Thursday, December 01, 2022

USA: Donald Trump’s campaign

Donald Trump has it again: the role of the victim. In the past, Republicans have consistently portrayed themselves as targets of conspiracies by their political opponents, most recently as alleged victims of massive election rigging. This is the Trump system: turning every scandal, every accusation, every defeat into an alleged attempt by the “establishment” to keep them out of power. The FBI’s search of the former US president’s mansion gave Trump new fodder for this narrative, and his supporters are embracing it.

Saturday Night in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: Trump’s first campaign appearance since the FBI raid in early August. The 76-year-old is in his element and has a new theme in his repertoire: “outrageous raids” on his home. Trump portrayed the discovery of his Mar-a-Lago property as a government plan to prevent his return to the White House. “They are trying to silence me, and more importantly they are trying to silence you,” he told his followers. “But we will not remain silent.” As is often the case, Trump uses a number of exaggerations: the operation is “the most shocking abuse of power by a government in American history,” the most vivid example of a “threat to American freedom.” It will “create a reaction like no one has seen before.”

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In fact, it is the first time in US history that investigators have searched the private home of a former president. The FBI found what they were looking for and confiscated various classified information up to the highest level of confidentiality. Slowly, not long after leaving the White House, the extent to which Trump kept government documents a secret in his mansion is becoming clearer. Investigators also see evidence of obstruction of justice. With all this, Trump could hold himself liable for prosecution.

Trump didn’t say a word at Wilkes-Barre about what the documents were doing at his home. Even his fans don’t care about it. Some wear hats with the inscription: “Trump has done nothing wrong.” Before their appearance, Trump-loyal journalists ask people waiting in front of the arena what they think of the discovery. “I think they’re afraid of Trump,” says a gray-haired man wearing a Trump shirt. “They know he’s going to win and they’re doing everything they can to stop him.” Trump has been fueling speculation for weeks that he may run again in the 2024 presidential election, including with Wilkes-Barre. But he doesn’t say anything concrete here either.

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A fan wearing a biker vest and “Trump 2024” hat, who is in Trump’s speech for the 48th time, says: “He fears there will be a red wave in November and we will see the House of Representatives and the Senate take over and impeach Biden ” The US Congress will be re-elected in early November. Republicans – the Reds in America’s political spectrum – are hoping for a majority in both houses of Congress. In doing so, they could not only block President Joe Biden’s policies in the second half of his term, but also launch an investigation into Democrats, including possible impeachment proceedings against members of the government. Quasi to avenge two such procedures against Trump.

Usa: Trump Supporters Stand By Their Political Idol And Express Their Rage Against Joe Biden'S Government.

Trump supporters stand by their political idol and rage against the Joe Biden government.

(Photo: Spencer Platt/AFP)

The atmosphere in the country has heated up. Biden, who launched four years with Trump with the aim of reuniting society, recently took an aggressive tone: He labeled the part of the Republican Party loyal to Trump as extremist, even “quasi-fascist.” – and described as a threat to democracy. Trump responded to Wilkes-Barre that Biden’s speech was “the most malicious, hateful and divisive speech” a US president had ever delivered. There is only one party that is “waging a war on American democracy,” namely the Democrats. Trump speaks of “tyranny” and calls on his supporters to “take back” the country in November.

The politically sensitive investigation against Trump is taking place at a sensitive time. Prominent Republican Senator Lindsey Graham publicly warned of riots if charges were leveled against the former president. Some Trump fans may take this as encouragement. Nothing is unimaginable in America after the unprecedented attack by Trump supporters on the US Capitol in January 2021. And for those who didn’t turn their backs on Trump at the time, improper storage of sensitive government documents certainly shouldn’t be a reason to break up with him.

It is perhaps no coincidence that Trump chose the younger Wilkes-Barre for his first major appearance since the discovery. This is Biden’s homeland: the Democrat was born only 30 kilometers away in Scranton, and spent the first years of his life there. Biden himself appeared at Wilkes-Barre a few days earlier – on three trips to Pennsylvania in a week. The top Republican in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, also traveled to Biden’s birthplace in Scranton just to dish against the president. Pennsylvania is one of the “swing states” that vote this way. In the 2016 presidential election, Trump narrowly prevailed here, Biden in 2020. Pennsylvania could also play a decisive role in the November congressional elections. And according to Trump, it will be “the most important midterm election in American history.”

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