In 2016, convinced that Hillary Clinton following eight years of Obama represented an existential threat, Republicans turned to a man they didn’t fully understand.

I don’t buy that. Anyone who claims not to have fully understood who and what Trump was in 2016 simply wasn’t paying attention. He was a known quantity — people knew what he was, and they intentionally pulled the lever to vote for it.

The crime bosses in the movie regretted turning to a man they didn’t understand, because the Joker set fire to all their cash. But Trump’s voters don’t regret a thing. Even now, two years later, his approval numbers among Republican voters are holding steady around 90%.

Take Joe Biden’s comment to an African-American audience that Mitt Romney wanted to “put you all back in chains.” Neither Romney, nor the 61 million Americans who voted for him, advocate a return to slavery.

The chains were metaphorical — he was referring to class warfare between the poor and middle-class Americans, and the wealthy that the Republicans legislate for.

And considering how we’re now seeing the effect that the Republicans’ tax cuts are having on the income tax refunds for most Americans, I’d say that metaphor has some validity to it.

The fact that Biden was talking about Romney and not Trump is irrelevant — these aren’t Trump’s tax cuts, as much as the media likes to slap that label on them. Trump’s economic policies are Republican economic policies.

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