Davos, Dictators, & The Real “Threats To Our Democracy”


Republican presidential candidate (and now presumptive nominee) Donald Trump won the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary in the past week, breaking records in both contests.

In Iowa, Trump received an unprecedented 51 percent of votes cast—more than 30 percentage points ahead of the runner-up, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (who has since left the race and endorsed Trump).

In New Hampshire, Trump received a record 175,000-plus votes and beat former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley by 12-plus percentage points.

Predictably, the American Left is freaking out.

For months, their talking heads have been warning that Trump’s election will usher in a literal dictatorship. As I wrote last week, the baseless accusations are cast at both President Trump and the Americans supporting him. Democrats are ratcheting up this polarizing tactic, which they’ve used for years. In 2008, Barack Obama characterized Americans who opposed his candidacy for president as “bitter” people “clinging” to their “guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them.” During her 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton declared Trump supporters to be a “basket of deplorables.” In 2024, Democrats are accusing Trump voters of wanting authoritarianism and fascism.

This latest steaming pile of propaganda is inexcusably ignorant. Or perhaps it is yet another instance of projection.