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Greenwald: The Threat of Authoritarianism in the US is Very Real and Has Nothing to do with Trump

https://greenwald.substack.com/p/the-threat-of-authoritarianism-in

"...The hysterical Trump-as-despot script was all melodrama, a play for profits and ratings, and, most of all, a potent instrument to distract from the neoliberal ideology that gave rise to Trump in the first place by causing so much wreckage.

Positing Trump as a grand aberration from US politics and as the prime author of America's woes - rather than what he was: a perfectly predictable extension of US politics and a symptom of pre-existing pathologies - enabled those who have so much blood and economic destruction on their hands not only to evade responsibility for what they did, but to rehabilitate themselves as the guardians of tradition and prosperity and ultimately catapult themselves back into power. As of January 20, that is exactly where they will reside..."

JKR

Unfortunately Trump is likely not an aberration of the US's move toward fascism. He is just at the cutting edge of it. Trump would still have a chance at nullifying his election loss if the Republicans had a majority in the House of Representatives. The U.S. may have reached the point where Republicans no longer accept losing presidential elections. They are likely now going to suppress more votes.

Here is a list of the signs of fascism. Sure reminds me of Trump and his cult of personality:

  • Powerful and continuing nationalism
  • Disdain for human rights
  • Identification of enemies as a unifying cause
  • Supremacy of the military
  • Rampant sexism
  • Controlled mass media
  • Obsession with national security
  • Religion and government intertwined
  • Corporate power protected
  • Labour power suppressed
  • Disdain for intellectuals & the arts
  • Obsession with crime & punishment
  • Rampant cronyism & corruption
  • Fraudulent elections
JKR
NDPP

House set to override veto on Trump's defense bill..

https://twitter.com/timand2037/status/1343723022243385344

"Congress overrides Trump's veto on a defense bill which amongst other things, would block Trump withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria..."

josh

JKR wrote:

Historian: Trump is the worst president in the history of the U.S.

Yes.  He's at the bottom with Andrew Johnson.

NDPP

COVID-19 Catch-22: Regime-Change Policies Come Packed with US Pandemic Relief

https://thegrayzone.com/2020/12/22/covid-regime-change-us-pandemic-relief/

"The US Congress' $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill was packed with $1.4 trillion in omnibus spending for war, weapons and regime-change abroad, from anti-Russia and anti-China initiatives to $3.3 billion for Israel's military..."

NDPP

Donald Trump, Michelle Obama Most Admired in 2020

https://news.gallup.com/poll/328193/donald-trump-michelle-obama-admired-...

"Americans are most likely to name President Donald Trump and Michelle Obama as most admired man and woman in 2020. Trump tied former President Barack Obama for the honor last year but edged out his predecessor this year..."

JKR

NDPP wrote:

Donald Trump, Michelle Obama Most Admired in 2020

But just 18% of Americans chose Trump which is based on support he gets from his cult. Trump even has a small core of support here on Babble!

NDPP

"2000 for our great people, not $600! They have suffered enough from the China virus!!!"

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1343916418316824583

lol. (thread)

JKR

... and for 4 years people have suffered from the Trump virus!!!

josh

Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow dies of COVID-19 complications, aged 41

So far today, Johns Hopkins has reported 3,708 reported deaths due to COVID19 — the highest number of new deaths the U.S. has ever added in a single day, according to JHU data. Today brought 247,163 new cases so far.

https://twitter.com/jaketapper/status/1344123536970047490?s=20

Trump going out with a bang.

josh

But what Russ Vought is very good at is sabotage. He’s sabotaging national security, the pandemic response and the economic recovery — all to make things more difficult for the incoming Biden administration. That he’s also sabotaging the country seems not to matter to Vought, who has spent nearly two decades as a right-wing bomb thrower.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/12/31/russell-vought-trump-saboteur-undermine-biden-america/

NDPP

Now they tell us! Trump was Tough on Russia!

https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1346103373309890563

"The Trump administration was pretty tough on the Russians. They armed Ukraine [with Canada's help]. They armed the Poles. They extended NATO operations in ways even the Obama administration had not done. The maintained the sanctions. So I don't think it will be that different [under Biden].' - CNN

NorthReport

Contrary to the Trump mantra, check the dow which is up over 500 points as the business community appears very happy to see his back. Good riddance.

