Bragging of his counter punching prowess Trump acts like a dope and initiates all contact while Biden bides his time till the DNC
The historic mythology of Muhammad Ali and how he used his rope-a-dope tactic to allow George Forman to exhaust himself by leaning against the ropes during the “Rumble in the Jungle” in Zaire in 1974 my not be historically accurate but the analogy holds true in the election so far in 2020.
Trump has bragged, seemingly without pause, of his “great strength” for counterpunching. Of course, in his case, there is never a punch to begin with for him to counter as, more often than not, it is some imagined slight or insult to his ridiculous ego.
Nevertheless, during the months leading up to the DNC 2020 convention he initiated punches and attacks on Biden, virtually every day. Implying that Biden was senile, weak, “sleepy”, tired and generally unfit to take on the supposedly virile and exaggeratedly macho man in the White House.
Trump the Dope falls into Biden’s Trap and can’t invent a story to explain his impotent solo attacks
The whole thing, of course, was a trap they were falling into. Biden was not in any basement. He was not in failing health. He was on the ropes patiently waiting for the moment, the most obvious moment no less, to begin his own “counter-punching” assault.
That moment, obvious to all but a dope of the highest order, was his speech at the DNC 2020 where he formally accepted the nomination and kicked off his fall campaign.
“I will make it clear to our adversaries the days of cozying up to dictators are over. Under President Biden, America will not turn a blind eye to Russian bounties on the heads of American soldiers.
Nor will I put up with foreign interference in our most sacred democratic exercise — voting…
…Will we be the generation that finally wipes the stain of racism from our national character? I believe we’re up to it. I believe we’re ready. Just a week ago yesterday was the third anniversary of the events in Charlottesville.
Remember seeing those neo-Nazis and Klansmen and white supremacists coming out of the fields with lighted torches? Veins bulging? Spewing the same anti-Semitic bile heard across Europe in the ’30s?
Remember the violent clash that ensued between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it?
Remember what the president said? There were quote, “very fine people on both sides.” It was a wake-up call for us as a country…”JOE BIDEN AT DNC 2020
That speech was everything that Trump’s weak blustering and solo attacks were not. It showed more strength of body, soul and, most of all, character, all in an instant; and did so without needing to resort to the low blows or chicanery that are part and parcel of the current President’s typical bag of tricks.
Regardless of whether Ali had planned to outsmart the larger George Forman and executed a brilliant strategy, or if he, the smarter combatant, was just using superior instinct to win in a poetic and inspiring fashion, the similarity to the epic battle for the future of American politics is no less apt.
“With passion and purpose, let us begin — you and I together, one nation, under God — united in our love for America and united in our love for each other.
For love is more powerful than hate. Hope is more powerful than fear. Light is more powerful than dark. This is our moment.This is our mission.
May history be able to say that the end of this chapter of American darkness began here tonight as love and hope and light joined in the battle for the soul of the nation. And this is a battle that we, together, will win. I promise you.”Joe Biden at DNC 2020
In round 8, coming in late October, with possible assistance from Michael Cohen and the Southern District of NY, a knock-out blow is on the agenda. Will it be as exciting and poetic as the ending moments of the “Rumble in the Jungle”? Who knows.
But if Trump goes down, as we all know he should, the Justice of that turn of events will ring out loud, down through centuries and be remembered far and wide, just as we remember Muhammad Ali and his incredible rope-a-dope come back victory in Zaire.
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