ABC News Exclusive: Mary Trump Interview with Stephanopoulos 1

One thing about Trump that I have never seen any commentator point out is that while Trump is a billionaire, he does not originate from the traditional Anglo-Saxon American elite. Trump originates from a German immigrant family, and Germans and the Irish were the original “immigrant undesirables” in the US like Southern and Eastern Europeans or Chinese during a later generation, or Central Americans and Middle Easterners today.

Benjamin Franklin once remarked that Germans were not qualified to be good Americans, although German-Americans are now the single-largest ethnic group in the US (“The Great Replacement,” lol). German and Irish gangs in large US cities in the early to middle 19th century were the equivalent of black and Hispanic gangs today. Trump’s family history is similar to that of those of poor and/or middle-class persons/families from lower strata Anglo-Protestant or ethnic minority/immigrant backgrounds that eventually become rich, but are still not considered part of the formal elite (see Paul Fussell’s study of class in America).

In spite of his billions, Trump has always seemed to me to be more “white trash” than a patrician. If his niece’s book is at all truthful, it would seem that I was right. The Trumps are what you get what you put billions in the hands of rednecks.

Democracy 2020!: Pick Your Favorite Pussy Grabber Reply

By Nicky Reid aka Comrade Hermit

Exile in Happy Valley

Good morning dearest motherfuckers, it is spring time in this the plague besotted year of our lord Satan, twenty-hundred-and-twenty, and both major party candidates for the highest office of the greatest democracy imperialism can buy are confirmed geriatric sexual predators. There exists no other way to describe the painfully hilarious absurdity of our nation’s ascent into the stinky rafters of its own proverbial asshole. Webster, Oxford, Gore Vidal, and a childhood of blaxploitation cinema have failed to develop in me a drag queen’s tongue sharp enough to sum up this nation’s plight in the heat of the Kali Yuga better than the simple, painful, basic fact that our most cherished plutocratic ritual has been quite literally rendered to a game of Pick-Your-Favorite-Rapist. After centuries of the finest and most flowery propaganda that genocide can afford. After decades upon decades of shining cities on the hill and America, the indispensable nation, the exceptional hammer of global humanitarian benevolence, Trump vs Biden is the punch line to the sickest joke the devil ever wrote.

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Trump rips George W. Bush after he calls for unity amid coronavirus outbreak Reply

The ultimate heel vs. heel match. It’s funny how Dubya will do anything to salvage his historic reputation. Meanwhile, Trump never really had a reputation to salvage.

By Justin Wise

President Trump on Sunday took aim at George W. Bush after the former Republican president issued a call to push partisanship aside amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

In a three-minute video shared on Twitter on Saturday, Bush urged Americans to remember “how small our differences are in the face of this shared threat.”

“In the final analysis, we are not partisan combatants. We are human beings, equally vulnerable and equally wonderful in the sight of God,” Bush said. “We rise or fall together, and we are determined to rise.”

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Trump Says He Told Navy to ‘Shoot Down’ Iranian Boats, as Tehran Launches Military Satellite Reply

Zionist Uber-ally Trump uses the current crisis to escalate Iranophobia.

By Helene Cooper, Eric Schmitt, Lara Jakes and Thomas Gibbons-Neff

New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Wednesday that he has told the Navy to “shoot down and destroy” any Iranian fast boats that harass American naval ships, in what would be a sharp escalation of the risky maneuvers performed by the two adversaries in the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea.

The president’s abrupt statement, which he announced on Twitter, came on the morning that Iran successfully launched a military satellite and a week after the Pentagon accused Iran of sending 11 fast boats to conduct “dangerous and harassing approaches” to six American warships in the Persian Gulf.

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Should the Democrats dump Biden for Cuomo? 1

Trump vs. Cuomo? Two obnoxious New Yorkers pitted against each other.

I suspect Paul Gottfried is correct that if Biden wins, he will be quietly shipped off to the nursing home with his vice-present (Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Gretchen Whitmer) acting informally as the real president. A “Biden” administration and would essentially be a repeat of the Obama administration, i.e. a continuation of the Clinton-Bush-Obama neoliberal paradigm with a “left” face. A Cuomo administration would probably be the same.

As I have said before, I suspect the strategically best arrangement from the ATS perspective would be a Republican national administration (particularly one led by a perceived fascist like Trump, for the purpose of alienating the Blue Tribe from the federal government) with Democratic administrations in the states and cities (for the purpose of alienating the Red Tribe from state and municipal governments) and Republican governments in the small towns and counties (in order to exacerbate conflict between local governments and state governments and between rural and urban enclaves).

 

Putin leverages coronavirus chaos to make a direct play to Trump 1

Right on schedule, CNN is fueling Russophobia, just like FOX has been fueling Sinophobia. As I have said many times, Russia and China are merely backwater but occasionally rebellious provinces in the global capitalist empire. They are no more significant to the world order than major US states like California, Texas, and New York, and less significant than major US client states like Israel, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia.