JKR

The domestic terrorism Trump incited at the U.S. Capitol cements him as the worst president ever; THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE EDITORIAL BOARD; JAN. 6, 2021

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The peaceful transfer of U.S. presidential power dating back to George Washington and John Adams more than two centuries ago ended with Donald Trump’s incitement of an insurrection Wednesday when hundreds of his supporters broke into the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. This domestic terrorism was meant to prevent the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s decisive victory in the Electoral College, and it left at least one person dead — a San Diego woman — and several people injured. The chaos cemented Trump’s reputation as the worst president of all time. But it will also cement the ruined reputations of shameless cheerleaders who put party over country for a president for whom lying came as naturally as breathing.

josh

Yep.  He clinched it.  Andrew Johnson has been replaced at the bottom.

josh

A man wearing a shirt which had 'Camp Auschwitz' emblazoned on it was seen among a pro-Trump mob that stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday

https://twitter.com/jackiepeiser/status/1346971111997591552?s=20

 

NDPP

How the Hillary Clinton Campaign Deliberately 'Elevated' Donald Trump

https://twitter.com/BenjaminNorton/status/1347975487075844097

"An internal 2015 memo leaked by WikiLeaks showed ['Crooked'] Hillary Clinton's campaign made a 'pied-piper' strategy to intentionally 'elevate' Trump to 'leader of the pack', 'as a cudgel to move the more estabished candidates further to the right. They wanted Trump."

josh

Like historical fascist leaders, Trump has presented himself as the single source of truth. His use of the term “fake news” echoed the Nazi smear Lügenpresse (“lying press”); like the Nazis, he referred to reporters as “enemies of the people.” Like Adolf Hitler, he came to power at a moment when the conventional press had taken a beating; the financial crisis of 2008 did to American newspapers what the Great Depression did to German ones. The Nazis thought that they could use radio to replace the old pluralism of the newspaper; Trump tried to do the same with Twitter.

Thanks to technological capacity and personal talent, Donald Trump lied at a pace perhaps unmatched by any other leader in history.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/09/magazine/trump-coup.html?searchResultPosition=1

 

josh

We warned you that he had no commitment to democratic values or norms. We warned you about the dangers of a leader that abused federal law enforcement to investigate his enemies and to pardon his allies. We warned you that he was undermining the peaceful transfer of power, perhaps the most sacred and stabilizing tradition in American politics. We warned you that Trump's lies about election results would erode faith in elections. We warned you that his embrace of authoritarianism would degrade American democracy for decades to come. We warned you that putting someone like Trump in the White House is how democracies die.

https://www.mischiefsoffaction.com/post/we-freaking-warned-you

 

NorthReport

Now it's sinking in: Wednesday's Capitol Hill riot was even more violent than it first appeared

https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/09/media/reliable-sources-january-8/index.html

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josh

Jared and Ivanka told the Secret Service not to use ANY of the half-dozen bathrooms in their home, so the federal government has been spending $3,000 a month — more than $100,000 to date — to rent a basement studio, with a bathroom, from a neighbor.

https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1349766994560630784?s=20

 

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josh

US President Donald Trump has awarded a top US honor to King Mohammed VI of Morocco, citing his decision to begin normalization of relations with Israel.

The Legion of Merit is a rarely awarded decoration that can only be bestowed by the president, and typically on heads of state or government of other countries.

The honor comes after the United States in December recognized Morocco’s sovereignty over the entire Western Sahara territory, including the disputed area between southern Morocco and Mauritania. Morocco, in turn, agreed to resume partial diplomatic ties with Israel in the near future, establish direct flights between the nations, and promote economic and technological cooperation.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/trump-gives-top-award-to-moroccos-king-for-normalizing-with-israel/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

josh

Knowing that his successor opposes the death penalty, Donald Trump has rushed to execute as many people as possible before the transition. He has executed more individuals in weeks than had been federally executed in more than 60 years.
 

https://twitter.com/justinamash/status/1350265496420175872?s=20

 

JKR
josh

JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR, dissenting.

After seventeen years without a single federal execution, the Government has executed twelve people since July. They are Daniel Lee, Wesley Purkey, Dustin Honken, Lezmond Mitchell, Keith Nelson, William LeCroy Jr., Christopher Vialva, Orlando Hall, Brandon Bernard, Alfred Bourgeois, Lisa Montgomery, and, just last night, Corey Johnson. Today, Dustin Higgs will become the thirteenth. To put that in historical context, the Federal Government will have executed more than three times as many people in the last six months than it had in the previous six dec- ades.

