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In the wake of Trump’s dangerous electoral potency, win lose or draw, the unsolved question is, what can legitimate politicians do?

First, diagnose the problem.

Misdirection is at the heart of it. From the Koch brothers, to Rush and O’Reilly, to Trump, the false message is, blame the guy lower on the social ladder than you – Mexicans, Muslims, Chinese, etc. Pay no attention to the elites who captured all the wealth created in the past 20 years. It’s the guy crawling up the ladder from under you who is your enemy – the dirty immigrant who may be a lurking terrorist, the foreign laborer more desperate and more willing to work for low wages than you. That guy is the cause of your problems. Sure, Walmart’s got a shitty job for you, and that’s the best you can find, but pay no attention to why all you’ve got is a shitty job. Instead, watch out for that filthy Mexican, who will gladly take that shitty job in a heartbeat.

It’s classic misdirection.

Marxists have long understood that global worker solidarity was an essential ingredient if working people were to get a fair slice of the pie. The super rich understand this too – which is why they funded culture wars and welfare wars to distract working people, and when those staples of Republican strategy started to lose potency, they told you to blame Mexicans and Muslims for your trumped up troubles.

Our legitimate politicians have to have the courage to point the finger at the very rich hands that feed them – or else we will have another Trump, and he’ll win the election. That shitty job at Walmart has to be linked to that shitty job in a Chinese iPhone factory or lithium mine. They’re the same raw deal, caused by the same global power brokers. Our trade deals must link together the interests of workers, not erect barriers, so both Chinese and American workers see their wages and conditions brought up together, and producers can’t move from country to country in search of ways around sharing the profits.

The only true thing Trump has said is to point the finger at Wall Street. They are in on the deal. But the other targets – Muslims, Mexicans, women, Chinese, and others – they’re fellow victims of a rigged system, and our politicians need to say so.

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Brexit and Mob Rule

UK and EU politicians should ignore the Brexit referendum for what it is – a non-binding expression of opinion at a point in time.

Cooler, wiser, heads should prevail. Representative democracy has two words for a reason. We expect elected representatives and the institutions of government to provide stability in the face of the whims of the day and the emotions of the mob.

That is not to say politicians should ignore the results. There is discontent. However the hammer of Brexit is not the only tool in the chest. It is the only policy tool to reach the voters, many of whom cast votes of protest, knowing that Brexit is a singularly bone-headed, impractical and dangerous solution. Many will have voted Leave, anticipating it could never happen.

The UK should not trigger article 50. The EU should not force the issue. As one diplomat put it, “If they treat their referendum as a non-event, we will also treat their referendum as a non-event.”

That is the wiser course of action.

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With the Republican Party unraveling, now is the time for the Big Tent of the Democratic Party to get bigger – to welcome in all Americans, especially main street, home town, traditional Republicans.

We have much in common – A distaste for incivility and vulgarity, a tradition of working together towards the common good, a history of compromise, policy driven by a vision what’s best for America, not merely what’s best for partisan electoral strategy, a working knowledge of history, respect for institutions, the Constitution, our international partners and allies, our treaty obligations, the full faith and credit of the United States, and more.

Sure, there are differences, but on what matters most, perhaps there’s more that unites than divides. Many Republicans will find their party’s nominee is far more alien to them than are many moderate Democrats.

Hillary should reach out to Republicans, as cabinet members, as voters, and possibly even consider a Republican as a running mate.

 

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Trump on Women

Trump in his own words:

  • “Yeah, she’s really something, and what a beauty, that one. If I weren’t happily married and, ya know, her father …” — Donald Trump on daughter Ivanka, Rolling Stone, September 2015, and “… she does have a very nice figure. I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
  • “It must be a pretty picture. You dropping to your knees.”, to Celebrity Apprentice contestant Brande Roderick
  • “You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”
  • “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes–blood coming out of her wherever.”
  • “Rosie’s a loser. A real loser. I look forward to taking lots of money from my nice fat little Rosie.”, an “animal”, “an extremely unattractive person”, and a “slob.”
  • Arianna Huffington “is unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man—he made a good decision.”
  • “Like you wouldn’t have your job if you weren’t beautiful.”
  • “It’s certainly not groundbreaking news that the early victories by the women on The Apprentice were, to a very large extent, dependent on their sex appeal.”
  • “If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?”
  • “[Angelina Jolie’s] been with so many guys she makes me look like a baby… And, I just don’t even find her attractive,”
  • “All of the women on ‘The Apprentice’ flirted with me — consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.”
  • “Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next next president? I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”
  • “While @BetteMidler is an extremely unattractive woman, I refuse to say that because I always insist on being politically correct”
  • When lawyer Elizabeth Beck asked for a medical break to pump breast milk for her 3-month-old daughter, Mr. Trump said, “You’re disgusting,”.

Mr. Trump, Look in the mirror.

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The train-wreck of the Republican Party begins.

