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NY Mag: ‘Trump Is Betting That Indecency Can Win In America’

Donald Trump believes, in the words of journalist Andrew Sullivan, that, “indecency can win in America. His election strategy is built on the notions that cruelty can be popular and liberal democratic norms are dead.” That’s quite a statement. I agree with it. Trump, like Nigel Farage in the UK, is banking on riding the waves of nativism, buoyed up by the undercurrents of fear and racism, which have always been present in American society, but which are finding particularly potent expression in a day and age when we are reaching a century-high peak in foreign-born citizens and the percentage of white children in the United States has been falling steadily since the 80’s. Trump is in no way a leader, never has been. But he was able to capture lightning in a bottle and get the GOP nomination in 2016 because he coupled his innate vulgarity and simple-mindedness with a litany of taboo political topics, race premiere among them. He convinced his followers that political correctness was best obliterated. Trump blew the lid off of the prevailing code of decency once, dragging the national discourse into the gutter, and evidently he believes that that’s the formula to victory a second time. I wrote this on Trump’s inauguration day. Months ago when it seemed evident that he would get the nomination, I saw Trump as a cult leader. He fit all the basic criteria, a charismatic figure preaching a shockingly different message that captured the imagination of marginalized people and made them feel that they belonged again; or perhaps for the first time ever.  Now I think that Trump is an idiot savant, because of his gift for tapping into the irrational fear that exists in the darkest recesses of the cultural psyche, his ability to extract it, and then mainline it back into his voters again, and again like a drug. That is how he built his popularity with one outrage after another, by tapping into the reptilian brain and unthinking, emotional response of his voters. Trump unconsciously tapped into the currents of repressed rage that flow just beneath the surface of our culture. He cracked the ice and that rage geysered upwards and continues to geyser upwards.  It is no secret that Trump’s supporters have taken his election as a cultural carte blanche to misbehave in any manner which they see fit. Just the other day, Texas Congressman and Democrat Filemon Vela reported that a group of migrant children which he brought to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration were disparaged by Trump voters who called them, “beaners,” “burritos,” and even spit on them. From that day to this, Trump has only amplified the same theme, cruelty to non-whites, taking it to the level of children in cages and concentration camps at the southern border. Now, he’s escalated his racist rhetoric, and seen fit to demonize four freshman congresswomen of color, The Squad, and make them the face of the Democratic party. To all intents and purposes, he’s running against The Squad in 2020, as he ran against Hillary in 2016, and all that’s different is that the chant has changed from “Lock her up!” to “Send her back!” Trump engineered this dust up with The Squad and then the RNC followed up with an attack ad labeling the four […]

This Has to Stop. The Networks Must De-Platform This MFer.

This simply cannot continue. He’s trying to kill people. CNN? MSNBC? Fox? Congress? You will all be culpable. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati
MoveOn.org / Twitter health care protest...

Wingnut federal judge rules against people with pre-existing conditions, so have fun with that,...

Reliably wingnutty Judge Richard Leon, of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, has ruled that the Trump administration can break the law, in this...

DHS head says ‘fewer than 1,000’ kids recently separated, like it’s something to be...

During a House Oversight Committee hearing Thursday, the acting Department of Homeland Security secretary said that “fewer than 1,000 juveniles have been separated from...

Fox News Reports Rep. Omar “delivers heated, profanity laced attack” When She Quoted Trump.

(Above – And you wonder why your drunk uncle is nuts.) Snopes.com After U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted a criticism in mid-July 2019 that suggested some “‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” the four representatives whom the president was presumably referencing — Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley —held a news conference to respond to his comments. Omar also echoed Trump’s own words in condemning him, asserting that, “This is a president who has said ‘grab women by the pussy.’ This is a president who has called black athletes ‘sons of bitches.’ This is a president who has called people who come from black and brown countries ‘shitholes.’ This is a president who has equated neo-Nazis with those who protest against them in Charlottesville.” Of course, later on, probably after your drunk uncle went to sleep, Fox quietly corrected the report: Fair and balanced, as always.
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