by Shelt Garner
Welp, I have to give Trump credit, it’s at least possible that a nation founded by Washington and renewed by Lincoln could be at last destroyed by malignant dingus Donald Trump. Pretty much all that has to happen is Trump go transactional and that’s it.
The United States would buckle into something akin to civil war. There would be no narrative, no ready endgame and we would careen into a very dark and uncertain future.
The fact that a legal raid on Mar-a-Lago would cause the Right to race to cling Trump as close to them as possible says America is far, far more fucked up than we could possibly have imagined. And we’re doing it willfully, with our eyes wide open.
The key issue is Trump, on a political basis, back in the game now. And all he would have to do to have some sort of immunity again would be to announce his 2024 bid. Now, obviously, the darkest scenario is Trump is indicted, runs anyway and in a bid to protect himself does something akin to being transactional.
Or, at least transactional connected, like he did with January 6th.
I guess what I’m saying is — I have no idea how any of this ends. And one way it ends is severe, chronic political violence that would be the setup for either autocracy or a far more traditional civil war situation around late 2024 – early 2025.
I just don’t think we appreciate how weak and unstable the United States is right now. If Something Big happened, I’m not so sure that the United States would be able to unite to do anything about it. We’re so divided, that we’re just as likely to collapse into open warfare as we are to unite to save the world again.