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Biden and the Left Demonize Trump Supporters

In business, they say the customer is always right. This was long true in politics too. No one dared to attack voters, even when they supported an opponent. The voters were all Americans who had a right to their own opinions. Those on the margins were always in play.

This was one of the salutary customs of American political life. Such respect for the voters and their collective judgment supported the peaceful transfer of power.

This is why all the recent celebration of Our Democracy™ rings false. Apparently, Our Democracy™ means something different than the literal words. When invoked by President Joe Biden and his supporters, it equates to “good government,” an idea more about their preferred substantive ends like abortion rights and gay marriage than a celebration of the procedures through which leaders are chosen.

While ordinary democracy is mostly about elections, Our Democracy™ includes management of those elections and control of the flow of information to prevent voters from selecting dangerous outsiders like Donald Trump.

When Trump won the presidential election in 2016, there was no celebration of democracy. Indeed, the media, Hillary, and many of the people now singing the praises of Our Democracy™ went into overdrive talking about Russian interference, the supposed scourge of disinformation, and the dark heart of Red State Americans. They concocted this critique to obscure Trump’s democratic mandate.

The left typically calls the results of a democratic election “populism” when it doesn’t go the way they want. Like “isolationism,” this is one of those incantations about a supposed political evil where the nature of that evil is never really established. Populism was bad because it caused a glitch in the system they thought they fully controlled. The political class was surprised because the demographic changes they engineered through immigration were supposed to guarantee the left retained permanent power.

From the beginning, the entire system has been allergic to Trump. Much of it comes down to taste and style. Trump does not talk or think like the managerial political class, and he does not respect what they deem to be sacred. He is an avatar for the allegedly uncouth, hateful, racist, and backward people of the hinterlands. Trump is correct when he says, “They are coming after me, because I am fighting for you.”

Anti-Trump rhetoric has always existed alongside rhetoric demonizing his supporters. Biden’s creepy speech in Philadelphia attacking “MAGA Americans” in 2022 put the demonization of voters on prominent display. But it goes deeper. It also includes the 2016 campaign to harass those who attended Trump rallies and Hillary’s revealing description of Trump supporters as a “basket of deplorables.”

For opponents, Trump voters were never just wrong, mistaken, confused, bamboozled, possessed of different values, or simply fellow Americans. They were backwards, racist, malevolent, hateful, and unpatriotic. They were collectively guilty and deserved to be collectively punished.

The problem is worse than anonymous rhetoric on Twitter and the content of Biden’s speeches. It includes doubling down on January 6 prosecutions, attempts to keep Trump off the ballot, and stretching the law to pursue narrow partisan purposes, such as the recent prosecution of a whistleblower doctor who exposed illegal transgender procedures in a Houston hospital or using FBI SWAT teams to go after pro-life activists.

In short, Biden’s frequent talk of Our Democracy™ is a smokescreen. He and the broader left have no faith in the electorate, voting, or majority rule, as well as absolute hatred for at least a plurality of voters.

This is the reason for all of the handwringing over disinformation, misinformation and populism. This is the reason they want to reengineer the American people through mass immigration. Biden and the governing class believe that government should be left up to the professionals and that the American people need to be persuaded, managed, cajoled, revised, and, if necessary, forced to ratify the professionals’ desires.

Admittedly, the right has become more contemptuous and hostile to leftist voters as well. But the Republicans in power have not wielded their power against individual opponents to the same extent as Biden and the Democrats. For example, Trump threatened Hilary with jail in 2016, while Biden and his surrogates actually delivered against Trump.

In what may prove to be the start of a “war of all against all,” there is more and more talk by Republicans of retaliation, including partisan prosecutions of Biden and his people if Trump wins in November. We are fast becoming a nation of enemies.

We do know for sure that a second Biden term will be ugly. The Democrats will be out for blood. Up to the present, they have violated numerous norms by going against Trump and his lieutenants, but there is still some fear of accountability in November and thus some restraint. If they can figure out a way to rig this election—in which Biden faces more headwinds than 2020—they will be completely emboldened and unrestrained.

The left-in-power manifests a belief that they can keep a lid on discontent by prosecuting and intimidating their opponents. Perhaps they are right. While I am loathe to admit it, the draconian response to January 6 has done a lot to deter organic, right-wing street activism. There has been no MAGA equivalent of the large street protests seen recently in Brazil and France. There has certainly been no right-wing iteration of the 2020 Summer of Riots.

