Plus ça change
Now that we’ve had a full day of #MAGABomber news, a few thoughts.
As Chris Hayes’ tweet indicates, this will not change a thing on the right. Trump and Trumpists will continue to roil in grievance and pettiness and animus. He’s still pushing for “the media” to bend to his will and stop criticizing him and his followers.
Cesar Sayoc was the expected outcome of Trumpism. Many of us have been saying for two years that eventually the people Trump targets in his tirades would become actual physical targets. One knight errant would heed his king’s call and act to rid him of these troublesome priests. We are fortunate that the vessel this time was as incompetent as his savior. We may not be so lucky next time.
For, have no doubt, there will be a “next time”. Sayoc has uncorked the genie. Expect copycats to follow, and they may have a baseline of competence that Sayoc does not.
There are many parallels between Trumpism and Nazism; one of the salient ones is its reliance on scum of the earth to further its violent agenda. From all we know about Sayoc, his profile fits in well with the misfits and psychopaths which populated the Sturmabteilung. Hitler’s brownshirts were ne’er-do-wells and riffraff who found meaning in a calling greater than themselves. Many people find meaning in mass political movements; what Trumpism shares with Nazism is the propensity to foment violence as a political tool.
Now, unlike Hitler, Trump didn’t unleash his goons by a command. He did it by inference, by suggestion, by rhetoric. Because, remember, at heart Trump is a coward. He can whip up a crowd, but he stops short of advocating outright violence, because he’s too much of a coward to take responsibility for his words. Just like he has others fire underlings, he subcontracts out the dirty work of political violence. And he accepts no blame for it.
This is cause to redouble our efforts for ten days from now. A blue wave must wash over and wash away the vile garbage of Trumpism, or begin to, for this republic to have any chance at remaining a union. What Sayoc shows is to what lengths Trumpism will go to prevent that. And Sayoc presages more instances of political violence. It’s up to us who believe in this democratic experiment to take back the reins and politically bury those who want to explode it.
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