President Trump had three insurmountable enemies that led to his probable defeat – a particularly vicious left-wing Democratic Party, a corrupt prosecutorial national media and … Donald J. Trump.
In a sense, I blame Trump as the biggest factor in a defeat that seems likely despite the ongoing legal battles. Regardless, it was Trump who enabled the attacks, accusations and lies of his enemies seem credible to many Americans. No matter how untrue, outlandish or audacious were the accusations from Democrats they were given false legitimacy by the imprimatur of a biased news media operating behind a deceptive smokescreen of objectivity and self-proclaimed truth. There were none of that.
Still, Trump too often established himself as their useful idiot. It pains me to say that, but there are too many examples in the historic record. That does not in any way vindicate or justify the viciousness and unfairness of those eager to destroy him and his presidency as a constant – and slander millions of Americans in the process.
Unlike any time in American history, powerful American institutions– operating on their own agenda – made a concerted effort to depose an elected President of the United States from the moment of his election. This was joined by senior bureaucrats in the law enforcement and intelligence communities undertaking an unprecedented subversive strategy – an insurance policy – to undermine and bring down the Trump Presidency.
Rather than accept the outcome of the 2016 election and join in traditional post-election unity, the political left – Democrats, bureaucrats and the media — coalesced into what became the #NeverTrump Resistance Movement. What followed was a four-year unrelenting assault on Trump, Republican officeholders, conservative activists and the millions of Americans who endorsed and supported Trump’s policies – if not always his unfortunate personality.
The left’s strategy of unrelenting attacks resulted in a bogus four-year Russian conspiracy theory – and a baseless special counsel investigation that was launched self-admittedly by then FBI Director James Comey with virtually no credible evidence. The politically damaging investigation ultimately disproved all the allegations and accusations – but much of the desired damage had been done. Through it all, the press maintained a drumbeat of propaganda supporting every false narrative – and even concocting a few of their own.
Working in concert with the remnants of the Hillary Clinton campaign and officials of the outgoing Obama administration, the Comey-led FBI used fraudulent evidence created by the Clinton campaign with the help of Russian operatives and a rogue British intelligence agent – the infamous and discredited Steele Dossier. It was misused to gain authority to surveil (spy on) Trump administration officials.
Cries for impeachment came from Democrat leaders even before Trump was inaugurated as America’s 45th President. On the day that Trump was inaugurated, the Washington Post declared it to be the first day of the Trump impeachment.
The onslaught of extremely partisan attacks led to the most politically motivated impeachment in American History. The truth was twisted beyond recognition by a series of establishment bureaucrats who saw Trump as a threat to their rule of the federal government.
In the spirit of never letting a crisis go to waste, Democrats piled on Trump as the only person responsible for the spread of the virus. The failures of governors and mayors to effectively respond to the Covid-19 Pandemic in their states and cities was brushed aside. Everything bad was Trump’s fault and any good moves – such as halting travel from China and initiating the Warp Speed program that is producing vaccines in record time – were ignored.
But even all that would not have prevented Trump’s re-election without the contribution of President Trump himself.
Many of his followers continued to support Trump because of the policies his administration enacted. He better represented traditional core conservative values of limited government and maximum personal freedom than the increasingly radicalized Democratic Party. For many of us, Trump was a flawed champion.
Some argue that had it not been for the pndemic, Trump would have been re-elected. That is probably true. But were it not for his pugnacious personality and propensity for petty prevarications, he arguably would have been re-elected.
In many of my commentaries supporting Trump’s policies, I also wrote of my disdains for his self-centered and eclectic personality. He has serious character flaws that he flaunts for inexplicable reasons. In a recent commentary, I gave Trump an “F” as a public communicator. He squandered his ability to draw large crowds at rallies. He could say anything – make claims – but never present a persuasive argument.
After President Nixon felt compelled to resign, he fairly noted that “they stabbed us in the back, but we gave them the knife.” To update the analogy, Trump handed his critics a seemingly endless supply of knives.
What is apparent in the election is that the Democrats and the media did not beat conservative issues. Those traditional values were supported in elections across that nation. Democrats, however, did beat one man — the President of the United States. It was not policy repudiations, but a rejecting of the Trump personality.
In the future, the principles of traditional American governance hopefully will re-emerge and prevail, but under new leadership – a person or team of people without the acerbic personality of Donald J. Trump.
So, there ‘tis.