Of course they keep doing it.
Because it keeps working.
And that’s what I just don’t understand.
First, there was the Big Lie, the one from which all others rose. “Trump won the 2020 election. The election was stolen.” No, he didn’t. No, it wasn’t.
We move to Jan. 6. “That was legitimate political discourse.” No, it wasn’t. It was a violent, premeditated armed insurrection by American traitors who tried to overturn the legitimate results of a legitimate election, thereby interfering with the peaceful transfer of power and effectively attempting to overthrow the government of the United States. It was nothing less than that.
Now we have a four-time indicted former president who faces 91 criminal counts even as he strives to return to the White House. And The Cult can’t wait to move him back into the Oval Office. The charges don’t bother them in the least. In fact, the indictments serve only to stoke their rage and inflate Trump’s coffers. While polling data are shaky these days, they indicate that Trump is boat-racing his GOP challengers and that a majority of Republicans would vote for Trump even following criminal convictions.
Who says crime doesn’t pay?
How do Trumpers validate their blind denial?
Because it’s all “politically motivated,” they say.
So the list grows, along with their noses.
“Trump won the election.”
“Jan. 6 was a peaceful protest consistent with legitimate political discourse.”
And now, “It’s all politically motivated.”
There’s never been a better time to buy Teflon stock. Nothing sticks.
I will concede that there is a measure of demented political genius in all of this. Get out front of everything, and falsely accuse your opponents of the very things you are doing.
Evidence not required. Evidence never required.
Trump won the election? Zero evidence.
Jan. 6 was no big deal? Yeah, don’t believe your own lying eyes.
“Politically motivated” charges? How?
No, these are “rule of law” charges. Objectively examine the indictments. There is more than “probable cause” that serial felonies were committed. There will be trials. That’s the way this works. But no rational person can deny the critical mass of evidence that warranted these indictments. Again, that’s the way this works.
Is all of this politically beneficial to Trump’s enemies? You would think, but to date it seems only to have revved his political engine.
But once again this is how The Cult manipulates its low-information, myopic base. There is a difference between “politically advantageous” charges and “politically motivated” charges.
Once you can convince the True Believers that this is “all politics,” Trump is unchained from any future constraints. Frightening.
The only thing that is politically motivated here is the dishonest attempt to portray the indictments as “politically motivated.”
Oh, and this diabolical game plan works at the state level, too.
See, “Paxton, Kenny Boy.”