2020 Is Not 2016: Why Trump Loses in a Landslide This Time

The 2020 presidential election is less than four months away. The fear among many democrats, independents and moderate “Never Trump” republicans is that he will be re-elected. That his unique brand of racist hate-politics and us vs. them divisiveness will once again triumph over decency and civility and defy logic. Not this time.

Think back to the campaign in 2015. Donald Trump was the new kid on the block. The disrupter. The outsider with the big mouth, big ego and big promises who would ride his white horse into DC, ‘drain the swamp’ and ‘make America great again’ for the “forgotten people’. For all intents and purposes, and despite the mob of corrupt, sexist, racist skeletons in his personal closet, his political slate was clean.

Trump could unabashedly brag about all the things he was going to do, like build a “big beautiful wall” and have Mexico pay for it. Or “lock up” Hillary Clinton. Or have Boy Wonder (and sycophantic son-in-law) Jared Kushner solve the Middle East crisis. Or how he was going to bring back the coal, factory and manufacturing industries and give huge tax cuts to the working class.

And then Trump was elected (or, stole the presidency with Russia’s help). As soon as he stepped into the Oval Office his utter incompetence and chaos was glaring. He was, and remains, colossally unfit for the job.

Four years later there’s still no coal, factory and manufacturing industry revival. There’s no wall. There’s no economic uplifting for the poor and middle class. There’s no better-than-Obamacare health insurance. There’s no draining of the swamp…just a massive refilling with even slimier creatures. Just dystopian darkness and despair oozing from the Oval every day. Just hate and fear-mongering. And lies. Every minute of every day. The self-proclaimed King of Debt has bankrupted America’s truth.

Four years and, according to the Washington Post, almost 20,000 lies later, it is 100% clear to everyone but his ‘shoot-em’-on-5th-Avenue’ crazies that Donald J. Trump is a complete and utter political, business, religious and criminal fraud whose ineptitude, moral depravity and unconscionable corruption have set this nation back decades and cost thousands of Americans their lives while gravely endangering the lives of our soldiers overseas.

Trump has failed miserably at protecting America from foreign attack, from deadly disease and from the even longer-term virus that is racism. His failure to lead is immeasurable. If being Leader of the Free World is the elephant, Trump is merely a speck on the elephant’s ass. And he is much more than just incompetent, impotent and irrelevant in fixing what ails America. He’s dangerous. He’s a sociopath. He’s a monster. He’s the maniac who told us to ingest bleach to kill Covid-19, for fuck’s sake.

Most chilling of all is that Trump is a democracy-raping traitor who has us teetering on the verge of autocracy. A shameless dictator-wannabe who’s shattered norms, defiled institutions, broken laws and threatened our national security by alienating our allies and emboldening our enemies.

Trump is such a monster, is so despised, and the consequences of his second term so feared in terms of our democracy’s survival, that stalwart Republicans like Bill Kristol, Sarah Longwell, Rick Wilson, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver, George Conway (husband of Kellyanne), Jennifer Horn and others have formed groups like The Lincoln Project and Republican Voters Against Trump to join with democrats in helping to elect Joe Biden. Their ads have not just been relentless and highly-effective, but ruthless. I for one am damn glad to have them on our side for a change. This type of political alliance is unprecedented in American political history.

What’s more, Trump has lost much of his base (as defined by those who voted for him in ‘16). He’s lost seniors, college educated, youth, Hispanics, Asians, women, suburbanites, independents and moderate republicans. Even a “stable genius” like Trump knows the math no longer works. Nor will social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, both of which are now hip to what Russia’s attempting again, be as fertile an election-stealing playground.

So while America battles a multi-front 10-alarm raging blaze, Trump cavalierly gaslights about how well we’re doing and refers to the mere “embers” that need putting out. Because he’s beyond ignorant. Beyond tone-deaf. Beyond dishonest. Beyond capable of being president in any conceivable way. And voters all of all persuasions are fed up. Finally.

If his consistently sinking polls are any indication, Trump will likely lose in the biggest, most humiliating landslide this country has ever experienced.

Think about it this way: in 2016, with that clean slate, and without his miserably failing four-year track-record and impeachment to weigh him down, Trump lost the popular vote by 3-million and barely squeaked out his electoral college ‘steal’. Just imagine what’s gonna happen this time around…

Writer, blogger, resistor, supporter of women filmmakers

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