Post-Trump America — So now what?
Maybe you loved Trump. Maybe you hated Trump. Or maybe, like me, you didn’t like Trump one bit but supported his policies.
At this point, it does not matter. It is over. He lost.
There was no secret plan to keep him in office, no plot to expose all sorts of secret crimes and pedophiles that would lead to a second Trump term.
Seriously, if QAnon was real, why would Trump sit on it for four years?
The Trump presidency should be viewed in three parts:
1. First three years
Three years of a rabid Democratic Party solely caring about stopping Donald Trump while the economy boomed, people were employed, the average family income went up $6,000, and he was on track to a reelection battle that would have been tough but winnable.
His last year was far worse: an economy and world-crippling global pandemic where the president led well and listened to his advisors behind the scenes but his public face was cold and lacked empathy.
He could have been George W. Bush after 9/11. Instead, he was Jimmy Carter with Iran hostages.
This is why he lost.
His post-election disaster was legacy-killing. Yes, there were a ton of issues and members of Congress should have raised them in the way they planned to, but Trump’s legal team was unable to make the argument that fraud changed the outcome.
The riot at the U.S. Capitol, by his supporters, was the coup de grace. It killed his legacy.
For Trump, he has lost his most effective weapon: social media. Trump has almost disappeared for the last two weeks. The media have lambasted him, and the response has been non-existent. They took away his social media; they took away his voice.
If he put out a video, they told you what was in it with their vitriolic spin.
Now, the media controls his narrative completely. His ability to control his narrative evaporated.
He can talk about forming a “Patriot Party” if he wants to, but if he tries to do this, he kills the Republican Party.
Look at the math.
Obviously, the Electoral College is a factor here, but let’s say Trump splits off 50% of the GOP and takes 10% of Democrats, which seems unlikely.
Generic Republican: 37,111,872
So, he loses by a bigger margin?
But what happens down the ticket?
Shave half of his votes from Republican Tommy Tuberville’s victory, and he loses.
Democrats are headed to a supermajority.
“Republicans get what they deserve!”
Well then, you, the media and their Democrats agree.
Wonder what they will do with their super-majority.
Statehood for Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
Abortion on demand
First and Second Amendments weakened significantly
This is self-defeating. The only people benefitting from this would be America’s liberals.
But, there is another way: Peaceful and smart resistance to President Joe Biden.
Root for the end of the pandemic through the coronavirus vaccine, and cheer on the nation’s success that will surely follow. Criticize the policies of the administration and the people pushing them. Win local elections. Complaining about how U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is a traitor gets you nowhere.
Republicans of all stripes are needed to keep a 50/50 U.S. Senate or gain seats in 2022 and 2024.
Democrats are smart. They know they need a coalition of winners from all over the country to get what they want.
They won’t get everything, but watch — they will get a lot.
Your friends and family are not evil because they disagree with you. Your best bet is to convince them that your way of thinking is correct.
If they voted for Biden because “Trump is a prick,” that’s fine, but what about ideas that make life better in America and helped the economy boom?
Can we implement them locally?
He probably won’t be on the local ballot. Win there, and the rest will follow.
And this last part is the most important. A lot of you, on all sides of the spectrum, need to calm down and remember it is OK to have friends and family that hate your politics and disagree with them over it.
2020 is over. Pick yourself up, and acknowledge it.
Elections are not the end of the fight. They are just the end of a round. The match goes on.
Ring the bell. It’s time to battle for what you believe in all over again.