New York Times columnist David Brooks fears FBI raid will ‘re-elect Donald Trump’


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New York Times columnist David Brooks feared on Thursday that the FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home could help boost his chances of a 2024 election victory. a lot of truth there.

“Why is Donald Trump so powerful?” Brooks asked. “How did he come to dominate one of the two main parties and get himself elected president?

He replied that these are Trump’s “stories” and “powerful stories that ring true for tens of millions of Americans”, the main one being “that America is being ruined by corrupt coastal elites”.

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President Donald Trump, center, and First Lady Melania Trump, right, sit with their family as they dine on Thanksgiving Day at their Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, on Thursday 22 November 2018. Ivanka Trump, left, and Barron Trump, second from left, attend. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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“According to this narrative, there is an interlocking web of highly educated Americans who make up what Trumpians have come to call the regime: the powerful in Washington, the liberal media, the big foundations, the elite universities, the corporations woke. These people are corrupt, condescending, and immoral and think only of themselves,” he wrote.

He continued, “They’re there to get Trump because Trump is the person who’s standing up to them. They’re not just there to get Trump; they’re there to get you.”

Brooks admitted that “this narrative has a kernel of truth” and “the highly educated metropolitan elites have become a sort of closed Brahmin class”. He argued, however, that “Trumpian propaganda turns what is an unfortunate social chasm into a venomous conspiracy theory.”

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump is joined on stage by SEC champion swimmer Riley Gaines during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas, U.S., August 6, 2022.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump is joined on stage by SEC champion swimmer Riley Gaines during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas, U.S., August 6, 2022.
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“Trump’s political career has been kept afloat by elite scorn. The more the elites scorn him, the more Republicans love him,” Brooks wrote.

He argued that the FBI raid on Trump’s residence united the Republican Party. “A few weeks ago, about half of Republican voters were willing to quit Trump, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll. This week the whole party seemed to rally behind him,” Brooks wrote.

However, Brooks’ characterization of the GOP and Trump’s position prior to the raid is inconsistent with the vast majority of polls, which by Real Clear Politics’ current average show Trump with a 27.8 lead. % on the next potential main challenger. . Candidates endorsed by Trump also won key victories in primaries across the country, reaffirming his grip on the Republican Party.

Donald Trump leaves NYC after FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago resort

Donald Trump leaves NYC after FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago resort
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The Times columnist also expressed concern that the FBI raid could make Republicans more likely to vote in the 2022 midterm elections. “According to a Trafalgar Group/Convention of States Action survey, 83% of likely Republican voters said the FBI research made them more motivated to vote in the 2022 election,” Brooks wrote.

Brooks said he fears prosecuting and imprisoning Trump in an election is “the likeliest path to complete democratic collapse.”

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Trump leads President Joe Biden in a potential rematch in 2024, according to the Real Clear Politics poll average. Many Republicans and even some Democrats have argued that the FBI raid on Trump appears politically motivated.


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