Trump (Again)

Donald Trump’s announcement that he will run for president in 2024 prompted me to review once again the record of his failings. Congressman Adam Schiff recently put it succinctly: “Donald Trump is a con man, a charlatan, and a twice-impeached disgraced former president. He grifted the government out of millions, turned the levers of government power against his enemies, and abused the power of his office over and over again.”

And I am regularly treated to an internet list of Trump’s sins: encouraging Russian interference in our elections, threatening Ukraine to force it to dig up dirt on Trump’s political opponents, cozying up to Kim Jung Un and other foreign adversaries, abandoning our closest allies, defunding the Post Office in hopes of crippling Democratic vote-by-mail, proposing $30 billion in cuts to Social Security, caging migrant children at the border, attacking freedom of the press, building a racist border wall, inciting the January 6th Capitol insurrection, threatening state officials to force them to rig the 2020 election, imposing a transgender military ban, denying the severity of COVID-19, and claiming that Biden’s electoral victory was fraud.

In earlier blogs, I have predicted the demise of the Republican party as we know it due to Trump’s wrongdoing. Honest and bright Republicans I know say nothing about Trump. They even avoid discussing politics with me. I’m at a loss to understand who could possibly support Trump, given his record of transgressions. He is barely leading in the polls—only 57 percent of Republicans want him to run and win. On the other hand, he has a $122 million war chest, all, presumably, donated by his supporters. And yet according to The Hill, in August, only 41 percent of Republicans said that they support former President Trump more than they support the GOP.

More next time.

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