Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Trumpism

 


Conservative ideology has never been hampered by an open mind, so it isn’t a great leap from reactionary to radical Right. Today’s American conservative ideology has been hijacked by radicalized talk radio and the Murdoch propaganda empire, which have inevitably allowed Trumpism to essentially become the Republican Party platform. Loyalty to the leader and lockstep conformity to his rhetoric of hate, lies, and blame are now the ONLY qualifications necessary to run as a Republican.

Trumps words become their stated BELIEFS, whether they agree with him or not. With Trumpism BELIEFS become their reality, and those beliefs, and therefore Trump’s words, are beyond examination and dissent. This is Trumpism.

During an interview on Fox & Friends Weekend on Sunday, June 2, 2024, Donald Trump denied saying "Lock her up" about Hillary Clinton.

"You famously said, regarding Hillary Clinton, 'Lock her up.' You declined to do that as president," Fox News's Will Cain said.

With three FOX (R) News “journalists” sitting across from him, Trump declared, “Hillary Clinton—I didn't say lock her up but the people would always say 'Lock her up, lock her up.'"

The FOX (R)  “Journalists” could have said, “Yes you did, sir”, and reminded him of a June of 2016 rally in Redding, California, where he said, "I think Hillary is very weak, I think she's pathetic, I think she should be in jail for what she did with her emails, ok? I think she should be in jail."

And at a rally in Lakeland, Florida in October 2016: Trump again referenced the Clinton email scandal. “She has to go to jail. 

And in the same month during a debate Clinton attacked Trump, saying: "It's just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country," to which he replied, "Because you'd be in jail."

In January 2020: Responding to crowds in Toledo chanting "lock her up," Trump said: "You should lock her up, I tell ya."

In October 2020: Delivering a speech in Florida, he said, "Lock them up, you should lock them up. Lock up the Bidens, lock up Hillary, lock 'em up."

Not one of the fake “journalists” at FOX(R) dared to display the honesty, courage, and integrity to correct or disagree with their mendacious malevolent messiah, lest they be branded “enemies of the people”.  Trump's word shall not be questioned by his sycophantic propaganda network.

That's how Trumpism works. If a conservative like Mitt Romney, Liz Cheney or Adam Kinzinger dares to question Trump’s words or condemn his actions, they are effectively canceled, and punished as treacherous “RINOs”. 

Trumpists never allow facts to get in the way of their BELIEIFS. Triggering emotions is how their leaders instill those false beliefs and exploit them as the path to power.

It's always about who to fear, who to hate, who to blame, and who will be their savior to punish the dreaded evil "others" who are out to get them and take over their country.

"They are coming after YOU! I'm standing in their way." Sound familiar?

Hitler understood this. “I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few". And so does Trump.

Unfortunately, that's how authoritarianism, Trumpism and fascism have always operated.

It doesn't take long to discover their beliefs are rooted in selfishness, greed, fear, resentment, anger, scapegoating, xenophobia, and at the extreme, racism and radical right nationalism.

With all those emotionally rooted beliefs, it’s not surprsing they lack any concern for the welfare or opinions of others. It's always been about their easily manipulated FEELINGS, no matter their IQ. It's their EQ that is suppressed. Compassion and caring for the disenfranchised, sick, and poor are not within their so-called values.

They are driven by the will to DOMINATE and CONTROL the majority.

With a sick sense of gleeful cruelty, the Party of Trump rejoices as they deprive people they resent, fear, and hate of food stamps, healthcare, reproductive rights, living wages, voting rights, poll access, and fair elections with fair representation.

Trump has been Putin’s most useful American idiot for the past decade. He welcomed Russian interference in 2016 and praises Putin. He also invited Russia to do “whatever the hell they want” to a NATO ally if they don’t pay enough money. He invited Russians into the Oval Office and gave them secret intelligence. These are verifiable facts.

While Trump is by all reasonable measures a traitor and insurrectionist, most Trump voters are not. They don’t directly betray our secrets or aid and abet enemies. 

