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Trump and Pence: How Best to Take Them On? Part 2

Trump and Pence: How Best to Take Them On? Part 2

Part I is here.

By Dennis Loo (6/22/17)

For example, Revolution quotes Andy Zee, who is the main spokesman for this anti-fascist movement saying, 

All the more so because this regime is hell-bent on imposing fascism: with all the arrogance and ignorance, the Bible taken literally and the flag, the racist genocide and misogyny that is the true face of Make America Great Again. Yes, there are differences from German fascism in the 1930s, but two important points: one, there are striking parallels to the rise of fascism in the ’30s. And, second, and at the heart of the matter, the essential character of fascism is present: a qualitative change in how society is governed—through essentially open terror and the elimination of basic democratic rights. Only in the U.S. today, Donald Trump has nuclear weapons and the most powerful military in world history under his command.

Yes, the Trump regime is hell-bent on remaking the norms along fascist rather than bourgeois-democratic lines, where for example, due process for the accused is suspended permanently and the presumption is no longer innocent until proven guilty, but once accused, you are assumed to be guilty. The many Trump executive orders include such as at least implicit language within them. But note that Trump is getting a lot of resistance to his and Pence's efforts. Note that their intent and what they have been saying and all of their bluster is different from what they do. Rather than viewing this as a well-thought out strategy, consider how precious little Trump thinks ahead about anything. Look at when they tried to implement the travel ban at airports, how push back happened immediately from protestors and even judges. Trump can point to no legislation except the terrible (and likely unpassable through the Senate) GOP "health care" bill finally passed in the House but which even the GOP can barely muster comments, let alone enthusiasm for. 

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Trump, Pence: How to Best Take Them On

Trump and Pence: How Best to Take Them On? 

By Dennis Loo (6/21/17)

As I wrote two days ago about his support starting finally to erode significantly: "Trump supporters thought Trump was at least a bully for them. What they are beginning to see he's just a bully, period."

"Sometimes you need a bully to deal with another bully," as one Trump voter stated before the election. "He might kill us all, but I am voting for him," another said.

In other words, not all Trump voters were completely oblivious to Trump's flaws before they voted for him. Given a choice between Hillary (which 40% of Trump voters hated with a passion) and an "outsider" like Trump, given how badly neoliberal policies have been to most of us, given that especially Trump voters are less likely to do anything political but vote, and given the DNC and Hillary's inability to understand the 99%'s plight, Trump's election, while tough to swallow, makes some sense. 

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Trump Base Finally Begins Deserting Him

Trump Base Finally Begins Deserting Him

By Dennis Loo (6/19/17)

Newsweek's 6/16/17 reports on polls, showing that the snowball against Trump has finally begun its inevitable picking up in his base. The article states:

In just one month, the percentage of Republicans who thought America was heading in the right direction dropped a full 17 percentage points—from 58 percent in May to 41 percent in June—according to a Gallup survey released this week. Overall, just 24 percent of Americans are pleased with the direction the country is heading

This is on the heels of the 5/11/17 Newsweek article with these gems:

The Quinnipiac University survey found that just 36 percent of voters approve of the job Trump is doing, while 58 percent disapprove. That's a "near-record" negative rating and a drop from last month, the poll noted. In its April 19 poll, Quinnipiac University found Trump's approval rating stood at 40 percent with 56 percent disapproving.

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Elaine Brower 2

Elaine Brower of World Can't Wait speaking at the NYC Stop the War on Iran rally 2/4/12