President Trump’s re-election chances looked iffy as summer heated up. Ugly video of clashes between cops and black men made conservatives seem on the wrong side of the race debate. The left seized the opportunity to make theater of the issue. It was a box-office hit.
But the left’s fondness for theater invariably leads them to act up, and then overact. Predictably, they escalated their theater from drama to melodrama to Rambo movies. Peaceful protests grew into riots. Buildings were burned, stores were looted and people were killed.
Their smash-hit theatrical production became, well, just a smash-up.
The rioting culminated at the commencement of the Democratic National Convention which was held, virtually, in Joe Biden’s basement. Or wherever. People wondered, what will they say about the riots?
We soon learned what they would say. Not a damn thing.
They never mentioned the riots that worsened nightly through their convention. The apparent reason was that the rioters hate Trump (and America too) and so do the Democrats. Under the tribal shibboleth “the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” the Dems figured that the rioters were their friends because both were enemies of Trump.
Friends don’t call out friends just because they’re looting, burning and murdering. At least Democrat ones don’t.
Think about that. One of the two major American political parties saw rioters as their friends simply because the rioters were opposed to the other major political party.
They also figured that the media Dems – which is to say nearly all of the media – would cover for them. The media did try. Riots got called “mostly peaceful protests” even when the video footage plainly showed, almost comically, burning buildings in the background.
As this summer of not-so-much love wore on, it became apparent the media and the rest of the Democrats had underestimated both the American people and the rioters.
The rioters rioted on. They repaid the friendship of Democrat politicians by going to their houses and threatening to burn them down. As for Americans, they didn’t buy that term “mostly peaceful protests” except to mock the clumsily biased media.
All this trickled down to the polls. Trump’s approval rating went way up, his re-election numbers also went up, and Biden’s went down.
Americans are skeptical of a worn-out, cognition-impaired, woman-groping, child-fondling, hair-plugged, tooth-capped doofus who has no plan to deal with domestic terrorists who vow to destroy the country other than to get elected and announce he’s not Trump. (I’ll give even odds that he flubs the teleprompter by announcing that he’s not Biden.) Especially after he failed to even mention the issue at his convention when he had a national TV audience.
Biden did say the riots were Trump’s fault, of course, though he didn’t say how. He’s also argued that Trump is encouraging the violence because it’s good for his re-election.
On that, he’s half right. He’s not right about the part that Trump is encouraging the violence. To the contrary, Trump has repeatedly urged the Dem mayors of the burning cities to allow their police to stop the violence, and has offered to send in the National Guard if the mayors and governors will simply ask for them.
But on the other part, Biden is right. This rioting is indeed good for Trump’s re-election. The Republican National Committee could not have come up with a more effective tool.
Middle America has little patience with peaceful protests that aren’t peaceful and looting that’s re-branded as “reparations” and menacing thugs demanding that restaurant diners get woke and snipers shooting people with whom they disagree politically.
The current scene is reminiscent of the “silent majority” that Nixon called upon to re-elect him. That term “silent majority” has become a term of derision for the left because they know it’s true and they fear it. Nixon won that election in a landslide.
That doesn’t mean that the RNC is actually in league with the rioters. What major American political party would ever even consider siding with rioters for the simple and cynical reason that they saw the rioters as political assets?
The Democrats, that’s who. And now it’s biting them in the butt.