What if Trump Returns to the White House?
Following a recent speech, I was asked how the left might react if President Trump wins a second term. A year ago, I might have thought it to be a silly question, but that prospect has become more real in recent months.
Trump is way ahead in the polling for the Republican primaries and is essentially tied to President Biden for the 2024 General Election.Pondering the return of Trump to the White House is armchair speculation at this point – arguably of the worst kind. A lot is going to happen between now and then. But since the news shows are all rerunning yesterday’s stories … what the hell … why not play the game.
Of course, any speculation has to be founded on the assumption that both Trump and Biden will be the standard bearers for their party – and that is far from assured. But let us speculate anyway. If victorious, Trump is likely to have a woman as Vice President, but not Marjorie Taylor Greene. If not a woman, the South Carolina Senator Tim Scott.It is election night 2024. It appears that Trump will secure enough electoral votes to be the 47th President of the United States.
If you can recall the stunning shock that spread through the Democrat left in 2016, multiply that by tens. Across the nation, there will be the gnashing of teeth. Protests will be blooming in Democrat strongholds across the nation. Most of the left-leaning news personalities will be looking into the cameras in stunned silence. The will be suffering from PTSD, Political Trump Stress Derangement.
In the days that follow, there will be pleas and proposed plans to prevent an inauguration. Electors will be lobbied to change their votes. Democrats in Congress will call for an impeachment – especially if they win control of the House. If there are any – and there always are – opportunities to flip the vote in specific states, Democrats will be on the scene in full force – trying to undermine the constitutional process.
For the weeks leading up to the inauguration, the left-wing media propagandists would be flooding the airwaves with Draconian narratives about the future Trump presidency. Movie stars would be threatening to leave the country – and some may.Since all those anti-democratic efforts will fail, Trump will be inaugurated on January 20, 2025. Notably absent from the ceremony with be a significant number of Democrat leaders – including former President Biden.
We will likely see thousands of Democrats take to the streets in protests across the country. Much like they did on Inauguration Day in 2016. Some protests may even become violent. What happens after that will depend on who holds control of the Senate and the House. It could be the GOP. It could be the Democrats. It could be a divided Congress. Too many unknowns and variables.
For the sake of this play, let us assume that the GOP controls Congress. We can also assume that those on the left – including a radical Democratic Party leadership – will be driven by irrational partisan rage. More so when Trump issues a round of pardons to his political allies, including himself. The very same folks the Democrats have spent years and hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollar to crush. One of those pardons will be for Trump, himself.
In his first 100 days, Trump will use his power to appoint his Executive Branch team – and heads will roll. As is the traditional prerogative, Trump will name a new Cabinet. It will be the most conservative Cabinet since President Harding. If Trump follows tradition and appoints any Democrats, Joe Manchin is a possible candidate for Secretary of Energy.
Among the other fantasy possibilities might be Nikki Haley as Secretary of State … Congressman and former White House physician Ronny Jackson as Secretary of Health and Human Services … the recently pardoned Rudy Giuliani as Attorney General … and General Michael Flynn as Secretary of Homeland Security. Not sure who he would name as Secretary of Education, but you can be sure it would be a strong school choice advocate. The Secretary of Labor would NOT come from the upper ranks of union leadership. (If readers want to fill in a few planks, go for it.)
Trump could bring back Kelly Ann Conway as his new Chief-of-Staff with one of the FOX News ladies as Press Secretary. Jared Kushner could wind up as Ambassador to NATO or the United Nations – depending on where he would like to live – and assuming they are getting along.Among their normal duties, every Cabinet member and senior White House staff member would be directed to clean house. Trump, himself, will fire the heads and senior staff of the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the CIA.
While Democrats will bellow, that is how the system is supposed to work. The elected President – and his policies – are to be empowered – not the “traditions” of the embedded bureaucracy.There will be no federal investigations of Joe Biden or his son. Papa Biden will use his pardoning power for Hunter and himself as he heads to the door. But Dr. Anthony Fauci could find himself being investigated.
What can Trump do using the powers of the presidency? He would first undo virtually every Biden Executive Order. He would reopen oil production to bring down gas prices and to make the United States an oil exporting nation again.He will not get behind a national abortion ban. He will not take the United States out of NATO. He will push for a “land-for-peace” settlement of the Ukraine War if the war is still a stalemate.
Weeell … that is enough wild speculation for the moment. I will be back to more serious observations in the next commentary. The only thing I feel confident in saying is that if Trump gets back in the White House, the radical left will go batpoop crazy. The thought of that may explain some of Trump’s current popularity.
So, there ‘tis.