• Apocalypse Trump

    November 28, 2023

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    Posted in: Biden, Democracy, Trump

    One of the fads in the liberal media is for Trump horror stories, Apocalypse Trump, should he be re-elected as president. Like political porn, there may be no real point to all this other than to titillate, although there could also be an underlying strategy try and con the proles into not voting Trump in 2024. Either way, it’s worth reading the horror tales just to laugh at what the writers’ imagine a second Trump term might be like.

    The Los Angeles Times gets you the inside baseball the action with an article headlined “Trump promises vengeance and power grabs if he wins in 2024. Here’s the plan.” Save yourself the trouble of looking; there are no named sources to almost all of these descriptions of Trump 2.0, though they are presented as certainties. The Times begins with Inauguration Day, stating as fact “anticipating widespread protests against his second term, Trump and allies reportedly are drafting plans to invoke the Insurrection Act in his first hours back in the White House — thereby confirming the expected protesters’ likely point: Trump is a danger to liberty and constitutional governance.” The author doesn’t seem to remember how the Insurrection Act, last used in 1992 to quell riots in L.A., did not end liberty and/or the Constitution. But it wasn’t Trump you see, so OK!

    And that’s just one of many MAGA plans in the works, as the Washington Post reported, all aimed at making good on what the writer feels is Trump’s central promise of the 2024 campaign: retribution. According to the Post, Trump allies are “mapping out specific plans for using the federal government to punish critics and opponents,” even naming individuals to be investigated and prosecuted. Ironic prose given Trump  is neck deep into five legal battles, two with the Federal government, since he left office, and that the FBI was used even while he was in office to spy on him in an effort to prove he was a Russian spy.

    It is also ironic Trump has all these plans to use the judicial system against his enemies. First of course because declaring himself something of a dictator you’d think Trump could bypass all that innocent until guilty stuff that bogs down trials and just kick in doors. More important, why would Dictator Trump bother with “justice” at all? After all, writes the Los Angeles Times, “His obnoxious outbursts this week in his New York civil trial over financial skulduggery [sic] were just the latest evidence of his disdain for the law and the judicial system. And we haven’t even gotten to his three criminal trials for seeking to overturn Biden’s election and making off with government documents. No one — not witnesses, prosecutors or judges — is immune from his attacks and the death threats that follow.” Jen Psaki separately warned MSNBC viewers if Trump regains office he would “unravel the rule of law as we know it.” Jamelle Bouie of the Times warns “it looks an awful lot like a set of plans meant to give the former president the power and unchecked authority of a strongman.”

    Ah, death threats. One cornerstone of Apocalypse Trump is he controls a zombie army of MAGA believers that he can direct against adversaries — “targeting” in the words of one judge. Another reason to question his “planned” use of the court system. Why not just release the hounds? After all, why not make good on his claim under the Constitution’s Article II, “I have the right to do whatever I want as president,” made when everyone was saying Trump was a Russkie spy. Nonetheless, the system it is. Trump has vowed to appoint a special prosecutor to “go after” President Biden and his family. The Washington Post reports Trump told advisers he wants the Justice Department to investigate his former chief of staff, John Kelly, and former attorney general Bill Barr, as well as his ex-attorney Ty Cobb, and former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman General Mark Milley. Trump also talked of prosecuting officials at the FBI/Justice Department.

    Here’s how it will work, using justice to commit unjust acts. The Post, to the rescue to the confused, says “To facilitate Trump’s ability to direct Justice Department actions, his associates have been drafting plans to dispense with 50 years of policy and practice intended to shield criminal prosecutions from political considerations.” The Post quotes “It would resemble a banana republic if people came into office and started going after their opponents willy-nilly,” said Saikrishna Prakash, a constitutional law professor at the University of Virginia who studies executive power. “It’s hardly something we should aspire to.”

    If irony was water we’d all have drowned by now.

    It wouldn’t be a party unless The New York Times weighed in. They succinctly state “Donald J. Trump and his allies are planning a sweeping expansion of presidential power over the machinery of government if voters return him to the White House in 2025, reshaping the structure of the executive branch to concentrate far greater authority directly in his hands. Mr. Trump intends to bring independent agencies under direct presidential control.” He’ll do this by “stripping employment protections from tens of thousands of career civil servants, making it easier to replace them if they are deemed obstacles to his agenda. And he plans to scour the intelligence agencies, the State Department and the defense bureaucracies to remove officials he has vilified as ‘the sick political class that hates our country.’” The New Republic wrote an article headlined “Inside Trump’s Fascist Plan to Control All Federal Agencies if He Wins.” Tom Nichols wrote in the Atlantic there are “plans for a dictatorship that should appall every American.”

