Trump’s Ruthless Plan to Stomp Out Democracy in 2024

Trump still has majority Republican support; most are ready and willing for a 2024 authoritarian coup

Thom Hartmann

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When Republicans in the United States Senate refused to convict Donald Trump of his crimes against democracy, they set up his comeback plans for 2024. Odds are he’ll be either making an announcement at the upcoming CPAC conference, or at least will strongly hint at it.

This will benefit the Trump Crime Family in a variety of ways, but represents a significant peril to the fragments of American democracy that survived his departure from the White House.

Trump has never believed in democracy; indeed he has spent most all of his life corrupting the democratic process through campaign contributions that were naked bribes (and about which he bragged during the 2016 primary) to his many assaults on the rule of law both as a businessman and as president.

Trump’s comeback in 2024 may be as a candidate for the presidency, or he may simply end up supporting some other modern American fascist for president, but come it will. And, initially, it will almost certainly come as his being an actual candidate.

Trump’s approval rating among Republicans is now back above 50%, and Fareed Zakaria just pointed out how more than half of Trump’s followers consider violence an acceptable tool to gain power in America. This is shocking news, although we shouldn’t be surprised after these folks were primed for outrage and violence by 20 or more years of constant lies and the mythology of conservative victimhood on Fox News and rightwing hate radio.

Proclaiming himself a candidate for president in 2024 is a no-lose option for Trump. Just in the months after he lost the presidency, he raised several hundred million dollars that now sit in his coffers, in addition to the half-billion or more that he funneled out of his campaign during the last five years and into a private corporation that was set up by Jared Kushner, about which we know very little.

So, running for the presidency enables Trump to raise more money by the hundreds of millions; with the real estate business sagging and the Supreme Court ruling against his keeping his tax returns…

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Thom Hartmann

America’s #1 progressive talk show host & NY Times bestselling author. Thom’s writings also appear at HartmannReport.com.