STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – It looks like President Donald Trump is going to need a new line of work come January 20, 2021.
Trump will no doubt keep fighting the 2020 election results all the way to the Supreme Court.
And, yes, some things about the election will always make you wonder: The buckets of Joe Biden votes that materialized in the dead of night. Why Trump couldn’t close the deal despite doing better with Latinos and black men. How Trump could have fallen short despite the strength Republicans showed across the country, especially in House races.
But with Biden taking the lead in Pennsylvania, the momentum against Trump appeared unstoppable. And Biden on Friday night practically declared victory.
On Saturday, the Keystone State was called for its native son, and Biden became the president-elect.
So Trump’s going to need something new to do.
How about running for mayor of the City of New York?
Go ahead and laugh, but it’s not impossible.
Any Republican running for mayor needs to have a huge Staten Island vote in order to prevail, like 80 percent of the vote or better.
Trump has an enormous Staten Island base. It was the president who drove the record turnout we saw in the borough this year. He could turn the trick.
And after four years of Democrat Bill de Blasio, there may be other parts of the city willing to take a chance on a fiery ex-president and hometown boy.
They used to say that it was impossible for a Republican to get elected mayor of New York City. Then Rudolph Giuliani came along. Crime and the overall quality of life had deteriorated here to the point that New Yorkers were ready to roll the dice with just about anyone in order to stop the rot.
Giuliani was followed by Michael Bloomberg, who initially ran as a Republican before later becoming an independent.
So it can be done. And with crime and homelessness rising in the city, with New Yorkers suffering coronavirus fatigue and with garbage and grime everywhere you look, New Yorkers are definitely ready for a new direction.
The odds against Trump are steep in bluer-than-blue New York City, of course.
Nobody stirs opponents to a frenzy like Trump. You can already imagine the uprising against him by labor unions should he run, the constant marches in the streets by activists, the thundering of anti-Trump Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the blanketing of TV, radio and the Internet with anti-Trump ads.
And let’s be honest. Once you’ve been the leader of the free world, making sure that the garbage gets picked up and the snow gets plowed doesn’t send a tingle down the leg.
No, if Trump is indeed forced from the White House, he’ll no doubt immediately begin plotting his return.
We’re already hearing that Trump will found his own TV network. He’ll look to keep the anti-Dem fires burning with an eye toward making the 2022 midterm elections a torment for Biden.
Grover Cleveland is the only president in U.S. history to serve two non-consecutive terms in the White House. That’s the target that Trump will aim for. If the Dems don’t hound him into jail or bankruptcy first, that is.
And the Democrats might actually help fuel a Trump comeback, especially if the GOP is clinging to a slimmer majority in the U.S. Senate and can’t stand as a check on the White House, the House of Representatives and the socialists who will finally have their hands on sweeping power.
Are Americans going to like how they remake the country?
People voted for Biden because he sold himself as a moderate. But Joe is going to have to placate the increasingly militant lefties in his own party, who are already itching to purge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Charles Schumer and Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
The number of American voters worried about civil unrest and all this talk of defunding police forces could increase exponentially in four years’ time.
We’re not rid of Donald Trump quite yet.
(This item was updated after Democrat Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election.)