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Exhibit A: His latest stupid Truth Social post.
“10 dead in California shooting, horrible gun wielding ANTIFA protest against our great police in Atlanta – Nothing will happen to them despite night of rage and destruction. Yet our January 6th protestors, over a Rigged Election, have had their lives ruined despite nobody killed except true Patriot Ashli B. This situation will be fully rectified after 2024 Election. Thank you!”
Violence and lives taken – no matter for what reason – will always be a human tragedy. No doubt about that.
Personally, Donald Trump should be doing all he can to get people to forget about that dark day in American history.
While I disagree, like many on the left or even centrists, that Trump was trying to overthrow the government or stop Biden from taking power, he did not do enough to stop it.
He feared losing support as he knew it was his own MAGA voters who were rioting, and he held back when he could have stopped many people from getting hurt.
How Does Donald Trump Get Away with Stupid Comments?
One former George W. Bush White House official I have known for years, I think, answered this question in many respects:
“For me, I always thought Donald Trump mind fu**ed America.
What I mean is he used a sort of Jedi mind trick to get the GOP to appreciate his policies and then adopt them.
I never thought Trump was even a conservative, more a populist with conservative leanings that would nominate Supreme Court justices and enact overall conservative policy.
Trump’s great skill, however, is that he knows how to make the media cover him in an age of 24 hours news cycles and social media dominating everything.
The man knows, good or bad, how to get press and say things that are so shocking that they aren’t enough to get him in serious trouble – most of the time – and keep the media wanting more and more.
Trump has received tens of billions of dollars in free media coverage because he knows how to play them. No politician can do that or has done that.
But, to be honest, Trump is even better at giving many Americans what they want more than anything else: a no-BS attitude and that he can take on anyone. At his core, he gives off the perception that he is a fighter. People connect with that.”
The challenge is, of course, at one point does America get sick of his antics? I know I am.
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About the author: Harry J. Kazianis (@Grecianformula) serves as President and CEO of Rogue States Project, a bipartisan national security think tank. He has held senior positions at the Center for the National Interest, the Heritage Foundation, the Potomac Foundation, and many other think tanks and academic institutions focused on defense issues. He served on the Russia task force for U.S. Presidential Candidate Senator Ted Cruz, and in a similar task force in the John Hay Initiative. His ideas have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, CNN, CNBC, and many other outlets across the political spectrum. He holds a graduate degree in International Relations from Harvard University and is the author of The Tao of A2/AD, a study of Chinese military modernization. Kazianis also has a background in defense journalism, having served as Editor-In-Chief at The Diplomat and Executive Editor for the National Interest.