Fear Trump—or Bust?

As Trump continues to show leads in critical swing states, as various lawfare-inspired cases against him seem to the public to be more persecutions than prosecutions, and as Joe Biden appears daily more incoherent and lost, the left on spec has resorted to warning the nation about all the supposedly catastrophic consequences of a future Trump presidency.

Ironically, the left seems oblivious to the reality that one reason Trump leads Biden in the polls is precisely because voters can compare the four-year record of the prior Trump presidency to Biden’s last 40 months.

Recently, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez warned that Trump will conspire with oil executives to spike gasoline prices. But even after Biden drained the strategic petroleum reserve before the 2022 midterms and is now again doing the same as the 2024 election approaches, gas prices have averaged only one-third cheaper than under Trump.

Trump tried to top off the reserve but was blocked by Democrats in Congress. Nevertheless, he left Biden a nearly full reservoir of 638 million barrels (about 90 percent full), which Biden has now drained by some 270 million barrels to the present 51 percent full—and the levels are falling further as voting nears.

We are warned that 77-year-old Trump looks haggard after his long hours in court. He seems sleepy, we are told. He has aged terribly, the media tell us. But polls show that concern over Biden’s dementia greatly outweighs normal worry over septuagenarian candidate Trump.

Why would any sane pro-Biden handler bring up Trump’s supposed gait or occasional forgotten word when that only reminds the public of the contrast with Biden, whose speeches seem delivered in something other than English and whose transcripts must be heavily edited to airbrush away his incoherence?

We are told that Trump will increase racial tensions. Almost daily, blacks and Hispanics are warned that Trump is a racist—even as polls show that he may well receive the highest percentage of minority votes by any Republican in modern history and has some chance of winning outright the Hispanic vote. Oddly, the media is now attacking minorities on the Marxist principle of false consciousness, as if they are deluded into voting against themselves rather than being perceptive critics of the Biden disaster of high inflation, green mania, a deluge of illegal aliens, and loss of deterrence abroad.

It was not Trump, but Biden, who, during the last election cycles, called one African-American journalist a “junkie” and warned another podcaster, “You ain’t black,” if he voted for Trump. And during his presidency, on occasion, Biden has referred to black subordinates as “boy,” uses the ossified term “Negro,” and has a long history of racist drivel and smears, from “put y’all back in chains” to referencing Barack Obama as the first “clean” and “articulate” presidential candidate to proudly reminding us that his home state of Delaware was once a “slave state.”

As Trump’s polls climbed and the Fani Willis persecution was sidetracked by her own false testimonies, conflicts of interest, and the hiring of her unqualified clandestine paramour, hysterical cries mounted that a reelected Trump would use the powers of government to go after his enemies.

As Jack Smith’s federal indictment became calcified over issues of presidential immunity, his failed efforts to ram through the prosecution before the election, and his office lying over tampering with evidence seized at Mar-A-Lago, tired warnings of Trump’s weaponization to come of the bureaucracy mounted even more.

Now that the jury is out in the Alvin Bragg fiasco and his star witness, Michael Cohen, a convicted liar, has likely again perjured himself and admitted to stealing $60,000 from the Trump organization, Trumpophobia has further peaked.

In other words, the more evidence mounts that Trump’s enemies have manipulated the court system in the manner that they previously impeached him twice, tried him as a private citizen in the Senate, sought to remove him from state ballots, rounded up ex-intelligence officers to lie about the authentic Hunter Biden laptop on the eve of the 2020 presidential debate, and were exposed concocting the Russian collusion yarn by hiring a foreign national in the 2016 campaign, paradoxically, the more the left-wing media warns America that a President Trump would do exactly what they have been doing by emulating their weaponization of the courts, the bureaucracy, and the Congress.

It gets stranger still.

The left warns the country that Trump will deport some or many of the 10 million illegal aliens that Joe Biden and his impeached Homeland Security director Alejandro Mayorkas have deliberately welcomed in.

Consider the logic: the current president destroyed a once-secure border and, for political purposes, illegally rendered immigration law enforcement null and void. But we are still supposed to fear his successor, who would resecure the border, return millions of recently crossed illegal aliens to their countries of origin, and restore the sanctity of federal law. In Orwellian fashion, the Biden administration is now suing exasperated states that are doing their part to help enforce immigration laws that Biden has deliberately shredded.

The absurdity extends to foreign policy. Team Biden and the media are issuing warnings here and abroad that another Trump presidency would tear apart the global order.

Really? Vladimir Putin has invaded neighboring nations in three of the last four administrations, but did not only during the Trump 2017-2020 years. Why?

