It’s a lose, lose, lose situation for Trump’s Divided States of America

The only winner from this madness is the madman causing it

Jonathan Meddings

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The French have a saying — If you don’t do politics, politics will do you. And goodness me, Americans are being done dirty.

To say US democracy hangs in the balance is not hyperbole, it’s a talking point for the Biden campaign. “Democracy is on the ballot. Freedom is on the ballot,” Biden said at a recent rally. These things Americans have come to take for granted are on the ballot because it’s all but certain Trump will be on the ballot too.

The multiple legal challenges aimed at preventing Trump from returning to the presidency have served only to make it more likely that he will. With every new lawsuit Trump has improved in the polls as the confirmation bias of his rabid supporters reaches new heights. “It’s a witch-hunt” Trump says, and he’s right — a “witch-hunt” is a campaign directed against a person or group holding views considered unorthodox or a threat to society.

Make no mistake, a second Trump presidency is a threat not just to American society, but to the world as we know it.

Recent attempts to disqualify Trump from being on the ballot based on section 3 of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which bars insurrectionists from holding public office, are also likely doomed to fail. The US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Trump v Anderson on 8 February, but even if it wasn’t stacked with conservative judges — three of whom were appointed by Trump himself — the outcome would likely be the same. Trump will remain on the ballot and the Supreme Court will perform whatever technical legal acrobatics are needed to make it so.

The reason for this is simple: the interpretation of law is not removed from political considerations. Any ruling that denies not just the presumptive Republican nominee, but the very man who falsely claims the last election was stolen from him the opportunity to contest the next election, would result in an incredulous Trump inciting violence and an army of rabid supporters eager to inflict it — starting with the judges.

The Supreme Court fait accompli is the first loss in this lose, lose, lose situation.

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