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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

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

josh wrote:

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

 

NDPP wrote:

"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

Quote:

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

 

 

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