It is well understood that the Democrats are going to have a heck of a time trying to keep a majority in Congress in 2022. Not only has that writing been on the wall for a good, long time, but the actions and behavior of their most prevalent mouthpieces is a large indicator of just how nervous they’ve become.
Take, for instance, Vice President Kamala Harris, who this week introduced a new Democratic talking point that appeared aimed at bringing Trump back into the 2022 conversation.
Vice President Kamala Harris appeared to misspeak during an interview aired Sunday when she answered “democracy” when asked what’s the biggest national security challenge facing the US.Advertisement - story continues below
During the interview on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” host Margaret Brennan asked her about the one national security threat that keeps her up at night worrying.
“Frankly, one of them is our democracy. There is, I think, no question in the minds of people who are foreign policy experts that the year 2021 is not the year 2000,” she said.
She then doubled down.
“And we are embarking on a new era where the threats to our nation take many forms. Including the threat of autocracies taking over and having outsized influence around the world,” Harris said.Advertisement - story continues below
Later in the interview, she clarified her earlier comment, saying there is a need to “fight for the integrity of our democracy.”
Harris’ insinuation here is that, should the Democrats lose control of Congress, the GOP would then be able to railroad Trump back into office in 2024, and that he would then turn himself into some sort of autocrat.
This is undoubtedly an attempt to conjure a new fear of Trump among the Democratic base, as this was the main motivating factor in 2020 – an election that went the Democrats’ way. With Trump not literally on the ticket in 2022, the Democrats are going to do their damnedest to put him on there figuratively, and this is undeniably a part of that effort.