Usually if you lose, your party wants you to go away and stay out of politics.
Former President Donald Trump has certainly not received that treatment by the Republican Party, even though he suffered a landslide defeat of a whopping 7,060,347 votes. This marks the largest margin of defeat of an incumbent president in modern history.
Losing a high turnout election by four states should be nothing to be ashamed of. To the former President, it means war.
The man is described as having a “cult-like” following. Many in the Republican Party who once reviled him are loyal foot soldiers only six years later. There are people out there that will believe anything he says.
Leading Up to January 6th
So he started sowing division months before an election most believed (and he probably knew) he would lose. His solution was not to be smarter about spending money in certain states, or about a change in rhetoric, or even by following the CDC guidelines.
He decided to say for months that Democrats were stealing the election and committing massive amounts of voter fraud, without evidence and people believed it. This sadly, isn’t the first time this has happened. He refused to commit to accept the outcome of the 2016 election if he lost:
“I will tell you at the time,” he said at the October 20 debate for the 2016 election, “I will keep you in suspense.”
So that makes his comments at his Texas rally Saturday night even more horrifying. “If I run and if I win,” rambled the ex-president, “we will treat those people from January 6th fairly, and if it requires pardons, we will give them pardons, because they are being treated so unfairly.”
Call me old-fashioned, but I believe that anyone desecrating and destroying our Capitol is a disgusting way of expressing contempt for the results of an election you were expected to lose. Fear is the feeling me and every patriotic American felt on that day. Watching them destroy statues and windows, then throwing our flags on the cold January ground.
Fortunately, the Democrats may have a secret weapon. They can (and presumably will) use January 6th and Trump’s comments on the event to their advantage, to expand their majorities.
This’ll be a rough election, so brace for impact.
(This article is the opinion of and expresses the viewpoints of the author. They are not the views of The Mycenaean.)
Hey, I’m Noah and I am a staff writer on The Mycenean. I participate in Executive Council and I am on the autism spectrum which is useful for retaining information about my special interest, politics.