. . . Not Donald.
I voted for President Trump in the 2016 Ohio primary, the general election that year and again in 2020. I contributed to his campaign both times. I think he was a successful President and would have been more successful had he not been repeatedly sabotaged by people in his own White House and in the broader Deep State. Had he been re-elected in 2020, I doubt there would be a war in Ukraine today, among other benefits.
But it is time for Donald Trump to step aside and let other, younger men carry the torch. It is true that time seemingly has no effect on him. But the fact is, we now have an 80 year-old President, and voters will be leery of another, with some reason. At age 75, I know neither my body nor my mind is in top form anymore. Another five years won’t help. The only respect in which I will grow from here on out is my waistline.
President Trump also faces some unpleasant political realities. With the exception of my home state of Ohio, where J.D. Vance won, all the Senate candidates he endorsed were defeated. Most of those races were winnable. But Mr. Trump will not endorse any candidate who does not agree that the 2020 election was stolen.
Was it? It is impossible to know. Once electronics enter into anything, security goes out the window. The term “electronic security” is a contradiction in terms. Now, in many states, the process of voting and vote-counting involves electronics. So who knows what the actual votes were? Electronic vote-rigging, like too many things electronic, is undetectable if it is done well. And the Deep State can be counted on to do such things well.
President Trump’s policies are generally to his advantage. Most Americans agree with him much of the time. But there is no way around the fact that many voters, especially women, dislike him as an individual. Women vote with their hearts, not their heads. A majority of the electorate is now female. Had the Founders ever envisioned such a situation, we would now be drinking to the health of our new monarch, King Charles III. But we are stuck with it, and so is President Trump.
At the same time, his name remains magic to many Americans. These are the “unpersons,” at least 74 million people, who the culturally Marxist Establishment has declared not to exist. They are to have no voice. Well, President Trump gave them a voice. Their interests are never to be considered. He represented their interests. They are to be despised as “deplorables.” President Trump was and still is happy to be labeled “deplorable” too. He actually likes these mostly white, male or non-Feminist female, straight, usually Christian people, who live in “flyover land,” work hard for their livings, are kind to their friends and neighbors, and admire America’s history and culture.
So we have a conundrum: We need a Trump name on the ballot to bring these people to the polls (many do not otherwise vote), yet President Trump’s personal negatives are high enough to put another Democrat in the White House. (If Biden runs again, it will be as a dead Inca.) What do we do now?
In 2024, the Republican Party nominates Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida for President and Eric Trump, President Trump’s son, as Vice President.
DeSantis won re-election by 20 points, carrying areas such as Miami-Dade that Republicans never carried. His policies are largely those of President Trump, but without the personal negatives. He is young and energetic. He is not afraid to challenge cultural Marxism, aka “Wokeness.” By running Eric Trump for Veep, the Trump name is on the ballot, President Trump can campaign heavily for the ticket and the Republican Party will once again be united. If the Dems try to run against Eric Trump, all he need say is, “are you a carbon copy of your father.)
And so the circle will be squared. Are Republicans smart enough to do it? Or would they prefer to remain “beautiful losers?”