The six or seven regular readers of this humble narcissistic exercise might remember that I supported Donald Trump in 2016 (after some initial doubts) and, again, in 2020.
I remain convinced that he proved the best president in my life, and that the 2020 election was stolen from him--and us--as part of a long-running coup plot by the DNC and its allies within Congress, the deep state, and the media, legacy and social. Recent revelations by Twitter's new owner Elon Musk show how Trump and his supporters got censored and banned from Twitter, and presumably other social media, by the pro-DNC high tech mafia working with the FBI, CIA, DOJ, etc.
That suppression on social media came accompanied by twisted and malicious reporting by the majority of the legacy media, and, of course, a huge vote fraud machine unleashed on election day. I have zero doubt that Trump won that election, and that that is now obvious even to those who deny or try to ignore it. The same forces that cooked up and promoted the fake Russia-collusion hoax, the deliberate and politically motivated COVID misinformation and economic shut-down, suppressed the Hunter Biden laptop story and its evidence of Biden family criminality, now continue to target Trump and his key supporters with spurious legal charges and FBI raids. The aim, of course, is to destroy Trump as a person and as a political force. They might succeed.
Trump made some major mistakes in his time in office which helped his enemies rip away the White House from him. Those of us who like Trump and support him, have to acknowledge that he committed some key errors. Despite his talk about the "swamp" and the "deep state," in the end, he failed to understand the extent of the treachery by the denizens of the swamp and the permanent state. It seems as though Trump didn't listen to Trump. He appeared to think the people he appointed to key positions would prove loyal to him and his vision, and keep their bureaucratic domains under control. Wrong.
Trump, simply put, failed to take hold of the bureaucracy. He, as a newbie in DC, relied upon, for example, House Speaker Paul Ryan to fulfill the promise of getting rid of Obamacare. Ryan, as we know, had no intention of doing that, and kept stalling with calls to "reject and replace" Obamacare, knowing full well that was a multi-year task. He also stalled Trump on the building of the border wall. Trump's succession of chiefs-of-staff also took advantage of Trump's newbie status, and frustrated his efforts to revolutionize DC. Likewise, his initial picks at the DOJ, NSC, DoD, CIA, State also put the brakes on his foreign policy. It was only after the arrival of Pompeo at State, that he had ally in the foreign policy bureaucracy. The biggest failing came with the FBI, which Trump allowed to go rogue and nearly destroy his presidency. Don't forget that as we read about the actions of the CIA, DOJ, and FBI to censor Trump at Twitter, that Trump was President. Those bureaucrats ostensibly worked for him. Those bureaucrats, however, actively worked to bring him down, not just at Twitter but with the fake Russia-collusion story and the fake impeachments.
COVID, as we now can all clearly see, was a hyped-up "crisis" used to shut down the booming economy--Trump's major achievement--and facilitate bizarre rules on voting to allow the DNC to engage more easily in massive fraud. COVID was a tough one for Trump: a lose-lose. The CDC, NIAID, and the rest of the federal health bureaucracy detested Trump, and happily collaborated in feeding the public a scare that was not merited, to say the least. If Trump defied them, the CNN "death clock" would have gone nuts, and he would have been labelled a mass murderer; if he went along, as he did, he destroyed the economy, increased the power of the permanent bureaucracy, including their power to silence those who knew better. A total disaster.
We now come to the present. Will Trump run in 2024? It seems so. Will he have opponents within the GOP who will "primary him"? I don't know. DeSantis had initially stated that were Trump to run, he would not. Does that sill hold? I don't know. Will the Biden criminals and their allies seek to indict or otherwise smear Trump? Absolutely. Will that hurt Trump's ability to run? Yes.
Quite frankly, I also fear some of Trump's tactics in a primary. He, for example, had no excuse for how he treated Ted Cruz in 2016. He was lucky that Cruz rose above that, and was one of Trump's best allies--well, up to a point, he could have done more--I think--in January 2021 by raising objections to the certification of clearly fraudulent elector slates. Do we want Trump to savage, for example, Governor DeSantis? That's not good.
Despite the calamity now occupying the Presidency, the odds are against any GOP candidate winning the White House in 2024. If Trump runs as the GOP candidate, I will vote for him, as I would for DeSantis, and that with no expectation that either would win. The DNC fraud machine remains largely intact--as we saw in Arizona, Nevada, and Pennsylvania in November's mid-term elections. We've had some victories, Musk's take-over of Twitter certainly counts, but . . . we have so much to do to get our country back on track.