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2024 U.S. General Elections

Stop saying you didn't want this Trump vs. Biden rematch. You literally voted for it.

What if I told you that we wanted this exact election rematch all along?

There has been one consistent message during this election year. Nobody wanted the Donald Trump and Joe Biden rematch – right?

We’re all against it – right? No, seriously, who asked for this?

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So, what if I told you that we wanted this exact election yearall along? That we all were, in fact, wishing these two old white guys would square up for one last dash for power from the generation that has held it for so long.A last gasp from the Silent Generation.

We wanted this. We asked for it. We voted for it.

Republicans have been clinging to Trump for years

Let’s start with Republicans. Don’t look now, my conservative friends, but you’ve handed your party over to Trump for eight years. He wasn’t president for four of those years, no matter what he says. And making him your nominee for 2024 means you want four more.

If you get your way, Republican voters, Trump will have a stranglehold on your party for at least a decade.

Former President Donald Trump walks from the courtroom at the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse on Feb. 15, 2024, after a procedural hearing ahead of his trial over a hush money payment to an adult film star before the 2016 election. During the hearing, the judge set the start of the trial for March 25th.

That is a long time in political years. So, for all the frustration and angst many of the more moderate Republican leaders have expressed during these last two presidential terms, voters didn’t care. Repeatedly.

The 2024 nomination was settled so quickly in favor of Trump he was free to deal with his legal issues without worrying about debates or fighting off any challengers. Republicans have always wanted Trump. Don’t let them tell you otherwise.

I'm not voting for Trump or Biden.You want my vote? Choose better candidates.

Biden is an incumbent, so he was obviously going to be the guy. But this started in 2020.

By contrast, the Democratic nominee process during the 2020 election was a hard-fought one.Biden didn’t officially get the nomination after a series of debates.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the collapse of Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, Maryland, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on March 26, 2024 in Washington, DC. The bridge collapsed after its support column was hit by a container ship overnight.

Democratic voters had a deep bench to choose from as they decided who would attempt to dethrone Trump, and they took their time to pick. Pete Buttigieg, who has , was right there if voters wanted somebody younger but with tremendous upside.

Elizabeth Warren was right there if liberals wanted to try again with an accomplished and tough woman who could hold her own with Trump on any debate stage.

Let’s not forget about Kamala Harris, who would go on to be the vice president. Democrats had options and chose Biden, who is less progressive and much older than most of his competition.

Liberals went witha 77-year-old Biden in 2020 knowing he would be . Don’t let them pretend shock now that he didn’t step aside for a candidate they had the chance to pick years ago.

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So, where does that leave us?

All of that leaves us with a Republican candidate who is selling Bibles and stock options while battling very real legal problems and continuing to deny an election he lost to a Democratic nominee who, fair or not, cannot raise his approval rating or drop the notion that he’s too old to keep the job.

Yes, that’s a long sentence. It’s been a long few years. You’re going to keep hearing complaints that nobody wanted this election. You might even be one of the ones saying it.

I’m sad to say that we chose this years ago when Donald Trump took that and Biden

Good job, American voters. You did it. Stop saying you didn’t.

Louie Villalobosis deputy opinion editor for ˽ýӳ.You can tag him on social media but he probably won't see it.

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