One of the benefits of not having Donald Trump as President—such benefits do not include having Joe Biden in the White House—is that I don’t have to write about him as often or regularly point out the relentless efforts to de-legitimize and destroy his Presidency. However, the Trump Deranged in the news media and the Angry Left in general let Trump live, as the cliche goes, rent-free in their heads, so now he has become a boogeyman. Say his name three times in front of a mirror, and he’ll appear and murder democracy.
On his substack newsletter, Andrew Sullivan, who occasionally called out Trump Derangement excesses but still never could bring himself to extend any respect to The Donald, weighed in today with an essay called “How Biden Could Bring Back Trump.” What the piece is really about is how wretched Biden’s Presidency has been so far, especially regarding illegal immigration. But to get his core readership’s attention, Sullivan felt he had to frame the argument as he does in his final two paragraphs:
“…the immigration debate reflects an elite that simply cannot imagine why most normal citizens think that enforcing a country’s borders is not an exercise in white supremacist violence, but a core function of any basic government. Which is to say that far from taming the brushfire of right ethno-populism, Biden may be fueling it. Trump may not need to send the country into a constitutional crisis in 2024. If mass migration continues to accelerate under this administration, and Biden seems unable or unwilling to do anything about it, Tump could win that election in a romp. And deserve to.”
Andrew can’t bring himself to quite say that Trump was right about illegal immigration all along, that the public mostly agreed with him because they aren’t insane, and that Biden’s policies and rhetoric are incompetence itself. He does write, though, to be fair to Sullivan, “The temptation to reduce every normie concern about immigration to ‘white supremacy’ was too hard to eschew. And the view that “All Borders Are Racist” — as perfect an expression of woke extremism as “Defund the Police” and “Pregnant People” — became an elite cause. Nation-states and borders? That has been left in the dust of the Obama era.” Bingo to that. Still, the big scare isn’t the collapse of the rule of law and the natural disastrous consequences of open borders. It’s that it all might bring Truuuuuuump back.
Gee, ya think? Recent polls–I know, I know, polls—show Trump defeating Biden decisively if the election were held today, assuming that Democrats don’t pass a law that makes whispering a candidate’s name to a poll-worker a valid vote. The same polls show Trump beating Kamala even more decisively. As Sullivan says, if Biden continues as he has—and what would make anyone think he’s going to get better?—Trump should be able to win easily.
And that would be a disaster. If Trump entered the Presidency last time under the din of hysterical fearmongering and Big Lies, a second term would begin under a serious threat of violence. Democrats and progressives are now like Palestinians: they have been conditioned by irresponsible rhetoric to be driven by blind hate for so long that they are incapable of being rational. At the same time, Trump supporters—which does not necessarily mean those who like Trump personally—have reached peak resentment regarding the calumny aimed at them and the President they elected since 2016. Whether Trump won or lost in 2024, another election with him involved would almost certainly lead to the worst crisis the United States has faced since the Civil War. At the same time, the ruins of the Democratic Party, standing as it now does for deception, anti-Americanism, the corruption of democratic institutions, a state-controlled media, division, anti-white racism and increasing restrictions on personal liberty and core Constitutional rights, are the existential threat the Trump Deranged claim Trump is.
This is truly a Scylla and Charybdis ( that’s the duo above) dilemma, with the S.S. United States somehow having to navigate between two monsters that are both capable of and even likely to sink the ship. What is the solution?
It’s pretty obvious, really. Donald Trump has to support another Republican who has demonstrated leadership and executive skill while not displaying the obnoxious and un-Presidential habits that Trump has proven himself incapable of repressing.
It’s not my purpose here to suggest who that might be; Republicans have three years to find him or her, and they are ethically obligated to do so. But they can’t find someone to replace Trump without Trump agreeing. Without his assent, the nation would risk another Bull Moose Party fiasco, with the GOP splitting in two to guarantee the election of a Democrat who could never have won otherwise…like Kamala Harris, speaking of monsters. Teddy Roosevelt’s ego-driven snit in 1912 ended up by inflicting Woodrow Wilson on the nation, resulting in war, racism, pestilence, death, and Warren G. Harding. Trump is fully capable of pulling a Bull Moose, and the country be damned.
Thus the ethical course is for him to resolve now to find and support his replacement, and to choose a good one. It will require his acting unselfishly for once in his life. It will require his abandoning his dreams of revenge and a satisfying victory over the man and the party he believes stole the Presidency from him. If, however, he can amass the courage, sacrifice, humility and patriotism to do it, Donald Trump would not only be an ethics hero, but perhaps the nation’s savior as well.
Will he do it? Of course not! I don’t know why I’m even writing about it.