I didn’t think it was possible, but Donald Trump is more dangerous than ever.
Last week, he warned America that if he was indicted, we would have “problems … the likes of which we may have never seen before.” For a man who has already instigated violent riots by his defeat in the 2020 election, the veiled threat of violence (a nice democracy there – if you can keep it!) cannot be dismissed as a toothless hoax.
But it gets (arguably) worse: Trump is full of the law.
Last Tuesday, Trump retweeted a photo of himself on his Truth Social wearing a Q-pin that read “The Storm is Rising.” Such as The Associated Press explains“In QAnon lore, the word ‘storm’ refers to Trump’s ultimate victory, when he will presume to regain power and have his opponents tried, and possibly executed, live.”
Then, at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, this weekend, the Trump campaign played a song eerily similar to QAnon’s “Wwg1wga,” an acronym for QAnon’s slogan, “Where we go one, we all go.” As Trump spoke, members of the crowd raised their outstretched arms and index finger in an apparent reference to “one.” For many, the visible –You really have to see it–Raised the Nazi salute. I’ll stop and say it was weird and annoying.
Trump has certainly been flirting with Qunun for a long time, once saying (regarding their obsession with exposing pedophile cults run by Democrats and Hollywood celebrities),”Is this supposed to be a bad thing? “
To answer his question: yesWhen you falsely accuse innocent people, they happen to be your political opponents.
As we saw in the case of The Proud Boys (“Stand back and stand aside!”), Trump will never criticize or alienate even the most marginal elements of his loyal fan base. However, something new is afoot, and it is worth asking why Trump suddenly upped his outreach to QAnon.
These last two developments — Trump’s veiled threat of violence if indicted, and his public embrace of QAnon — are not isolated.
Trump feels threatened – by potential political rivals and by law enforcement. And during his time of need, an army of Q supporters gives him emotional support and influence (in the form of potential ground forces).
In recent months, you may have heard the theory that Wounded Vladimir Putin is more desperate to save face Now that Ukraine has embarrassed Russia’s attempt to take control of the country. Whether this is a reasonable analysis about the danger of humiliating a narcissist with nuclear weapons, or a justification for appeasement, the metaphor for a trapped animal is valid.
“Trump’s fondness for losing elections has undermined his image as a winner (of his flock) no more than that open charlatanism could shake the faith of members of the Doomsday cult.“
Trump feels he is in danger of losing his grip (and perhaps his freedom). Like a coward who bends and cheers to avoid an actual physical confrontation, Trump wants to remind everyone that he has a mob (in person and online), and they would be angry if he was held responsible for his actions.
Mobilizing blind supporters has always been a powerful weapon in the hands of a skilled demagogue, but fans of Q are potentially even more dangerous because of their willingness to embrace delusional conspiracy theories – and their resilience.
It’s amazing that the Q movement is still there. Her perseverance parallels Trump’s political survival. Trump lost the popular vote in 2016, both houses of Congress in the subsequent midterm elections, and the presidency in 2020 — however, he remains popular among Republicans. Like chronic bad breath, it won’t go away.
Yet… Trump’s penchant for losing elections has not undermined his image as a winner (among his flock) more than open sorcery can. Shake the faith of members of worship on the Day of Resurrection.
This explains why QAnon supporters and hardcore MAGA supporters have not given in to Trump. But at this point, it’s worth asking any remaining Trump backers not to flop into Kool-Aid if they’re willing to head to the exits. After all, when Ordinary team Justifying Trump’s support as “the lesser of two evils,” they could not compromise on all of this.
I guess anyone was already willing to put up with it Getting to Hollywood Video Muslim Ban Charlottesville The Big Lie Stop Theft And the The January 6 Capitol riots may not heed my warnings. However, every now and then it’s worth asking if they’re finally ready to jump out of the Trump family truck?
For my Republican friends who hate Trump but, nevertheless, voted for him twice, your reflexive reaction might be, “But critical race theory!” or “But AOC!”
I get it. The excesses of the left also worry me. But are you able to say that what Trump is doing goes beyond politics and fundamentally harms our nation?
I know there are many legitimate political issues and problems in America. For example, immigration is a political issue. Inflation is a political issue. CRT is a political issue. But the threat of violence and conspiracy theory is not a political issue. Hell, this isn’t just a problem. just this crazy– And very dangerous.