Trump rushing to kill as many people as possible before his sick, sadistic ass hits the road.

NDPP

How Trump 'Appeased' Russia

https://www.moonofalabama.org/2021/01/how-trump-appeased-russia.html

"In fact, no other US administration since the Cold War has been more aggressive towards Russia than Trump's."

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The federal executions ordered by Trump in his 11th hour are truly sickening. What a self-absorbed, power-hungry prick.

josh

Mr. Trump has tethered his success to the politics of law and order, stoking fears and then positioning himself as the only person capable of confronting them. As for what — or whom — Americans should fear, Mr. Trump virtually always targeted people of color and people who protested for their rights: Mexicans, migrants from Central America, Black Lives Matter activists, the diverse array of protesters in major cities last summer.

But this month, it was a largely white mob trawling the Capitol grounds with Trump banners and zip ties, and killing a police officer. And yet the president did not preside over a tear-gas-fogged show of force, as he had during a protest for racial justice before the White House last summer. Instead, he praised these supporters on the evening of the riot — “you’re very special,” he assured them, “we love you” — before trotting out the “law and order” comment the next day under pressure from advisers.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/16/us/politics/trump-law-order.html

NDPP

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Jared and Ivanka told the Secret Service not to use ANY of the half-dozen bathrooms in their home, so the federal government has been spending $3,000 a month — more than $100,000 to date — to rent a basement studio, with a bathroom, from a neighbor.

https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1349766994560630784?s=20

 

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"The Washington Post story about Jared and Ivanka today was a lie. The story never made sense and was simply not true. Now the Secret Service has even denied the story. Please read below."

https://twitter.com/aviberkow45/status/1349908728653484034

Just  another WaPo BS (Bezos-shit) story. 'Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.' - Voltaire

josh

Greenblatt was succeeded by Kushner’s 31-year-old “coffee boy,” Avi Berkowitz. Known as Jared’s “mini-me,” Berkowitz met Kushner while playing a game of pick-up basketball and now occupies the position of U.S. Middle East envoy. Consequently, Ashrawi and the late Erekat, both of whom earned PhDs and committed their lives to peace, faced an American counterpart whose last job was producer of the “Trump Tower Live” talk show on Facebook.

https://www.cornellrooseveltinstitute.org/intl/digital-diplomacy-and-its-palestinian-discontents

Taking the word of a Trump's pro-Greater Land of Israel flack?  Jared's mini-me?

JKR

Trump has talked to associates about forming new political party: report; The Hill; January 19, 2021

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President Trump has reportedly floated the possibility of starting a new political party as he prepares to leave the White House amid internal struggles within the Republican Party.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that Trump has discussed the matter with associates in the last week, suggesting he would call it the "Patriot Party."

Another name Trump favours for the new party is "The Stable Genius Party."

josh

President Donald Trump, in one of his final acts of office, released current and former members of his administration from the terms of their ethics pledge, which included a five-year ban on lobbying their former agencies.

The ethics pledge was outlined in one of Trump’s first executive orders, signed on Jan. 28, 2017, as part of his campaign pledge to “drain the swamp.” It required Trump’s political appointees to agree to the lobbying ban, as well as pledge not to undertake work that would require them to register as a “foreign agent” after leaving government.

https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-lobbying-e911209abab83899eadd18b5776f6095?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP_Politics

 

josh

On the pardoning of Steve Bannon:

Trump pardoning a guy indicted by the Trump Justice Department for defrauding Trump supporters over the fake Trump wall is a fitting ending to the Trump presidency.

https://twitter.com/BoutrousTed/status/1351741358696931329?s=20

 

 

josh

A half-decade of Trumpism has accelerated a conversation about the threat of far-right extremism across Western democracies. From Germany to New Zealand to the United States, far-right gunmen have carried out bloody terrorist assaults. They were animated by hatred of migrants and liberals. In some cases, a line could be drawn from their radicalization to Trump’s incendiary rhetoric.

Despite Trump and the right’s demonization of antifa — a loosely knit group of far-left activists — domestic data shows that far-right or white-supremacist plots in the United States vastly outnumbered those hatched by leftist or anarchist radicals in 2020.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/01/22/biden-west-face-threat-far-right-extremism/

josh

Sean Wilentz, a professor of American history at Princeton University, said that Mr. Trump was the worst president in history, hands down.

