No, really, hear me out.
Back when Trump was running, I noted that he’d been historically pretty left wing. He was a big fan of the Kelo decision (where the government could take property from someone for “public use” with that “public use” to be to hand it to someone else on the grounds that the someone else would pay more taxes). He’d long been a fan of gun control. He’d made some overtures of being otherwise but even during his campaign, after the Pulse Nightclub shooting he was all about how to restrict/ban so-called “assault weapons.” He’s on record as a fan of “Red Flag” laws. His words were “Take the guns first, due process later.” He is also a fan of “no fly, no buy”. You get put on a “watch list” by some bureaucrat and not only are you forbidden from flying, but you’re also forbidden from exercising other constitutionally protected rights? The very existence of a “no fly” list is problematic. Using it to deny other rights just doubles down on that.
And he was all about making deals. After all, “The Art of the Deal” was the title of one of his books.
The Democrats could have come in, made offers, received counter-offers, and made deals. They could have gotten a lot of what they wanted because Trump is all about making deals.
However, they didn’t do that. Instead, they went complete scorched earth. “Russian Influence”! “The election wasn’t legitimate!” “Overturn it.” “Put Hillary in.” “Have the Electors choose Hillary despite what their states voted!” “25th Amendment” (thus proving they didn’t read past the first part, or rather hoped you hadn’t). “He’s a new Hitler.” “This is just like The Handmaid’s Tale.” Impeach. Impeach. Impeach. (And, somehow, instead of President Pence, this is supposed to lead to President Hillary? Constitution? What Constitution?)
And, as time progressed, instead of settling down, recognizing that, yes, Trump was President and they would have to work with him if they wanted to get anything from their wish list, they kept doubling down. Indeed, he gave them something they wanted (a small something), for literally nothing in return, with the Bump Stock Ban. Yep, Trump implemented more gun control than Obama managed in eight years. But, still double down and double down and double down on the Democrats part.
In the end, it didn’t matter how willing Trump would have been to deal. The Democrats took that completely off the table. They left him little choice but to either resign (which wasn’t going to happen) or go hard line the other way.
So, thank you Democrats. You’ve done more to hold back the tides against personal liberty than anyone since, um, well, since before my lifetime.
And you did it all on your own. It was a purely unforced error on your part.