“We will drive out the globalists, we will drive out the communists. We will fire the political class that hates our country.”
This is just part of the language used by Donald Trump in his long-winded and hate-filled speech. CPAC speechin which he spoke about banishing political opponents and “Marxists,” said there are “sinister forces trying to kill America,” claimed our intelligence agencies are often “partisan” and “corrupt,” and discussed how America is currently being controlled. by Marxists and “globalists”, with prosecutions financed by globalist George Soros, an anti-Semitic coup like never before.
He also talked about locking up 13- and 14-year-old boys convicted of violence and “throwing away the key,” initiating mass deportations, and taking over cities with federal troops.
However, what Trump said at CPAC is not the scariest. The scariest thing is that despite his attempt to overthrow the government, killing several people and injuring hundreds more, and his obvious authoritarian streak, Trump is doing pretty well in the polls, leading other Republican candidates. for the nomination by wide margins. – And largely being treated by the media as if he were just another candidate.
a recent morning consultation The poll, for example, has Trump ahead of Ron DeSantis (not a bargain either) 53% to 28%. And in head-to-head matches against Joe Biden, five thirty eight poll of polls shows the two neck-and-neck.
It’s like we’ve really forgotten who Trump is and the media is afraid to tell us. Most of the media have simply referred to him as a “former president.” Now, technically that’s true, just like Caesar was a “former consul” for Rome or Napoleon a “former army lieutenant.” But does it really paint an accurate picture?
Trump does not want to be president; he wants to be a dictator, and the media is being irresponsible when they don’t point out the distinction.
This is alarming rhetoric. Encouraged by Trump, January 6 is now being rewritten by many on the right as some kind of stance against tyranny, rather than an act of terror. Trump even recently contributed to a song composed by some of the January 6 attackers who are currently incarcerated. At CPAC, he called them “great, great patriots… sitting in a nearby jail rotting and being treated as unfairly as probably no one has ever been treated before in this country, except maybe me.”
It might be laughable if it wasn’t horrible. Trump is making January 6 Remember the Maine. He is doing to her what Castro did to July 26. He won’t be surprised when he sees Trumpists start referring to the date with pride and talking about everything they did for their country on that day.
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Virtually all tyrannical movements throughout history follow a similar pattern. A key part of that pattern, as many historians will tell you, is demonization. Millions upon millions of Trump supporters are convinced that the “deep state” is working with “globalists” to oppress them, and that “woke tyranny” is ruining their lives and depriving them of their freedoms.
“This is the final battle,” he told the crowd at CPAC. “They know it, I know it, you know it, everyone knows it. That’s all. Either they win or we win. And if they win, we no longer have a country.” Promising them the moon and stars, he added: “All of this is within our grasp, but only if we have the courage to complete the job, gut the deep state, take back our democracy, and banish the tyrants and Marxists into political exile. forever.”
Horrible moves don’t come out of nowhere. The first rule to become a dictator is to convince people that there is a great enemy that only you can protect them from: “Only I can fix it”.
If we are not prepared for this threat, we may have Trump back in the White House after the 2024 election or tell his army of supporters to take to the streets. What is there to stop it?
So here are two simple suggestions for the media: First, listen to what Trump and his acolytes are saying and take it seriously, very seriously. Second: whenever Trump is discussed, remind people who he is: the man who tried to install himself as a dictator by seeking to rule out peaceful elections and overthrow the government.
We know that Trump should be in prison. But at least let’s not let him return to the White House, by election or by force, without any serious opposition.
rosenfeld He is a writer and political commentator.