Editorial: Trump doesn’t want your vote in 2024. Just your obedience while he trashes the U.S. again and again
The Trump presidency is over. There is no more need for excuses to justify its crimes. It’s time to stop asking for or accepting the next election the way we did before.
This is not so simply because Trump is such a liar. It is true. And those who have been most blind to this reality have done so at their own peril.
To understand what Trump has done to our democracy, you have to have a better grasp of what it was that we were elected to do.
That is to make our collective decisions and to make them based on what is fair and just. It is the American ideal.
The idea of an “imperfect but fair” democracy, as we have understood it, is not one that Americans voted for. They did not vote for a president whose main priority is making the lives of his family members and friends more comfortable and more successful.
They did not vote for a president who is willing to use his office to try to fix his ego by making political enemies and humiliating his political opponents.
They did not vote for a president who has treated his wife and his campaign staff, whose loyalty he has sought and who have offered their support, not as people on a team in a democratic process but as mere objects that serve him.
They did not vote for a president who will say anything he needs to say to get what he wants.
They did not vote for a president who is willing to say anything he need to say in order to win or to avoid losing.
They did not vote for a president who will keep any promises made in order to get elected.
They did not vote for a president who is willing to lie in order to get elected.
They did not vote for a president who has demonstrated over and over again that he is willing to lie, cheat and steal to get elected.
And they did not vote for a president who has shown himself to be so eager to lie, cheat and steal that he is willing to act in ways that are at odds with the basic tenets of America.
How did Donald Trump get elected? Simple. His supporters told themselves stories that were so powerful that they were willing to accept a