The Democratic party finds itself at a crucial juncture concerning Joe Biden’s political future. If he intends to withdraw from the 2024 race, the decision needs to be made sooner rather than later. However, the current scenario isn’t favorable for Biden, as he faces daunting competition from former President Donald Trump, who is the leading candidate for the Republican nomination. Trump’s popularity has surged in crucial swing states, with his lead growing since July, even garnering acknowledgment from unlikely sources such as CNN.
As the Democrats grapple with the possibility of Trump’s resurgence, it seems that a new narrative is emerging: “Hitler Time” is back, as some have dubbed it. Critics are resurrecting hyperbolic claims, suggesting that Trump would not only undermine democracy but also resort to extreme violence. This shift in rhetoric has become a spectacle of sorts, featuring prominent figures like Liz Cheney and Michael Cohen, promising an array of sensational takes. It’s almost as if a festival of “Trump Derangement Syndrome” (TDS) has been unleashed.
Cohen contends that Trump might even annex Canada, while David Frum speculates that he could commit unthinkable acts with impunity, like harming the First Lady. Jennifer Rubin foresees unprecedented violence on the horizon and envisions Trump as the future Fuhrer, wielding martial law, rewriting the Constitution, and establishing mass internment camps. The doomsday predictions continue with claims that no one would be safe, as Lawrence Tribe suggests he might assassinate generals, Joe Scarborough warns of attacks on American citizens, and Cheney frets about the unraveling of democratic institutions.
To add to the chorus of alarmists, Hillary Clinton and Rob Reiner suggest that Trump’s return could spell the end of democracy itself. Al Sharpton raises concerns about the Justice Department’s destruction, potential arrests of political opponents, and persecution of enemies. In their narrative, Trump would cling to power indefinitely. Rachel Maddow seems to underscore the real intent behind this exercise – rallying everyone against Trump, as previous legal maneuvers have fallen short.
Amidst the humorous exaggerations and grandiose claims, it’s essential to remember that Trump’s first term in office did not witness the catastrophic scenarios outlined by his critics. Instead, it was marked by policies aimed at securing the border, lowering taxes, fostering economic growth, and promoting peace in the Middle East. In contrast, the current administration faces criticism for its handling of various issues, including an open border, economic challenges, and foreign policy setbacks.
The anti-Trump camp appears to be resorting to demonization tactics as they grapple with Joe Biden’s perceived weakness. They aim to energize their base and mobilize support by painting Trump and any potential Republican opponent as extreme threats. However, as Americans look back on the Trump era, comparisons to the current political climate may not work in favor of the Democrats.
Author: Scott Dowdy