David Dorn died on this day a year ago.
In case anyone has forgotten how much of a disappointment Donald Trump was as president (rest assured, no one on this website has forgotten), Pedro Gonzalez would like to refresh your memory before we succumb to another round of backlash politics and go down that road again.
“David Dorn lay dying in a pool of his own blood outside of a pawn shop in St. Louis while a bystander streamed his final breaths on Facebook Live. The retired police captain had been shot by looters while protecting his friend’s business amid the riots sparked by the death of George Floyd.
Fox News Host Tucker Carlson noted hours before the fatal shooting that then-President Donald Trump had refused greater use of force against riots on the advice of staffers who told him that cracking down on them would appear racist. That October, Trump unveiled the Platinum Plan. It promised criminal justice reform and $500 billion in “capital” for black communities, conceived at the behest of “Fuck tha Police” rapper Ice Cube, whose input Trump solicited for what was essentially a massive reparations program.
Much of this seems forgotten now; Dorn’s death on June 2 has been largely forgotten. Still, the details of his murder are worth recalling as speculation mounts over whether Trump could once more win the White House. A better question is whether he should run at all.
The disconnect between the idea of Trump as a strong, capable leader and reality covers more than the sidewalk on which Dorn died.
Trump’s crusade as an outsider against decrepit GOP orthodoxy was critical to his success in 2016, seemingly disrupting its trajectory. As a populist, he challenged the pieties and pseudo-principles of the establishment, violating taboos on trade, crime, immigration, and more. In 2015, political scientist Lee Drutman calculated that “populists”—defined as those who favored maintaining or increasing Social Security spending, while maintaining or decreasing immigration—made up 40.3 percent of the American electorate. On the other hand, Drutman found that the groups that wanted to cut Social Security and increase immigration, “‘business conservatives’ (3.8 percent), who are better described as ‘neoliberals,’ and ‘political conservatives’ (2.4 percent), who might also be described as ‘libertarians,’ made up only 6.2 percent of voters.” Even if unwittingly, Trump tapped into the former, which was a much larger constituency that blurred the lines of conservative and liberal.
Trump won, in other words, because he was supposed to change the Republican Party—but the party changed him. …
Trump’s endorsements further illustrate the point of non-learning.
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), endorsed by Trump, was instrumental in creating a weaponized hate crime bill introduced by Democrat Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), also endorsed by Trump, and now apparently the party’s figurehead, speaks of America’s past as “original sin” and has embraced the Democratic Party’s call for more criminal justice reform from across the aisle. Most recently, Trump endorsed Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) to replace Sen. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) amid his feud with Paul Ryan. Stefanik is Ryan’s protégé, whose views on immigration are closer to Ryan’s than Trump’s in 2016. …”
These are all familiar arguments on this website.
Virtually no one else is saying this though. There is a heavy price to be paid on the Right for being too honest and candid about the Trump administration. The ultimate shit move was “Stop the Steal” when Trump milked hundreds of millions of dollars out of his most gullible supporters, persuaded them to come to DC and hung them out to dry after the Capitol Siege only to pardon a bunch of black rappers. The QAnon Shaman is now saying that he was brainwashed by an online cult.
BTW, Trump has recently started texting me again:
It is not too early to start talking about 2024.
Joe Biden has been worse than expected and Donald Trump can’t get the job done.
My position is that I am not voting for Donald Trump or Joe Biden in 2024. I haven’t changed my mind on that since the 2020 election. We need someone younger, smarter and more competent. We need someone who can take what Trump started and push it in a far more populist direction on both culture and economics and shake up the stale policy agenda. We will see what happens. In the meantime, it is much easier to oppose Joe Biden without that black cloud constantly weighing us down.