If it looks like it’s going to be close enough, Democrats will make plans to steal Presidential elections. This is especially true when they roundly despise the Republican candidate. They loathed “Tricky Dick” Nixon in 1960, and in 2020 they were consumed with hatred of Donald Trump. They stole the 1960 election in Illinois and Texas, and it may prove out that they stole 2020 as well. They would have stolen 2016, but it was going to be a sure Democrat win, so they weren’t ready. If it’s close enough in 2024, and Trump is the Republican, they’ll certainly try to steal it again.

If Republicans are going to be sure of a win, they need to win big – big enough that it can’t be stolen. That’s one reason why, in the end, it’s very unlikely that they’ll nominate Trump again. Half the country hates him, and would vote for Donald Duck before they’d vote for Donald Trump. This why savvy Republican candidates like Virginia’s Glenn Youngkin try to keep Trump out of their campaigns. Mainstream Democrats are dispirited and apathetic. Only Trump hatred can get them to the polls.

This will be just as true, if not more so, in 2022 and 2024. Association with Trump may help win Republican primaries, but it’s a major impediment in a general election. As more information about the events of Jan. 6, 2021, comes to light, the Trump appeal will continue to fade. Not because of the dubious “insurrection” at the Capitol. That was a farce. The real scandal was Trump’s attempt to pressure Vice President Pence into unilaterally overturning the electoral vote in states where there was evidence of fraud, and using a mob to do it.

Trump was a terrible candidate, but a great President. His administration provides a template for the Republican who follows him.

This was unprecedented in American history. What Trump wanted Pence to do was tantamount to a coup d’état, an illegal seizure of power. The media has downplayed this aspect of Jan. 6, because, while it makes Trump look bad, it makes Pence look good. They know that if Pence is the 2024 nominee, he’ll be favored to win, and win big. He has the Trump agenda, without the Trump baggage. His performance on Jan. 6 distanced him from Trump, but not from Trump’s issues.

Trump was a terrible candidate, but a great President. His administration provides a template for the Republican who follows him. He was, essentially, a turnaround manager, an outsider brought into a moribund organization to provide a new direction. Turn around managers have to be willing to take on the corporate establishment, and ruffle some feathers in the process. They aren’t there for the long haul, and they can get a lot of people upset. This is what Trump did for this country, and he deserves the gratitude of the American people for what he accomplished on their behalf.

He also revolutionized the Republican Party, repudiating its slavish devotion to the economics of free trade, and making it, once more, the party of the people who actually make this country work. Politically, Trump was a hedgehog, not a fox. He didn’t know a lot of things, but he knew one big thing, the most important thing in politics: give people what they want.

But as a candidate, Trump was a near disaster. Any conventional Republican would have easily beaten Hillary Clinton. She was a truly awful candidate, in a Republican year, with no message, who ran a truly awful campaign. Only having Trump as an opponent allowed her to keep it close. In 2020, Biden was, if anything, worse than Clinton. But his campaign and the media, working in tandem, were able to disguise his inadequacies just enough to squeak out a win.

Trump fatigue will continue to build, as he obsesses over the lost 2020 election, and continues his vendettas against those who failed to support his efforts to overturn it. In 2016 he famously declared he could commit homicide in broad daylight, and still maintain his appeal to his core supporters, and that still may be true. But that core is shrinking, and his recent behavior is emboldening his Republican critics. Other than Don Jr., his family seems uninterested in his political comeback, and he’d be 82 years old at the end of his next term in office, if he wins.

When Trump’s father passed his fortune on to him, the Trumps were in the Forbes 400 wealthiest families in America. That’s no longer true, and it no doubt bothers him. His family, his party, and his country would be better off if he devotes himself to what he does best, and enjoys doing: making money.

As Trump the Improbable fades from the spotlight, conservatism, the Republican Party, and the United States of America still have a bright future awaiting them.

The views expressed here are those of the author.

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It’s ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ not ‘We Want Trump’

Fritz Pettyjohn
Fritz Pettyjohn served as an Alaska legislator in both the State Senate and House between 1983 and 1990. He was also chair of Alaskans for Judicial Reform from 1988 to 2000.


  • DoneWithIt says:

    Fritz probably thinks Bush, McCain, and Romney are great Republican candidates because they don’t send out mean tweets.
    We need to be civil in our discourse, right Fritz? While the hardcore America hating marxist left attempts to destroy the very foundations of our country – God, Flag, and Family.
    Fritz – wake up – the old Republican party is dead. Trump won the last 2 elections and he will win the next one because he is a Fighter – and uses the bully pulpit to call out the enemies of America.
    Trump is a bad campaigner? Trump energized the electorate in a way that has never been seen before in modern times – Goldwater and Reagan did not come close. Wake up – stop placing more emphasis on style or substance.

  • Mike says:

    Very well said, and DeSantis seems like the perfect candidate to build on what Trump started. There could be a very bright future for Conservatism.

  • Ralph says:

    Read between the lines.. we are done with YOUR puppets.. Trump is just more entertaining than the bum in office and his socialist camel. He actually has fire and demands respect.. something the current administration fails at, horribly. Trump at least knew how to carry himself as an Alpha and not like bumbling Beta Biden.
    It is called the world stage for a reason and this article.. is simply propaganda hiding behind words that are less than offensive to virtue signal to others that they are alone if they support Trump.
    Let’s Go Brandon!
    A vote against someone is not as beneficial as voting for don’t think this article impacts my ability to Vote For Trump and not against Biden.
    -What do you want?? More Democratic disasters like Cali. or N.Y.C?? (lol)

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    I would proudly Vote for Trump again if he runs

  • Steve+Peterson says:

    Wrong! I want Trump!
    Why? Because the left hates him so much! If the left hates him so much, then I have to love him because he will be standing for all that is good and right. The left hates all that is good and right.

