Donald Trump Wants The Economy To Crash—That Means He’ll Try To Make It Happen
As public opinion catches up with macroeconomic data, Republicans will look for new ways to hurt the country
Donald Trump admitted out loud Monday what more less everyone in politics already knew and may acknowledge privately, but few journalists will report as fact: Republicans want harm to befall the United States when they don’t control the government, and will even seek to engineer harm when they think they can get away with it.
“When there’s a crash, I hope it’s going to be during this next 12 months,” he said, “because I don’t want to be Herbert Hoover.”
Like most Trump outrages, this one landed with a plink. Mainstream media has so thoroughly internalized GOP degeneracy that many reporters no longer see it as extraordinary. The rest so fear allegations of partisan bias that they won’t incorporate this common knowledge—Trump wishes harm on the country for his own political gain—into their coverage of the campaign or of Trump’s relationships or of policy brinkmanship.
And Trump will exploit that forced indifference when he starts trying to will his hope for American carnage into reality.
I first thought of writing about this last week when I happened upon a segment of Tucker Carlson’s Twitter-native incitement racket asking, “Is the Fed lowering rates to get Joe Biden reelected, or is the truth actually much scarier than that?”