October 1, 2022

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Did the FBI Re-elect Donald Trump?; Read the review

New York Times – Why? Donald Trump Is it too powerful? How he managed to dominate one of the two main parties America And if elected president? His hair? His hips? No, it’s your stories. Trump tells powerful stories that ring true for tens of thousands of Americans.

The main one is that America is being ruined by corrupt elites. According to this narrative, there is an interconnected network of highly educated Americans in what Trumpists have come to call Washington power actors, the liberal media, big corporations, and elite universities.

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These people are corrupt, mean and immoral and only care about themselves. They follow Trump because Trump is the person who stands up to them. They’re not just after Trump; They are out to get you.

A file photo shows boxes being removed from the White House ahead of Trump’s departure from the presidency Photo: Erin Scott / File photo

This story has a kernel of truth. The highly educated metropolitan elites became a sort of self-governing brahmin class. But the Trumpist campaign turns an unfortunate social divide into a venomous conspiracy theory. It simply assumes, against much evidence, that the major institutions of society are inherently corrupt, malicious and biased and act in bad faith.

The theory simply assumes that the proof of people’s virtue is that they are attacked by the regime. Trump’s political career has been kept afloat by elite contempt. As much as elites hate him, Republicans love him. A key criterion for leadership Republican Party Today there are perfect enemies.

In this case, the FBI There are many things we don’t know about search Mar-a-Lago. But we know how the Republican Party behaved. The right side of my Twitter feed was ecstatic. Look! We are really persecuted! Articles started appearing with headlines like “Government Wants Its Revenge”. Ron DeSantis tweeted: “The ‘Mar-a-Lago attack’ is another escalation in the arming of federal agencies against the administration’s political enemies.” As always, the tone was apocalyptic. “This is the worst attack on this republic in modern history,” the show’s host exclaimed. Fox NewsMark Levin.

The Trump investigation was viewed as a nefarious project by the administration. At least for now, the search has shaken up the Republican political landscape. Several weeks ago, a poll suggested half of Republican voters were ready to leave Trump. New York Times/Siena College. This week, the entire team was behind him.

Republican strategists advising potential Trump opponents in the primaries had reason to be dismayed. “It gave him a lifeline,” one such strategist told Politico. “Unbelievable… it got everybody back on Trump’s boat. It took the wind out of everybody’s sails.”

According to a survey Action by Trafalgar Group/States83% of Republican voters said the FBI had motivated them more to vote in the 2022 election. More than 75% of Republican voters believed that Trump’s political opponents were pursued rather than an impartial justice system, as were 48% of general election voters.

In a normal society, if politicians are investigated or accused, it will harm them politically. But that doesn’t apply to the Republican Party. The judicial system is colliding with the political system like never before.

What happens if a prosecutor indicts Trump and convicts him as he cruises for the GOP nomination or perhaps even the presidency? What happens if an impartial judicial system, using its criteria, decides that Trump should go to prison at the same time that the electoral system, using its criteria, decides that he should go to the White House?

I assume Trump would be arrested and jailed under these circumstances. I also think we will see widespread political violence from angry Trump voters who decide the regime stole the country. In my opinion, this is the most likely path to democratic decline.

In theory, justice is blind, and apparently no person can be above the law. But, as Damon Linker has written, “This is politics, not a graduate seminar in Kantian ethics.” We live in a certain real world situation and we all have to take responsibility for the consequences of our actions in the real world.

America must punish the perpetrators. On the other hand, America needs to ensure that Trump does not become president again. What if the first makes the second more likely? I don’t know how to get out of this potential conflict between our legal and political realities.

We are experiencing a legitimacy crisis during which distrust of established authority is so virulent that the actions of elite actors tend to backfire, no matter how well founded.

My impression is that the FBI had legitimate reasons for doing what they did. My guess is that he will find some damning document that does nothing to weaken support for Trump. I’m also convinced that it has unwittingly improved Trump’s re-election chances, at least for now. He unwittingly made life more difficult for Trump opponents in the Republican primaries and demoralized his base.

It looks like we’re headed for some kind of storm, and there’s no respectable way to change our course.

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