THE NEW YORK TIMES Why donald trump is it that powerful? How did he manage to dominate either of the two main parties? United States and if elected President? is it his hair his waist? No, it’s your stories. Trump tells powerful stories that ring true for millions of Americans.
The main one is that the United States is being ruined by corrupt elites. According to this narrative, there is an interconnected network of highly educated Americans who make up what Trumpists call the regime: Washington powerhouses, liberal media, big business, elite universities.
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These people are corrupt, condescending, immoral and only care about themselves. They are after Trump because Trump is the person who opposes them. They’re not just after Trump; they are there to get you.
File photo shows boxes being removed from the White House before Trump leaves the presidency Photo: Erin Scott/File Photo
This story has a kernel of truth. The highly educated elites of the metropolises became a kind of Brahmin class in their own right. But Trumpist propaganda is turning an unfortunate social divide into a toxic conspiracy theory. It simply assumes, against much evidence, that society’s major institutions are inherently corrupt, malicious, partisan, and malicious in nature.
The theory simply assumes that the proof of people’s virtue is that they are being attacked by the regime. Trump’s political career has been kept afloat by the contempt of the elite. The more elites despise him, the more Republicans love him. The key criterion for leadership in the Republican Party Today you have the right enemies.
In this situation the FBI There’s a lot we don’t know about searching in MaraLago. But we know how the Republican Party reacted. The right side of my Twitter feed was ecstatic. Looks! We’re really being followed! Essays began to appear with titles such as “The Regime Wants Its Revenge.” Ron DeSantis tweeted, “The MaraLago attack” is another escalation in arming federal agencies against the regime’s political opponents. As always, the tone was apocalyptic. “This is the worst attack on this republic in modern history,” exclaimed Fox News anchor Mark Levin.
The Trump investigation was viewed by the regime as nothing more than a heinous plan. For now, at least, the search has rocked the Republican political landscape. A few weeks ago, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll, about half of Republican voters were ready to leave Trump. This week the whole group seemed to support him.
Republican strategists who advise potential Trump opponents in the primaries had cause for dismay. “It gave him a lifeline,” one such strategist told Politico. “Incredible… It put everyone back on Trump’s boat. That took the wind out of everyone’s sails.”
According to a Trafalgar Group/Convention of States Action poll, 83% of likely Republican voters said the FBI made them more motivated to vote in the 2022 election than the impartial justice system did, as did 48% of likely voters in general elections in general.
In a normal society, when politicians are investigated or accused, it harms them politically. But that no longer applies to the Republican Party. The judicial system could collide with the political system in unprecedented ways.
What happens when a prosecutor indicts Trump and he’s convicted for traveling for the GOP nomination or maybe even the presidency? What happens if the impartial justice system uses its criteria to decide that Trump should go to jail at the very moment the electoral system uses its criteria to decide that Trump should go to the White House?
I assume that under these circumstances Trump would be arrested and imprisoned. I also expect we would see widespread political violence from angry Trump voters who would conclude the regime stole the country. In my opinion, this is the most likely route to complete democratic collapse.
In theory, the judiciary is blind, and obviously no one can be above the law. But, as Damon Linker wrote, “This is politics, not a graduate course in Kantian ethics.” We live in a particular real situation and we all need to take responsibility for the effects of our actions in the real world.
The United States must punish those who commit crimes. On the other hand, the United States must ensure that Trump does not get another term as president. What do we do when the first makes the second more likely? I have no idea how to get out of this potential conflict between our legal and political realities.
We are witnessing a legitimacy crisis in which distrust of established power is so virulent that the actions of elite actors, no matter how well justified, backfire.
My impression is that the FBI had valid reasons for doing what they did. I suspect he will find some damning documents that will do nothing to weaken support for Trump. I am also convinced that it has unintentionally improved Trump’s reelection chances, at least for the time being. He unwittingly made life difficult for potential Trump opponents in the Republican primary and motivated his base.
We seem to be headed for some sort of storm, and there is no honorable way to change our course.