    And let’s not forget everyone’s favorite Apocalypse Trump subject, immigration. There, according to the New York Times, Trump is conjuring up “sweeping raids, giant camps and mass deportations,” claiming “If he regains power, Donald Trump wants not only to revive some of the immigration policies criticized as draconian during his presidency, but expand and toughen them.” Trump supposedly plans to ban people from Muslim-majority nations and reimpose a Covid-era policy of refusing asylum claims based on his feeling migrants carry other infectious diseases like tuberculosis. He plans to deputize local police officers and the National Guard voluntarily contributed by Republican-run states to carry out sweeping raids. And to get around any refusal by Congress to appropriate funds, Trump would redirect money in the military budget.

    Are you not entertained? That may be the only purpose of the Apocalypse Trump genre, garnering clicks. It stands then to reason that to keep the snowball rolling the claims toward the Apocalypse, the tall tales, need to become increasingly dramatic, topping yesterday’s dopamine hit. Do a quick Google search using the phrase “Trump will seize control” to see the latest, as well as some greatest hits. These types of stories were popular during Trump 1.0, putting words into his mouth and distorting those that came out, assigning nefarious intent to even the simplest Executive Order. A favorite fretted over Trump seizing control of the FEMA emergency broadcast system and the whole Internet to disseminate propaganda and control his minions. NBC News helpfully uncovered the fact “Trump can’t use FEMA’s wireless alerts to send personal messages” a question which apparently had not come up previously in the 80-odd-years the original Cold War system has been in place.

    A second driver of all this “journalism” is a desperate attempt to convince on-the-fence voters to not vote for Trump. After all, the Los Angeles Times made their intent for this advocacy pretty clear: “Too many voters are disengaged, grumpy that their choice seems to be coming down to Trump vs. Biden. As if those choices were comparably distasteful when, in fact, one is vanilla and the other is nitroglycerin.” The idea here is to use the tools of the media to scare the proles into not voting for Trump for fear of bringing on the end of Constitutional government in the United States. You’d think people would be tired by now with these “sky is falling” pronouncements but apparently you’d be wrong given the sheer bulk of them, and the crazier-than-last-time feel most have.

    The possible effectiveness of this strategy assumes most Trump voters, for gosh sakes 50 percent of the entire country, are too dumb to see what is right in front of them, fascism itself. But since Trump has not been kind enough to write out a Mein Kampf-like manifesto of all the dastardliest deeds he intends to do, America’s liberal media is doing it for him. No mind Trump is the only recent president not to start or join a new war; he is a war monger. No mind Trump tried to restart relations with North Korea via old-fashioned diplomacy; we are on the verge of nuclear disaster. No matter the state of the economy or decisions on Covid which resonate well in hindsight, he is clownishly wrong. No mind Trump has participated according to the law in every legal action against him, he does not believe in the rule of law. Oh, and former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is so scared about what will happen in Term 2.0 he is planning to leave the country, so there is an upside.

     

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  • Recent Comments

    • Derek said...

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      Thank you.
      All the TDS news that’s fit to print before “our democracy”™️ dies in darkness.

      11/28/23 7:45 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      If Trump can win as the guy who ended women’s right to choose and wants to end Obamacare, then the liberal media might as well use AI to write their stories…cause nobody is reading them apparently. Maybe Peter should consider AI to write WMW.

      11/28/23 10:19 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Apocalypse Now

      Trump lawyers filed a brief with the Colorado state Supreme Court this week arguing that a constitutional provision that would disallow him from being able to run for the presidency again in 2024 should be ignored because, as they put it, he never made an oath, as president, to “support” the Constitution.

      Trump: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” …

      The DOJ will throw the book at this nutcase. Just didn’t know it was the Bible.

      11/28/23 9:34 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Apocalypse -Alpha and Omega

      In hindsight, Trump’s ascension was signaled by the downfall of the Burning Bush crime family. It is no revelation that his downfall will be heralded by the Haley comet.

