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Graham Hryce
Graham Hryce
Graham Hryce is an Australian journalist and former media lawyer, whose work has been published in The Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, the Sunday Mail, the Spectator and Quadrant.

Donald Trump has single-handedly killed his own 2024 chances

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The ex-US president chose to cling to the “stolen election” instead of properly challenging Joe Biden’s many failures.

After just two weeks of public hearings by the House Select Committee into the January 6, 2021 insurrection, it is obvious that Donald Trump will not be the Republican Party’s nominee for president in 2024.

Trump’s crash and burn political career has now effectively come to an end, and the former president will be lucky to avoid being indicted on criminal charges by the Department of Justice once the committee has handed down its findings.

In his opening statement last week, Democrat committee chairman Bennie Thompson alleged that Trump was “at the centre of a sprawling, multi-step conspiracy aimed at overturning the 2020 presidential election.”

The evidence provided at the public hearings has already gone a long way to confirming the truth of that extraordinary charge – and much more testimony damning of Trump is expected when the hearings resume in mid-July.

The evidence given in the past two weeks shows that:

  • Despite knowing that there was no credible evidence of voter fraud (then-Attorney General Bill Barr told Trump that such allegations were “bulls**t”) Trump knowingly promulgated the “stolen election” claim.
  • Trump pressured Vice President Pence to refuse to certify the election results.
  • This pressure was applied on the basis of dubious legal advice provided by an obscure lawyer (who later sought a pardon from Trump) that had been contradicted by Trump’s own White House legal advisers and the Department of Justice.
  • Trump pressured state electoral officials into falsifying the election results.
  • Trump pressured Department of Justice officials into supporting his claims of electoral fraud. At one point, he told then-acting Attorney General Richard Donoghue, “Just say that the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen.”
  • A number of Republican congressmen who tried to prevent certification of the election result in Congress later cravenly sought pardons from Trump before he left office.
  • When the DOJ officials refused to comply with Trump’s demands, he threatened to appoint a compliant low-ranking lawyer, Jeffrey Clark, as acting attorney general. Only the threat of mass resignations by DOJ officials prevented this from happening.
  • Trump pressured the chairperson of the Republican National Committee to appoint alternate electors who would falsely claim that Trump had carried a number of key states.
  • What is surprising about this litany of improper acts is that Trump committed each of them personally. They were not delegated to intermediaries – a reflection perhaps of Trump’s own paranoia, megalomania and innate distrust of others. Trump is no practitioner of the doctrine of plausible deniability.

Trump has apparently watched all the recent public hearings while bunkered down at the Bedminster Golf Club in New Jersey. His public response had so far been muted.

Trump has condemned his own daughter Ivanka for testifying that she did not believe the ‘stolen election’ claim, and denounced Republican minority House leader Kevin McCarthy for having urged pro-Trump Republicans to boycott the January 6 committee – which he quite possibly did at Trump’s own direction to begin with.

Trump now appears to be an isolated figure, who believes that he does not need to offer any substantive defence to the serious allegations of misconduct made by the plethora of credible witnesses who have appeared before the committee so far.

This fundamental error of political judgment alone should be enough to ensure the end of his political career. No matter how frankly irrational politics in Western democracies has become, politicians are still obliged to defend themselves when allegations of serious impropriety are levelled against them. Would Boris Johnson still be British prime minister if he had simply ignored the allegations of misconduct recently made against him?

It is significant that none of Trump’s former prominent Republican supporters have seen fit to publically defend him. Only the long-retired Newt Gingrich has done so.

Trump’s arrogant refusal to defend his actions has caused public opinion in America to now turn against him.

Ominously for Trump, Fox News reversed its initial partisan decision to refuse to broadcast the committee’s public hearings after the opening day’s proceedings – which attracted a substantial 20 million viewers.

Recent polls suggest that the public hearings are already having an adverse impact on Trump’s reputation. Pollster Frank Luntz said this week “I see people are no longer drinking the Kool-Aid. I see people moving away from Trump for the first time.” And Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is now outpolling Trump as Republican presidential nominee for 2024 for the first time.

The decline in Trump’s popularity may also be reflected in the fact that Trump-backed candidates have achieved only moderate success in the recent midterm primaries, and that wealthy Republican donors have deserted them.

In these circumstances – and things will no doubt get worse for Trump as the committee continues its hearings and deliberations – it seems clear that Trump cannot possibly win the presidency in 2024.

