Watching “France24” via YouTube as I wait for the Sunday morning shows to come on. What I’m hearing is far removed from most of what the American pundits and newscasters are handing out, a diet of defeatist porridge, featuring denial, excuses and pleas to “give Mr. Trump a chance,” some acting more like Trump “surrogates,” than real news people.
By contrast, the Europeans appear to be calling it for what it is. I say “appear” because obviously I can’t monitor all the news from Europe. They are, thankfully, brazen in their honesty, proclaiming the election to have been one of the “ugliest” campaigns in American history. While MSNBC features the headline, “Trump Wants To Stradle His Company And Presidency,” France24’s headline reads, “Equality vs. Trump.”
The issue of whether the Director of the FBI intentionally threw the election for Trump, remains an open question. I’m tired of hearing that Comey is a nice guy who just made a mistake. He’s the Director of the FBI. Appoint a special prosecutor and save your nice guy stuff for a jury. In addition, President-elect Trump, may have to appear in federal court on December 16th, to face charges that his “Trump University” defrauded a group of students in California. There’s also the fact that Trump openly lied about not of having any contact with Vladmir Putin and the Russians, while the Russians are believed to have conducted acts of espionage against the Democratic Party. And now we’re supposed to sit back and act like everything is just fine? Wouldn’t that be…..ah…..a little nuts?
Of course it was a dishonest election. All presidential elections are to a degree, but this one stretched the envelope and tore it to shreds as Mr. Trump, possibly for reasons none of us can understand, simply could not control himself, making up arguing points from whole cloth, moving along with a verbal slug-fest that featured sexism as a sometime centerpiece and racism as another, both promoted through the use of innuendo and implication shot-through with the threat of filing lawsuits against anyone who dared disagree or challenge his positions.
Mr. Trump, whose technique is to threaten lawsuits to shut down debate, to bully the press and limit criticism, is an obvious threat to free speech. Like all authoritarian propagandists, Trump is threatened by freedom. He has already talked about a possible need to make it easier to sue for liable. To tear down First Amendment protections. It would be so much easier to control the press without that nasty First Amendment around. Easier to shut down public discussion and debate among those who oppose his obvious and open authoratarianism. Better watch out what you say in the social media or maybe even tell your friends. One of the Trumpists might report you to a local party apparatchik.
It was fascinating to see Trump minion Kellyanne Conway in the coverage from France, blaming President Obama and Hillary Clinton for the protests now taking place in cities across the United States, continuing a pattern of deflection, projecting the blame on others. It was like watching the Simpson civil trial all over again, with O.J. on the stand, blaming everybody but himself for what had happened. Poor O.J. Poor Donald.
Ms. Conway and the Trump regime should consider that the protests may be serving as a kind of pressure valve, eliminating at least some of the outrage over the election.
It was Trump and Trump alone who turned up the heat with his hateful authoritarianism featuring angry anti-immigrant, anti-gay, anti-free press, mysogynistic and violence promoting outbursts. He and not the Democrats, owes the American people an apology.
Equally guilty for this current situation are all those who did not vote, or who foolishly thought that “voting their conscience” was the truly moral thing to do. It is they who have given us the approaching presidency of Donald J. Trump, a man with no blind trust, inadequate public tax records and an ongoing campaign relationship with the Russians. A man who wonders out-loud why it would be wrong to launch nuclear weapons against the nation’s enemies. A man who was born not with a sliver spoon but a 12-piece setting in his mouth. A man so blind to reality that he has publicly proclaimed that he didn’t have much to start out with, only a small gift of a million dollars. Just an average guy? No, he is not. He is beyond belief.
And Kellyanne wants Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton to tell tens of thousands of Americans to stop exercising their constitutional right to peaceably assemble and rise up in protest? Wait until the millions who voted for Trump realize his campaign was nothing but an empty bag, that nearly all his promises were hollow. Wait until a year from now, when the millions of jobs Trump promised have failed to materialize, his wall has not been built and Obamacare, or a significant portion of it, continues to stand. Wait until his followers realize that Mike Bloomberg was right. America, or a significant portion of it, has been conned, and the media was an accomplice in the game.
Candidate Trump, was a creation of the American media. He was featured as prominently as he was, for one reason and one reason only, because he drove their ratings. He made them money. And now, rather than properly challenging the outrageous nature of the monster they helped to create, they bleat like sheep to give him a chance. Like corporate cowards, many of them continue to soft-pedal the danger Mr. Trump represents to the nation and the world.
Oh, but the Europeans get it all right. As they understood the foolishness of invading Iraq, they also see the true danger Trump represents and it’s scaring the hell out of them. At the same time, most of the American media, acting like apologists for the country’s strongman to come, ask us to give Donald Trump a chance.
Makes sense, I suppose. To do otherwise would be to admit that this is a crisis of their very own making.
Hang on, CNN just changed its hard-hitting headline proclaiming, “Trump May Not Tweet As Much In The White House….”
That would be nice.
Meantime, out in the streets, the protests continue. Some are drawing a parallel between the Boomers and Vietnam in the 60’s and early 70’s and the Milllenials and Donald Trump. Maybe it was the Millenials turn in the bucket. Hope they can handle it. Like the man said, ” Nothing’s riding on this except the first amendment to the Constitution, freedom of the press, and maybe the future of the country.”*
*“All The President’s Men”