The Left, the NeverTrump Right, and many independents are tiring of Donald Trump’s recitations of prior, however justified, grievances at the hands of the media, the Democratic Party, the administrative state, and hard-core Left. …
Clearly it would be more advantageous for him to move on, speak of his plans for a second term, contrast his own past record with the Biden catastrophe, and refer to balloting only in terms of reform to increase greater scrutiny and audit — but not replay the injustices done to him in 2020.
Yet the truth is that Trump was a victim, no matter how much or how tiresome it is that he recites the endless script of injustices. And his victimizers have far more to answer for than their victimized target. …
Jan 6, for example:
Trump was certainly reckless in cheering on volatile demonstrations on January 6, 2021. But he did not plan or condone the violence. The act of unarmed but often violent buffoons trashing the Capitol building was sordid, but they were clowns, not insurrectionists. …
The day’s violence did not compare with the still uninvestigated 120 days of largely non-stop looting, arson, assault, and death, all orchestrated by BLM and Antifa that were often contextualized and excused by Democratic mayors, governors, and congressional officials. And there were plenty of iconic targets such as the torching of a federal courthouse, a police precinct, and an historic church across from the White House.
Smoke from multiple fires rising up in front of the Washington Monument #Chopper4 looking south from Maryland, White House center screen. #BreakingNews @nbcwashington #protests2020 #GeorgeFloydProtests pic.twitter.com/WNtPkgYCtD
— ʙʀᴀᴅ ꜰʀᴇɪᴛᴀꜱ (@Chopper4Brad) June 1, 2020
HAPPENING NOW 🚨 St. John's Episcopal Church, a National Historic Landmark near the White House, has been set on fire by rioters.#DCProtests #dcriots #WashingtonDCRiots #washingtonprotest #protests2020#Riots2020 #USARIOTS #USAProtests#WhiteHouseRiots pic.twitter.com/NKCTeyuP17
— 𝐁𝐢𝐠 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥 (@WillontheRadio) June 1, 2020
15 minutes: Trump is boasting about the extrajudicial killing of Michael Reinoehl, an Antifa activist who was murdered by US Marshals. Trump ordered the execution. He is now sending a brutal, vengeful message to anti-Trump protesters across America.pic.twitter.com/EBMcGpHPvs
— Stephanie Kennedy (@WordswithSteph) October 15, 2020
Storming the Capitol is a mortal sin, but so is attempting to rush the White House grounds to injure a president and his family. That failed leftwing mob effort was cheered on by the New York Times, with its snarky headline “Trump Shrinks Back.” …
Move on, act like you did in 2016:
The point is not that Trump was not a wounded fawn, obsessed with his own hurt and wallowing in his victimization. But he was also a genuine victim of a despicable effort of permanent government officials, the media, and the Left to destroy a presidency before it had even begun. Again, much of Trump’s crudity was retaliatory rather than preemptory.
Trump’s political future now hinges on his ability to forget all that, to move ahead, to unite his party, to win back independents, to get out the vote and to advance a concrete agenda for America. But if he often cannot do that, it may well be because he is understandably all too human.