Liberals are realising that Trump will probably win. And they are terrified

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by Roger Kimball

I guess this means that they’re worried. By “this” I mean unhinged anti-Trump expostulations like “Trump’s Dire Words Raise New Fears About His Authoritarian Bent” in Monday’s New York Times.

As readers of that former paper of record know well, The New York Times has always had a low opinion of Donald Trump.

By itself, that does not distinguish the Times from the vast majority of legacy media properties in the United States – or, come to that, in the United Kingdom.

Trump is just too crass, too naff, for words. Really, the man is impossible. It was a sort of demonic miracle that he was elected in 2016. The Dems made the unforgivable mistake of running the one candidate more unpopular than the reality TV star become populist rabble-rouser.

Now he is at it again. And not only is Trump running for President for the third time: he also is trouncing all the competition.  As I write, polls have Trump up over his closest rival to be Republican candidate, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, by more than 50 points (some say nearly 60 points). They have him up over Joe Biden in the general election by anywhere from 2 to 9 points.  Sure, it’s early days still but the trend towards Trump is unambiguous.

“Please Make It Stop” might have been the headline for that story in the Times. The two authors, Michael C Bender and Michael Gold, do their best to maintain a patina of respectability.  It’s all “Mr Trump” this and “experts say” that. But in the end, they can’t help themselves. They are clearly terrified that that the bad orange man will win in 2024. He is surging everywhere. It doesn’t seem  to matter how often he is indicted, how many judges impose gag orders on him or say that he incited an “insurrection” on January 6, 2021: he just keeps pushing ahead of his rivals.

If this story had sound effects, the primary noise would be what the Gospel According to Matthew called “fletus et stridor dentium”: wailing and gnashing of teeth. Remember Godwin’s law? That’s the contention, named for the writer Mike Godwin, that the longer an internet conversation continues, the greater the chances are that someone will be compared to Adolf Hitler or the Nazis. The Times writers go full Godwin right at the beginning of their desperate handwringing.  “During a Veterans Day speech,” they wail,  “Mr. Trump used language that echoed authoritarian leaders who rose to power in Germany and Italy in the 1930s . . .”

Wham: three short paragraphs and Donald Trump is already being compared to Hitler and Mussolini. Then come the “experts” to provide cover. We’re not just wacko name callers here. We’re The New York Times. Trump warned that:

“The threat from outside forces is far less sinister, dangerous and grave than the threat from within.”

Lincoln actually took a similar line when he noted in his Lyceum Address of 1838 that “If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.” But you are not allowed to mention Lincoln and Trump in the same sentence, except to trash Trump, so the Times calls on “experts” to do the dirty work. This “turn inward,” they write, “has sounded new alarms among experts on autocracy who have long worried about Mr. Trump’s praise for foreign dictators and disdain for democratic ideals. They said the former president’s increasingly intensive focus on perceived internal enemies was a hallmark of dangerous totalitarian leaders.”

Well, if “experts” say it, who are we to disagree?

Later on in the piece, Messrs Bender and Gold allow that “Some experts on authoritarianism said that while Mr Trump’s recent language has begun to more closely resemble that used by leaders like Hitler or Benito Mussolini, he does not quite mirror fascist leaders of the past.” Well, praise the Lord.

What they are really worried about, it transpires, is that Trump, should he be elected again, might use the Justice Department “to take vengeance on his political rivals, plotting a vast expansion of presidential power and installing ideologically aligned lawyers in key positions to bless his contentious actions.”

The hysteria broadcast by the Times was more contagious than any Chinese retrovirus. Joe Scarborough and Lady Macb—I mean, Mika Brzezinski caught a terminal case and exhibitied all the most grotesque symptoms live on national television.

“He’s not a normal candidate,” whimpered Morning Joe, “he’s running to end American democracy as we know it.”

I wonder if Joe needs to have his meds adjusted. “Joe Biden” he said, is “the candidate who supports American democracy” while “Trump supports a new form of authoritarian government. It’s really that simple.”

Is it, Joe?  Back in the 1960s there was a popular American television show called The Twilight Zone. It had a catchy, eldritch theme. If you listen closely, I fancy you can hear it behind Joe’s breathless agitation.

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All they really fear is Trump exposing and eliminating the deep state and power elite.

Then comes the typical load of total Poppycock, Balderdash and Malarkey from the M.S. Media bottom Feeders from CNN/NYT’s Etc.

There is not one democrat who can defeat President Trump in November 2024. He will receive a record vote among black and Hispanic Americans.

Liberals are afraid of what Trump would unleash. He’ll fan the flames of anything that serves him.

11/27/23 – Vermont: Three Palestinian students shot near US campus

The families of three Palestinian students shot on Saturday in the US state of Vermont have urged police to investigate the attack as a hate crime.

Hisham Awartani, Tahseen Ahmed and Kinnan Abdalhamid were confronted and shot by a man near University of Vermont Campus, Burlington police said.

Officers are investigating a possible motive, but say the victims were wearing keffiyeh – a traditional scarf – and speaking Arabic when attacked.

A suspect has been arrested.

Burlington police have named the suspect as Jason J Eaton, aged 48, reports CBS News, the BBC’s media partner in the US.

Local police chief Jon Mura earlier said two victims were in a stable condition; the third has suffered much more serious injuries.

All three students attended Ramallah Friends School, a Quaker-run private non-profit school in Ramallah, according to family members.

Mr Abdalhamid, was named by Haverford College as one of its students. The other two have been named as Brown University student Mr Awartani and Mr Ahmed, who attends Trinity College in Connecticut.

