Here Are the Top 10 “Major Announcements” Donald Trump’s Bizarre “Superhero” Video on Truth Social Could Presage
Whatever the big announcement is, America can be certain it will bode ill for our democracy. It could also range from a “nothingburger” to an event that actually changes U.S. politics significantly.
Today on Truth Social, Donald Trump did something that he often does—trumpeted a coming public announcement whose parameters he in no way hinted at. The former president habitually does this as a means of keeping the nation’s changing attention on him during periods, like right now, when he’s outside the limelight and his critics are whispering that his energy and influence seem to have flagged.
But what Trump does not routinely do is create a lavishly produced, movie-trailer-like video—let alone one that features him as an animated superhero with lasers coming out of his eyes, and that ends with a video bumper worthy of a summer blockbuster—simply to preface the next banal move in his historically destructive political career.
For as much as he loves vapid marketing and chintzy pageantry, Trump does not tend to create slogans to attach to his intermittent authoritarian pronouncements. Usually, all- or inappropriately-capped words (seemingly randomly selected) and oft-repeated buzzwords like “hoax” and “witch hunt” are deemed sufficient by both Trump and his team for him to get whatever vacuous point across that he’s focused on at the moment.
What America got today, however, was a clear slogan: “America needs a superhero!”
This would seem to suggest the launch of some new, slightly-more-unexpected-than-normal initiative aimed at resurrecting the former president’s listless and universally mocked 2024 presidential campaign (which, to be clear, is nevertheless the current front-running campaign in the GOP, and likely to remain so for some months yet.)
So what can we expect tomorrow? A rhetorical fart from a moribund political camp, or something more substantial?
Below are the Top 10 possibilities for what could be headed our way on December 15, ranked from the most game-changing to the most inconsequential (with the level of public aggravation attached to each of these events being, we might suppose, variable):