As the election has continued to drag on and on because of the President's refusal to concede, theories have abounded as to why exactly Trump won't give in to reality.
But Edward Norton's take on the situation just might hit the nail on the head. The actor recently tweeted out a hypothesis for what's going on in the White House--and tore Trump's character to shreds in the process.
To make his point, Norton used poker as a metaphor.
Norton began by stating he doesn't buy that Trump is just trying to appease his base, or sow chaos for chaos's sake. Rather, Trump's antics come down to a simple explanation: His goose is cooked, and he knows it.
...or that ‘chaos is what he loves’. The core of it is that he knows he’s in deep, multi-dimensional legal jeopardy… https://t.co/qwPTAVLvOk— Edward Norton (@Edward Norton)1605867047.0
To Norton's credit, many in the legal profession have pointed out Trump is all but certain to face legal action once he leaves office. Several pending cases against him are said to already have enough evidence to press charges once he no longer has presidential immunity.
The Southern District of New York alone has four different ongoing fraud investigations against Trump and his companies. And as a private citizen, Trump would likely be compelled to provide DNA evidence in the sexual assault cases against him.
Which is where all Trump's post-election chaos comes in, according to Norton: In short, if Trump sets enough fires on his way out, he might be able to bargain for some kind of deal to keep him out of legal trouble.
But—and here's where the poker comes in—Trump, as Norton puts it, "doesn't have the cards," and now is the time to call his bluff.
His ‘turn card’ bluff will be an escalation & his ‘River card’ bluff could be really ugly. But they have to be call… https://t.co/rzM5KxlgBH— Edward Norton (@Edward Norton)1605867047.0
Having laid him bare, Norton went on to perfectly roast the President to a crisp with the sort of sharp-tongued eloquence most of us could only dream of:
"I will allow that he's also a whiny, sulky, petulant, Grinchy, vindictive little 10-ply-super-soft bi*ch 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 he urged us all not to let his "10-ply-super-soft bi*ch" nature make us think we can simply ignore him.
Faith in the strength of our sacred institutions & founding principles is severely stretched...but they will hold.… https://t.co/54VLTJlyMd— Edward Norton (@Edward Norton)1605867048.0
Norton's fiery, perfect dismantling of the President had practically everyone on Twitter cheering—for the analysis and insults alike.
@EdwardNorton Everyone that read this thread did so with internal narration of your voice from “Fight Club.” No one… https://t.co/L29dzh61dI— Jon Kita (@Jon Kita)1605895316.0
@EdwardNorton Fun fact: The speed of light is measured at 670,616,629 mph. The speed of Shade is measured in Nortons. 🔦— Robert G. Callahan, II (@Robert G. Callahan, II)1606054577.0
I've always loved Ed Norton as an actor, because he is DAMN GOOD at his craft! But this tweet thread of his?????… https://t.co/yjxR8BvrAX— LaTashia Reedus - Please Spell It Right!!! (@LaTashia Reedus - Please Spell It Right!!!)1605891924.0
@EdwardNorton 10 ply super soft! I see you, Ed. https://t.co/8GEIaIdfCl— Fryda Wolff (@Fryda Wolff)1605890125.0
@EdwardNorton @willreinhardt I think I'm falling in love with Edward Norton, even though he is about 2/3 my age.… https://t.co/pnJ86rMBfV— C.J.P. 240 (@C.J.P. 240)1606076630.0
This is a brilliant thread...Hold steady friends...#CallHisBluff https://t.co/MdIQVVOSEP— Lauri Boxrucker (@Lauri Boxrucker)1605889710.0
A solid take... https://t.co/ehFjCY9Muj— Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷) (@Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷))1605903370.0
None of this had occurred to me, but I get it. The idea that Trump is ignoring a metastasizing pandemic and committ… https://t.co/z9pJKiYhfZ— Jamil Smith (@Jamil Smith)1605890900.0
Bravo Edward. Perfectly said. Call his bluff. https://t.co/HkCRBX8jvH— Sally Field (@Sally Field)1605904588.0
Since Norton's thread was posted, Trump was dealt yet another legal blow.
In a blistering court order on Saturday, U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Brann threw out Trump's attempt to block certification of the vote in Pennsylvania.