Now that former President Donald J. Trump, and the current frontrunner for the 2024 Republican Party Presidential Primary, has been indicted for a second time—by a federal court for his alleged mishandling of classified documents—more days of rage seem to be at hand.
A recent report from a pro-Trump, fringe, online messaging board indicate many users there are intent on instigating violence in retaliation for their preferred candidate’s indictment.
For his part, the former president is doing what he always does: antagonize an already combustible situation with hot rhetoric. Just as with the caustic events of the January 6 Capitol Hill riots, the Democrats are licking their lips at the prospects of MAGA-style political violence in the streets.
Democrats Want to Wage a Domestic War on Republicans
After all, the Democrats and their partisan allies in the national security apparatus have been hankering to bring the tools—and possibly weapons—that have come to define America’s Global War on Terrorism in the Greater Middle East into the growing War on Domestic Terrorism.
In actuality, the Democrats are obsessed with stamping out otherwise legitimate opposition to their policies, leaders, and preferred causes. They are, after all, the party of extreme censorship and of utterly dehumanizing their political opponents.
Just look at the way the Democrats treated anyone who dared to even raise the slightest question about the origins of the novel coronavirus that erupted from Wuhan. Or the way that they shut down debate about the virus.
Remember how the Democrats—and their friends in the media and intelligence community—stifled any investigation into Hunter Biden’s laptop scandal during the 2020 Presidential Election.
Rather than debate the finer points of policies with their Republican opponents and attempt to change people’s minds to win them over, Democrats want to use brute force to shut their opponents down, render their beliefs illegal, as well as bully and trick the American people into following them.
The MAGA Crazy
And then we have the MAGA-land crazy people. A fringe band of purported Trump supporters in the darkest corners on the internet are galvanizing to conduct what some are calling a coordinated wave of violence.
We don’t know if that’s true. We don’t even know if these are really Trump supporters, or if these are people planted on the internet who are being ordered to make these threats so as to increase the fear level.
It doesn’t really matter. Because whether the threats coming from this group are real or not—or if the group of MAGA extremists in question are real—the fact remains that Trump is not behaving in ways meant to calm the situation. He continues to inflame the matter. As he does this, it will make it that much easier for Trump’s enemies to weaponize his own words and deeds against him and his movement. In turn, they will likely get their domestic war on terrorism that they’ve been pining for since 2020.
There’s No Shame in Laying Low Until the GOP Wins in 2024
What Trump should be doing is not responding at all to the indictment but instead leaving it to his representatives to deal with it.
He should be focused on selling his plans and policies to the people while his legal team fights for him in the courtroom and his political team does the same in the political arena.
None of those players are anywhere near as irresponsible with their rhetoric as the former president is. Besides, none of the extremists care much for what Trump representatives say. They want only to hear from their leader.
There’s no doubt that Trump is being singled out and his supporters are being targeted by the Democrats and their “deep state” allies for persecution and censoring as we approach the 2024 election. The Trump team and the GOP must be more cautious at this time. The last thing we need to be seen as doing is agitating for a civil war.
Once the Republicans win the 2024 election they can clean the government up and remove the partisan hacks whom former President Barack Obama and now President Joe Biden have installed throughout the bureaucracy.
None of this can happen, though, if the Republicans are again successfully labeled as the insurrectionist party. If those calling for violence on the internet are actual MAGA supporters, they must be denounced before something truly irresponsible happens. If they aren’t actual supporters, but instead plants, we will have to prove that—and we can only do so if the GOP is in power.
To win the election, then, Republicans cannot ride the crazy train otherwise it’ll alienate independent voters. If the GOP loses independent voters, it will lose the election. Then, the real oppression against the Right will begin.
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor and opinion writer, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (Encounter Books), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.