Lesser evilism gave us Trump

Justin Ward
9 min readMay 1, 2020

A bizarre new game is taking Twitter by storm. Liberals are competing with one another to come up with the most extreme and grotesque scenarios in which they would still vote for Joe Biden over Donald Trump

Often you’ll see this sort of discourse in reference to the sexual assault allegations of former Biden staffer Tara Reade. One Twitter user wrote: “I would vote for Biden if he raped 100 women at gunpoint. The stakes are high in this election.”

Another tweeted: “Biden could be murdering puppies and raping their cadavers, and I would still vote for him.”

Of course, this is hyperbole meant to express how committed Democrats are to getting Trump out of office, but it’s still disturbing for a number of reasons — aside from the most obvious.

For starters, if the goal is to get rid of Trump, it doesn’t really doesn’t bode well for the Democrats’ prospects that they’re talking this way about the guy charged with that task.

Pleas to vote for Biden frequently start with the preface “He’s hardly my first choice, but…”

He excites voters less than any candidate in 20 years, standing in stark contrast with Trump and his fired-up base. It’s not a good sign that rank-and-file Democrats are having such a hard time coming up with a valid defense of their candidate that their minds go immediately to macabre hypotheticals about barbecued babies and canine necrophilia.

These are extreme examples, but they represent a pervasive attitude among liberals that has only been aggravated by Trump’s gross mismanagement of the COVID-19 outbreak. There’s a monomaniacal focus on ousting him that renders every other issue all but irrelevant.

At the root of this mentality is the view that Trump is an aberration rather than the logical end point of a long-term trajectory. Yes, Trump is in many ways uniquely dangerous and unfit for the job, so the sense of urgency is understandable. It’s like a tumor that has to be removed immediately or the patient will die.

Justin Ward

Journalist and activist. Founder and co-chair of DivestSPD. Bylines at SPLC, The Baffler, GEN, USA Today. Follow on Twitter: @justwardoctrine, @DivestSPD

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