by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
America has been torched by the left’s scorched-earth strategy to defeat Donald Trump. While Trump was still in office, the price was already high. With Trump gone, we are learning that high price was just a down payment.
Today, America is paying in full in its cities, in its schools, on its southern border, and abroad. Seemingly behind every shameful headline is a leftist lowlight.
America’s cities are enduring exploding violence to an extent even the left cannot ignore, but only hope to rationalize. With the left’s pursuit of critical race theory, America’s classrooms are becoming mass indoctrination camps. America’s porous southern border offers chaos reminiscent of a failed Third World state. Even abroad, the left viscerally opposes successful foreign policies, such as the fall 2020 Middle East peace deals and stiff sanctions against terrorist Iran, strictly because they see them tainted by Trump.
Initially, the left did not hate Trump. Instead, they loved him for the havoc he created in Republicans’ field. Once he won the nomination, they laughed because they believed this guaranteed Hillary Clinton’s election.
Only after the left recovered from the shock of Trump’s upset did they start to loathe him. They quickly realized the threat Trump posed. He had not just embraced conservatism to win — once elected, he pursued it beyond their worst nightmares. Most threatening of all, Trump’s conservative populism attracted working-class Americans the left claimed.
The left’s response to their realization was a scorched-earth policy to destroy Trump. Five years into their implacable opposition, we now see the earth the left scorched was America.
Establishment media abandoned any pretext of journalism. They went from being politically biased to being political participants.
As the pandemic unfolded, the left continuously blamed Trump. Despite “the experts’” contradictory admonitions, the left continuously lauded them and condemned Trump.