Reports of Donald Trump’s Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

As the general election commences with a Trump-Biden rematch, it’s worthwhile to note what it took to get here.

It wasn’t that long ago when some candidates, such as Florida Governor Ron Desantis, were certain that a Trump collapse was imminent in 2023. Just wait until the primaries, they told themselves, voters will decide it’s not worth riding that train again. What Republicans really want is something called Trump-light. They like his policies, but not his mouth. They want the flavor without the filler.

Other candidates, like former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, were more direct in their criticism. Trump is a threat to the country and needs to be destroyed. Again, voters disagreed, but it didn’t stop Christie from trying.

When former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley was the last candidate standing, her criticism and blunders grew just as large. She was giving voters the option they so desperately longed for until it was painfully clear what they were longing for wasn’t her.

The wise choice for someone like DeSantis would’ve been to never play the game at all. The idea that somehow Trump could be parted from the base, even for a MAGA-esque anti-woke fighter like DeSantis was always a pipe dream.

Whether it’s at the ballot box, the court of public opinion, or the actual U.S. Supreme Court, Trump keeps piling up small victories here and there. Every hope Democrats have of deposing the former president from a chance at holding the White House again keeps crumbling in one way or another.

In a frontal assault on democracy, Democrats collectively, as a campaign strategy, decided it would best to simply take choices away from voters by removing Trump’s name from the ballot due to the so-called insurrection on Jan 6, 2021. The Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, said no dice last week:

The Supreme Court on Monday restored Donald Trump to 2024 presidential primary ballots, rejecting state attempts to hold the Republican former president accountable for the Capitol riot.

The justices ruled a day before the Super Tuesday primaries that states cannot invoke a post-Civil War constitutional provision to keep presidential candidates from appearing on ballots. That power resides with Congress, the court wrote in an unsigned opinion.

The outcome ends efforts in Colorado, Illinois, Maine and elsewhere to kick Trump, the front-runner for his party’s nomination, off the ballot because of his attempts to undo his loss in the 2020 election to Democrat Joe Biden, culminating in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

Trump prevailed in the primary and slowly but surely he’s prevailing against the politically-driven legal attacks as well.

If President Biden wasn’t incessantly weak it’s likely Democrats wouldn’t be fighting this hard with their panties this twisted over beating Trump before Election Day. The planets are aligning for Trump, having waltzed to the GOP nomination, to waltz back to the Oval Office as well.

If voters were inclined to believe that Trump is as dangerous as Democrats would have them believe, then the former president wouldn’t stand a chance in November. And yet, this sort of thing is quite a marvel…

Nate Ashworth

The Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Election Central. He's been blogging elections and politics for over a decade. He started covering the 2008 Presidential Election which turned into a full-time political blog in 2012 and 2016 that continues today.

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