American Decline

Trump’s White House Emailed About a PowerPoint on How to End American Democracy

At present, the Trumpists are the least dangerous faction of the Republican Party. The other two major factions, the neocon-led Never Trumpers and the neocon-adjacent/infested Natcons are worse. The Never Trumpers are folks who want to return the Bush-era neocons to power (e.g. Liz Cheney). Natcons want to co-opt Trump’s movement while purging Trump himself in collusion with the neocons which would have the effect of placing handpicked neocon puppets like Marco Rubio in power. To the degree Trump thwarts these people’s ambitions, either by directly or indirectly blocking them or by undermining them through sheer incompetence, Trump is a useful idiot. Trump’s neo-Nixonian Rockefeller Republican populism with know-nothing elements is actually an improvement over what the GOP was during the Reagan-Bush-Gingrich-Bush era.

This is not to say that Trump is anywhere near ideal or a good guy in his own right. He is just as much of an Israeli/Saudi toady as his opponents. Playing chicken with Iran and his administration’s abrogation of the INF treaty with Russia was dangerous. Allowing figures like John Bolton and Elliott Abrams into his administration was incredibly stupid. Trump is basically a stage 3 cancer we need to prevent from becoming a stage 5 neocon or natcon cancer. Additionally, Trump was a chaos agent within the wider ruling class that had the effect of undermining the functionality and prestige of the empire. The neocons-lite of the Biden-Harris regime are generally worse because of their general ruling class support.

But the most dangerous domestic policy the Trumpists have pursued has been their efforts to lay the foundation for overturning future election results they find unfavorable. While Trump certainly wouldn’t mind having the position of an Erdogan or Putin, I am highly skeptical of Trump’s ability to gather enough support within the military, intelligence services, law enforcement, and the general ruling class to make such an effort stick, it does pay the way for the right-wing of the ruling class (e.g. the arms industry, big oil, AIPAC/Saudi interests) to attempt to launch a putsch for a caudillo at some point in the future.

By Rolling Stone

Former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows handed over a trove of pre-Jan. 6 documentation. It’s damning stuff.

The House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the Capitol has obtained a trove of electronic messages from former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, including an email referring to a PowerPoint suggesting Trump could declare a national security emergency in order to delay the certification of the results of the 2020 election.

The revelation is the latest indication that Trump and his inner circle, including his allies in Congress, were very actively and very aggressively trying to overturn the results of the election, which Trump lost handily.

The PowerPoint presentation, which spanned 38 pages and was titled “Election fraud, Foreign Interference & Options for 6 JAN,” was part of an email sent on Jan. 5, the day before the attack on the Capitol. The email pertained to a briefing that was to be provided “on the hill.” Hugo Lowell of The Guardian tweeted slides from the presentation on Thursday detailing a conspiracy theory-laden plan for Vice President Pence to install Republican electors in states “where fraud occurred,” and for Trump to declare a national emergency and for all electronic voting to be rendered invalid, citing foreign “control” of electronic voting systems.

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