  • In the New York Daily News, Rick Wilson: On Donald Trump, never means never.
  • “I… cannot in good conscience support Donald Trump because I do not believe … he displayed the judgment and temperament to serve as Commander in Chief” — Lindsey Graham
  • Trump “has not demonstrated that temperament or strength of character. He has not displayed a respect for the Constitution. … These are all reasons why I cannot support his candidacy.”– Jeb Bush
  • “Donald Trump is epically unprepared to be president. He has no realistic policies, no advisers, no capacity to learn. His vast narcissism makes him a closed fortress. He doesn’t know what he doesn’t know and he’s uninterested in finding out. He insults the office Abraham Lincoln once occupied by running for it with less preparation than most of us would undertake to buy a sofa.” — David Brooks
  • “You could be living on a diet of lead paint, cheap vodka and Real Housewives and still know more than Trump does about, well, everything.” — Rick Wilson
  • “I just don’t think he has the character to be president of the United States,” — Bill Kristol
  • “Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing the American public for suckers.” — Mitt Romney
  • and, finally, Lindsey Graham again, “If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed…….and we will deserve it.”

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Trump Watch is a page logging Trump’s incitements to violence in his own words, updated with appalling frequency.  Follow Trump Watch for the latest updates, or post your own comments.

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donald-trump-salute-696x417Donald Trump is praised by his supporters for his unfiltered honesty. Although that’s something to admire in a politician, our patriotic duty is to evaluate the man or woman, and ask ourselves, is this who we are?

Here’s Trump on the violence at his rallies:

“Can I be honest with you? It adds to the flavor, … [I]t really does. It makes it more exciting. I mean, isn’t this better than listening to a long boring speech?”

Speaking on Fox & Friends

“Maybe he should have been roughed up”

February 1, 2016, urging on a supporter

“Knock the crap out of him, would, you? Seriously, OK, just knock the hell. I promise you I will pay for the legal fees, I promise, I promise.”

February 23, 2016

“I’d like to punch him in the face.”

February 27, 2016

“In the good old days, they’d rip him out of that seat so fast, but today everybody is politically correct.”

Week ending March 11, 2016

“The audience hit back, and that’s what we need a little bit more of.”

In a page straight out of the Nazi playbook, Trump incites his supporters to violence and physical intimidation of the press, protesters, and his racial and ethnic targets.

Trump’s testosterone-charged rallies, scapegoating rhetoric, racism, and Nazi-like loyalty salutes and oaths of fealty are as close as one could come to a rebirth of Hitler’s cult of personality. You’d think we were watching an overblown Hollywood movie. It can’t happen here, you say?

But it is happening. These are not isolated incidents, nor are they beyond the influence and encouragement of the candidate. Instead, these are frequent events, suborned and encouraged by the candidate himself, often from the lecturn while the violence is on-going.

And the incidents just keep on coming:

  • A 78-year-old Trump supporter sucker-punched a black protester being led out of the candidate’s event — and then threatened death to the man he had punched. Los Angeles Times.
  • A Trump supporter named John McGraw punched a black protester in Fayetteville, N.C., and declared to “Inside Edition” that “next time we see him, we might have to kill him.” Los Angeles Times.
  • A Trump Supporter Punches Protester in the Face. YouTube.
  • Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, grabbed the arm of Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields and aggressively tried to pull her to the ground. The Guardian. Washington Post.
  • Longtime Time photographer Chris Morris was put in a chokehold and slammed backwards into a table by a Secret Service agent at a rally in Virginia. The Guardian.
  • A young black woman was surrounded and shoved aggressively by a number of individuals at a rally in Louisville, Kentucky. The Guardian. YouTube.
  • A black protester was tackled, then punched and kicked by a group of men as he curled up on the ground in Birmingham, Alabama. ThinkProgress.
  • Two men in Boston ambushed and brutally beat a homeless Latino man because they were “inspired” by Trump, who later explained his supporters “are very passionate” and “love this country.” One of the two brothers reportedly said that “it was OK to assault the man because he was Hispanic and homeless,” adding, “Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported.” ThinkProgress.
  • Rally attendees shoved and spat on on immigration advocates. ThinkProgress.
  • Trump supporters were filmed dragging and kicking an immigration activist while others yelled “U-S-A! U-S-A!”. Video.
  • Immigration activists were shoved and stripped of their signs by a crowd in Richmond, Virginia. Yahoo News.
  • A Latino protester was knocked down and kicked by a Trump supporter in Miami. Time Magazine.

Another tactic straight out of the Nazi playbook is to both condone and condem the same acts of violence in alternate statements. The first acting as a dog whistle for the desired violence and intimidation, the second as smoke screen and palliative for those who seek reasons to make excuses for the demagogue.

Republicans have a stark choice to make – are they going to let this madness continue, or will they act as true patriots, say no to Trump, risk that a Democrat might win in November, and put a stop to this monster.

The New York Daily News has had enough, calling Trump Hooligan in Chief. Hasn’t the rest of America?

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