“He’s in a whole other category in terms of the damage he’s done to the Republic,” said Mr. Wilentz, citing the radicalization of the Republican Party, the inept response to the pandemic and what he called “the brazen, almost psychedelic mendacity of the man.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/23/us/politics/trump-presidential-history.html

JKR
cco

josh wrote:

Sean Wilentz, a professor of American history at Princeton University, said that Mr. Trump was the worst president in history, hands down.

“He’s in a whole other category in terms of the damage he’s done to the Republic,” said Mr. Wilentz, citing the radicalization of the Republican Party, the inept response to the pandemic and what he called “the brazen, almost psychedelic mendacity of the man.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/23/us/politics/trump-presidential-history.html

I've heard some variant of this a lot recently, and it's bizarre. Worse than those who owned slaves? Worse than Andrew "Trail of Tears" Jackson? Worse than Ronald "Central American death squads" Reagan? Worse than George W. Bush, who murdered half a million people in Iraq and set up a gulag that still exists? What kind of mental gymnastics do people have to do to rehabilitate these monsters in order to put Trump at the bottom of the list? Is it really about having a veneer of pleasant-feeling civility over the carnage? Will we see the same rehabilitation of Trump when the Republicans nominate the Bison Helmet Rioter / Steve Bannon ticket in 2024?

NDPP

[quote=JKR]

Mary Trump: Donald will be Exposed as a Serial Rapist in Court; YouTube

[quote=NDPP]

It's a duopoly. All American Presidents are Monsters...AAPAM!

Here are all the times Joe Biden has been accused of acting inappropriately toward women and girls

https://www.businessinsider.com/joe-biden-allegations-women-2020-campaig...

josh
NorthReport

And how many times has it been stated: This claim about election fraud is disputed

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33 missing children found in anti-human trafficking operation in Southern California

https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/23/us/missing-children-found-los-angeles/

kropotkin1951

cco wrote:
josh wrote:

Sean Wilentz, a professor of American history at Princeton University, said that Mr. Trump was the worst president in history, hands down.

“He’s in a whole other category in terms of the damage he’s done to the Republic,” said Mr. Wilentz, citing the radicalization of the Republican Party, the inept response to the pandemic and what he called “the brazen, almost psychedelic mendacity of the man.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/23/us/politics/trump-presidential-history.html

I've heard some variant of this a lot recently, and it's bizarre. Worse than those who owned slaves? Worse than Andrew "Trail of Tears" Jackson? Worse than Ronald "Central American death squads" Reagan? Worse than George W. Bush, who murdered half a million people in Iraq and set up a gulag that still exists? What kind of mental gymnastics do people have to do to rehabilitate these monsters in order to put Trump at the bottom of the list? Is it really about having a veneer of pleasant-feeling civility over the carnage? Will we see the same rehabilitation of Trump when the Republicans nominate the Bison Helmet Rioter / Steve Bannon ticket in 2024?

Its like saying the current GOP invented fake news. The US has been imperialist for a very long time. Demonize and then attack has been the US's modus operendi for all that time.

Any bets on what new country Biden will attack first? Maybe Venezuela or will he directly invade Syria?

But the American public, agitated by the yellow press and American imperialists, demanded firm action. "Remember the Maine, to hell with Spain!" was the cry. On April 11, 1898, McKinley asked the Congress for permission to use force in Cuba.

JKR

cco wrote:
Will we see the same rehabilitation of Trump when the Republicans nominate the Bison Helmet Rioter / Steve Bannon ticket in 2024?

That depends on who's on top of the ticket. Banon could very well be an even worse president than Trump, which would make Banon the new worst president ever. On the other hand, the Bison Helmet Rioter could very well be a much better president than Trump, leaving Trump as the worst president ever.

jerrym

For two years Trump paid $2.7 million over two years to the people and firms that organized the attack on the Capitol.

Trump's reelection campaign paid more than $2.7 million over two years to businesses and individuals that organized the rally in Washington which sparked the deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month, according to campaign finance records.

The startling payments were tallied by the Center for Responsive Politics in a report issued Friday. The Associated Press first revealed some of the payments last week, along with the critical involvement of Trump campaign money and actors in the event that instigated the Capitol riot, which claimed five lives, including that of a U.S. Capitol Police officer.

The center warned that the full extent of involvement by the Trump campaign and supporters may never be known because of dark money hidden in shell companies.

