Trump is the new Nixon, Biden is the new Carter, Sanders is the new Ted Kennedy. It’s like it’s 1977 all over again. And the neocons/neo-Reaganites are using the same methods in order to make a comeback: pushing the culture war to the max, baiting China over Taiwan, fueling hysteria about inflation and crime, pushing hysteria over critical race theory as the new school busing, claiming military weakness, Iranophobia, etc., etc., etc. Fortunately, they don’t have the Soviet Union as a bogeyman anymore, although Russophobia has now become part of the neoliberal party line.
By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout
A few weeks ago, I had to confront the fact that ignoring Donald Trump was no longer a viable course of action. The legitimate danger of giving oxygen to his antics, and the comfort taken from pretending he didn’t exist, has been overcome by the indisputable menace posed by his growing movement to burn what exists of U.S. democracy to the ground.
“The trick will be to approach this with critical consciousness,” I wrote at the time. “Don’t listen to what Trump bleats during his daily diatribes, and if you’re a media type, don’t spread it. No more ‘Can you believe he said this?!’ stories, please. No more free wall-to-wall coverage of his ‘Yay fascism!’ rallies, either. Instead, watch what he does, and more importantly, watch what his people do.”
So here I sit less than a month later, preparing to break my own rule because circumstances demand it. “Don’t listen to what Trump bleats,” I said. “Instead, watch what he does.” Well, the man has bleated again, but this particular gobbet of intellectual mush has enough political gravity to make the words themselves an act. To wit: Trump, with a single statement, has dumped a beach worth of sand into the gears of Republican election hopes in ‘22 and ‘24.