Monday evening, news broke that the FBI conducted a raid on former President Donald Trump’s personal residence, Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida. The legal justification for the raid is still somewhat hazy — with some indicating that it stems from the alleged mishandling of classified information — but as Joe Biden’s support plummets, the political reason for it has never been more clear.
On July 28 in Compact Mag, Michael Anton, a former National Security Council staffer in the Trump administration, said, “The people who really run the United States of America have made it clear that they can’t, and won’t, if they can help it, allow Donald Trump to be president again.”
In the same piece, Anton suggested the Jan. 6 committee is laying the “groundwork for an indictment of Trump” and that the Justice Department might charge the former president with “seditious conspiracy.”
Suppose the current administration was truly only concerned about the reclamation of classified documents, as some have suggested — why couldn’t someone simply make a phone call and arrange for a delegation of bureaucrats to go and get them? And considering that this is far from the first time the intelligence apparatus has tried to shanghai Trump and his associates, it becomes pretty obvious that this raid was a show of force.
Indeed, the Biden administration carried out a hit on the ruling party’s most prominent political enemy. According to Trump, the raid was “unannounced.” He decried it as evidence of the “weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024.”
Anton posits that the reason “the people who really run the United States” fanatically oppose Trump has less to do with the former president and more to do with “who his followers are.” He suggests that Trump’s followers are so aggressively denied representation because they are out of step with the ideological consensus of the managerial elite who pull the strings and turn the gears of the federal government.
He writes, “Complaints about the nature of Trump are just proxies for objections to the nature of his base. It doesn’t help stabilize our already twitchy situation that those who bleat the loudest about democracy are also audibly and visibly determined to deny a real choice to half the country.”
In the current era, Trump has been the only prominent individual on the national stage to resist the neo-liberal consensus by prioritizing and empowering the American people and the American nation.
Short of outright removing him from this plane of existence, leftists and their associates in the federal government have to use every tool at their disposal to keep Trump off of the ballot, should he choose to run for president once more. As the regime grows increasingly authoritarian, the “people who really run the United States” will continue to try and delegitimize Trump through a series of wanton political hit jobs and straight-up denying him equal protection under the law.
If Trump becomes the forty-seventh president of the United States, he will bring with him an ambition to root out the people who wronged and waylaid him and his voters, most of whom are apparatchiks of the federal bureaucracy. If he is able to reform and reshape the government by removing these entrenched figures and subsequently hands control of the government back to the public by restoring the federal balance of power, he will delegitimize the rule of faceless bureaucrats and largely invalidate the left’s stranglehold on national politics.
Therefore, Trump cannot be allowed to win, let alone run for, the presidency.