Millions are just ill-informed, poorly educated people who don't really pay attention to politics, world events, or history. They vote for Republicans because their family has always voted for Republicans. They are charmed by Trump's celebrity status and dismiss his crude language and behavior. Or they are anti-abortion evangelicals who vote for anyone who would repeal Roe v Wade. They are encouraged by Right wing media to trust his "business background". They never hear of his history of bankruptcies, fraud, and squandering Daddy's money.

Anyone who believes, acts on, or defends Trump's Big Lie is a Trumpist. They are white nationalists, grifters, propagandists, and neo-Nazi types. If Trump's word is your gospel, you're in a neo-Nazi white nationalist cult.

But many ARE truly insurrectionists and traitors to our democratic republic. They regurgitate Russian lies in the halls of Congress.

Former Giuliani associate Lev Parnas testified under oath: "From shortly after my arrest on October 9, 2019, to now, I have been trying to share the irrefutable truth with you: The American people have been lied to by Trump, Giuliani, & various cohorts of individuals in government and media positions. They created falsehoods to serve their own interests… . The only information ever pushed on the Bidens in Ukraine has come from one source and one source only: Russia and Russian agents. The impeachment proceedings that bring us here now are predicated on false information spread by the Kremlin.  Congressman Pete Sessions, then Congressman Devin Nunes, Senator Ron Johnson and many others understood they were pushing a false narrative. The same goes for John Solomon, Sean Hannity and media personnel, particularly at Fox News. My original indictment linked me to an individual referred to as unindicted coconspirator . We know now this individual to be Congressman Pete Sessions who sits on this very committee.”

They are authoritarian true believers in dictatorship over democracy. They are white nationalists who want to dominate the majority of Americans and punish those they hate. Any and all means are justified in their anti-democratic criminal coup. January 6 was the beginning, not the end of their threat to our country. We can be certain they will commit more violence if Trump loses again. It is in their nature.

There are the die-hard extremists like Mike Flynn*, Roger Stone, Alex Jones, with their Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, gun nuts, and wacko militia types who think they're minute men. They have a media empire of soulless hacks, Putin lovers and racists poisoning the minds of millions of Americans with endless scapegoating, hate, and lies.

Being duped by Trump's lies and hate-mongering, or worse yet, knowing better and just cashing in, doesn't absolve them anymore that it would absolve "good Germans" who cheered for their Fuhrer's dictatorship, belligerent militarism, Holocaust, war, and police state. They were all "patriots" who believed loyalty to the Fuhrer was loyalty to their country.

And we now have Trump’s white supremacist dinner guest Nick Fuentes who said on November 9, 2022: “There are too many nonwhite people in the country… And it sucks, and it is what it is, but that’s why we need dictatorship…We need to take control of the media, take control of the government, and force the people to believe what we believe. Or force them to play by our rules and reshape the society.”

He told Jews to "get the fuck out of America": "You serve the devil. You serve Satan. ... I piss on your Talmud."

And Trump? “He (Fuentes) gets me.”

This is the dark and rancid core of the "Mega MAGA" cult. Fascism. It is their nature.

The inescapable bottom line is Trumpism is the refuge, identity, and de facto new term for white nationalism.   

The white nationalist Trumpists parrot neo-Nazi hate rhetoric by calling anyone who opposes Trump, or holds him accountable "communists", while they PRAISE Putin. Because Trump does. Their blind rage calls for vengeance, retribution, revenge, and even civil war, all because they BELIEVE in Trump's Big Lie. This is the final step before justifying violence against us. January 6 is CELEBRATED, and the thugs Trump praised with "We love you. You're very special" have become "hostages, martyrs and political prisoners" in their fascist cult. They are effectively Putin’s agents in his information/propaganda war to destabilize and subvert the US.

Therefore, I stand by this statement:

Insurrectionist, white nationalist, neo-Nazi Trumpists are domestic enemies of democracy and our constitutional republic. 

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* Flynn recently met with fellow neo-Nazis at their paramilitary training facility called "88 Tactical". "H" is the eighth letter of the alphabet and "88" is neo-Nazi code for Heil Hitler.