By Nicole Gaouette, Marshall Cohen and Michael Conte
CNN
Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump are posing for a picture

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin appear to have had more sustained contact with each other in the past two weeks than at any time since 2016, as the Kremlin tries to use the coronavirus pandemic and close personal ties between the two leaders to normalize long-strained relations with Washington.

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Biden’s deplorables 2.0 Hillary strategy puts everything in Trump’s hands Reply

Yep. During the period between the 1970s and 1990, liberal and left opinion decides that backwater peasants with their retrograde social views were the “real enemy” rather than the actual ruling class, and Donald Trump is what they got in response. A billionaire carnival barker marshaled the populist-right, capitalized on the class issues, and took the game away from the Left.

Exposing Trump’s phony populism, no friend of workers Reply

This is some pretty impressive economic/class/political analysis. It’s amazing that a former MSNBC journalist and a former White House correspondent actually get this stuff and are willing to say so.

Krystal Ball exposes the Trump administration’s corporate interest in reopening the economy, explains how tax cuts for the next stimulus bill will disproportionately benefit the wealthy.

Trump threatens to adjourn both chambers of Congress 3

Well, he did praise Xi Jinping for declaring himself “president-for-life.”

By Brett Samuels and Jordain Carney

The Hill

President Trump on Wednesday threatened to use his executive power to force both chambers of Congress to adjourn if the Senate did not confirm his nominees for vacancies across the administration.

The president, during a coronavirus briefing in the Rose Garden, offered a lengthy diatribe against what he described as congressional obstruction and argued confirming his nominees was more urgent than ever amid the pandemic.

“The Senate should either fulfill its duty and vote on my nominees or it should formally adjourn so I can make recess appointments,” Trump said. “We have a tremendous number of people that have to come into government. And now more so than ever before because of the virus and the problem.”

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Trump Lashes Out at Fauci Amid Criticism of Slow Virus Response 1

I’m not a fan of carnival barker Trump, and I don’t especially trust High Priest of the white coat priesthood Fauci, but it looks like the media, which is overwhelming neoliberal/Democratic (except for the recycled know-nothings at FOX) is trying to drive a wedge between Trump and Fauci, probably because Fauci is relatively popular with the public, and the press sees this as an angle to exploit in order to score points against Orange Man and the Deplorables and get Dementia Man elected president.

WASHINGTON — President Trump publicly signaled his frustration on Sunday with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the federal government’s top infectious disease expert, after the doctor said more lives could have been saved from the coronavirus if the country had been shut down earlier.

Mr. Trump reposted a Twitter message that said “Time to #FireFauci” as he rejected criticism of his slow initial response to the pandemic that has now killed more than 22,000 people in the United States. The president privately has been irritated at times with Dr. Fauci, but the Twitter post was the most explicit he has been in letting that show publicly.

The message Mr. Trump retweeted came from a former Republican congressional candidate. “Fauci is now saying that had Trump listened to the medical experts earlier he could’ve saved more lives,” said the tweet by DeAnna Lorraine, who got less than 2 percent of the vote in an open primary against Speaker Nancy Pelosi last month. “Fauci was telling people on February 29th that there was nothing to worry about and it posed no threat to the US at large. Time to #Fire Fauci.”

In reposting the message, Mr. Trump added: “Sorry Fake News, it’s all on tape. I banned China long before people spoke up.”

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Will Biden even make it to debate Trump? Reply

Ideally, a serious anarchist movement in North America, as I have long argued, would be a “revolutionary left” that regards neoliberals as “the main enemy,” and “attacks the Left from the left,” by pointing out the historic treachery of the Marxists (First International, Kronstadt, Barcelona, etc), the historically reactionary nature of progressives (Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, FDR, LBJ, etc) and the historic co-optation of social democrats (World War One), while cultivating alliances with anti-authoritarian, decentralist, anti-statist, and libertarian tendencies from all over the political, religious, cultural, and economic spectrum, nurturing anti-authoritarian tendencies everywhere, within the context of the broader anarchist principles of decentralism, federalism/confederalism, anti-statism, mutualism, free association, etc.

Unlike most anarchists in North America, I do not regard the “right-wing” as the main problem. The right-wing is a coalition of economic, cultural, generation, ideological, and generational forces that have been losing power for decades and are continuing to do so. For instance, the Republicans were able to win in 2016 only because an interloper stepped in and moved the party’s rhetoric considerably to the Left on trade, class relations, foreign policy, even gay rights, while the Democrats’ candidate was an avowed, unapologetic pro-ruling class candidate that generated reduced voter turnout, fewer minority votes, fewer working-class votes resulting in the loss of the Rust Belt, more votes for third parties, etc. Even then, Trump lost the popular vote and only won in the Electoral College.

“Right-wingophobia” is a losing strategy. Ask Hillary Clinton.

Trump Is A Symptom Of A Larger Problem Reply

Yes. Since 2016, I have maintained that the real reason Trump won the election was that, rhetorically, he was the most “left-wing” (anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, anti-power elite) of the two candidates, even if he is personally just a carnival barker and has governed largely as a conventional Republican since taking office.