Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.
Some suggested that the Trump era would fundamentally redefine the GOP, but it’s the Democrats that are actually remaking themselves as a permanent anti-Trump party.
One of the first orders of business in the House was a resolution illegally calling on cabinet members to remove President Trump by using the 25th Amendment. Rep. Pelosi and the resolution’s author, Rep. Jamie Raskin, whom the media is touting as a “constitutional scholar”, know quite well that the amendment, introduced because of Eisenhower’s heart attack and JFK’s assassination, protects the succession in case a president becomes medically disabled.
Proposals to have the cabinet use the 25th Amendment to remove a sitting president are sedition. Actually doing it would be a coup. These terms being falsely thrown around by the Democrats would actually apply under the scenario that they are proposing.
Rep. Raskin, who used to teach constitutional law, barely bothers with any kind of constitutional argument in his resolution. Ninety percent of it is an op-ed attacking President Trump only to pivot in its penultimate paragraph to arguing that a president can be removed from office under the 25th Amendment for being unable to discharge the “powers and duties of his office”, which he defines as including a ”duty to respect the legitimate results of the Presidential election“.
That’s a curious argument for the author of Overruling Democracy: The Supreme Court versus The American People to make. In that book, Raskin falsely claimed that President Bush was put into office by the Supreme Court in a “brutal offense against political democracy”.
“Millions of outraged Americans were urged to swallow whatever misgivings they had in the greater interests of political consensus,” he added.
But they could still write books about it, teach at universities, and run for office without being fired or accused of sedition for the quintessentially American act of questioning election results.
Does the constitutional scholar of a government bedroom community really want to argue that presidents can be removed from office for questioning election results by their cabinet: a group that has less constitutional basis than Roe v. Wade? What about House members?
Questioning elections is a crime except when Democrats do it and then write books about it.
Obviously Pelosi and Raskin aren’t serious. Their resolution is legislative trolling by a political movement exploiting seditious proposals to further divide Republicans and the country.
The impeachment push is just as unserious and also as strategic.
The Trump era has been very good for Democrat fundraising and their media apparatus. Now they envision an anti-Trump era in which President Trump is no longer in office, but always there as a target: an Emmanuel Goldstein figure on display for the permanent Two Minutes Hate orgy.
“In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency,” Pelosi bleated. “As the days go by, the horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action.”
The threat is urgent. So urgent that it can wait 100 days.
“It just so happens that if it didn’t go over there for 100 days, it could — let’s give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running, and maybe we’ll send the articles sometime after that,” Rep. James Clyburn, the House Majority Whip, proposed.
Impeachment worked so well last time that the Democrats could go on impeaching President Trump for years. Especially around election years or peak fundraising seasons. And the New York Times and the Washington Post can go on uncovering new fake crimes to impeach him for.
That gives Democrats the best of both worlds, allowing them to monetize Trump Derangement Syndrome, to permanently run against him, without having him in office.
Every few months, the threat of Trump can be revived, and Democrats will rally another impeachment, another set of totalitarian rules, and another fundraising pitch. Their allies in Big Tech will roll out another wave of censorship to cope with the permanent Trump emergency.
“The face will always be there to be stamped upon. The heretic, the enemy of society, will always be there, so that he can be defeated and humiliated over again,” O’Brien said in George Orwell’s 1984. “Goldstein and his heresies will live for ever. Every day, at every moment, they will be defeated, discredited, ridiculed, spat upon and yet they will always survive.”
Trump now becomes the permanent emergency, even greater than the coronavirus, that will justify the total power of the Democrats who will go on fighting to save Democracy by killing it.
Their frothing base will be driven into orgies of fury by the daily threat that President Trump will return from Elba unless they send $25 to the DNC right now and abolish the Bill of Rights.
Besides the money and the power, becoming the anti-Trump party papers over the conflicts of a political movement of wealthy elites who exploit the inner city for political power.
Rep. Raskin lives in Montgomery County, the 17th wealthiest county in the country, and Rep. Pelosi dwells in Pacific Heights on the Gold Coast which includes Billionaire’s Row. The more the leadership of this oligarchy whips up Trump Derangement Syndrome, the more they distract from the paradox of a ruling class that claims to be fighting for the liberation of the oppressed.
When Trump is always on the agenda, nobody ever asks, “liberation from whom?”
President Trump’s ability to build up support among black and Latino voters scared Democrats far more than a mob barging its way into the halls of power. The Democrats reacted to Trump’s win by building a populist anti-populist movement of suburbanites: some former Republicans.
Keeping the Never Trumpers around will also require permanently keeping Trump around.
Every time they get uncomfortable when police defunding, the Green New Deal, or giving Iran nukes comes up, the Democrats will drag out their effigy of President Trump for the nth time.
Being anti-Trump resolves all the complicated questions of power and political interests. It elementally simplifies the politics of the Democrats and distracts from their hidden agendas. The more that they hate Trump, the less they have to think about what it is they really stand for. And anti-Trumpism is the best way to radicalize their base into accepting any level of extremism.
The Democrats need President Trump. Their media needs him. And they’re not going to let go.
The only problem with this plan is that the general public will tire of it. The public was tired of the original impeachment. There’s no reason to think that infinite impeachments will play any better. But if the Democrats can divert attention long enough to make D.C. and Puerto Rico into states, implement illegal alien amnesty, pack the Supreme Court, and make the election rigging that stole 2020 into a nationwide policy, what the people still paying attention think will matter less.
Anti-Trump theatrics will be a convenient distraction, exciting the Democrat and Republican bases, and diverting attention from the policy killshots that will execute an actual coup.
Becoming the anti-Trump party will also distract from the sad spectacle of Joe Biden groping women, mumbling randomly through speeches, and finally making way for Kamala. All the talk of the 25th Amendment will help pave the way when it’s actually used as intended to remove Joe from office because he actually will be unable to discharge the duties of his office.
Whatever the GOP becomes in the years to come, the Democrats will be the anti-Trump party. Say what you will, but It has better branding than its actual name: the Socialist party.