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I read this Xeet thread today, and it got me to thinking a bit.
1) A thread on Trump and the fragility of the regime.
This is the most iconic image of 21st century America since the photos of the planes hitting the Twin Towers.
It may prove to be even more historically significant.
This is how Trump returned to Twitter after 31 months. pic.twitter.com/eKXkX61FEt
— Alexsandr Kislov (@AlexsandrKislov) August 25, 2023
The central gist of the Xeet thread is that the system (the thread calls it the regime) is increasingly dedicated to stopping Trump from becoming President again and will do anything to achieve that goal. I think this is spot on. The system isn’t just the Democrats though. It includes the Banana Republicans because, to the system, Trump is and always has been an existential threat.
I thought this back in 2015-2016, and it’s a big reason I never thought he would win that election. The idea that a political novice would have their first political office as President is just insane. It undermines the entirety of the concept of the professional political class. Why do we need politicians if successful people can run for and win political office without paying their dues?
In a recent post, @TGOT suggested that Trump should abandon his campaign and endorse someone else. To me, that’s as likely as Joe Biden resigning due to his corruption. To Biden, he has paid his dues and now he gets to reap the rewards. But what of other options?
Trump could be found guilty and go to prison. I don’t know how they would handle his appeals and if they would incarcerate him pending appeals, but throwing him in jail, to me, isn’t likely to make him less electable. This is why we see the pre-emptive attempts to remove him from the ballot via the 14th Amendment.
He might die … he is old, after all, but if that were to happen, how many would assume foul play? If he is nominated and loses in 2024 with pretty much none of the issues from 2020 actually addressed, who will assume the election was legitimate? Those who wanted him to lose certainly, but how much worse can the trust in our electoral system be? Lastly, he could win, and we would be back to the existential threat to the system of professional politicians; can they allow that?
I don’t think they can. They didn’t think he would really win in 2016. They ensured that even when he did, he was hamstrung as much as possible. Then in 2020, they “fortified” the election to ensure he lost. Maybe there is a reason that the GOP has been slow to push for electoral reforms. Maybe they want to ensure they can still stop Trump in 2024, even if he is their nominee. I certainly wouldn’t put it past the Banana Republicans.Published in