MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow nailed it last night on how bad it would be if inmate #P01135809 gets the keys to the White House in 2024. Astonishingly, former President Donald Trump’s supporters won’t see the light. They refuse to see it. Their Trumpy Bear has never been wrong.
“These are the stakes, and again, whatever you think about that as a legal strategy for Trump, that is how he is thinking about the election,” the MSNBC host said. “That is how he is going to be talking to his supporters and aides and campaign about the election.”
“The election means one of two things if this is the way he is going to approach it,” she continued. “Either he loses the election and goes to prison, or he wins the election. He doesn’t go to prison. And is that for life he gets to be president? Will we keep having new elections? If every election is an opportunity for him to go to prison, do you think he allows us to have elections?”
“If winning the election is his plan to stay out of prison, what happens if and when he does not win it?” she asked. “Does that kind of election end with a graceful concession to a fair and square re-elected President Biden?”
“I mean, if Trump and his supporters see the stakes as losing and going to prison or winning and being president and probably president for life, how should we expect that he and the Republican Party and Republican officials in swing states are going to handle the conduct of that election that Trump may very well lose?” she continued. “And because we are prone to forget, we have to say out loud that we would be remiss.”
“We would be willfully naive to ask that question as if our politics exists in a vacuum. Somewhere outside the rest of our news,” Maddow said. “As if the politics pages are totally different than the crime pages, right?”
“As if we are not in a moment where far-right politics is coinciding with far-right violence, with regular shows of force from paramilitary extreme-right groups, and with acts of violence by people who are explicitly and admittedly motivated by far-right eliminationist political ideas,” she added. “We are prone to forget, but we do not have to forget.”
Trump will never leave office gracefully. He is human trash that is incapable of decency. Maddow has a point, and it’s scary. In 2020, we would have crawled through broken glass to keep Lumpy out of office. In 2024, we’re going to have to do it again — and bring friends to the polls to vote, too.