Thursday, October 28, 2021


This is rapidly becoming conventional wisdom:

Trump's advisers might recommend that he run on these popular items, and he might mention them, as he mentioned preserving Medicare and Social Security in 2016. Or he might forget to mention them. Or they might not even be part of his stump speeches, because Trump knows what sells to his base, and he probably won't employ anyone on the campaign who'd be inclined to tell him that he needs a conventional package of positive promises in order to win.

We know what he'll run on.

He'll also run on this:
Tucker Carlson previewed a trailer on Wednesday for an upcoming three-part series....

Called “Patriot Purge,” Carlson explained, “The U.S. government has in fact launched a new war on terror, but it’s not against al Qaeda, it’s against American citizens. Nothing like this has ever happened in the history of our country. This is an attack on core civil liberties and it’s essential that you know what’s happening and that you resist it.”

... On Wednesday, the Fox News host played the trailer.

“The domestic war on terror is here,” alleges a man’s voice. “It’s coming after half of the country.”

Carlson himself appears and says, “The helicopters have left Afghanistan, and now they’re here at home.”

“The left is hunting the right,” alleges another voice. “Sticking them in Guantanamo Bay, for American citizens, leaving them there to rot.”

Trump will run on a promise to turn the tables on the people prosecuting January 6 rioters -- he'll vow to put President Biden, Attorney General Garland, and a significant portion of the FBI in prison. (If he's elected, he might really do it.) He'll say this, and his crowds will go wild.

Maybe everyone will realize what we've allowed to happen on January 20, 2025, when Trump delivers an inaugural address that's indistinguishable from one of his rally speeches, and includes Trump-led chants of "Fuck you, Biden!" and "Lock him up!" By then, I hope we'll all understand that Trump and Republican voters simply aren't interested in conventional politcal promises. All they care about is vengeance.

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