“Mr. President, your time is now. There is no tomorrow. Winning again in 2024 is not going to happen. You have to win now — for you, for your legacy, for the 74 million voters you love, for America, for American exceptionalism, for capitalism. There is no tomorrow”
Conservative author, pundit and radio host Wayne Allen Root in a column this morning on Townhall.
A long time ago I subscribed to Townhall, now one of the five most visited conservative sites on the web. I quit because of too many columns like Root’s: hysterical jeremiads about how the United States was doomed. If I still read Townhall regularly, this irresponsible piece would have ended that, probably before I reached the end of the piece.
Root, who has been one of the most vociferous Donald Trump boosters since those halcyon days when he was just regarded as a real estate and casino hustler with as much chance of becoming President as Mr. Whipple, is right about one thing: Trump will not win in 2024. He’ll be too old, and he will have probably used the next four years to become even more polarizing and inflammatory than he already is. Trump might pull a Teddy Roosevelt and run a third party bid, guaranteeing Democrats the election; I wouldn’t put it past him. But he will not be elected President in 2024. If he were rational, practical and ethical, he would help groom a promising successor, like Nikki Haley. And if I were a yeti, I’d really enjoy the weather right now.
Calling for Trump to “win now” is the equivalent of calling for a violent upheaval across the country. Root writes,
Democrats cheated and stole this election, without punishment (so far). If they get away with rigging and stealing this election, it’s all over for Republicans forevermore. They stole the election with you in charge. Who’s going to stop them when they’re in charge? That’s like letting the wolf guard the hen house. It’s only going to get worse.
Yeah, they cheated, and they stole the election over the last four years of disinformation and sabotage. It doesn’t matter. There’s nothing that can be done about that now. Where politics ends and undermining democracy begins is still a fuzzy line, but Republicans and Trump were outmaneuvered. One court after another has ruled that Republican complaints about state laws circumvented and procedures being breached were too late, and they are correct. Undoing national elections is a practical impossibility, as well as unwise. Moreover, having lost the popular vote by millions of votes, Trump’s stolen election argument cannot prevail, shouldn’t, and won’t. This is why the President should have conceded by now: it’s nothing more than an acknowledgment of reality. No, the Supreme Court is not going to order a new election, or declare that a President-elect who is already announcing Cabinet appointments lost. I don’t even want to imagine how the people who tore our cities up over the death of a drugged habitual criminal in Minnesota would react to that, and neither do the more reasonable SCOTUS justices, who are a majority. (I see a pro-Trump decision getting two votes, max.)
More hysteria from Root:
[T]he 2024 election will not matter, simply because America won’t exist in 2024 — not the America we know now. Democrats will destroy that America. Trust me, this will be a foreign country by 2024.
Trust me, Root is either fearmongering, or he’s lost his mind. The Democrats have elected a weak President (and a weaker VP). They will probably not have a majority in the Senate, and the House is so tight that the next two years will involve far less monolithic leftism than the previous two. The far Left-rational Left divide is getting more contentious, and the likelihood of the Presidency being a blue island in a sea of red after the 2022 mid-terms is strong.
Even if all that were less promising for conservatives, Root’s gloom shows a shocking lack of historical perspective and belief in his own country. Having survived the Revolution, the burning of Washington, the stretch of weak Presidents from 1836 to 1860 (Polk excepted) while slavery was dividing the nation, the Civil War, Lincoln’s assassination, Reconstruction and Jim Crow, the stolen election of 1876, the labor upheaval, monopolies, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, the Great Depression, Pearl Harbor, Hitler, the Cold War, world Communism, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Watergate, Jimmy Carter, 9-11 and the attempted Democratic coups since 2016, the United States is going to be brought down by Joe Biden?
What an insult.