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(41,957 posts)
Fri Jan 26, 2024, 07:32 AM Jan 2024

Trump's Win-Win Strategy to Take Back Power--Even if He Loses in November Opinion

With powerful communication tools like hyperbole and misinformation, former President Donald Trump and his team have managed to create a compelling narrative about clear and present danger facing not just his supporters, but America as a whole. Trump, his lawyers, and conservative media opinion leaders have whittled down American's faith in democracy and its institutions to the stump. If Trump doesn't win the November election, they stand ready to burn its remaining roots to ashes. Not winning will be used as unassailable proof that the electoral system, indeed the entire government, needs not an overhaul, but an overthrow.

Why? Because forward thinking conservatives have analyzed the data. The demographics of America have shifted away from those that typically have supported them, and it's only going to get worse. To legitimately win the presidency, the GOP must ensure every possible conservative voter casts a ballot (as well as limiting the opportunities for those who'd vote Democrat). And the GOP is throwing bucketsful of tactics in hopes of achieving this—leaning hard on issues such as immigration, transgender rights, teaching critical race theory in schools, and freedom of speech at universities. Cultural issues that play to emotions over reason and ignore more traditional ballot box questions.

But the key here—these issues don't have to work at the ballot box. The issues only need to prove to Americans that if they want a conservative America, it can't be done within the status quo. Under the theme of common-good-constitutionalism (and its congenital twin, national conservatism), a moral rather than electoral foundation for governance is raising its long-hidden head.

In his book on the subject, Harvard's Adrian Vermeule writes "If [government] structures produce outcomes contrary to the common good, they will have to be dismantled," and this will be "difficult for the liberal mind to process." Notre Dame's Patrick Dineen, author of Regime Change, provides the strategy to achieve it: "Machiavellian means to achieve Aristotelian ends" (meaning, whatever it takes, including lies, misinformation, and using Trump's legal battles not as a stage for his dysfunction, but the dysfunction of the entire system).

The media is covering two long-term news stories as they normally would without considering that Trump has changed the rules. They are covering the machinations of his serial court cases as if they were judicial processes. They are covering the primary season as if this election year was any other. Like musicians on the Titanic, the media plays on as if nothing was out of the ordinary.


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(46,716 posts)
1. My question: how does TFG intend to "tank" the economy and
Fri Jan 26, 2024, 07:37 AM
Jan 2024

the Stock Market in nine months in order to win the general election?

The CEO's and the board of directors of corporations are going to cooperate? I don't think so.

Get MAGAts to boycott gasoline, groceries, and medicine? Again, not likely.


(5,056 posts)
3. The stock market naturally moves in up and down waves
Fri Jan 26, 2024, 08:02 AM
Jan 2024

We're in an upwave now. It will be followed by a downwave at some point. Totally normal. When it does, they will capitalize on it.


(12,690 posts)
4. Dont'ja read the news? The stock market is going up because Wall Street hedge fund managers know that
Fri Jan 26, 2024, 08:39 AM
Jan 2024

Donald is gonna win the election. They are buying the stocks now, so's they can ride the real wave up after he gets inaugurated.

He actually said that is the reason that stocks are going up.


(10,641 posts)
5. Trump will continue to "govern" by exerting his control over Congress, the majority of Republican governors
Fri Jan 26, 2024, 09:16 AM
Jan 2024

and GOP-controlled state legislatures, and by relying on the Supreme Court's Federalist Society Six to immunize him from further prosecution. And let's not forget the threats of imminent violence from his hordes of armed MAGA loons.


(10,404 posts)
6. He's going to the Supremes when he loses the vote
Fri Jan 26, 2024, 10:11 AM
Jan 2024

And they may just anoit him president for life... dictator of the US. Considering how they have been voting lately, this is not far fetched.

There is precedent for the Supremes to put a loser of the vote in as president. It's how W became president. W lost the vote and the Supremes just ordered Florida to stop counting votes. The state Supreme Court ordered all the state to recount the vote. But the Dancing Supremes stopped it..... because they knew Gore had won the vote count in Florida.

So, the GOP and the Supremes are going to do something very similar for their Stinking Nazi.


(10,404 posts)
10. So, not counting was the solution?
Fri Jan 26, 2024, 06:16 PM
Jan 2024

The State Supreme Court had established a standard for how all the votes should be recounted. The federal Supremes ignored it.

There are a lot of people out there trying to rewrite what happened with W. But a lot of us lived it blow by blow and will never forget how W's daddy's federal Supreme Court, and his brother the Governor of Florida at that time, gave the presidency to W.


(713 posts)
11. I lived it too
Fri Jan 26, 2024, 06:24 PM
Jan 2024

Hell, anyone over the age of 40 did. But the standard Gore's team asked for would have actually resulted in Bush being elected. Using ones Gore didn't would have had him win.


(22,570 posts)
7. tRUMP has lost it and has lost it starting immediately after the 2016 elections were over w/, and people then
Fri Jan 26, 2024, 04:13 PM
Jan 2024

realized just what he truly is like.

These recurring opinions going around, doom and gloom scenarios, are a joke. Anybody can write an opinion, w/o looking at the realism on the ground, and see how the winds are blowing, in Pres. Biden's favor. The more accomplishments Pres. Biden has, the more desperate tRUMP the moron gets.


(21,519 posts)
8. I think the orange maggot will implode between now and November
Fri Jan 26, 2024, 05:33 PM
Jan 2024

He is unraveling and going insane. Between the lawsuits and attacks from President Biden and Nikki Haley he is going to lose it big time! I will enjoy seeing the implosion !

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