Win for Trump’s enemies would cast pall over democracy

Win for Trump’s enemies would cast pall over democracy, by Chris Kenny.

Almost all of academia, mainstream media and certainly all progressive parties and groups in this country, the US and around the Western world are viscerally opposed to Donald Trump and obsessed with seeing him defeated.

Which is part of the reason why it will send a terrible message to the world about the state of the great Republic, the bastion of open and fair democracy, if Joe Biden is elected president.

If Trump’s enemies succeed, especially when their critiques are often so deceptive and dishonest, and after they have trashed processes and natural justice through episodes such as the Russia collusion hoax or the assassination of Brett Kavanaugh’s character, it will leave a dark pall over the world’s pre-eminent democracy.

And it will leave a mass of disaffected mainstream voters feeling that even a democratically elected President promising to “drain the swamp” can fall victim to the ­revenge of the political, bureaucratic, academic and media establishment — the deep state. …

The disdain for Trump makes it uncomfortable to even point out the hysteria of the Trump Derangement Syndrome sufferers or draw attention to the manifest flaws of Trump’s challenger in polite society. There are many otherwise intelligent adults who seem to have a personal score to settle with Trump  …

We need to remember how the same elements of society demeaned and dismissed Ronald Reagan, reviled and defamed John Howard or mocked and abused Margaret Thatcher — these were all intelligent, mainstream and orthodox leaders yet were treated like pariahs by the so-called elites. …

Their opposition to Trump is more emotive than rational, more vengeful than cerebral. Most journalists fall into this category. They spit words about the President, verbal him in fake news stitch-ups, ignore his achievements, laud his opponents and generally allow their judgment to be clouded by their disdain. …

A Biden win would signal the triumph of cynical, ­establishment politics practised by the elites, over the democratic ­aspirations of an unconventional but authentic leader who has delivered what he promised, and more.

In 2016 and again over recent weeks, the Democrats and the media have generated a story about how Trump will not accept the election result. They skate over the very real concerns about unprecedented use of mail-in ballots (ostensibly in response to the pandemic), evidence of ballot harvesting, and the likelihood of legal challenges post-election.

Yet this is the least of their ­duplicity. The deeper concern is they ignore how the Democrats and their supporters never accepted the 2016 result.

Trump deliberately keeps alive his post-election options, and this is used to justify the confected outrage of the Democrats and the media. Yet there is no mention of their four years of resistance and, understandably, no pledges from them to forgo any post-election legal challenges. …

Given all this and the continuing media crusade — just look at how journalists pretend Trump has given a nod to white supremacists while allowing Biden to make excuses for the fuellers of violence, vandalism and anarchy across American cities, Antifa — a win for Biden would suggest to many Trump voters that the political/media establishment conspired to overturn their democratic choice.