Many observers, including me, think Republicans could face an enormous defeat in November.
Consequently, we need to ask how will Republicans act if they lose the Presidency, the US Senate, and more in November 2020? To elaborate, President Donald J. Trump (R-Florida) is far behind in the polls. Additionally, pundits speculate the Grand Old Party (GOP) could lose up to 11 US Senate seats and its majority.
I predict Republicans will imitate Democrats if they lose. After their loss in the 2016 U.S. House of Representatives and Presidential elections, Democrats went crazy.
The Russiagate Madness
In particular, many Democrats and their media allies became obsessed with the Russiagate conspiracy theory.
To explain, the Russiagate thesis is that Russian hackers tipped the balance for Trump by manipulating social media. However, I think there is no evidence for Russiagate.
Instead of self reflection, Democrats blamed the other for their problems. For instance, Democrats refuse to admit they nominated an unpopular and incompetent candidate; Hillary R. Clinton (D-New York), and ran a terrible campaign in 2016.
The Democratic establishment loves Russiagate because it gets them and their high-paid political consultants off the hook. There is no need for new consultants, candidates, policies, or strategies because Russia is the real problem. In particular, there is no need to ask, “did we waste money on those expensive experts?”
The Russiagate madness has become Democratic dogma. In fact, establishment Democrats; such as Clinton, now brand any critic a Russian agent. For instance, Clinton accuses U.S. Representative and failed presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) of being a Russian agent. Gabbard is a decorated National Guard Officer and war veteran.
The Chinagate Insanity
I predict Republicans will become obsessed with their own conspiracy if they lose.
The most probable course of action for Republicans is to blame China. To explain, Republicans will blame a combination of Chinese intelligence agencies, hackers, Silicon Valley, the Democrats, billionaires, and the media for their defeat.
Hence, Republicans will do not need to reevaluate unpopular or failed policies. Or admit that Trump is an incompetent and corrupt buffoon. Instead, the GOP can blame the Chinagate conspiracy for its failures.
In fact, I think Republicans are already laying the groundwork for the Chinagate conspiracy. For instance, the Sinclair Broadcast Group aired a report that claims “DID DR. FAUCI CREATE COVID-19?” CNN reports. The conspiracy theory alleges Fauci made coroanvirus in his lab and released it in China, presumably with help from that nation’s government.
In the report, conspiracy theorist Judy Mikovits claims Anthony S. Fauci M.D. made coronavirus in a laboratory. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, is America’s highest profile epidemiological and something of a hero to progressives.
The conservative Sinclair Broadcast Group owns 173 TV stations in 81 broadcast markets across the United States, The Washington Post claims. The Washington Post alleges Sinclair promotes conservative ideology and Trump with its newscasts.
How Chinagate Will Work
I think Sinclair’s despicable attack on Fauci is a preview of how Chinagate will work. First, “conservative media” will make absurd allegations against specific individuals.
Second, the allegations will become part of the GOP or conservative party line. They will expect all Republicans to parrot the party line.
Third, Republican leaders will ignore and deny reality and attack anybody who mentions it. Fourth, conservative media outlets will treat the conspiracy theory as gospel truth and suppress all other narratives.
Here is my breakdown of the Chinagate narrative: Chinese intelligence agencies and their puppets created or fabricated coronavirus to destroy Trump. Moreover, the media, Silicon Valley, Democrats, and Joe Biden are part of the Chinagate conspiracy.
Why Republicans will Embrace Chinagate
Chinagate is absurd, but it is no more absurd than Russiagate. Remember, Russiagate is working for Democrats. They retook the House in 2018 and could retake the U.S. Senate and the White House this year.
Political junkies, including me, will disagree and argue that changing demographics; and the unpopularity of Trump and the GOP’s rigid conservative agenda, are destroying Republicans’ chances. Unfortunately, blaming the conspiracy is cheaper and easier than changing course.
For instance, no Republican needs to reevaluate his or her beliefs if Chinagate destroyed Trump. In addition, conspiracy theories let high-priced political consultants and their failed strategies off the hook. Plus, conspiracy theories protect the people who pay overpriced political consultants.
Finally, no Republican has to admit that supporting Trump was a mistake – if China stole the election. Likewise, Trump himself can deflect the blame for the massive defeat and failing to contain coronavirus to China.
Get Ready for the Trump Show
I predict that Donald J. Trump Sr will become the chief Chinagate promoter.
The most probable action is for Trump to use his new show on Fox; or some other network (perhaps MSNBC), to promote Chinagate. Special guests Ivanka and Donald J. Trump Jr will join the ex-president each day to offer the latest Chinagate update.
A regular feature on the Trump Show; and Trump’s Twitter, will be the ex-president identifying which Republican traitors are part of Chinagate. Such nonsense will tear the GOP apart by turning Republicans against each other. Just as Russiagate is tearing up the Democratic Party.
Frighteningly, the Trump Show has already begun. On 31 July 2020, Trump told reporters he was planning to ban the popular social media app TikTok.
Trump claims the Chinese-owned TikTok is a national security threat. However, cynics think Trump hates TikTok because some of its users claim to have sabotaged a 21 June 2020 Trump rally by reserving hundreds of seats.
Welcome to Medieval America
The rally upset Trump because the arena was half empty. Sadly, the notion that most of his followers are too smart to gather in public and get coronavirus never enters Trump’s mind.
Thus, America will go from having one absurd and destructive conspiracy theory as political dogma to having two destructive and absurd conspiracy theories dominating mainstream politics. I have to wonder how our political system can function when conspiracy theories become the dominant ideology in both major political parties?
Hence, our leaders now blame unseen demons and imaginary enemies for their troubles. Welcome to Medieval America, folks.