The David Cay Johnson article “A clear repudiation: Larry Elder's mammoth defeat may signal the death rattle of Trumpism” equivocates. It begins accurately calling Elder’s loss “a clear repudiation” but uses the word “may” as to whether this is the death rattle of Trumpism. Indeed, it may, but then again, it may not.
His main points:
An actual death rattle is a medical phenomenon. It sometime happens to a patient shortly before they die. The are not experiencing physical distress at the time but it is disturbing to relatives who hear it.
If David Cay Johnson is correct then candidates across the country running in all but the most pro-Trump states who attach themselves too closely to Trump are likely to loose either to Democrats in general elections or never-Trump Republicans in primaries.
If and when Trumpism dies will it go gently with a quiet death rattle? I think not. My sense is that it will probably expire with the sound and fury of denial, desperation, and as suggested in the following quote, possibly outbursts of violent protests.
Elder's website engaged in the same kind of incitement, insinuating that his supporters might have to reach for "the ammo box" if their legal challenge to Newsom's as-yet-non-existent-victory were unsuccessful. From “Republicans show signs that they've given up on elections”
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