Before October 7, even Biden National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan preened that his Middle East portfolio was “quieter than in two decades”—but only after Trump’s destroyed ISIS, took out the terrorist Iranian general Soleimani, ended the disastrous Iran deal, cut off aid to Hamas, designated the Houthi terrorists, crafted the Abraham Accords, pledged full support for Israel, our only democratic ally in the Middle East, and achieved U.S. oil independence.

In contrast, Putin invaded Ukraine and may well absorb much of its eastern half. The U.S. suffered its greatest military humiliation of the last half century in fleeing from Kabul and handing over billions of dollars in weapons to the terrorist Taliban, abandoning our NATO-allied forces, sympathetic Afghans, and American contractors.

Hamas killed more Jews in a single day than any since the Holocaust. A full-scale war rages in Gaza. Hezbollah has displaced thousands of Israelis with its daily attacks. And for the first time in history, Iran has attacked in force the Israeli homeland.

China, with impunity, sent a spy balloon across the continental US. Some 25,000 Chinese male illegal aliens mysteriously barged into the U.S. And China has helped kill 100,000 Americans a year through its fentanyl exports to the Mexican cartels.

Given all that, are we supposed to worry that “sharp as a knife” Biden’s disastrous foreign policy will be ruined by a return to the peaceful record of the earlier Trump presidency?

So, what is Trumpophobia? The syndrome displays a number of symptoms.

One, the left always projects its sins onto its opponents. It accuses Trump of doing precisely what it has done, as a way of avoiding blame for its self-inflicted disasters. And the left so vehemently projects because it knows what it would do if it were Trump and was treated as he has been by them.

Two, desperate Democrats are scrambling to find some bizarre way to depose both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, especially should Biden have a disastrous, historic preconvention June presidential debate. As a result, the 2024 campaign has never been about comparison of 2017-2020 to 2021-2024. But rather, it has already descended into the Democratic de facto smear that “Trump is even worse than Biden.” And that fixation instills fears of what Trump might do rather than what he actually has done.

Three, the left feels Biden may do more than just lose the Democrats the presidency, Senate, and its close margin in the House. His hyperinflation seriously damaged the middle class. He turns them off with his arrogance, screaming speeches, loud, obnoxious gibberish, compulsive lying, and generally impotent appearance.

His racial condescension and pandering fool no one. As a result, Biden may well redefine the two parties as race is replaced by shared class concerns. Wealthy blacks may vote for Biden because they are black and wealthy, but more and more middle-class blacks may vote for Trump because they feel his policies benefit the middle class like themselves.

The public increasingly agrees that the Democrat Party is the party of the very rich, the bicoastal privileged, and the subsidized poor, while the lower and middle classes feel far more confident and secure with Republicans.

Four, the left fears a more organized, savvier Trump second term might hit the ground running‚ and thus rapidly and professionally instill a conservative agenda to stop the current neo-socialist revolution.

Given all that, 2024 for the left is little more than “Fear Trump or Bust.”



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About Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson is a distinguished fellow of the Center for American Greatness and the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He is an American military historian, columnist, a former classics professor, and scholar of ancient warfare. He has been a visiting professor at Hillsdale College since 2004, and is the 2023 Giles O'Malley Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University. Hanson was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007 by President George W. Bush, and the Bradley Prize in 2008. Hanson is also a farmer (growing almonds on a family farm in Selma, California) and a critic of social trends related to farming and agrarianism. He is the author of the just released New York Times best seller, The End of Everything: How Wars Descend into Annihilation, published by Basic Books on May 7, 2024, as well as the recent  The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won, The Case for Trump, and The Dying Citizen.

Photo: NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 23: Former U.S. President Donald Trump attends his campaign rally at Crotona Park in the South Bronx on Thursday, May 23, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)

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  1. Democrats cannot decide whether Trump (and especially his followers) is a total buffoon and to be totally dismissed, or the greatest authoritarian threat to democracy the world has ever seen. Because they cannot land on one view or the other, they continue to attack on both fronts hoping some sort of victory might be eked out through the two pronged attack.

    In order to carry out this ongoing battle, they have to ignore the weakness in their strategies as well as ignore the failures of their own policies. This makes it difficult for them to land a decisive blow.

    Believing Americans will fall for the Trump-as-a-national-threat strategy, they felt the best way to expose Trump would be through a series of lawfare attacks. Pointing to the 92 (and then 88) indictments against Trump they felt that surely the American electorate would see him for the danger he is. But this has backfired because it didn’t take Americans long to see that almost all of the charges against Trump were contrived through a pretzel logic application of legal theory. Another trouble with this was that Americans saw Democrats were let off with not even a slap on the wrist for similar legal lapses. Regardless of political side, most Americans have an innate sense of fair play, and these maneuvers failed to pass the smell test.

