Trump Isn’t A Special Case, He’s A Test Case. By Issues and Insights Editorial Board.
Liberals might be scratching their heads over why potential Donald Trump rivals are rushing to denounce his indictment. The reason is simple. Conservative Republicans know that if this assault is allowed to stand, they will be next.
The left, as well as the rabble of never-Trump Republicans, like to tell everybody that the unprecedented measures taken against Trump — culminating with this week’s indictment — are justified because he poses a unique threat to our precious democracy.
Just to review, we’re talking about measures like Democrats impeaching him twice on the flimsiest of grounds. Like federal law enforcement engaging in a coordinated campaign to smear him as a Russian stooge. Like journalists dropping any shred of objectivity and professionalism to attack Trump, up to and including peddling obvious falsehoods.
Measures like Big Tech companies signing on as paid censors of the federal government to stamp out “misinformation.” Like national security “experts” selling lies about Hunter Biden’s laptop. Like raiding Trump’s home.
But the lie at the center of all this is that Trump is a special case that justifies such previously unimaginable antics.
He’s not. Trump is a test case.
For years the left has been honing its skills at intimidation, manipulation, deception, and election fraud, all to silence and marginalize anyone who isn’t on board with its agenda.
When we were at Investor’s Business Daily, we reminded readers of how the left treated the now-sainted George W. Bush when he was in a position of power.
Jonathan Chait wrote a 3,600-word word piece for the New Republic in 2003 on ‘the case for Bush hatred.’ In it, he admitted that ‘I have friends who … describe his existence as a constant oppressive force in their daily psyche.’ Nobel Peace Prize winner Betty Williams gave a speech at a women’s peace conference in Dallas in 2007 declaring that ‘right now, I could kill George Bush.’ The audience laughed, and she won praise for her ‘bravery.’
Pollster Geoff Garin told The New York Times that Bush hatred was ‘as strong as anything I’ve experienced in 25 years now of polling.’ The winning film at a 2006 Toronto film festival was a movie — Death of a President — that realistically depicted Bush’s assassination.
Death of a President – Assassination Scene
Unlike Bush, Trump refused to bend to the left’s whims, and he was better than most politicians at giving a voice to those who’ve long been victimized by the false promises of the elites.
With little pushback, it will get more extreme:
Trump’s bigger-than-life personality and his obvious character flaws gave the left the chance to see just how far it could push the edge of the envelope. What it learned is that there is no edge. There’s been no pushback to any of its depravations in polite society. …
The left has now perfected its plans and strategies for multi-year, wide-ranging, never-ending attacks on the political opposition. It won’t ever stop until it is made to stop.
Bush caved in and largely did what the left wanted, in the end. Trump won’t.