Saturday, June 04, 2016
Donald Trump and the Liberal Redneck's Warning
It was only a few weeks ago that Donald Trump promised that as soon as he won the Republican nomination, he would start behaving in a more "presidential" manner.
But last week when he finally did clinch the nomination, and sent out that picture of himself celebrating on his private jet, it became only too clear that he has no intention of doing that.
Instead he declared that he's never going to change.
And in the last few days he has been on an absolute rampage.
First he went after the media at a news conference, calling them sleazy and dishonest.
Which had one columnist describing his epic meltdown this way.
Donald Trump: crazy or evil? That's the question that has loomed over his presidential candidacy from the start. But we now have a definitive answer. He is a raging tsunami of both qualities. Without one or the other he would just not be the Trump we know.
All this became blindingly obvious Tuesday, which by any reasonable standard should have been doomsday for his White House aspirations. A news conference about his fundraising for veterans causes was the site of the scariest meltdown since the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Then Trump went after the judge who is hearing the case into the fraudulent activities of Trump University.
Last week, a judge hearing the lawsuit against Trump University ordered testimony unsealed that contained damning assessments from former employees of the now defunct enterprise. Trump University was a “fraudulent scheme,” a former sales manager said, that “preyed upon the elderly and uneducated to separate them from their money.”
Trump responded with his usual dignity, maturity, and dedication to American ideals of fair play: he suggested that the judge must be against him because he was “Mexican.”
Calling him a Mexican, even though judge Gonzalo Curiel was born in the United States and has served his country with distinction.
Curiel was born in East Chicago, Indiana, in 1953 and attended Indiana University Law School. He is the son of Mexican immigrants. A 2002 Times article credits coöperation between Curiel and his counterparts across the border with bringing down the murderous Mexican cocaine cartel headed by Benjamín Arellano Félix.
Which had many of Trump's opponents calling him a bigot. Angered Latinos in California even more than they already were...
And had some of them going after his supporters...
Which although I can't blame them for being angry, can only play into his hands.
But here's the thing, Trump is a bigot and a so-called birtherist of the lowest order. But what's fuelling his popularity is an even deeper sense of resentment.
As the comedian Trae Crowder, who performs under the stage name of the Liberal, Redneck warns in this video.
As only he can.
What's fuelling Trump's rise is the collapse of an economic system which only exists to export jobs, make the rich even richer, and make most people poorer.
And until that economic system is radically transformed nothing will ever change.
So even if Trump fails in his quest to become President, he will be followed by one right-wing demagogue after the other.
And the really bad news is that the only man who could bring about that needed radical change in the United States is Bernie Sanders...
But although he is in a tight race with Hillary Clinton in next Tuesday's California primary.
He is almost certain to lose the nomination next week.
Leaving Clinton, the good friend of the Wall Street bankers, to try to deal with those demands for radical change,
She may yet beat him, for Trump is his own worst enemy.
But all I can say is, where are our neighbours going?
And may the gods of truth and reason save us from that bigot maniac...
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