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Edward Norton tears into ‘whiny, sulky, petulant, Grinchy, vindictive’ Donald Trump in pointed, poker-laced Twitter thread

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Edward Norton isn’t a political pundit, however he does play one on Twitter.The thrice-Oscar-nominated Fight Club and Motherless Brooklyn actor-director tore into President Donald Trump in a broadly shared thread early Friday morning, pointedly criticizing the outgoing president for failing to concede the election and persevering with to make unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud regardless of no proof. Norton referred to as Trump “a whiny, sulky, petulant, Grinchy, vindictive little 10-ply-super-soft b***h” within the course of.Edward Norton in ‘Rounders’ (Miramax Films)“I’m no political pundit but I grew up [with] a dad who was a federal prosecutor & he taught me a lot,” started Norton, 51, whose father Edward Norton Jr. was a Marine lieutenant who served in Vietnam earlier than turning into a federal prosecutor beneath President Jimmy Carter.“I’ve also sat a fair amount of poker [with] serious players.” Norton is an avid card shark whose performing credit additionally embrace the 1998 poker thriller Rounders with Matt Damon.I’m no political pundit however I grew up w a dad who was a federal prosecutor & he taught me loads & I’ve additionally sat a good quantity of poker w critical gamers & l’ll say this: I don’t assume Trump is making an attempt to ‘make his base happy’ or ‘laying the groundwork for his own network’…— Edward Norton (@EdwardNorton) November 20, 2020…or that ‘chaos is what he loves’. The core of it’s that he is aware of he’s in deep, multi-dimensional authorized jeopardy & this defines his each motion. We’re seeing 1) a tactical delay of the transition to purchase time for coverup & proof suppression 2) above all, a determined endgame— Edward Norton (@EdwardNorton) November 20, 2020These credentials pre-empted a prolonged, poker-speak-riddled rant through which Norton opined why he believes Trump is making an attempt to overturn the outcomes of a presidential election he misplaced by a large margin of each electoral and fashionable votes to President-Elect Joe Biden.Story continues“I do not think Trump is trying to ‘make his base happy’ or ‘laying the groundwork for his own network’ or that ‘chaos is what he loves,’” continued Norton. “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. His bluff after ‘the flop’ has been called in court.“His ‘turn card’ bluff will be an escalation & his ‘River card’ bluff could be really ugly. But they have to be called. We cannot let this mobster bully the USA into a deal to save his a– by threatening our democracy. THAT is his play. But he’s got junk in his hand. So call him.”CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 17: (L-R) Actors Tim Robbins, Adrien Brody, Alice Taglioni and Edward Norton attend the Partouche Charity Poker Festival held at Palm Beach Casino through the 61st Cannes International Film Festival on May 17, 2008 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Partouche)Norton echoed what a number of (precise) political pundits have acknowledged in current weeks: Trump’s determined makes an attempt to stay in energy might very effectively be associated to the truth that after leaving workplace he’ll not be shielded from prosecution afforded to a sitting president. More than a dozen investigations are already underway in opposition to Trump and his associates, together with one legal investigation.“I will allow that he’s also a whiny, sulky, petulant, Grinchy, vindictive little 10-ply-super-soft b****h 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,” wrote Norton, referencing the greater than 250,000 Americans who’ve died from coronavirus this yr.“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. Faith in the strength of our sacred institutions & founding principles is severely stretched…but they will hold. 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.”Watch our 2019 Role Recall interview with Edward Norton:Read extra on Yahoo Entertainment:

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