TRUMP: “If you don’t like somebody or if somebody is beating you by like 10, 15, or 20 points — Let’s indict the motherf*cker.” ?— ALX ?? (@alx) September 29, 2023
It has been a year since the Dark Brandon speech.
Over the past year, the most notable thing that has happened is that Donald Trump has made a stunning political comeback since the midterms. Trump’s resurrection in both the Republican primary and general election polls has been entirely driven by the perception that the judicial system has been weaponized against him. We have all watched as the “Get Trump” bullshit has multiplied.
- Trump has been held liable for sexual assault and defamation in two E. Jean Carroll civil suits.
- Trump has been held liable for fraud in New York and is losing control over his signature properties there.
- Trump was arrested in Manhattan and charged with 31 felonies by Alvin Bragg over the Stormy Daniels bullshit
- Trump was indicted by Jack Smith in the classified documents case
- Trump was indicted by Jack Smith and arrested over 1/6
- Trump was indicted by Fani Willis and arrested in Fulton County, GA. Rudy Giuliani, Mark Meadows and Trump’s lawyers were arrested in this case
Pretty much everyone in Trump’s orbit has been punished in some way by the judicial system. Steve Bannon was arrested and sentenced to four months in prison. Peter Navarro was recently convicted of contempt of Congress. Roger Stone was arrested and sentenced to prison. Hell, even Ricky Vaughn was indicted and convicted for posting a meme on Twitter. Vaughn was indicted by Joe Biden’s Justice Department for being more influential than Stephen Colbert in the 2016 election.
What should we make of this?
From the beginning, Trump has always been mired down in political bullshit. It started with the FBI spying on his campaign and the Russia Hoax. Throughout his entire administration, I largely ignored the bullshit and focused squarely on policy questions. Trump lost my support due to his failures. I judged him on the basis of his performance and record, not on the basis of the Mueller Report.
At some point since Trump left office though, the bullshit began to multiply and cloud out everything else. The bullshit has become the most important issue, not Trump’s record on immigration, foreign policy or the economy. Joe Biden gives speeches about “defending democracy” while criminalizing his political opposition. We are invited to believe that all of this is just “the rule of law.”
At least in my case, I realized that this is a much bigger problem than whatever I might have against Trump or Steve Bannon or Ricky Vaughn. I don’t like Trump, but I am supporting the Revenge Tour which is justified. We are all far right chuds and fascists and just the enemy to the people in charge. They don’t care about the microscopic distinctions that we draw between ourselves.
Trump is now leading Joe Biden in the RCP average. Ironically, it is because Joe Biden and the Democrats are perceived as the greater threat to American democracy. Trump has the mugshot to prove it. The great threat to democracy has been arrested four times and faces nearly 1,000 years in prison.
Note: Democrats assume this is going to work for them because of how the midterms played out. All of these indictments and arrests of Trump though have happened in 2023.