trump leading or is he just following their lead? 

CNN may have given him the stage. And, some in among the political masses that are wanting to turn the page. Yet, it is that thirty to forty-plus of the Republican voting electorate that pumps his rage. For those that are the believers, Donald Trump is their sage. 

In fact, when I use the word ‘believer’, it isn’t used as a folly. Donald seems to have his own lifeline[6] to the big guy in the sky with the group called “Pastors for Trump”. 

“We pray for our leaders. And God we ask that every single man and every single woman that has been elected who refuses to bow down to your will, God, may you remove them and you uproot them and may you replace them with men and women who know your voice and will obey your voice.” – Pastor Jackson Lahmeyer, founder of Pastors for Trump[7]

Free reign is America’s pain; for what may be just, is not for everyone’s gain. 

“Free Reign”


A.H. Scott 


“Free Reign” FOOTNOTES:

1.-Chris Christie: ‘CNN went in the tank’ for Donald Trump – Raw Videos via ABC

2.-Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski Think Donald Trump Is No Longer a Danger – Slate Magazine


3.-Susan Collins Claims Trump Has Learned His Lesson – MSNBC

4.-GOP Senator Tries to Clarify Comments on White Nationalists in the Military – CNN

5.-Alabama Republican Blasts An Effort to Rid the Military of White Nationalists – NPR/WBHM


6.-President Donald Trump Joins Pastors For Trump LIVE – Jackson Lahmeyer

7.-Pro-Trump Pastor Prays for God to ‘Uproot’ Lawmakers Who Won’t Bow Down – Realtime News



Portrait of A.H. Scott poet and writer based in New York City
A.H. Scott


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A.H. Scott is a poet and essayist based in New York City and is a veteran contributor to this blog.  To access additional articles by A.H. Scott, click here: https://tonyward.com/a-h-scott-the-through-and-through/

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