Vot­ers, pay care­ful at­ten­tion to the man be­hind the cur­tain

Chicago Sun-Times - - OPINION - LAURA WASHINGTON lauraswash­ing­ton@aol.com | @Me­di­aDervish

The Demo­cratic Party has anointed for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den and U.S. Sen. Ka­mala Har­ris, D-Calif., in a vir­tual, drama-free nom­i­nat­ing con­ven­tion.

The Democrats pre­sented a uni­fied and com­mand­ing por­trait of the Bi­den/Har­ris agenda for the Nov. 3 elec­tion.

As the Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion pre­pares to renom­i­nate Pres­i­dent Don­ald J. Trump, the GOP prom­ises a blend of live speeches, in-per­son videos and vir­tual con­tent to steal the Democrats’ mo­men­tum.

On Thurs­day, Trump will de­liver his ac­cep­tance speech from the White House lawn. And like ev­ery­thing else, he prom­ises a show of all shows like “no­body has ever seen.”

GOP op­er­a­tives will traipse through their Trumpian fan­tasy land. They will pro­claim that while Amer­ica is still great, when Trump is re­elected, it will be great again. Mask-less Trump del­e­gates and syco­phants will of­fer up plat­i­tudes and tes­ti­mo­ni­als about the great­ness of it all.

Dorothy, be­ware. As the GOP renom­i­nates its pres­i­dent, get ready to visit the Land of Oz.

Back­stage, ready for his crown­ing nom­i­na­tion, awaits that Great and Pow­er­ful Oz, aka Don­ald J. Trump.

Trump’s Land of Oz is his fan­tasy, but it is a danger­ous fan­tasy.

The re­al­ity show maven is plot­ting de­cep­tive cam­paign strate­gies the likes of which no­body has ever seen.

Step be­hind the vel­vet cur­tain and watch as the Wizard weaves a cam­paign agenda plot­ted with den­i­gra­tion and op­pres­sion, all in the name of a sec­ond term.

This Wizard will con­jure up far scarier specters than winged mon­keys and fiery broom­sticks. Trump’s di­abol­i­cal machi­na­tions will make even the Wicked Witch swoon.

This Great Oz will stir a poi­sonous brew of pierc­ing in­sults, danger­ous myths, shame­less lies, racist in­nu­endo and sex­ist tropes, all aimed at crush­ing the Bi­den/Har­ris ticket.

Trump’s hand-picked post­mas­ter gen­eral has pledged to de­liver our mail-in bal­lots on time. Be­hind the cur­tain, the Wizard is making other plans. The Great and Pow­er­ful Oz is plot­ting ways to crip­ple the agency. He will con­tinue to push un­sub­stan­ti­ated claims of mas­sive voter fraud, to erode voter con­fi­dence in the elec­toral sys­tem and de­press turnout.

He is brew­ing up a “law-and-or­der” agenda, and it’s a nasty po­tion. “They are com­ing for you,” he will warn those “sub­ur­ban housewives.” Vote for Bi­den/Har­ris and watch their Black Lives Mat­ter hood­lums burn your cul-de-sacs down.

Women of color, or “those peo­ple,” the Wizard will snarl, are cra­zies, crim­i­nals, even im­moral.

Oz is not happy that Har­ris made his­tory as Amer­ica’s first Black and Asian Amer­i­can vice pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee. He will ea­gerly en­cour­age sala­cious ru­mors and id­i­otic myths about Har­ris — and any other pow­er­ful woman who stands up to his misog­yny.

COVID-19? What COVID-19? The “Chi­nese virus” is no big deal, ac­cord­ing to Oz. “It’s Fake News!” he will roar.

It is a fic­tion pro­moted by those evil sci­en­tists who are hell­bent on de­stroy­ing the great­est econ­omy ever, which, by the way, the Great and Pow­er­ful One sin­gle­hand­edly cre­ated.

The Wizard will ex­co­ri­ate hard-work­ing im­mi­grants as mur­der­ous thugs and thieves and use that big­otry to jus­tify caging their chil­dren in cages at Amer­ica’s bor­ders.

Dorothy, Trump’s dark re­elec­tion strat­egy is treach­er­ous. Th­ese are treach­er­ous times. Keep those ruby slip­pers handy.


Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ar­rives to speak to a crowd of sup­port­ers at Mar­i­otti Build­ing Prod­ucts in Old Forge, Penn­syl­va­nia, on Thurs­day.

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