My impression of Donald Trump’s coalition has been that it started decomposing the moment that he won the presidency. This has been my consistent take for the last four years. As Trump began governing and misinterpreting his mandate, disaffected moderate voters began to peel away.
“As a former overseas operative who has struggled both on the side of insurgents and against them, the past few days have brought a jarring realization: We may be witnessing the dawn of a sustained wave of violent insurgency within our own country, perpetrated by our own countrymen. Three weeks ago, it would have been unthinkable that the United States might be a candidate for a comprehensive counterinsurgency program. But that is where we are.
Overrepresented among the ranks of angry but ordinary citizens who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 were others, hardly ordinary, committed to violent extremism: the Proud Boys, the Three Percenters, the Oath Keepers, “Christian” national chauvinists, white supremacists and QAnon fantasists, among others. Some of these groups may have planned their incursion in advance, but they could not have breached the Capitol if not for the wave of populist anger that swept them forward and over the barricades.
Given impetus and, they believed, political cover by former President Donald Trump, the capering idiots who filmed themselves in the Capitol seemed to think they were untouchable. They may be easy to identify and arrest now, but there are others — well armed, dangerous and now forewarned — who had a glimpse of what may be possible in the political environment Mr. Trump created. …”
Describing American citizens who are Trump supporters as “insurgents” and using hysterical “War on Terror” rhetoric to pathologize them and going further than that to criminalize MAGA is the surest way to push those people to snap back or further radicalize. The bottom was hit shortly after the Capitol Siege. You don’t kick a man while he is down. Most people don’t like spoiled winners.
Neoliberal Joe is making the same mistake that Trump made in 2017. Trump’s mandate had been to secure the border and reform the immigration system, withdraw from foreign wars, “knock the crap out of ISIS,” renegotiate job destroying free trade agreements and to give a middle finger to the politically correct scolds in the ruling class. Biden’s mandate was to clean up Trump’s COVID mess, pass a larger stimulus package, rebuild the economy and “return to normalcy” or lower temperature of the country.
Passing an immediate $2,000 stimulus check as promised would lower the temperature of the country and build political support and momentum. There are at least a dozen things the Democrats could do with their majority which have super majority support. Establishing a progressive dictatorship and treating Americans like foreign terrorists on the basis of their political opinions is not one of them!
Note: Public opinion is rapidly shifting on wealth redistribution. We saw that in the Georgia Senate races where Republican voters stayed home en masse. I strongly suspect that this attempt to start a domestic “War on Terror” over Donald Trump who is no longer the president is an attempt by our ruling class to change the conversation and repolarize our politics before this becomes the new center.