Class Warfare Blog

October 28, 2018

So Is Trump Responsible … for Anything?

In an article in The Guardian, Heather Cox Richardson compares the recent attempted bombings with the political atmosphere at the end of the Civil War which lead to assassination attempts on leading politicians. Here are some excerpts:

When Trump demonises opponents, unhinged partisans take their cues
by Heather Cox Richardson

“When a president, as Trump does, demonises opponents as an un-American mob trying to destroy the country, it is not a lunatic who tries to harm them, it is a patriot.”

“By the 1990s, Republicans held on to power by manipulating the system. They claimed Democrats won elections through “voter fraud” and that they were protecting democracy. They deliberately kept Democrats from the polls.

“Voter suppression in Florida in 2000 helped put Republican George W Bush into office despite losing the popular vote and the targeting of state legislative elections in 2010 enabled Republicans to gerrymander states out of Democrat reach.

“Meanwhile, from the 1980s, Republicans insured themselves against Democratic legal challenges by packing the courts. Always, they argued that their machinations were simply protection against Democratic plotting with undeserving minorities to destroy America. By 2018, the Republicans’ president had demonised minorities as criminals and rapists and had embraced the idea that America was a white man’s land.

“Since 1980, Republicans have monopolised resources for a few wealthy Americans and have retained power by skewing the media, manipulating the system and convincing white followers that dangerous minorities threatened their very existence.”

“When a president, as Trump does, demonises opponents as an un-American mob
trying to destroy the country, it is not a lunatic who tries to harm them, it is a patriot.”

 

4 Comments »

  1. As Bill Maher often states on his HBO show Real Time, “[Trump] isn’t challenging facts anymore, he is challenging the concept of facts!” And sadly this is what is rising in our nation and being ignorantly embraced by the hyper-polarized populace. 😞

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    Comment by Professor Taboo — October 28, 2018 @ 11:42 am | Reply

  2. Always keep a full tank of fuel ready to head for freedom when they are about to come for me! Freedom is only 3 hours at 15 knots away!! Unless the Coast Guard under fearless leader is patrolling the waterway!

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    Comment by Holding The Line In Florida — October 28, 2018 @ 2:14 pm | Reply

    • So what is 45 nautical miles from you that represents freedom?

      On Sun, Oct 28, 2018 at 2:14 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — October 29, 2018 @ 1:52 pm | Reply

  3. To make sure I understand your position, did the abolitionists demonize their pro-Slavery opponents? Were they wrong to do so?

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    Comment by John Branyan — October 29, 2018 @ 7:27 am | Reply


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