Cold sores are easier to get rid of than Donald Trump, or so it seemed as the sore loser refused to admit defeat in the presidential election, even when it was clear his Democrat rival Joe Biden was winning the day.
Hopefully, unlike the cold sore virus, when the painful Republican has finally vanished from the White House scene, he won’t be back, as he has threatened to do in 2024.
Watching Trump’s desperate antics over the last few days has been excruciating. The US commander-in-chief commanded no respect whatsoever when showing contempt for democracy in his country.
He seemed ever more unhinged when speaking of his ludicrous allegations about mail-in votes, about the counting of the votes and by refusing to accept any results that were going against him, with his supporters echoing his calls to stop counting the votes or keep counting the votes, depending on how things were going for him in different areas.
I said last week that despite my hopes that Biden would win the two-horse race, I wouldn’t bet against Trump holding onto power, but I meant doing so legitimately, not by refusing to let go of it and filing lawsuits here, there and everywhere in a bid to remain in office.
His 17-minute speech — no, make that a rant — in Washington the other night sounded like the manic lashing out of a man who hadn’t just lost the run of his country but had also lost the run of himself on an insane scale.
But we should have known that there was no way this most obnoxious man was going to go gracefully — a word that probably doesn’t feature in Trump’s vocabulary.
His unsubstantiated claims of fraud were not only ridiculous but also insulting to the people behind the electoral system, yet many of his unquestioning followers believed him, though thankfully not all of them.
In the last couple of days it’s been reported that even his closest advisers have been trying to encourage him to come to whatever senses he has left.
The former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum was one of the first Republicans to come out publicly and powerfully against Trump’s claims of voter fraud in the early hours of Friday morning. I watched him on CNN saying that the allegations were not factual and were at times “incendiary”. He insisted that no elected Republican official would stand behind Trump’s “dangerous” statements.
It was a devastating repudiation of the Republican leader that brought an emotional response from CNN commentator Van Jones, who thanked Santorum.
Shortly afterwards CNN anchor Anderson Cooper unleashed a withering indictment of the US president. He said Trump was like “an obese turtle on his back, flailing in the hot sun, realising his time is up but not accepting it because he wants to take everybody down with him, including his country”.
Another highlight of too many hours following British and American coverage of the election came from the former Tory Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind.
He’s not a man with whom I have agreed too often, but as we all marvelled at just how well Trump was polling at the start of the count — was that fraud too? — Rifkind let rip, using words such as “repulsive”, “coarse” and “vulgar”.
While conceding Trump was a brilliant campaigner, he said he did no benefit to America.
Rifkind added: “I cannot begin to understand (why), after four years of this guy, roughly half of the American people still appear to want him to continue as president.”
He spoke for many of us in Britain and Ireland who can’t understand why, for example, so many black people voted for Trump.
Two prominent American civil rights figures whom I was privileged to meet during their visits to Northern Ireland were no more illuminating. The Rev Jesse Jackson and Martin Luther King III were unable to explain during TV interviews why so many black people were backing Trump, especially in the wake of the Black Lives Matter campaign and the police killing of George Floyd.
There was also no accounting for why Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis didn’t earn him the wrath of Americans who had lost loved ones or who knew of people laid low by Covid-19.
Every time I heard Trump in recent days, I couldn’t get the image of a crazy American DJ out of my head.
If you know The Buddy Holly Story film, you’ll know Madman Mancuso, who locks himself in a radio studio to play Holly’s music over and over again.
Another thing that intrigued me about Trump and his ‘victory’ speeches was how the former star of a reality show seemed to have so little grasp of reality.