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Why I am voting for Biden

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Submitted by Cary S Hillebrand (United States), Oct 20, 2020 at 20:07

Daniel, I understand your reservations. Still, I am strongly supporting Biden/Harris and am doing all I can to relegate the Trump era to the dustbin of history.

In the short term, Trump appears good for the policies that you advocate, most notably vis-à-vis Israel. Still, we all know how unstable and mercurial he is. If he does not feel that he is being sufficiently appreciated, or feels dissed for whatever reason (real or imaginary), or merely under the influence of an authoritarian dictator such as Putin or Erdogan, he can reverse policy on a dime, or rather in a tweet. Don't take my word for it, just ask the Syrian Kurds.

As for your concerns regarding the extreme left in the Democratic Party, the so called "Squad" or Bernie Sanders, they rose and grew as a visceral reaction to Trump. Indeed, Bernie Sanders is a grotesque mirror image of Trump. Remove Trump from the scene, and his influence from the Republican Party, and they will slowly wither away..

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I agree with your point that "the extreme left in the Democratic Party ... rose and grew as a visceral reaction to Trump." Things were bad before Trump (recall Bush Derangement Syndrome?) but the venom for Trump is of a different order.

In my fears of Trump four years ago, I focused on his impact on conservatives; it did not occur to me that he would have a radicalizing effect on liberals.

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