This has been apparent to sensible Republican powerbrokers for some time – which is why they have surreptitiously assisted the Democrats in using the committee hearings to bring about an end to Trump’s political career.

But the expunging of Trump personally from American politics is hardly an occasion for celebration.

As the committee hearings have made clear, it is only Trump’s own lack of political judgment that has brought about the destruction of his political career.

Test that proposition this way – assume that Trump had even grudgingly accepted his electoral defeat in 2020; assume that he had never promulgated the ‘stolen election’ lie; assume that he had not incited the January 6 riot; and assume that he had spent the last 18 months criticising the Biden regime instead of clinging to the ‘stolen election’ falsehood.

Can any sensible observer of American politics seriously doubt that, in such circumstances, Trump would now be in a very powerful position to regain the presidency in 2024?

After all, the crippling and seemingly ineradicable political and ideological divisions divisions that propelled Trump to the presidency in 2016 have only intensified since 2020 – and, more importantly, the Biden presidency has been a complete and abject failure.

America is on the verge of a recession, and significant parts of Biden’s legislative program have not, and never will be, enacted. Large numbers of working class, Hispanic, and black voters are now deserting the Democrats, and Biden continues to slide downwards in the polls.

Apart from defeating Trump, Biden’s only ‘achievements’ have been to pander to transgender activists and prolong the Russia-Ukraine conflict. No wonder Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the so-called ‘radical’ wing of the Democratic Party have recently refused to endorse the doddering septuagenarian as their presidential nominee in 2024.

In the past week, two Supreme Court decisions relating to America’s two most divisive political idee fixes – gun control and abortion – have further exacerbated the debilitating divisions that have characterised American politics for decades.

Democrats are now openly condemning the Supreme Court as ‘illegitimate’ for having overturned the universal right to abortion created in Roe v Wade – even though the majority decision is undoubtedly correct in terms of pure legal principle.

These critics of the Supreme Court’s legitimacy have conveniently forgotten that feminist icon and former Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had for years espoused the view that the legal reasoning underpinning Roe v. Wade was untenable. They have also forgotten that the #MeToo movement was bound to provoke a conservative backlash against women.

Do these Democrats seriously believe they will make American politics more stable by attacking the legitimacy of the Supreme Court?

Trump, of course, has always been contemptuous of the Supreme Court – especially after it dismissed his attempt to legally challenge the 2020 election results. Yet this week, he cynically praised the court for overturning Roe v. Wade, and tried to take personal credit for the decision – after all, hadn’t he appointed three conservative justices to the court?

Even though Trump’s political career appears to be effectively over, millions of American voters still unconditionally support him, and continue to fervently believe the election was stolen.

Precisely how these voters will react to Donald Trump’s political demise is not yet clear – perhaps the best that can be hoped for is that they will remain broadly within the Republican fold and vote for DeSantis.

In any event, the conflict-ridden shambles that currently passes for politics in America suggests that the country’s foreseeable political future – even without Trump’s participation – is unlikely to be any more stable that its pathetically troubled immediate political past.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of DTNZ.
Source:RT News

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  1. Deep state is pushing de Santis. They have to find a way to ban Trump, who may likely to win no matter what error in judgement ws. It all depends on the economy at the time of election. I dont see it improving for US, which is on the decline (if exclude all the patches applied to it from time to time)

    • DeSantis has J3wi$h support and will probably go on to DC fully under the control of the Global Zionists and their money!
      The votes were stolen: we saw the shift from Trump to Biden on TV here in NZ when the election results were halted and then began again after a few seconds with Trump losing 11,000 votes and Biden gaining the same number when the count began again.
      We have seen 28 State Supreme Court cases acknowledge that there was vote fraud, mass dumping of ballots, ballots being copied and then submitted (CCT confirmed), and Chinese interference with the electronic voting machines.
      We have seen the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) refuse to hear the State’s complaints re vote tampering, fraud and manipulation, probably at the urging of the Zio-Communists and Masonic entities that are great in number in the US
      Trump’s big mistake was he dilly-dallied with regards to not locking the Clintons up, he failed to prosecute the Bidens for a whole raft of domestic and international crime, and he allowed himself to be swayed by his ‘princess daughter Ivanka’ who allowed Jared Kushner to essentially run the U.S. via Hidden Hand tactics in behalf of Israel.
      The betrayal to Trump by his own family includes daughter Ivanka, her husband Jared Kushner, along with cousin and lawyer Mary Trump!
      DeSantis won’t be so naive as to think that everyone will be on his side, only to back-stab him once in office.
      Because of DeSantis’s unwavering support for the J3wiSh community in Florida (evidenced by passing an Anti-Semitic Law in the State of Florida…) and their monetary donations that they will be making to his campaign, I removed my name from any and all voting in my former place of permanent residency (Florida) and will not vote again in any elections! Living in Tahiti helps to deal with cancelling out all of that Deep State subversive crap!!!
      ‘HE WHO CAST THE VOTE DECIDES NOTHING. HE WHO COUNTS THE VOTE DECIDES EVERYTHING!’ -*Joseph Stalin (*aka a Georgian Khazarian Zionist-Communist actual J3wi$h name, Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili)

