For all the hysteria over Trump’s divisive tweets, the truth is that Trump is the only unifying figure in modern political history: He persuaded millions of people who had never voted for any Republican, indeed for any president, to vote for him.
During his first term, he increased his share of the vote with every segment of the population, except college-educated whites. No Republican since Reagan received such broad support from so many groups. And he won their support not by pandering to their sub-category interests or to the things that set them apart, but by appealing to them as Americans. …
Here’s my question to the January 6 committee: If Trump made a call for violence on January 6, how could I possibly have missed it? I was glued to the TV all day. I watched Trump’s speech; I hung on every word. I recognized it as a pivotal moment in American history: We were about to certify an unelected, illegitimate president. It was an impending catastrophe that only the boldest possible action could have prevented.
If Trump had called out to the nation in his January 6 speech — if he had said, “We must stop this, come to Washington with your guns!” — millions of Americans would have come. The response would have been massive and overwhelming. You can bet your boots that Ashli Babbitt would not have been the only person shot and killed that day.
Trump easily — easily — could have started a civil war. He had only to make the call. Millions would have answered it. America was watching and waiting. But Trump never made that call, and Washington knows damn well he didn’t.
If you ask me, Trump has shown greater restraint than any man alive in the world today. Greater restraint perhaps than almost any man in history: For there are very few men, even in small and trivial nations, who could launch a civil war if they chose to do it. That sort of following — so wide, so deeply committed, and so much on the precipice of fury unleashed — is truly rare.
The fact that Trump did not call upon his supporters to do violence on January 6 is singular, incredible: What leftist, on the verge of losing his power in Washington, and yet possessed of the means of retaining it through coercive force, would have walked away as Trump did?
Now the establishment — the Liz Cheneys, the Nancy Pelosis, the Mitch McConnells and Mitt Romneys — are terrified because they know Trump still has that following. They know the nation, left to choose its own president, would choose Trump again. And they can’t possibly let that happen.
Trump is the only real threat … to the power of the elites. The elites want that power more than anything — they cannot walk away — and they are willing to do anything, even destroy the entire planet with war or disease, sooner than they would see Trump become president again.
The left — and the deep state — cannot afford to let the normies or their champions get in charge, because next time the normies know to sack all the bureaucrats. Hmmm, don’t bureaucrats run the elections and issue all the statistics? Problem solved, for a while.