There are two articles today that I think people should read. Depressing but necessary. Over at the New Republic, 15 reasons why Trump should be favored against Biden in 2024.
4. Republicans don’t care what he’s accused of or don’t believe it.
Trump has now been indicted in three jurisdictions, and there’s potentially a fourth one coming in Georgia. However, polling shows that this has no effect on about half of Republicans’ voting preferences, and about one in five say they’re more likely to vote for him because of the indictments (a similar number say they’re less likely). The vast majority (65 percent) believe he’s innocent, and 70 percent believe that Biden stole the 2020 election. The trials and their outcomes are not going to affect the GOP base much, if at all, simply because they exist in a cloud of conspiracy thinking.
And if the author is correct and that Trump's pull with the electorate is being seriously underestimated, well what happens to our country after a Trump win? Do we get a Putin style President for life?
“The signs are all there that he would not leave voluntarily,” said Heather Cox Richardson, a history professor at Boston College. “After all, he did his best to stay in office in 2021, sparking an insurrection to do it, and he has vowed to use the power of the presidency more forcefully in a possible second term.”David Jolly, a former Republican congressman from Florida, which is now Trump’s home state, agreed that a second Trump term could mean the end of American democracy as it has existed for 236 years. “If Trump gets reelected, all bets are off on the Constitution surviving the tests he’ll throw at it,” he said. “His movement would support anything he tries, regardless of constitutional provisions.”“Trump is so unpredictable that anything could happen. Literally anything,” said GOP pollster Frank Luntz, who added that Trump’s hold on his base of supporters today is “even stronger and more intense” than it was in 2016.
Why do I feel like we are living in Germany in 1937? Would the citizenry here really want to live in a autocracy or dictatorship?