I woke up with an epiphany this morning. I saw into the future, and I didn’t like what I saw.
November 4, 2020. Donald Trump has been re-elected president. My
America, and the beloved democracy on which it stands, was officially an
autocracy. Maybe even a dictatorship. Trump now controlled the
presidency, the Justice Department, the Senate and the military….without
the fear and worry of impeachment, removal or another election.
woke up feeling sick to my stomach. Kinda like that same feeling I had
the night of November 8, 2016. Except worse. Much worse. Because that
night I started putting my faith in the American people and the rule of
law. I set my sights on the next presidential election and the
expectation that once we experienced four years of Trump the last thing
we’d want is four more.
I no longer have faith. I no longer believe my fellow Americans will do
the right thing. I am terrified that Trump will somehow survive all of
his massive political and legal crises and achieve his dream of totally
(I’ll get to Joe Biden in a second…)
believe Trump was elected because of racism, not “economic anxiety” or
any other bogus motivation. I believe he knew that white, uneducated
working-class men (and many women) were angry that America was becoming
an even bigger patchwork of blacks, Hispanics, Gays, Jews and immigrants
who were taking away what was ‘rightfully’ theirs. And where women had
the audacity to want equality instead of being barefoot and pregnant
while fetching them a beer as they adoringly gaze at ESPN.
believe Trump’s master plan was to remind these disenfranchised men
that they are the master race. And that together they could Make America White Again.
I believe Trump was right when he shockingly declared in 2016 that he
could literally shoot someone on 5th Avenue and not lose his supporters.
Because that’s how angry these white folks were…and still are.
(Biden’s coming, I promise…)
And that’s why these angry white folks are not just ok with Trump being the most self-serving, corrupt, treasonous president in history, they empower
him. They attend his rallies and shower him with the love, adoration
and validation he craves because of crippling insecurities and
staggering self-loathing. They assure him they’re behind him as he
pathologically-lies, spreads propaganda, shatters norms, dismantles
institutions, attacks the media, name-calls his detractors, incites hate
and violence and ushers us to the precipice of dictatorship like a
megalomaniacal sociopath (remind you of anyone else?).
lost all sense of decency. Of right and wrong. Of law and order. Of
even to protect their own self-interests.
women. Period. End of story.
(We’re almost at Biden, believe me…).
now Republicans demand that we not overturn the 2016 election by
impeaching and attempting to remove Trump. That we should instead let
the public decide. That we should let voters punish Trump and hold him
accountable at the ballot box next year. To be clear, Trump is under
investigation for conspiring with foreign nations to interfere in the
2016 election and is publicly, brazenly doing it again for ’20. And
we’re supposed to accept that the best, wisest solution is, ‘try another election?’
like, if you’re accused of cheating in Monopoly and your solution is,
oh, well, let’s just play a game of Monopoly and see who wins to decide
who’s right,” said Neal Katyal, celebrated Supreme Court attorney and
former United States Acting Solicitor General, and author of the
just-released book “Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump.”
(Ok, it’s Biden-time…)
year’s election is the most important and consequential in American
history. Oh sure, you’ve heard that warning before. But this time it’s
real. It’s not simply about red vs blue, low taxes vs high taxes, big
government vs deregulation. It’s about democracy vs autocracy. It’s a
choice between a 234-year-old system of checks and balances or Herr
like to gamble as much as the next guy. A little blackjack is my jam.
But when it comes to this election, I’m not in a gambling mood. That’s
why, barring some bombshell news, I’m supporting Joe Biden.
get me wrong. I love many of the current candidates, especially Pete
Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and, yes, even Mike
Bloomberg. I believe in many of their progressive policies and that each
would be an incredible president. But I don’t believe, after years of
Trump’s far right-wing fanaticism, that America wants another revolution
where we swing too far to the left. At least next year.
am I so scared? Democratic turnout is typically around 60%. That’s not
enough to beat Donald Trump, especially if, with the help of Putin,
another fix is in. While it’d be fabulous if democrats show up at the
polls at 65%, 70%, 75% or more, I’m leaving nothing to chance. Which
means we need to convert an appreciable amount of Trump supporters,
moderate Republicans and independents. And in my opinion, Joe Biden is
the only candidate who can do just that.
disclosure: if not for this extremely strategic calculation, Biden
would not be my first pick. To be sure, I have nothing against old white
guys (I am one). But I much prefer a woman
(Warren), a person of color (Harris, Patrick) or a young gay man
(Buttigieg). I also appreciate Bloomberg’s pro-biz / socially liberal
positions and think he’s a valid alternative. But truthfully, I would
prefer a gnat over Trump, and I would lay down in
traffic for that gnat should it win the nomination. But, unfortunately, I
don’t believe the gnat would win in the general.
is our bridge back to sanity. To decency. To normalcy. He’s the
green-thumbed gardener who can help cultivate a fertile new landscape so
that we could see a woman, black, Hispanic, gay or
progressive president in ‘24 or ‘28. He can win back the critical Blue
Wall states of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin (because… it’s the electoral college,
stupid). He appeals to an overwhelming majority of blacks, especially
in the critical Southern states. He appeals to white, working-class,
non-college men and women. And like it or not, we need them to kick
Donald Trump’s ass to the curb.
Which is why I’m supporting Joe Biden…