By Coco Das |
Let me get this straight. At this late hour, you’re relying on the Democrats and the 2024 Election to Stop Trump?
What about the fact that after Trump’s CNN town hall, an atrocity of normalization where he had free rein to spout his white supremacy and misogyny and his fascist lies that the 2020 election was stolen from him, all to a wildly cheering audience … gleeful Democratic strategists and pundits were all over the airwaves spouting their dangerous message – that this was good for the Democratic Party going into the 2024 election?
Stop and wake the fuck up! Trump remaining the front-runner and ever-popular leader of the MAGA movement is not something to dismiss, laugh at, or celebrate.
How can any decent person celebrate the fact that Trump is still free to hold his unhinged “Nuremberg”-style rallies and given a huge platform on CNN to spout his hate – despite sparking a violent coup attempt; despite calling white supremacists in Charlottesville “fine people;” despite boasting about sexual assault and doubling down on the “right” of celebrities to grab women “by the pussy;” despite having stacked the Supreme Court with Christian fascists who overturned Roe v Wade; despite inspiring stochastic terrorism against immigrants, Black people, and Jewish people; despite his lawlessness? This is accelerating the consolidation of fascism, not stopping it.
Whether Trump becomes the 2024 candidate or not, Trumpism is leading the way. All this is continually setting terms on the national political stage and throughout society. Fascists are on the march, and all of them, whether they like Trump or not, are marching behind him and what he made possible: tearing up norms, clearing the warpath, stoking his base to be even more white supremacist, misogynist, patriarchal, and murderously and genocidally lunatic.
The cynical strategy of the Democrats celebrating the advancement of extreme MAGA candidates because it hands them electoral victories is delusional and deadly. Right now women are being enslaved. Trans people are being erased. Black people are being disenfranchised. Immigrants are being hunted. And all they can think about is winning elections? On a totally transformed landscape where a failed coup attempt has become a dress rehearsal and the GOP is poised to hammer into place every mechanism they can to subvert elections?
And here’s the worst thing. An “opposition” party relying on Trump and all the terrible things he has unleashed to help them win the next election will continue to stop you from doing what humanity needs. They will keep you off the streets. They will urge you to “use your vote as your voice.” They will tell you to swallow your rage until the next election. They will kill your moral determination to resist with every fiber of your being. They will keep you in a web of ignorance and passivity.
The road to fascism is paved with fake opposition and honeyed words. The only force that can be a real match for Trump and Trumpism is us, the people in our millions sounding the alarm on the danger we face, calling out dead-end strategies like relying on the Democrats to stop this threat, and building a non-violent mass movement of real resistance – refusing to accept these terms and flooding the public square and public discourse with our moral conviction, no matter what the Democrats tell us.