- The Washington Times - Monday, November 28, 2022

Never Trump 2.0 is underway. The occupiers of the political left and right who have lived to hate Donald Trump for the past six years have mobilized again to defeat the former president’s campaign to regain the White House. None of that is particularly surprising. It is a marvel of the ages, though, that the former president is not only willing but eager to fight another presidential cage match. His enemies shouldn’t smirk — Americans love an underdog wrapped in red, white and blue.

Mr. Trump announced his 2024 candidacy before the smoke had cleared from the midterm battle that left his Republican Party victorious, but barely. Three days later, Biden administration Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to investigate Mr. Trump on two fronts: the handling of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago home and his actions related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Yet for two years, Mr. Garland has refused to follow the trail of Hunter Biden’s international business deals, something 65% of respondents to a November Harris Poll support.

Special counsel Jack Smith and his team can be counted on to borrow liberally from the investigations of the Democrats’ House Jan. 6 select committee, which operated by rules laid down by the Queen of Hearts in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”: “Sentence first, verdict afterward.”

With equal predictability, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has piled on the inquisition, reopening a long-dormant investigation of Mr. Trump’s role in paying hush money to porn actress Stormy Daniels, the New York Post reports. If only justice were blind, as advertised.

Democrats are not alone in assuming that T-R-U-M-P spells doom. Paul Ryan, the Republican former House speaker and self-described “never-again Trumper,” summed up his political calculus for 2024 in a recent interview with ABC News: “We probably lose the White House with Trump, and if there’s someone not named Trump, my guess is we win the White House.”

Trump Attorney General William Barr has appeared on PBS claiming that the Justice Department has likely already cocked the trigger on a Trump indictment related to the documents held at Mar-a-Lago: “I personally think that they probably have a basis for legitimately indicting the president.”

All dwell inside an impenetrable big-media snow globe, comfortably coated with the uniform belief that no one outside the political establishment may lead the nation, and besides, it was not The Donald, but Hillary Clinton, who deserved to be president.

As if Team Obama’s attempt to frame him as a Russian asset never happened, nor two impeachments and a shenanigan-filled 2020 presidential election, Mr. Trump has wiped the slate clean with a fresh campaign ad posted on his Truth Social platform: “Make an entrance. Make a run. And then make history. Make a difference. Make good on your word. Make it big league. But most of all, make it great again. Trump.”

Voters are not ready to endorse a new Trump presidency, and neither is this publication. Still, just as their forebears risked all to build a more just society in the New World, today’s Americans shouldn’t be expected to stand idle while Never Trump 2.0 trains its unjust fire on an unapologetic defender of faith, family and freedom.

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