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It is quite clear to anyone with sense that the Democrats are breaking precedents left and right to go after Trump. I have seen some on the right say it is to get the Republicans to select Trump. Maybe so, but then again, I am no mind reader. It seems strange Democrats would also look at the 14th Amendment to take him off ballots if this was their plan, but I am not into any 4-D Chess arguments. Did not buy them with Trump and I don’t buy them with Democrats.
And it does not matter.
Democrats started to use the FBI and DOJ to go after the head of the other party in 2016. This is proven to have happened. The Russia hoax was started and paid for by the Clinton campaign and picked up by the Obama administration. We also already have proof the IRS was weaponized against conservative groups four years before that. The Democrats have clearly been using the power of government to stop their opponents. Now, we have seen one unprecedented indictment after another, including applying RICO statutes to a re-election campaign. I have heard people like John Yoo and Richard Epstein (not Trump lovers) decry this use of judicial actions. It is all clearly wrong.
And yet, the candidates, save Vivek Ramaswamy, have been far less than full-throated in their denouncement of these actions. Their silence is deafening. Some even tacitly seem to be signing on to it.
People may not like Trump. I sure get it, and there is lot about Trump I don’t like. And what is being done is wrong. It is a destruction of norms far beyond anything Trump stood accused of. Never in the history of America have we seen this sort of behavior.
It seems to me that many on the right think that this is Trump-specific. This will be a one-time thing, Trump will be gone, and we will get back to business as usual. When, in the past 50 years have the Democrats ever destroyed norms and then gone back to business as usual? I can’t think of it. This is a hill to die on. This is a reason to fight back if there ever was one. This is nothing about irregularities in the 2020 election. This is about abuse of legal power to inhibit and destroy a candidate. Even if you think this is all 4-D chess to provoke Trump into being the nominee, it is still wrong.
I won’t support any candidate in the primary who does not say so.Published in