  • Lance says:

    Why would Mr. Pettyjohn lie about what Trump what pressuring Pence to do? Guess he really listens to the mainstream media.

  • Ralph says:

    Hey Brandon!

  • Theresa says:

    I disagree that 50% of the country hates Trump. If half the country truly hated him, he wouldn’t have won the 2020 presidential election by an historic landslide.

    The real question is whether or not we will ever have a free and fair election in the U.S. again.

    I don’t believe, after watching the completely inadequate and shameful responses of elected representatives across the U.S. to the steal, the January 6th debacle, and the coordinated effort to block our sitting president from all media outlets until an unelected CCP operative was sworn into office, that there’s any hope for a free and fair presidential election in the near future.

    The CCP’s tentacles are too numerous and strong at this point, at every level of government, media, and medical establishment.

    When I read anyone’s writings about the future of political parties -as if either has a chance at effectively functioning within the U.S. at this point in history, I shake my head in disbelief, because his eyes are not yet wide open.

    It’s time to wake up, America.

  • JC says:

    I do believe you’ve spoken a kernel of truth here.
    Would enjoy having DeSantis run for President.

    • mhs says:

      Yep. I think DeSantis would do better than Pence. I would never vote for Pence. Although I would prefer Trump, I would vote for DeSantis.

  • Bill+Smallwood says:

    Fritz NotsoPrettyJohn,

    TRUMP WON! I think and many others know he is far from done….

  • Wayne M says:

    Trump received over 74 million votes! With that, and a proven record of accomplishments, he will be far more popular than you realize. As for me, I want Trump AND “Let’s go, Brandon!!!”

  • Steve+Peterson says:

    Nope. I would definitely vote for Trump again. Just the fact that he is so hated by the left is all I need to know. You, Mr. Pettyjohn, seem to be a deep stater/status quo kind of politician.

  • DoneWithIt says:

    Fritz still doesn’t get it. Sounds like he was offended by Trumps mean tweets.
    More people voted for Trump than any republican candidate ever – oh, but Fritz thought he was a terrible candidate.
    Trump singlehandedly transformed the Grand Old Party back to its roots – blue collar working class, no more globalist wars, might back in the country, America First – God, Flag, and Family.
    Sounds like Fritz misses the Bush, Romney, McStain kind of conservatism – “compassionate” and no meanie tweets.
    We loved Trump because he was a fighter and he used his bully pulpit to call out all the commie lib and neocon by.
    God Bless Trump.

  • Mongo Likes Candy says:

    Trump’s crime was to lure 1,000,000 of his followers into a Federal False Flag Trap. Many are in solitary confinement today for the crime of attending, while the Self-Proclaimed Father of the Death Jab says nothing. Trump is and was controlled opposition, a WWF type character who keeps the crowd riled giving the DC Criminal Uniparty cover to carry out their problem-action-solution machinations.

  • Dean says:

    Interesting observations but no way will Pence win in 2024! You say half the country hates Trump, but half of the conservative base hates Pence. Pence was a cardboard cut out yes man. He then dumped the MAGA crowd without so much as a thank you when it was politically required of him. Not a Trump koolaid drinker here but definitely not a Pence fan either.

  • yearight says:

    The premise is false. It doesn’t matter if it’s Trump. Democrats hate everyone who don’t love Democrats. They threw things at W. They camped outside his home and called him a murderer. Naturally when Obama took over, war was good again. Look what they tried to do to Brett Kavanagh. Leftists are mentally and morally defective and cannot be reasoned with.

  • Steve+Peterson says:

    No, I would vote for Trump in a heartbeat. Just the fact that he is so hated by the left is enough for me. And Mr. Pettyjohn seems to be a very status quo kind of politician… which Trump was not.

  • Herman Nelson says:

    Agreed. First ditch the dominion voting machines. No mail-in ballots. Vote in person. You may not like Trump, but he pulled the veil back to show reality. Chicom mitch and “you have a gun, use it” lindsey graham are right there with back stabbing.
    Let me guess, “fritz’… You’re a never-trumper. Deep state much…? Voting for lisa…?

  • Sybil says:

    Trump funded his first campaign without any help from RNC. We are done as a nation, look who stole the election and no one did a thing. Your article is full of lies. Pence is mud.

  • Crabber for life says:

    Trump is can do he’s a fighter sometimes you need a jerk to run a crab boat i probably wouldn’t hang out with Donald but he is the best president we have ever had this guy who wrote this article is a can’t do big dogs on the bow crybabys on the stern look at Donald’s executive order on rare earths don’t let these people who can’t do get you down youngkin was the most boring ever Trump supporters are pissed about a stolen election doesn’t matter what media says thats why youngkin won

  • jh says:

    “Trump Revenge rallies” going on now…
    Yes, Trump will win again in 2024 :–)

  • Jen says:

    Trump and Constant say out loud what is on their minds. They don’t just act like other politicians two faced. This way you know what they think about you.

  • Chris says:

    Fritz, you are a great one to talk about the current state of politics. You are completely out of touch with reality. We all know Trump won both time he ran and that the second was stolen from him on the Senate floor. Trump did not urge him to “unilaterally” overturn the election and try to use a mob as you so state, he told people to PEACEFULLY go there to protest. You need to get your facts straight, as you have not done so far.