- The Washington Times
Monday, December 5, 2022

OPINION:

When President Donald Trump first arrived on the political scene, he was a bull in a china shop. That was his most important and appealing attribute.

More than seven years on, we have discovered an even more important and appealing characteristic: Mr.  Trump is also a political Hydra.


No matter how many swamp creatures step forward to slay him with the mightiest weapons known to Washington crusaders, they cannot kill him. In fact, every sword they lay upon his neck serves only to sprout new heads.

Sure, the FBI, Big Tech, Democrats and the media cheated him out of the 2020 election. 

They changed all the rules for voting. They spent six years making up lies about Mr. Trump and spreading them as gospel truth. And, we now know, they used every power at their disposal to protect and promote President Biden.

In the end, they rigged the election and tricked Americans into voting for a thoroughly compromised and corrupt lifelong politician in order to press Mr. Trump out of the White House.

They succeeded in removing Mr. Trump. But they failed to destroy Mr. Trump’s movement.

In Mr. Trump’s place, an army of new Trumps has arisen to carry on the fight to place America’s interests ahead of global interests. This new army of Republicans is devoted to border security, standing up for American workers and embracing economic policies that benefit all Americans.

And — perhaps most important — confront the corrupt national media with the vigor and rage of a bull in a china shop.

Increasingly, the ranks of Republicans in Congress are filled with these new Trumps, and already they are forcing to the forefront the very same issues that got Mr. Trump elected in 2016.

In Arizona, Kari Lake refuses to concede her election for governor. We now know that some of the very same techniques used against Mr. Trump in 2020 were deployed against Ms. Lake last month.

Ms. Lake is one of the most skilled politicians at confronting the corrupt and dishonest media. She will prove to be a powerful voice uncovering the widespread corruption in our elections.

In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis has proved equally skilled at rewriting the corrupt media narrative. He has also demonstrated expert ability to govern, which is why he won reelection in a landslide last month.

Mr. DeSantis has also mastered the Trump technique of weaponizing social issues against Democrats in a way that cowardly Republican politicians have long shied away from.

Not only did Mr. DeSantis succeed in passing legislation to bar Florida schools from forcing sexualized instruction on children, he drew the culture behemoth Disney into the fight. And won.

Victories like that — along with the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade — would have been unimaginable before the detonation of Mr. Trump’s election in 2016.

The latest Hydra head to rise up from the Trump beast is Elon Musk.

As Mr. Musk throws open the gates of Twitter, it is interesting to see just how much the social media platform was built to be a playground exclusively for leftists, the liberal media and Democrats. 

And yet, somehow, Donald Trump was the most effective force to ever dominate Twitter.

He used it to talk about social issues, opine on public affairs, push his political agenda, harass enemies and mercilessly ridicule the press. And he used it to get himself elected president.

Mr. Trump so effectively took over the platform they had to ban him from it.

And now, the latest Trump Hydra has bought Twitter and is exposing all the secrets of its dishonesty and corruption. None of this would have happened without the Orange bull in the china shop.

They may have succeeded in getting Mr. Trump out of office. But they will never stop the movement he started.

Charles Hurt is opinion editor at The Washington Times.


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