As good an example as any of why the liberal class is worthless. Keep in mind that the liberal class concentrated in the “ideas industries” are simply the new clergy whose purpose is to issue secular papal bulls on what is considered acceptable opinion and what is not at any given moment according to the interests of the neoliberal sectors of the ruling class.
There are many reasons to oppose Trump, e.g. escalation of the drone wars, increasing antagonism toward Iran, supporting the Saudi war in Yemen and increasing arms sales to Saudi Arabia, kowtowing to Netanyahu, farming out the Syrian war to Edrogan, abrogating the INF treat with Russia, aggression against Venezuela, reversing Obama’s normalization of relations with Cuba, engineering crises in Central America in order to generate mass migration which can then be used as a political tool, using Chinahate a rhetorical trick, and generally governing like a normal Republican (i.e. tool of the right-wing of the plutocracy and the military-industrial complex) most of the time on domestic issues.
But that’s not why the liberal class is opposed to him. Their opposition to Trump is purely aesthetic (crude braggart who talks like a mafia boss) and based cultural biases rooted in class prejudice (icky people voted for him).
By Caitlin Johnstone
George W Bush is in the news again today, and once again it’s not for the only legitimate reason that he should ever be in the news, namely a war crimes tribunal. No, it’s because his voice was used in a cutesy feel-good video about unity during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Let us remember how small our differences are in the face of this shared threat,” Bush is heard saying. “We are not partisan combatants. We are human beings, equally vulnerable and equally wonderful in the sight of God.”
And, needless to say, Democrats are all over social media orgasming in their pants about it.
“This video made me ugly cry,” tweeted actress-turned-McResistance pundit Alyssa Milano.
“A REAL president,” tweeted the other Alyssa Milano, Debra Messing.
“In a million years I never thought I’d be crying watching this, thinking how much better we’d all feel if Bush were president today,” tweeted former Democratic congresswoman Katie Hill to thunderous online applause.
The Intercept‘s Mehdi Hasan spent all day on Twitter defending his position that Dubya is superior to Trump, at one point even arguing “You can be a sane warmonger. You can be a warmonger but be an ok human being to your friends and family. You can be a warmonger and be able to handle a domestic public health crisis.”