Trump is fueling Republican lies. I join the Lincoln Project to stop them.
America is exhausted. We went through the worst presidency in our history, when the very concept of what it meant to be an American was called into question. A pandemic killed more than 600,000 of our fellow Americans, more than we lost in the two world wars of the last century. There is a desperate desire 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 in a hurryto follow the path of bipartisanship to get us out of this danger. As much as the Biden administration may be trying to restore a sense of normalcy to our country after the past four years and as much as Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va., and others are looking for the time-honored two-party goal and common ground to solve our problems, these are elusive goals.
We have all lived in an America with two political parties for generations. It’s the only way we understand to participate and talk about our politics. A bipartisan lens is the only way the media knows how to cover Washington and, of course, the elections. This is why so many of us cannot give up the idea that there must be a two-way solution to the danger of the moment. I wish it was possible. It’s not.
Guardians of Lincoln’s Legacy
There are no longer two healthy parties in America. The catastrophic mistake for our nation is to continue to see the Democrats against Republicans fight left against right. We are at war with an authoritarian movement fueled by former President Donald Trump. It includes many the 147 republicans who signed the betrayal with their January 6 votes opposing Joe Biden’s victory, and it increased since.
The authoritarian movement now holds so much power within what used to be the Republican Party that goodwill officials are either purged or held hostage – out of cowardly fear for their political careers or even by fear for their safety. It’s what the rest of us are doing now that matters. It is time to choose sides and act: fight this authoritarian movement and become one of President Abraham Lincoln’s guardians in ensuring that government of the people, 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 them the truth and join us as Americans to find a way forward together.
Every American, every business, news media and social platforms needs to understand that there are no longer two functional political parties in our country. Straddling them is not understanding our situation and the threat of an authoritarian movement that seeks to seize power by all means. It is time for all Americans to join in this fight. Not one party over another. But all Americans against an authoritarian movement and its poison until it dies and another generation of Americans makes sure our democracy lives.
I spent the last four decades as a consultant to the Democratic Party battling Republicans on issues such as taxes, health care and foreign policy. These were important questions in the politics of yesterday, and I hope they will be so again in the politics of the future. But today there is a problem in America: will the American experience survive?
During the Trump years, I watched with awe as Republicans of conscience and decency rise up and defend America. They were called anti-trump, but I’ve always seen them more as pro-democracy. They were Republicans. I am a democrat. But these labels mean little today.
Confronting Trump’s authoritarianism
As citizens, we must join with each other in a pro-democracy coalition which at all times confronts the authoritarian movement among us. President Biden and those who try to govern must find compromise and common ground wherever they can to get things done, and we must all give them the opportunity to do so. But there is no compromise with those who continue to fuel the authoritarian movement with lies.
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This movement, led by Trump and encouraged by far too many Republican senators and MPs, is so dangerous to our democracy that the singular objective of the Lincoln Project is to defeat Republican attempts to win back majorities in the House and Senate in 2022. We will succeed if the American people understand the threat and the danger and join the pro-democracy coalition to defeat it. Each of us, in our own way, can and must do our part.
It is not about politics or petty politics or our individual histories and our past partisan struggles. It is about the future of our democracy and, as Lincoln’s guardians, ensuring that it survives. This is why, today, I join the Lincoln Project in this cause.
Joe Trippi, a Democratic national strategist whose clients have included former California Governor Jerry Brown, former Senator Doug Jones of Alabama and presidential candidates Walter Mondale, Dick Gephart and Howard Dean, is the author of “The revolution will not be televised“and podcast host”This Trippi show.“Follow him on Twitter: @JoeTrippi