Trump Created America’s First Dictator Playbook

@twessel20 via Twenty20

The 2020 US Presidential election has come and gone. The results of the election remain under scrutiny for those on the right supporting the President. For those who supported and/or voted for Biden acknowledge that Biden won the Presidential election. In fact, the world acknowledges Biden is the next US President, taking office on January 20, 2021. Thus, we find ourselves in this conundrum of the President refusing to accept the election and those who accept the election. The direct result of the President’s refusal to accept the election outcome, and his allies’ election fraud election campaign propaganda, sets the stage for a future dictator in America. Let me take you on a journey to explain how we got there and how this framework sets up the future.

MAGA’s appeal and apparent cure

For too long, Democrats had the “blue wall” (Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania) which consists of blue collar workers. It’s a a Democrat’s ideal campaign ground. Albeit, that held true until 2016 when Donald Trump won those states. Here is the 2016 electoral votes map:

Source: Britannica

Take note of the commonality that Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania share: white, working class, wider share of male vote for Trump, and older voters. Further, Trump campaigned on the main message of getting manufacturing jobs (auto, steel, and coal in particular) back in the US all of which is predominately outsourced. That message appeals to voters, since it cures a social problem.

MAGA, and hence Trumpism, is not a political ideology. It is a philosophy to cure a social problem where Americans who became disadvantaged at the peril of corporate America or even technology, e.g. Industry 4.0, now have recourse. They now see an opportunity to win and put bread on the table. And, it’s only more impactful if this message comes from a person outside of Washington’s political establishment with a perceived business acumen.

As a result, the MAGA philosophy created a cult following where Trump loyalists will go as far as giving up their life Trump. Such a deep commitment shows the sort of group think that one might see as an existential threat. The net outcome from this propaganda effort yields Trump with an army of followers who will do anything for him.

Trump’s trump card

If we consider that Trump has no idea how Government works nor does he understand the Constitution, he can only work through fear. One can ascribe such behaviour to that of a mob boss who goes after, and ultimately kills, those who don’t oblige. While the President didn’t kill any of his party members, he has commanded control and embarrassed, shamed, and humiliated them or anyone who speaks negatively about him on Twitter.

Conservative justice appointments to SCOTUS

Given the above dynamic, Trump has the necessary Court arrangement where he might push through more conservative legislation that, to some, may be perceived in a discriminatory way. While there isn’t a suggestion the Court would ever rule against the Constitution, progressives and liberals might see such legislation as discriminatory. Again, the judiciary is set-up to push through a populist agenda so long as it falls within the confines of the Court’s conservative wing, or at most, one of the conservative dissents with the liberal wing. The point is that there is always a one vote buffer, since a simple majority (5–4) ruling suffices.

Senate impeachment acquittal

2020 Election fraud propaganda

In response to his loss, the President has embarked on a course of conduct that includes frivolous lawsuits, emboldened attorneys Giuliani, Powell, Ennis, and Wood to raise these claims and conspiracy theories aimed at undermining the election’s integrity as well as democratic institutions as a whole. Further, the President even championed the Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, to file a lawsuit, against states, in SCOTUS which was never heard.

The result of these baseless claims and frivolous lawsuits is a deep division within the country. Trump loyalists believe the Democrats stole the election. The strength of their belief comes from the the groundwork laid during the 2016 campaign cycle and in the first years of the Trump presidency. This deep rooted loyalism and nationalism that Trump created within people give them a certain sense of pride, place, false patriotism, and nationalism. All of these psychological uppers that people feel and connect with means that they form a nearly impenetrable bond and, hence, wall for the President.

Framework for the dictator

The moment is now for all Americans and the world alike to take note that should a more creative, more intelligent person win an election with the same fanatical ideas (or radical left ideas) and personality as President Trump, these very same events can and will give birth to a dictator. It’s only a matter of time. All eyes should focus on the 2024 Presidential election.

If we must look at it deeper, perhaps, the only misstep that the President made was not having true loyalists appointed to the Supreme Court or other judicial appointments. Notwithstanding the judicial appointments, any dictator needs a loyal following who will go to battle for him or her and feed off propaganda or even create the propaganda. Further, the wannabe dictator must also eradicate any and all political opposition.

To understand more,take a moment to think about Nazi Germany and Hitler’s comment about opposition in his book Mein Kampf:

“The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belonged to one category. ”

For just a second, take this statement and put it into the American main stream right context. The main steam right media blasts Democrats as “radical left”, “communists”, and “socialists” but these have no real meaning in hindsight. As of now, 74M+ people believed that during the 2020 election. But, not everyone else does. So what lessons learned on how to make the messaging wider and more appealing are now available for someone?

Final Thoughts

The possibility of an American dictator is very real and it could be someone from either the right or the left. They only need a brain to complete what Trump started.

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