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Michael Gerson, in the video below, notes that Trump would be a de facto dictator if re-elected in 2024.  

He believes a Trump victory wt todays GOP in control of House and Senate would be a true threat to the republic.  

The OPED quoted in part below, also talks about the disadvantages Dems have at this point and their need to wake up to the challenge before them.

 

Opinion | The 2024 elections are shaping up to put Trump back in the White House - The Washington Post

 

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It is increasingly evident that the nightmare prospect of American politics — unified Republican control of the federal government in the hands of a reelected, empowered Donald Trump in 2025 — is also the likely outcome.

 

Why this is a nightmare should be clear enough. Every new tranche of information released about Trump’s behavior following the 2020 election — most recently an interim report from the Senate Judiciary Committee — reveals a serious and concerted attempt to overthrow America’s legitimate incoming government.

At roughly the same time that Trump was gathering and unleashing his goons to intimidate members of Congress on Jan. 6, he was pressuring Justice Department leaders to provide legal cover for his effort to prevent certification of the election. When they refused, Trump conspired with a lower-level loyalist to take over the department and run it according to the president’s dictates. Under the threat of mass resignations, Trump eventually backed off.

This led to one of the lamest excuses in the long history of lame political excuses. Trump defenders such as Brit Hume want to award Trump kudos for desisting in the end. “Trump decided against it,” Hume tweeted. “It is not to his credit that he even considered it, but his rejection should be part of any story on it.” But this retrenchment, on Trump’s part, was a recognition of positional weakness, not a display of public virtue. The thing that matters most is this: The current front-runner for the 2024 Republican nomination would have broken the constitutional order if he could have broken the constitutional order.

Meanwhile, it is clear that this same lawless, reckless man has a perfectly realistic path back to power. The GOP is a garbage scow of the corrupt, the seditious and their enablers, yet the short- and medium-term political currents are in its favor.

 

 

 

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This is a national, not just a Democratic, emergency. Trump has strengthened his identification with the seditious forces he unleashed on Jan. 6. He has embraced ever more absurd and malicious conspiracy theories. He has shown even less stability, humanity, responsibility and restraint. And his support among Republicans has grown. Trump and his strongest supporters are in a feedback loop of radicalization.

If Trump returns to the presidency, many of the past constraints on his power would be purposely loosed. Many of the professionals and patriots who opposed him in his final days would have been weeded out long before. There is no reason Trump would not try to solidify personal power over military and federal law enforcement units to employ as a bully’s club in times of civil disorder. There is no reason he would refrain from using federal resources to harass political opponents, undermine freedom of the press and change the outcome of elections. These are previously stated goals.

What attitudes and actions does this require of us? Any reaction must begin with a sober recognition. Catastrophe is in the front room. The weather forecast includes the apocalypse.

 

 

 

Ex-aide to Bush issues dire warning about Trump (msn.com)

 

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Michael Gerson, columnist and former aide to President George W. Bush, argues that US democracy is at risk if former President Donald Trump is re-elected with unified Republican control of the federal government.

 

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1 hour ago, TGHusker said:

Michael Gerson, in the video below, notes that Trump would be a de facto dictator if re-elected in 2024.  

He believes a Trump victory wt todays GOP in control of House and Senate would be a true threat to the republic.  

The OPED quoted in part below, also talks about the disadvantages Dems have at this point and their need to wake up to the challenge before them.

 

Opinion | The 2024 elections are shaping up to put Trump back in the White House - The Washington Post

 

 

 

 

 

Ex-aide to Bush issues dire warning about Trump (msn.com)

 

 

@DevoHuskerjust liberal gobbledygook? 

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6 hours ago, Archy1221 said:

A former aid to Bush doesn’t like Trump?   Shocking. 

To be fair does anybody like Trump?  Other than those who revel in angry, divisive politics?

 

At any rate, as you might say, do you have anything of substance to add?  Or are you just attacking the messenger?  

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34 minutes ago, Scarlet said:

To be fair does anybody like Trump?  Other than those who revel in angry, divisive politics?

 

At any rate, as you might say, do you have anything of substance to add?  Or are you just attacking the messenger?  

More and more people are starting to dislike him.

 

At any rate, I did not attack the poster.  Maybe @TGHusker will disagree and did feel I attacked him but I doubt it.  

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5 hours ago, Archy1221 said:

More and more people are starting to dislike him.

 

At any rate, I did not attack the poster.  Maybe @TGHusker will disagree and did feel I attacked him but I doubt it.  

Not at all. I found nothing offensive in what was said.  Carry on:cheers

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