The Trump campaign now brazenly imputes the vilest of motives upon conservative and values voters who refuse to sufficiently support Trump, in a new wave of vote-shaming that would be the envy of college campus social justice warriors and allied bullies. Its top surrogate and transition team chairman, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, openly targeted principled constitutional conservatives with a rant that should raise fears about a Trump Administration’s zeal to abuse government power should it gain the White House.
Christie, the former federal prosecutor turned Governor turned possible Bridgegate unindicted co-conspirator and Trump transition team chairman, went full Soviet despot. Or Boardwalk Emperor. The Stalinist demonization of the insufficiently publicly loyal is implicit in his words:
“If you are a Republican and you are not working for Donald Trump over the next 55 days, you are working for Hillary Clinton.”
Then Christie aimed squarely at the unnamed Ted Cruz and others who resist the either/or, lesser-of-two-really-evil-evils paradigm of the 2016 election:
“I call on all of them (Republicans who ran for president) now to understand one thing. This is now a binary choice.”
The moral weakness of the Trump campaign and so much of the Republican establishment is now in full display. These overt attempts to bully only confirm the absence of any merits with which to persuade. They also confirm a desperation and perhaps indicate the unacknowledged fear that all is lost.
Trump may not be hiding in his bunker just yet like Adolf Hitler, but his forces are clearly in full retreat.