As Long As America Is Racist, Don’t Count Donald Trump Out

As much as I like the idea of ​​dancing on the grave of Donald Trump’s political career, I’d rather everyone wait until he’s actually dead first.

Last week, the former president formally announced his third bid for the presidency from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

“To make America great again, tonight I am announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” Trump declared.

In remarks reminiscent of his 2017 inaugural address, he professed that America was once “a great and glorious nation. Now we are a nation in decline. We are a failing nation.”

As Trump sees it, “The bloody streets of our once great cities are cesspools of violent crime.”

America is a violent, trigger-happy nation, but the streets of our cities are not soaked in blood. Yet, Trump has the solution to a problem that only exists within his empty, hateful mind.

“We’re going to be asking everyone who sells drugs, who is caught selling drugs, to receive the death penalty for their heinous actions,” Trump promised to the applause of the bigots in that tacky ballroom at Mar-a-Lago.

“I don’t even know if the American public is ready for it,” he said added up.

Trump’s biggest problem is not whether or not America is ready for his crazy, dictator-themed proposal to curb drug use, but the growing chorus of people within his party and across the media pushing the narrative that his political career is almost over.

He has a much better chance of becoming president again than most of these pundits would like to give him credit for, but I agree that there are clear signs that Trump’s political star is fading. If there is any compliment to be paid to that horrible man, it is that he is funny – as an entertaining racist. Unfortunately for him, while last week’s speech hit all the familiar notes, it was not delivered with the kind of energy of past campaign rallies.

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Given that he decided to announce more than 700 days before the 2024 presidential election, Trump could not afford to be boring. Yet attendees at his campaign launch were reported to have started leaving before his speech was over – leading Trump’s staff to the end. block the exits.

And then there are reactions from everyone else.

Although he did not identify Trump by name, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted: “We need more seriousness, less noise, and leaders who look forward, not staring in the rearview mirror claiming to be victims.”

In his speech, Trump referred to the FBI’s seizure of classified government documents stored at his home by claim, “I’m a victim, I’ll tell you. I am a victim.”

The people who fund the hideous Republican Party aren’t thrilled, either. In an interview with CNBC, metal mogul Andy Sabin said, “I’m not going to give (Trump) a fucking nickel. At the end of the day, people stayed away (in the 2022 midterms) because of Trump. “

Separately, hedge fund billionaire and Citadel CEO Ken Griffin, another major GOP donor, explained to Politico that Trump “has done a lot of things very well and missed the mark on some important areas and for a litany of reasons, i think it’s time to move. on to the next generation.”

Other billionaires have made similar promises to abandon Trump in 2024.

“If the only arguments against Trump right now are that he’s not performing at his best and that the rich and well-connected don’t like him, that’s not enough.”

The Post dropped Trump’s 2024 campaign announcement to the bottom of its front page the next day — without even mentioning him by name in the headline that read “Florida Man Makes Announcement.”

Meanwhile, Fox Business host Stuart Varney suggested live on air to Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, that her father-in-law was essentially an out-of-shape inheritance act.

“I have to say, the speech last night was not well received,” he said. “Those of us on the outside looking at it, it didn’t seem like it had the old magic, you know what I mean?”

Lara Trump disagreesaying the night incorporated “the 2015, 2016 campaign again.”

And I haven’t even gotten into Trump’s legal troubles – which many believe prompted this early announcement on the presidential campaign because he assumed it would protect him from possible indictments by the Justice Department. That seems unlikely, but Trump wouldn’t care either way – and the same goes for his voters.

While I understand that he was a twice impeached president who twice lost the popular vote and attempted a coup, to ignore Donald Trump would be to ignore the role that racism plays in American politics. Most of the Trump critics above are now pushing Ron DeSantis as his successor.

The problem with DeSantis is that he has run a racist gubernatorial campaign in 2018, and as governor, has pushed racist policies. So assuming he becomes the Republican nominee, then he’s just Trump without comedic timing. And why would Republican voters abandon the real thing for the discount version?

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Just because the same people who didn’t like Trump in 2015 when he ran don’t like him now doesn’t mean he’s weakened if the ideology of the GOP base continues to be largely shaped by the same level of rhetoric racist, violent used by Trump – along with the shared victim mentality.

I don’t think Trump’s attempts to sell Americans on the Rodrigo Duterte approach discouraging people from using drugs is the best political strategy, but he has time to workshop his racist campaign slogans and proposals.

As for the possible indictments, I say wrap it up – but Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu managed not to let any criminal case stand in his way of regaining power following his embrace from the far right.

Racism helped that accused criminal, so a similar strategy could work wonders for another – especially during an economic downturn when white voters become especially fearful and conservative once the news starts telling them there’s a crime wave.

Trump is not invincible, yet the time to put him out politically was after he staged a coup.

Cults don’t die overnight.

I want nothing more than for Trump to fade from politics and fall into the misery he deserves, but if the only arguments against him at the moment are that he is not performing at his best and that the rich and well connected don’t like it, that is. ‘not enough.

He will be the Republican nominee for president, and that will give him a 50/50 chance of becoming the next president.

Anyone who has done as much as he has in such a short time shouldn’t be given this opportunity – which is why you can’t underestimate him, much less pretend his 2024 campaign is DOA.


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