Donald Trump is neither a kingmaker nor the palace’s HR director charged with hiring the next court jester. He didn’t make the Republican Party, and he didn’t destroy her fortunes. And Trump did not downgrade the red tsunami to a splash. The schizophrenic election results that included both Trump-endorsed winners and losers show that.
Like all else in politics, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. But no matter where that line falls, conservatives need to accept the reality that the Democrat Party, Fetterman loyals, faux Republicans, and the corrupt corporate media don’t care: They aren’t going to like us, they won’t represent us fairly, and they aren’t going to vote Republican.
A Democrat Party that props up an elderly man with obvious signs of mental decay to run as the party’s presidential candidate cares only about power. And voters casting their ballots for the same man, or the even more cognitively challenged Democrat candidate who just won the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate seat, see only one thing: the “D” next to the candidate’s name.
The establishment press likewise plays for team Democrat, and conservatives won’t change that even if they nominate the most milquetoast moderate candidate willing to don a scarlet R. Enter stage right, 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The press portrayed the inoffensive Romney as an animal abuser and denigrator of the women brimming over from his business binders.
The media will never play fair, as CNN’s Candy Crowley established when she moderated the Obama-Romney presidential debate. So in the pocket for the Democrat Party was the press that Crowley took no pause before conducting a live and incorrect fact-check of Romney when the GOP contender exposed then-Democrat President Barack Obama’s delay in branding the deadly Sept. 11 assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya as an act of “terror” — something Obama falsely claimed he had done during his White House Rose Garden press conference held the following day.
The 2012 presidential contest also showed that the Democrat Party, its loyal members, politicians on the left side of the aisle, and the press don’t really care about a candidate’s demeanor either. Then-vice presidential candidate Joe Biden’s clownish behavior during his debate with his Republican counterpart, Paul Ryan, went ignored in the main, and the media continue to overlook Biden’s bullying behavior.
Disregarding or downplaying Biden’s flaws, however, doesn’t hold a candle to the burying of the Biden-family corruption scandal by his boosters. From FBI agents allegedly suppressing evidence corroborating Biden’s involvement in a pay-to-play scandal to the press and social media censoring reporting on the scandal mere weeks before the 2020 election, Democrats and their media allies protect their own while accusing their opponents of the very misdeeds they have committed. And it doesn’t matter — and won’t matter — who the Republican opponent is.
Younger conservatives who didn’t live through the Reagan presidency can be excused for thinking Democrats are open to the right kind of Republican. But for those old enough to remember the ’80s, “come on, man.”
The left trashed Ronald Reagan until Democrats needed to destroy George W. Bush, at which time the Gipper became the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being ever to serve as a Republican. And now Bush has been remade the consummate statesman. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
Democrats have since refurbished this strategy by preemptively branding any potential Republican opponent the spawn of the current evil-incarnate titleholder. We saw this with Democrat and media attacks on Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, which began while Trump still resided in the White House and long before DeSantis rode the only true red wave to victory on Tuesday.
Conservatives need to vacate their state of denial and accept that the Democrat Party and its politicians, voters, and paramours in the press will attack and reject any Republican put forward. And so will faux Republicans; in fact, that is how you can recognize them.
They will push false scandals, misrepresent positions, peddle narratives to the disadvantage of Republicans, brand negative news about Democrats as disinformation, demonize the person and his (or her) voters — and they will never like us or vote with, or for, us.
So support your candidate of choice, but realize that come 2024, to the polarized Democrats and their media mouthpieces, the Republican presidential nominee will be either Trump or Trump 2.0.