      • “The votes were stolen: we saw the shift from Trump to Biden on TV here in NZ when the election results were halted and then began again after a few seconds with Trump losing 11,000 votes and Biden gaining the same number when the count began again.
        We have seen 28 State Supreme Court cases acknowledge that there was vote fraud, mass dumping of ballots, ballots being copied and then submitted (CCT confirmed), and Chinese interference with the electronic voting machines.”
        We saw all that too, election night watching on our phone in bed. Character assassination has never worked so well
        Sue.

  2. A rubbish opinion from a never Trump RINO, the election was stolen, anyone who watched it knows, if Trump claimed otherwise he would lose his base.
    However the DNC will charge him for the Jan6 protest not because he he did anything wrong but they will want him for the overturn of Roe v Wade and then the US will be past the point of no return.

    • Now now, I’m sure there’s a perfectly logical explanation for the huge uptick in votes for Biden in the dead of night when everybody had supposedly stopped counting.

      I’m sure it’s normal for poll workers to be kicked out of ballot counting centres while the windows are boarded up.

      I’m sure all those CCTV clips of people scanning the same ballot hundreds of times, and pulling boxes of extra ballots from under their desks were doctored videos.

      Just because the dominion voting machines could connect to the internet (even though the company said they couldn’t), doesn’t mean their vote tallies could have been manipulated in any way.

      I’m sure all those hundreds of poll workers who submitted sworn affidavits (under penalty of PRISON) were lying when they testified to the shenanigans that had gone on.

      I’m sure every single regional court right up to the SCOTUS immediately dismissing everything without even hearing the case or looking at the evidence was totally not politically motivated.

      There are probably lots of reasons why all the statistical and mathematical modelling done say it’s impossible that Trump lost.

      The online clips of Lindsay Graham high-fiving Kamala Harris and Mike Pence being passed a shiny Masonic coin are just a figment of your imagination.

      And that January 6 riot. Does anyone really believe it could have been a government setup? Come on, people in jerseys carrying picket signs could easily force open 3000 pound doors with electromagnetic locks, it’s not like anyone deliberately LET them in once the CNN cameras were in place and rolling. That’s far fetched horse shit, grow up. This is a government that cares about its citizens after all. That’s why they put up razor wire fences and had military units on site to shoot anyone thinking of attending Biden’s inauguration (ah, democracy).

      But STOOPID Trump on the other hand said “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard”, a CLEAR CALL TO VIOLENCE.

      And as the author points out, this time he’s done for! (Really though this time…)

      The fact that his rallies are still selling out more than Aerosmith concerts and that memes of him still dominate our heavily censored mainstream internet are completely irrelevant. The walls are closing in!!!

  3. I’m surprised to see such a biased article on DT. Newspapers are an outdated concept but I quite enjoyed DT. Time to go perhaps…

  4. I believe Trump is human. There are many in power who have used backdoor technologies to obtain that power and it has rid them of their humanity, quite literally. Trump has never pretended to be a nice guy using that bait & switch tactic that all the pedo drug dealers use. I also like Melania Trump because she always appears dignified and doesn’t say dumb things. I don’t think Donald Marshall makes any specific references to political personalities as such but reading between the lines the music industry and the pharmaceutical/war machine are just one big mac and big macs should come with health warnings.

  5. Graham Hryce doesn’t appreciate how corrupt the entire system is or the level of deception being used by our politicians and the MSM. Practically everything we’re being told is fiction. Western civilization is on verge of collapse by design. The UN, WHO, WEF and our politicians are (knowingly or unknowingly) leading us into a Great Reset. The establishment of a planetary dictatorship. “You will own nothing and you will be happy.” – World Economic Forum. What we’re about to experience will surpass all other calamities in recorded history. Sadly, the educated class in the West have become self-centered and compliant automatons, incapable of averting this unprecedented catastrophe.

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