- The Washington Times - Friday, November 20, 2020

A political screed by Edward Norton was so animated Friday morning that it shot into the social media giant’s trending feed.

The former star of “The Incredible Hulk” and “Fight Club” raged over President Trump’s ongoing legal battles related to the 2020 election by calling him a “little 10-ply-super-soft b—.” 

Mr. Norton surmised that Mr. Trump cares less about allegations of widespread voter fraud and more about avoiding legal battles once leaving the White House.

“I’m no political pundit but I grew up w a dad who was a federal prosecutor & he taught me a lot & I’ve also sat a fair amount of poker w serious players & l’ll say this: I do not think Trump is trying to ‘make his base happy’ or ‘laying the groundwork for his own network,’” the actor wrote. “Or that ‘chaos is what he loves’. The core of it is that he knows he’s in deep, multi-dimensional legal jeopardy & this defines his every action. We’re seeing 1) a tactical delay of the transition to buy time for coverup & evidence suppression 2) above all, a desperate endgame, which is to create enough chaos & anxiety about peaceful transfer of power, & fear of irreparable damage to the system, that he can cut a Nixon-style deal in exchange for finally conceding. But he doesn’t have the cards.”

Mr. Norton’s string of seven tweets generated over 115,000 shares.

“I will allow that he’s also a whiny, sulky, petulant, Grinchy, vindictive little 10-ply-super-soft b— 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,” the actor continued. “But his contemptible, treasonous, seditious assault on the stability of our political compact isn’t about 2024, personal enrichment or anything else other than trying to use chaos & threat to the foundation of the system as leverage to trade for a safe exit. Call. His. Bluff.”

The actor concluded by warning of President Trump’s return to power if any backroom deal is brokered prior to his White House exit.

“Faith in the strength of our sacred institutions & founding principles is severely stretched … but they will hold,” He wrote. “They will. He’s leaving, gracelessly & in infamy. But if we trade for it, give him some brokered settlement, we’ll be vulnerable to his return. We can’t flinch.”

Mr. Trump’s legal team maintains that voter fraud involving Dominion Voting Systems machines turned what appeared to be a clear victory for him into an illusory defeat by Democrat Joseph R. Biden in the middle of the night after polls closed.

The Republican has vowed to take his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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