Rich Price, an uncle of one of the victims, said the three men – all aged in their 20s – had been visiting an eight-year-old’s birthday party.

“The last thing that we imagine could be possible was that in our family neighbourhood, they would walk down the street and this would happen to them.

“Less than five minutes [after] them leaving our home, we saw the sirens and the flashing lights of police cruisers go by our house. And we thought, boy, something’s going on.

“No idea that it was my nephew and his friends.”

Earlier, the families of the victims released a statement through the pro-Palestinian non-profit organisation Middle East Understanding, Reuters reported.

They said: “We call on law enforcement to conduct a thorough investigation, including treating this as a hate crime.

“We will not be comfortable until the shooter is brought to justice.”

After the shooting, the Council on American-Islamic relations offered a $10,000 (£7,900) reward for information leading to an arrest.

The attack comes as the US deals with a surge in Islamophobic and antisemitic incidents, including violent assaults and online harassment, since the Israel-Hamas conflict began on 7 October.

Vermont senator and former Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders posted a condemnation of the latest violence.

Writing on X, Mr Sanders said: “It is shocking and deeply upsetting that three young Palestinians were shot here in Burlington, Vermont. Hate has no place here, or anywhere.”

Ambassador Husam Zomlot, the head of the Palestinian Mission to the UK, posted a photo of the trio on social media and added: “The hate crimes against Palestinians must stop.”

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The left manufactures the hate and commits the violence. Their complete lack of support for law enforcement has resulted in massive levels of crime. Trump is the answer.

Where does it say the victims were here illegally, those are the ones Trump wishes to peacefully remove from our country, you know law breakers, welfare takers.
A pro-Muslim mob disrupted a Christmas tree lighting in Michigan. They literally shouted down a children’s choir. 
Dont like our traditions, go back to the shithole you fled from.

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Somebody reacted to Hamas beheading Jewish babies by targeting unrelated (but sympathetic) people here and that’s “Trump’s fault”. No, it’s Robin Ware/Robert L. Peters/JRB Ware/Pedo Peter/idiot Biden fault because they would not have been shot had Hamas not attacked Israel and they would not have attacked had Robin Ware/Robert L. Peters/JRB Ware/Pedo Peter/idiot Biden not lifted all of Trump’s sanctions and provided Iran the revenue they need to fund terrorism.

The families of three Palestinian students shot on Saturday in the US state of Vermont have urged police to investigate the attack as a hate crime.

I wonder, what were those “families” doing on 9/11/2001? Were they demanding those involved in killing 2,977 American be investigated as hate crimes or dancing in the streets of Gaza handing out candy?

Officers are investigating a possible motive, but say the victims were wearing keffiyeh – a traditional scarf –

Leave it to the BBC, or leftist U.S. publications, to down play those black and white keffiyehs as a “traditional” scarf. Traditional in the respect that it was constantly worn by Yasser Arafat, head of the PLO and then Fatah.

After the shooting, the Council on American-Islamic relations offered a $10,000 (£7,900) reward for information leading to an arrest.

How much did CAIR offer for those who organized 9/11?

The attack comes as the US deals with a surge in Islamophobic and antisemitic incidents, including violent assaults and online harassment, since the Israel-Hamas conflict began on 7 October.

You must be sympathetic to Hamas as the word “Islamophobic” appears no where in your referenced article so you had to put it in your reference.

Ambassador Husam Zomlot, the head of the Palestinian Mission to the UK, posted a photo of the trio on social media and added: “The hate crimes against Palestinians must stop.”

I’m sure if you asked Zomlot, he would tell you that hate crimes against Jews is perfectly fine. No surprise, 75% of the Koran is the duty to kill the Jews.

11/26/23 – Trump hints at expanded role for the military within the US. A legacy law gives him few guardrails

WASHINGTON (AP) — Campaigning in Iowa this year, Donald Trump said he was prevented during his presidency from using the military to quell violence in primarily Democratic cities and states.

Calling New York City and Chicago “crime dens,” the front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination told his audience, “The next time, I’m not waiting. One of the things I did was let them run it and we’re going to show how bad a job they do,” he said. “Well, we did that. We don’t have to wait any longer.”

Trump has not spelled out precisely how he might use the military during a second term, although he and his advisers have suggested they would have wide latitude to call up units. While deploying the military regularly within the country’s borders would be a departure from tradition, the former president already has signaled an aggressive agenda if he wins, from mass deportations to travel bans imposed on certain Muslim-majority countries.

A law first crafted in the nation’s infancy would give Trump as commander in chief almost unfettered power to do so, military and legal experts said in a series of interviews.

*The Insurrection Act allows presidents to call on reserve or active-duty military units to respond to unrest in the states, an authority that is not reviewable by the courts. One of its few guardrails merely requires the president to request that the participants disperse.

“The principal constraint on the president’s use of the Insurrection Act is basically political, that presidents don’t want to be the guy who sent tanks rolling down Main Street,” said Joseph Nunn, a national security expert with the Brennan Center for Justice. “There’s not much really in the law to stay the president’s hand.”

A spokesman for Trump’s campaign did not respond to multiple requests for comment about what authority Trump might use to pursue his plans…

*Giving that power to Donald Trump would be like giving a loaded and cocked .45 to an angry toddler.

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Remind me again, who was it that posted 30,000 troops in D.C in 2021?

“Brennan Center for Justice”? Is that supposed to be funny?