      Nb. Haley would beat Biden by 45 to 41

      11/29/23 10:59 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer- Haley should be able to beat Biden since many Americans feel something needs changing- maybe it is just Biden’s Depends but maybe not. Do you want to volunteer for Haley’s security team? I thought not- way too many vans parked along her campaign routes.
      She surely knows evangelicals could label her as a modern Lilith demon type.

      11/30/23 9:29 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      A pocket full of lips

      Got to laugh at the irony that women get the right to choose Haley and abort Trump’s reelection. Haley’s recent poll numbers went from 19% to 32%. The money people are funding her instead of the fat loser. Trump wants another Civil War. South Carolina fired the first shot the last time.

      11/30/23 11:36 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “The possible effectiveness of this strategy assumes most Trump voters, for gosh sakes 50 percent of the entire country, are too dumb to see what is right in front of them, “

      Don’t be too hard on the Trump voters. For gosh sakes, they are 100 percent of American Conservative subscribers.

      11/30/23 3:30 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      JP,

      The dumbass GOP voters Peter asserts still don’t realize Trump is their worst candidate. Voters are not voting for Biden. They are voting against Trump. Unless Hillary decides to run again, that won’t change.

      12/1/23 8:30 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Peter thinks the media is the message when it is the court’s message to Trump that is his apocalypse. He gonna gag on this:

      “Trump isn’t immune from being held accountable in civil lawsuits related to January 6, 2021, in a long-awaited, consequential decision from the federal appeals court in Washington, DC.

      The decision, making new law around the presidency, will have significant implications for several cases against Trump in the Washington, DC, federal court related to the 2020 election.

      This appeals court decision arises out of lawsuits brought by Capitol Police officers and Democrats in Congress.”

      12/1/23 10:44 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      George Santos, having been expelled from the House, says he is running as Donnie Trump’s VP candidate on the Toxic-Botox ticket.

      12/1/23 12:21 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer: You need to on occasion praise PVB. He left NY city. I wouldn’t have chosen Hawaii but just getting out proves to me he has all his faculties.

      12/4/23 9:11 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      JP,

      Peter and I have an understanding in WMW: he plays the role of Jane Curtin and I play Dan Aykroyd’s character on SNL. Peter panders to the juvenile in Amerika who are programmed by Faux News to fear 24/7. I call out these fools as ignorant sluts..you know, Moms who take Liberties.

      “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” – H. L. Mencken

      12/4/23 2:52 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Watching MSNBC bloviate over Cheney’s new book about Jan 6 is a distraction that it bloviated over her war criminal father’s lies about Iraqi WMDs. Yeah, there is a concern about the Trump Cult putting that nutcase back in the White House, that he is their lesser of two evils, but maybe Liz should have included in her book what damage a real nutcase can do…you know, her father.

      12/4/23 10:08 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Loose Lips Apocalypse

      Mark Meadow recorded Trump to protect himself.
      Meadows is a cooperating witness for Jack Smith.

      Trump: Lordy, I hope there aren’t tapes.

      Putin: You mean, other than the pee-pee tape?
      ,

      12/5/23 5:21 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Why hasn’t a Repug with senior leadership qualities campaigned against looney tunes Trump? Mike Johnson perhaps?

      Mike Johnson: “Donald Trump lacks the character and the moral center we desperately need again in the White House”, adding: “I am afraid he would break more things than he fixes. He is a hot head by nature, and that is a dangerous trait to have in a Commander in Chief. … I just don’t think he has the demeanor to be President.”

      12/5/23 10:19 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Of course articles like this- is Trump a nutcase, is Biden too old- are distractions so the peons don’t focus on the real issues.

      The top 1% of American earners now control more wealth than the nation’s entire middle class, federal data show.

      More than one-quarter of all household wealth, 26.5%, belongs to Americans who earn enough money to rank in the top percentile by income, according to Federal Reserve statistics through mid-2023.

      The top 1% holds $38.7 trillion in wealth. That’s more than the combined wealth of America’s middle class, a group many economists define as the middle 60% of households by income. Those households hold about 26% of all wealth.

      Low-income Americans, representing the bottom 20% by income, own about 3% of the wealth.

      But this is a vorboten topic for AmeriCon CONSERVATIVE.

      12/6/23 11:51 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Latest poll Trump beats Biden!

      Many people say the US has the dumbest people in the world, confirmed by the plummeting high school assessment test results. But we will get an accurate assessment in the next election. If Trump wins, at least you can say his administration will be a representative government…you know, morons.

      12/9/23 12:05 PM | Comment Link

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