    Two latest examples of their attempt to portray Trump as buffoon came from his rally in the Bronx and his appearance at the Libertarian Convention. Viewers were told that no one from the Bronx would show up, and that most of the attendees would be bussed in. Unfortunately for the Democrats, there were no busses to be found, despite diligent sleuthing by liberal media. The second blow occurred in that people from the Bronx DID show up and in numbers that could not be dismissed. Worse still, they publicized their errors when playing clips for their audiences.

    The Libertarian Convention was another error in judgement. First the media laughed at Trump for even daring to show up to a convention of a party not his own. Bad move they said. Already in a corner, they felt duty bound to prove Trump’s foolishness by claiming Trump was booed off the stage.
    Of course, that wasn’t true either. Did Trump receive some boos and jeering? He certainly did. But within the jeering could also be heard cheering. Wait, what? Cheering? And there was also the unwanted spectacle of Trump good naturedly receiving the boos, the jeers, and the cheers.

    Trump also showed he was unafraid to present to the convention goers a list of their innate message weakness and offered a means to lift the Party to the national stage by offering a Cabinet position. This was rejected of course, because purity is much more important than a gain in status. And one has to admit, the Libertarian Party stayed loyal to its roots by finally nominating Chase Oliver, who after running several losing campaigns to state offices in Georgia, proved to be enough of a spoiler to get Rafael Warnock elected to the Senate. Said Oliver after receiving the nomination, he believes earning 2% of the vote nationally in November’s general election is a reasonable goal. What happened to the 3% Donald Trump recognized during his speech? So, in the end, those attending the convention proved their unseriousness by rejecting a chance for growth and national recognition for a fringe candidate and a 2% slice of the electoral pie–sans crust and toppings.

    Poor James Carville is the voice crying in the wilderness. On numerous occasions he has tried warning Democrat leadership that their grand strategy is failing, but has been dismissed as a simple old white man long past his prime.

    All of this to say that Democrats are beating themselves. The fear strategy is failing. The buffonery strategy is failing. I say, as long as the enemy is beating himself, stand back and leave them alone.

  2. Excellent article. All of this Trump-bashing insanity might look like Democrats have reached the end of their political evolution as a party of the left. But it also looks like they haven’t yet plumbed the depths of their collective pathology. The debasement of the currency, the border opened to people who want to come here as dependents and do harm, the foreign policy debacles, and a lunatic energy policy are all bad enough. It also suggests that something far worse is on its way. Ironically, the objective would be to help Democrats stay in power but will only motivate an already motivated population to do everything possible to ensure that doesn’t happen. Will Democrats sense this is coming and do a Scorch Earth on the country on their way out or will it have the dual purpose of helping them hold onto power? The answer to this question is another: do they understand that they have only gotten this far because of the law-abiding nature of people who don’t vote for them?

  3. I read a column by Kurt Schlichter over at Townhall this morning and there is one line where he absolutely nailed it. I must post it here:

    “One of their (the left) most powerful weapons is normal people’s default to normalcy, the unsupported belief by the masses that the institutions are still functioning and that the law is still being obeyed and that the system still works.”

    The point Kurt makes–and VDH does in a fashion–is that we have long since left the confines of a Constitutional Republic. We are now living in an increasingly fascist state run by a shadow junta that uses a desiccated meat puppet and pedophile as a prop for its leadership. The FBI has become our Stasi, and the DOJ would be the envy of Josef Stalin.

    I still maintain–as Michael Anton wrote in 2022–that the Ruling Class / Uniparty simply cannot allow Trump to reclaim the White House. And even though it appears Trump would win–perhaps even in a landslide–the 2024 election, it would be foolish to expect it.

    These are NOT normal times, we no longer live in a constitutional republic, and future events will soon make this clear to millions in denial.

  4. Sorry sir, as much as I respect you, I’ll continue to pray for the remaining normies who occasionally appear. I’ve gotten too old to deal with the consequences that you being correct would entail.

  5. Max, I think we left “normal” behind years before Donald Trump descended the escalator. In many ways, I don’t think we’ve been normal since September 2001. The Uni-Party began shredding the Constitution way back then and whatever remained gets re-run through the shredder as needed by our “masters”.

    Is it any way normal to blow up a flag story of over four years ago just before the Supreme Court releases its tranche of June decisions—one of which is a very important decision on presidential immunity? Coercion much?

    Fear and Loathing in DC is the movie they force us to watch every day, but what is worse, the media and the Left (ah, but I repeat myself) believe their movie has uplifting value.

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