Forgive typos in this article, as my screen is now spray painted with vomit. Donald Trump officially announced his 2024 presidential candidacy, you see, and I couldn’t hold back my dinner.
Trump, who has dedicated his 2016-20 term as president to stoking racial hatred in the United States and enabling the rise of white supremacist fascism, announced his candidacy in a statement at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. “America’s comeback begins now,” he said, peppering his speech with sectarian propaganda and false claims.
“Three years ago, when I left office, the United States was ready for its golden age. The nation was at the pinnacle of power, dominating all its rivals and vanquishing all its enemies…. We were a great and glorious nation, something you haven’t heard for a long time. Trump also mentioned a “globalist” (i.e. Jewish) conspiracy, called American cities “sinks of violent crime”, and said immigrants had “flooded” the United States with fentanyl.
“In order to make America great and glorious again,” Trump said, “I am announcing my candidacy for President of the United States tonight.”
In the hours leading up to the expected announcement, the general feeling of dread and disgust was peppered with speculation that Trump might be arrested during his announcement. The House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, uprising recently subpoenaed Trump, after finding there was evidence he misled the American people about the 2020 election results, attempted to cancel the elections and orchestrated the insurrection.
So what happens now that Trump has announced his candidacy for a second term?
Best-case scenario, he’ll start to dominate every news cycle again, spreading more misrepresentations about voter fraud and who knows what else, until he’s defeated by the Democratic nominee in 2024. ( Biden has yet to announce his own candidacy, and is reportedly still deciding whether or not to run.)
The worst scenario? Trump wins and the United States continues its slide into full-fledged Christian fascism. During his tenure as president — excuse me, I just puked a little more in memory — Trump filled the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, with far-right justices. He instituted a travel ban on people from predominantly Muslim countries, stoked anti-Latinx sentiment by gossiping for years on his legendary border wall, and directly caused the deaths of thousands of Puerto Ricans with his botched response to the Hurricane Maria.
Voting is far from a panacea in the face of fascists and extremists, but it shapes the landscape of the battles we must fight. If you want to make sure Trump doesn’t return to the White House in 2024, make sure your voter registration is up to date and consider doing phone banking or soliciting his opponent, whoever that may be.
At the very least, do it so we don’t all have to listen to his voice all the time for the next few years. All of our screens deserve to be vomit-free.
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