Eight paid Trump campaign officials were listed on the permit issued by the National Park Service for the rally, according to records. One of them, Maggie Mulvaney — the niece of Trump’s former chief of staff Mick Mulvaney — was paid $138,000 by the campaign through Nov. 23, which is the latest date covered by the most recent required campaign finance filings. She was listed on the permit as the “VIP lead” for the rally and worked as the Trump campaign’s “director of finance operations.”

Mick Mulvaney, who had become the special envoy to Northern Ireland, said he left the Trump administration this month in protest against the attack on the Capitol. “I was shocked, I was angered, I was sad, I was embarrassed,” Mulvaney told Fox News host Chris Wallace, who pressed him on his responsibility for enabling Trump.

Event Strategies Inc. got the lion’s share of payments — $1.7 million from the Trump campaign and a joint fundraising committee, according to records. Company owners — Justin Caporale, the Trump campaign’s advance director,  and Tim Unes — were identified on the permit as rally production and stage managers.

Event Strategies also received $2.1 million from the Trump-affiliated dark money group America First Policies from 2018 to 2019, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

On Jan. 6, Trump urged his supporters in a speech at the rally to go to the Capitol, and “fight” to seize the election. “You’ll never take back our country with weakness,” he exhorted. “You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.”

Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said in his rally speech concerning the battle to overturn the election of Joe Biden: “Let’s have trial by combat!” 

Among others listed on the permit for that rally was Megan Powers, who worked as director of operations of the Trump campaign as recently as this month, according to her LinkedIn profile. She was paid $290,000 by the campaign from February 2019 through Nov. 23, according to the finance filings. She was listed on the rally permit as an operations manager.

Republican fundraiser Caroline Wren, identified as a rally adviser on the permit, and “backstage manager” Ronald Holden also received funds from the Trump campaign. 

Between mid-March and mid-November, Donald J. Trump for President Inc. paid Wren $20,000 a month, according to Federal Election Commission records, The Associated Press reported. During the campaign, she was national finance consultant for Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee of Trump’s reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee, AP noted.

The nonprofit Women for America, which was the first group to request a rally permit, was given a $25,000 grant in 2019 by another pro-Trump nonprofit, America First Priorities, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

“The Trump campaign’s FEC reports really only provide a snapshot of who was paid by the campaign,” Brendan Fischer, the director of federal reform at the Campaign Legal Center, told OpenSecrets. “Using FEC reports to identify Trump campaign aides involved in the January 6 riot has its limits, because we don’t fully know who the campaign was paying.”

After AP broke the story about the Trump campaign links to the rally, a spokesman said in a statement that Trump’s reelection campaign “did not organize, operate or finance the event.” The statement insisted that no campaign staff members were involved in the organization or operation of the rally and that if any former employees or independent contractors were involved, “they did not do so at the direction of the Trump campaign.” The same statement was provided to Bloomberg after the Center for Responsive Politics issued its report.

The FBI is investigating whether money from enemy states or organizations may have also helped fund the storming of the Capitol. It’s looking into a mysterious $500,000 Bitcoin payment before the raid to extremist figures and groups that apparently was sent by a French national who later died by suicide.

Trump was impeached again earlier this month, this time for “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the storming of the Capitol. His trial in the Senate isslated to begin Feb. 8.

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/trump-campaign-officials-firms-fundi...

kropotkin1951

How many of the team that put together the strategy for the Trump rally worked for the NED or similar organizations previously? 2.7 million is chump change compared to the money Congress has been spending every year to overturn the government of Hong Kong. One organization publicly spent way more than that and we have no idea how many other US organizations were involved. Ron Paul's piece is informative of the process used in the Ukraine which was also extremely similar to the Trump playbook.

Since 2014, the year of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Protests, the NED has (officially) poured over $29 million into the island city or the mainland in order to “identify new avenues for democracy and political reform.” That’s according to the NED’s website. 

https://www.mintpressnews.com/hong-kong-protest-united-states-destabiliz...

We do not know exactly how many millions — or tens of millions — of dollars the United States government spent on the presidential election in Ukraine. We do know that much of that money was targeted to assist one particular candidate, and that through a series of cut-out non-governmental organizations (NGOs) — both American and Ukrainian — millions of dollars ended up in support of the presidential candidate, Viktor Yushchenko.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2004/12/ron-paul/what-has-ned-done-in-ukraine/

 

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