Danielle Pletka on voting for Trump: Biden “would merely be the facade for … an agenda that would seriously damage the nation”
Danielle Pletka of the American Enterprise Institute has been described by non-other than the execrable Jennifer Rubin as a fellow NeverTrumper.
I never heard of Pletka, but a post she wrote for WaPo about her awokening to the error of her NeverTrump ways is getting a lot of attention, I never considered voting for Trump in 2016. I may be forced to vote for him this year:
In 2016, I never considered voting for Donald Trump. The Johnny-come-lately Republican and his nasty schoolyard jibes seemed to me the worst degradation of American politics. But in 2020, I may be forced to vote for the man.
Hear me out.
Hearing her out is mostly a bashing of Orange Man Bad:
I don’t need a bumper sticker or a lawn sign to convey my distaste for Trump — his odious tweets, his chronic mendacity and general crudeness.
All that and more said, at least Trump is who he is:
With Donald Trump, I know what I am getting. He wears his sins on the outside. For good and ill, he runs his administration. I worry more about his incompetence and vacillation than I do about any dictatorial tendencies.
Not so Joe Biden, a Trojan Horse for the radical left:
But I fear the leftward lurch of the Democratic Party even more.
What is there to be afraid of? I fear that former vice president Joe Biden would be a figurehead president, incapable of focus or leadership, who would run a teleprompter presidency with the words drafted by his party’s hard-left ideologues. I fear that a Congress with Democrats controlling both houses — almost certainly ensured by a Biden victory in November — would begin an assault on the institutions of government that preserve the nation’s small “d” democracy….
I fear the grip of Manhattan-San Francisco progressive mores that increasingly permeate my daily newspapers, my children’s curriculums and my local government. I fear the virtue-signaling bullies who increasingly try to dominate or silence public discourse — and encourage my children to think that their being White is intrinsically evil, that America’s founding is akin to original sin. I fear the growing self-censorship that guides many people’s every utterance, and the leftist vigilantes who view every personal choice — from recipes to hairdos — through their twisted prisms of politics and culture. An entirely Democratic-run Washington, urged on by progressives’ media allies, would no doubt only accelerate these trends….
… I am increasingly persuaded that what I see in Joe Biden — whom I first met in 1992, and whom I believe to be a decent person — would merely be the facade for an administration, fully backed by both houses of Congress, with an agenda that would seriously damage the nation. The corrosive left-wing extremism of 2020 would be ascendant, while a smiling President Biden assures the country that everything is fine. Trump, for all his flaws, could be all that stands between our imperfect democracy and the tyranny of the woke left.
This is not quite Flight 93-level stuff, but it’s close.
NeverTrumper conservatives and Republicans never were great in number. Mostly they are shamelss grifters desperate for the only attention they can get, being the Republican who hates Trump and would rather force others to live under the thumb of neo-Stalinists than give up their book deal, WaPo column, or MSNBC/CNN gigs. Horrible, despicable sociopaths almost to the person.
But if NeverTrumper Pletka is ready to storm the cockpit door, maybe there are others among the greater number of people who may not be NeverTrump, but are awokening to the threat before us.
Orange Man may be Bad in their eyes, but Trojan Horse Man is worse.
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