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Sun Nov 4, 2018, 09:00 AM

The only thing Trump seems to fear is running out of fear itself

(Article from The Guardian)

For most politicians, this would be a frabjous day of well-nigh full employment and fatter paychecks. But there are no calloohs or callays in this Trumperwocky.

There are just rock-wielding caravans of disease-plagued murderers invading a fragile nation at risk of imminent collapse from the enemies within: notably the media and a bunch of radical leftwing mobs in cahoots with a suspiciously Semitic man called Soros. If you haven’t already spat out your dentures, you’re not watching Fox News.

This is not a small challenge for Republicans across the country and for the Trump campaign as it looks to 2020. Much has been made of Trump’s determination to play to his base and alienate suburban voters – especially Republican women – who could, you know, decide these contests.

But Trump has an even greater limitation than his love of his own loving base. He is the candidate of crisis: not just a smash-mouth street-fighter but a peddler of the impending apocalypse.

This type of candidate gains traction after a genuine crisis, such as a once-in-a-lifetime financial collapse whose suffering lingers on for many years into the recovery. Such a candidate might live off the fumes of crisis as long as distant terrorists unsettle us.

However, it’s hard to keep a good crisis going when your voters are feeling pretty secure, at a time of relative peace and prosperity. You end up grasping at Halloween ghouls that make you look weak and out of touch. This kind of populism is only popular when things are truly scary.

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Trump thinks that “shocking” is a good thing. That sentiment echoed his tweet about the jobs numbers on Friday, which expressed his surprise at the data: “Wow! The US added 250,000 Jobs in October – and this was despite the hurricanes.”

He could have said the jobs numbers were thanks to his own deficit-busting tax cuts or his environment-crushing deregulation. But no. He did tweet, two hours later, a photo of himself in a Game of Thrones design, warning darkly about sanctions against Iran. So let the good times roll!

In between tweets, he continued to stoke outrage and concoct crises by blaming the media for domestic terrorism and saying it was OK for US troops to shoot migrants who might throw rocks. Trump has neither political quality; he is a one-dimensional politician. He can’t or won’t keep the nation safe against domestic terrorists whose twisted ideology he has tolerated and even endorsed. He can’t or won’t inspire the nation to optimism because he is animated by a sense of impending doom. (read more)





https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/03/donald-trump-midterms-fear-immigration-fox-news

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FM123 Nov 2018 OP
no_hypocrisy Nov 2018 #1
Roland99 Nov 2018 #2
Dutchman99 Nov 2018 #3
N_E_1 for Tennis Nov 2018 #4
shanny Nov 2018 #5
malaise Nov 2018 #6

Response to FM123 (Original post)

Sun Nov 4, 2018, 09:01 AM

1. Trump is the anti-FDR.

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Sun Nov 4, 2018, 09:04 AM

2. Great line

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Sun Nov 4, 2018, 09:04 AM

3. Call to all Americans who believe that freedom is under open attack

On Monday, November 5th. the day before the most critical elections in recent history, I call on all Americans to hang a American flag outside their homes.... but hang it upside down as a message of distress! The country is under attack. Send this to everyone! Social media can make this happen!!

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Response to Dutchman99 (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 4, 2018, 09:25 AM

4. My flag flying is a daily occurrence...

Same orientation as my avatar. It does make you a target though, be careful.

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Sun Nov 4, 2018, 10:40 AM

5. We should be making this point every damn day: tRump is a cowardly gob of goo,

 

the exact opposite of the manly man he tries to project.

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Sun Nov 4, 2018, 10:41 AM

6. The vile MAGAcretin

Is the boy who cried wolf.

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