Actor and filmmaker Edward Norton went viral on Twitter on Friday after posting a thread attacking Donald Trump.
Norton launched a scathing, but an eloquent attack on Trump’s refusal to concede the 2020 presidential election to president-elect Joe Biden. Norton called Trump’s actions a “tactical delay” and a “desperate endgame.”
“I’m no political pundit but I grew up w a dad who was a federal prosecutor & he taught me a lot & I’ve also sat a fair amount of poker w serious players & l’ll say this: I do not think Trump is trying to ‘make his base happy’ or ‘laying the groundwork for his own network’…” Norton began on Twitter.
“…or that ‘chaos is what he loves’. The core of it is that he knows he’s in deep, multi-dimensional legal jeopardy & this defines his every action. We’re seeing 1) a tactical delay of the transition to buy time for coverup & evidence suppression 2) above all, a desperate endgame,” Norton continued.
Trump continues to dispute Biden’s victory and is still pushing false allegations of voter fraud. Trump’s campaign issued a series of lawsuits in several key states. Several of those lawsuits have already been kicked to the curb by judges.
Norton adds “…which is to create enough chaos & anxiety about peaceful transfer of power, & fear of irreparable damage to the system, that he can cut a Nixon-style deal in exchange for finally conceding. But he doesn’t have the cards. His bluff after ‘the flop’ has been called in court…”
“His ‘turn card’ bluff will be an escalation & his ‘River card’ bluff could be really ugly. But they have to be called. We cannot let this mobster bully the USA into a deal to save his ass by threatening our democracy. THAT is his play. But he’s got junk in his hand. So, call him,” Norton added.
Norton then writes, “I will allow that he’s also a whiny, sulky, petulant, Grinchy, vindictive little 10-ply-super-soft bitch who no doubt is just throwing a wicked pout fest & trying to give a tiny-hand middle finger to the whole country for pure spite, without a single thought for the dead & dying.”
“But his contemptible, treasonous, seditious assault on the stability of our political compact isn’t about 2024, personal enrichment or anything else other than trying to use chaos & threat to the foundation of the system as leverage to trade for a safe exit. Call. His. Bluff,” he continued.
Norton wrapped up the thread with, “Faith in the strength of our sacred institutions & founding principles is severely stretched…but they will hold. They will. He’s leaving, gracelessly & in infamy. But if we trade for it, give him some brokered settlement, we’ll be vulnerable to his return. We can’t flinch.”
Norton’s message was clearly supported by his followers who quickly made his passionate words go viral.