Trump stirs up Republican lies. I’m joining the Lincoln Project to stop them.
America is exhausted. We had the worst presidency in our history when the concept of what it means to be an American was challenged. A pandemic killed over 600,000 of our compatriots in America, more than we lost in either of the two world wars of the last century. There is a desperate longing for normalcy. We finally have a normal president with a competent administration. But this is not a normal time. American democracy is in crisis.
Many are pushing us to take the bipartisan path to get us out of this danger. As much as the Biden government tries to restore a sense of normalcy to our nation after the past four years, and as much as Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va. and others seek the time-honored goal of bipartisanism and community to solve our problems, these are elusive goals.
We have all lived in a two-party America for generations. This is the only way we can participate and talk about our policies. A two-party lens is the only way the news media can cover Washington and, of course, elections. This is why so many of us cannot give up the idea that there has to be a two-party solution to the danger of the moment. I wish it was possible. It is not.
Keeper of Lincoln’s legacy
America no longer has two sane parties. The catastrophic mistake for our nation is to continue to see the struggle as Democrats versus Republicans, left versus right. We are at war with an authoritarian movement fueled by former President Donald Trump. It contains many of the 147 Republicans who pledged treason with their January 6th vote, protesting Joe Biden’s victory, and it has grown since then.
The authoritarian movement now has so much power within the Republican Party that officials of goodwill are either purged or held hostage – out of cowardly fear for their political careers or even out Fear for their safety. It matters what the rest of us do now. It is time to choose your side and take action: fight this authoritarian movement and become one of the guardians of President Abraham Lincoln to ensure that the people rule is by the people, for the people will not perish from the earth.
The truth matters. Many have been lied to and many have come to believe these lies. They are not the enemy – for them we must offer the truth and join as Americans to find a way forward together.
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Every American, every business, the news media and social platforms must understand that there are no longer two functioning political parties in our country. Moving between them means not understanding our circumstances and the threat of an authoritarian movement trying to take power by all means. It is time for all Americans to join this fight. Not one party over the other. But all Americans against an authoritarian movement and its poison until it dies and another generation of Americans makes our democracy live.
I have spent it last four decades as an advisor to the Democratic Party fighting Republicans on issues such as taxes, health care and foreign affairs. These were important issues in yesterday’s politics and will hopefully be important again in future politics. But today in America there is a question: will the American experiment survive?
During the Trump years, I watched with admiration as Republicans stood up with conscience and decency to stand up for America. They were called anti-Trump, but I always saw them more as pro-democracy. They were republicans. I am a democrat. But these labels mean little today.
Confront Trump’s authoritarianism
As citizens, we must unite in a pro-democratic coalition that opposes the authoritarian movement in our midst at every turn. President Biden and those trying to rule must find compromise and common ground wherever they can to achieve things, and we must all give them the space to do so. But there is no compromise with those who continue to fuel the authoritarian movement with lies.
Mark your calendar: January 6, 2025 could be the date American democracy dies
This movement, led by Trump and supported by far too many Republican senators and members of the House of Representatives, is so dangerous to our democracy that its only goal is Lincoln project is to halt attempts by Republicans to regain majorities in the House and Senate in 2022. We will succeed when the American people understand the threat and danger and join the pro-democracy coalition to defeat them. Each of us can and must do his part in his own way.
This is not about politics or petty politics or our individual history and past partisan struggles. It’s about the future of our democracy and, as Lincoln’s guardian, making sure it survives. So today I’m joining the Lincoln Project on this.
Joe Trippi, a national Democratic strategist whose clients included former California Governor Jerry Brown, former Senator Doug Jones of Alabama, and presidential candidates Walter Mondale, Dick Gephardt, and Howard Dean, is the author of “The revolution will not be televised“and moderator of the podcast”This Trippi show.“Follow him on Twitter: @JoeTrippi