This is the Trump position, and the ascendant if not dominant one on the right. We win or it's rigged. https://t.co/oSQDnjJoIX— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 21, 2022
Yes, it is the ascendant, probably the dominant, position of the right. Heads we win; tails, you lose. Similarly: if we're acquitted, the trial is fair; if we lose, it's rigged.
Devin Nunes, chief executive of Donald Trump's social media operation, claims
Devin Nunes says Republicans can’t get a fair trial in any major American city. pic.twitter.com/fAdqRdInxh— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) October 21, 2022
Actually, that's quite clever, and analogous to the famous rants of Donald Trump about the "Deep State." There might be a deep state somewhere in American government, but not anything alleged by Trump. Similarly, people across the political spectrum sense there is a two-tiered justice system. There separate tiers for the wealthy and all others, not one for Democrats and one for Republicans.
Major trials are disproportionately conducted in major cities and if the public views a jury with at least one black face (almost always the case), conservatives will lap up any claim that the conviction was biased. It's a corollary to the Party which complains about federal law enforcement while proclaiming "Back the Blue," a slavish devotion to local law enforcement, perceived as a bulwark against lawless young black males.
It's a brilliant move: "if we lose an election, it's rigged" and "if we're convicted in a court of law, it's rigged," It adds up to this:
I think it's very hard to communicate to the median voter convincingly the chaos that a GOP victory is likely to unleash, and I think a lot of professionals vastly underestimate the tail risk.— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 21, 2022