2020 has been a disaster for millions of Americans. A year of economic and social chaos. Whether one is talking about the effect the coronavirus has had or the massive and prolonged protest throughout the country following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.
There were no sports until recently and what is happening now is merely a shell of each sport’s respective self. Almost every concert, carnival, and every other event were canceled. Businesses were shut down and many never reopened. In Portland, unmarked federal troops moved in to quell what Team Trump called “riots.”
Back in 2014, in an interview with Fox News, Donald Trump fantasized about a very similar situation and claimed it would, to paraphrase, “make America great again.”
Here is exactly what he said in a Fox News interview in 2014:
“We have a lot of people that are unemployed that have no idea of getting a job. They love the system, they don’t have to work, they’re being taken care of, and it’s a problem … You know what solves it? When the economy crashes, when the country goes to total hell, and everything is a disaster, then you’ll have riots to go back to where we used to be, when we were great.”
Of course, most didn’t want to believe at the time that Trump was endorsing such a chaotic plan, and most took it as a hypothetical. But here we are now in August of 2020. What is the situation? Well, not far off from that ominous position. Unemployment is well over 10 percent. America has seen over 20 straight weeks of over a million people filing for unemployment benefits each week.
And perhaps many aren’t protesting for Trump’s causes, people definitely have rioted in the street, and many credible reports reveal that at least some of those “riots” have been started or escalated by authorities.
The old saying “be careful what you wish for” certainly comes to mind.
But did Trump wish for this situation and/or let it get worse based on the “hypothetical” he was proud to defend before he assumed the office of President of the United States? It might seem unlikely, but not totally out of the realm of possibility.
Look at how we got here. Back in the winter of 2020, Trump blew off the coronavirus, which allowed it to go from a few infections to where we have over 5 million cases now. The economy is now officially a disaster. When protests were gaining steam and a majority of Americans supported the causes of groups like Black Lives Matter, authorities sparked riots where peaceful protests were.
Congress passed a relief package for unemployed Americans in the spring that ever since Trump and his allies have complained that it motivates people not to work. Now, Trump has signed his own relief package via executive orders (some say they are more akin to a “memo” than an executive order) that makes the poor a little poorer while shifting some of the reduced payouts to states — states that are broke as the virus has ravaged their treasuries.
When asked about it in a press conference over the weekend, Trump told a reporter and America that less money was “what they want.” He also said this would incentivize them to get back to work.
Of course, most of those people don’t have a job to go back to.
Millions of Americans have lost their health coverage just when they need it. Trump has been promising a plan only to not deliver one when pressed as recently as this summer.
Many have accused Trump of intentionally trying to wreck the functions of the Post Office which could lead to more chaos come election time.
With all this happening, Trump is now standing on top of all the political, economic, and social rubble and claiming only he can save us from this chaos. Chaos he seems to have more than a small hand in creating.
The question still remains, however — is this all one big coincidence, or is this, in some twisted way, what Trump wanted? Only Trump could definitively answer that question but it is getting harder and harder to just write what Trump said about chaos and a wrecked economy in 2014 as a “hypothetical.”
Let us review … The economy crashed and Trump cuts the pay of unemployed Americans. Riots in the streets are squashed by what many have called “Trump’s secret police” force. Meanwhile, in his “executive actions,” Trump has laid the foundation of realizing a GOP dream of defunding and thus eliminating Social Security and Medicare by deferring the payroll tax that funds those two popular programs. In doing so, even if he loses the election, he will put Democrats between a political rock and a hard place when they are forced to choose between forgiving the deferred payment and thus making the programs insolvent or committing political suicide by calling in the bill.
All a coincidence?