Trump is Hoping Something Terrifying Will Happen to Keep His Party in Power
Trump said something genuinely scary
On the March 24, 2017 episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, host Bill Maher had on historian and Yale University professor Timothy D. Snyder, who was promoting his book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. The topic of interest was Donald Trump, who Maher noted had many similarities to past and present dictators.
Snyder’s main concern, however, was not Trump’s fascist-esque behavior, but instead an impending disaster that would lead to him gaining tyrannical political powers. Snyder termed this turning point the “Reichstag FIre,” a reference to the parliament arson attack of the same name in Nazi Germany that led to Hitler becoming a dictator.
While comparing Trump to Hitler has been frowned upon despite the similarities, the shoe may actually fit. In a new piece from The Washington Post, it appears that Trump is hoping for a similar event to occur this year in light of the fact that the Republican party is scared of the prospects of the 2018 midterm elections, which seem to be favoring the Democrats.
As Michael Scherer, Josh Dawsey and Sean Sullivan write:
“In private conversations, Trump has told advisers that he doesn’t think the 2018 election has to be as bad as others are predicting. He has referenced the 2002 midterms, when George W. Bush and Republicans fared better after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, these people said.”
The Republican’s fear of losing big in 2018 should come as no surprise. Thanks to the media, Internet, and growing number of millennial voters, the horrible policies passed by the GOP last year, such as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and gutting of net neutrality, have been made prominent issues that will last well into 2018.
It makes sense then that the Republicans and Trump desperately need a distraction. But the thought that he is expecting a disaster on par with the 9/11 terrorist attacks is scary. While radical communist Marinus van der Lubbe confessed to setting the Reichstag Fire, contemporary historians have determined that he could not have acted alone and that it was likely some Nazis secretly helped him.
Several terrible events have already happened in Trump’s first year in office that have only contributed to the decline of his popularity, from the Unite the Right Rally to the Atlantic Hurricane Season that devastated Texas and Puerto Rico. If he is genuinely expecting or planning something, there is a good chance that it will backfire.
Nonetheless, keep a vigilant eye out, analyze situations properly, and always support the pillars of Democracy.
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