In other words, the age of revolution may be over. People are too wedded to their lifestyles, safety, and sense of powerlessness to do anything other than vote and then shrug in the face of stolen elections and creeping tyranny.

That said, history is full of surprises. If the left solidifies its grip on power and gives people no peaceful options for change, what other choices have they really left our angry and very well-armed population?

 

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About Christopher Roach

Christopher Roach is an adjunct fellow of the Center for American Greatness and an attorney in private practice based in Florida. He is a double graduate of the University of Chicago and has previously been published by The Federalist, Takimag, Chronicles, the Washington Legal Foundation, the Marine Corps Gazette, and the Orlando Sentinel. The views presented are solely his own.

Photo: BLUE BELL, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 5: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event at Montgomery County Community College January 5, 2024 in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. In his first campaign event of the 2024 election season, Biden stated that democracy and fundamental freedoms are under threat if former U.S. President Donald Trump returns to the White House. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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  1. Avatar for task task says:

    If anyone thinks there will be anything less than a “Reign of Terror” during the next four years, if Biden and his successor, Kamala Harris, manages to pull off another election coup d’etat, then they might want to think about who is in jail (Peter Navarro) and who is going to jail (Steve Bannon and possibly Donald Trump). Then consider the many who are rotting in the Washington DC Federal Gulag for parading and trespassing on January 6, 2020 in the very building and property they own and lease to the government of the United States. It was not the standing army created by the Framers of the Constitution that jailed them. It was the standing army (Intel bureaucracies) created by Administrations far removed from what the Framers, never had in mind, which was created and expanded incrementally by many Administrations far removed from George Washington’s Presidency. These police have every intention of administering many coup de grâces just the way the East German Stasi or the many fascist governments of S. America’s police have. The survivors will be arrested with complete disregard for the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Amendments and, most of all, with disregard for the First Amendment, that criticizes those in power, which is the very purpose behind why the First Amendment was ratified.

    The complete sham of a trial on display in NYC, last month, will be nothing compared to the obscene and ubiquitous lawlessness that will be used to rule America under the pretext of protecting Democracy. The Regime in power has no intention of having what occurred in 2016 happen again. They proved what they are capable of doing in 2020. They have every intention of doing the same, and anything else they can, to retain power in 2024. The only way to prevent them is to do what people everywhere are required to do to acquire and retain freedom… everything they possibly can.

  2. I’d like to address two comments made in Mr. Roach’s article that for me, both underscores his point and echoes what I have been saying for some time.

    In short, Biden’s frequent talk of Our Democracy™ is a smokescreen. He and the broader left have no faith in the electorate, voting, or majority rule, as well as absolute hatred for at least a plurality of voters.

    True, and in inconsideration of that mindset, why would Biden and the left leave to chance their potential defeat and handing over the reigns of power to Trump? People who steal presidential elections do not lose subsequent elections.

    The left-in-power manifests a belief that they can keep a lid on discontent by prosecuting and intimidating their opponents. Perhaps they are right. While I am loathe to admit it, the draconian response to January 6 has done a lot to deter organic, right-wing street activism. There has been no MAGA equivalent of the large street protests seen recently in Brazil and France. There has certainly been no right-wing iteration of the 2020 Summer of Riots.

    In other words, the age of revolution may be over. People are too wedded to their lifestyles, safety, and sense of powerlessness to do anything other than vote and then shrug in the face of stolen elections and creeping tyranny.

    That’s kind of the way I see it as well. Or, as Dan Bongino has noted, people just have too much to lose and have not yet come to the realization that their options for changing things have been foreclosed. Or to put it in more stark terms, fear and desperation have not yet turned to fury and vengefulness.

  3. Sunshine Patriots on a cloudy day?

  4. I don’t count Biden as actually “there” anymore. Thus the puppeteers are moving toward a “Peoples Democratic Republic of ***” which, as we all know, is neither “of the people” nor “Democratic.”

  5. Avatar for task task says:

    So, based on what you say, Brazil or France is a consideration as an alternative place to move? Personally I still believe that there will be a lot of dead bodies on both sides before they pull off what they did in 2020. The system will likely we short circuited regionally in some locations and massively overrun in others. That’s my opinion as an observer of human nature and history.

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