In four weeks, Trump has seen his national security advisor ousted, a cabinet nominee withdraw, a centerpiece immigration policy fail in the courts and a tidal wave of damaging leaks.
[Editor’s note: I kept telling you, over and over, that Trump was going to be an awful, disastrous farce of a president and now I defy anyone to tell me I was wrong. Only a month has passed since the unthinkable happened and the orange one slithered his way into the White House, but already we can see with certainty that the buffoon clearly hasn’t got a clue how to run the country or how to act in a manner befitting the POTUS. Instead he acts like a overgrown child playing fascist dictator and anyone who dares criticise in any way, shape or form will become the recipient of yet another in the long unbroken string of purile, childish and blatantly dishonest tweets to issue forth from the tiny child-like hands of the pussy grabber.
He probably isn’t smart enough to realise the psychological aspects of what he’s doing, but in calling the US media ‘the enemy of the American people’ Trump is applying reverse psychology. In layman’s terms, the pot is calling the kettle black. Of course, it is Trump himself and his coterie of Israeli-controlled kapos like Bannon and Kushner who are the real enemy of the American people.
It seems to me that the ‘bloviating sleazebag’ as one of my wittier friends refers to him, has decided (or rather, has been ‘advised’) to make the US media the first target in his assault on the remaining freedoms and rights of the US people. The intention appears to be to destroy the media as a first step towards the creation of a totalitarian police state. We have seen other signs of attempts to follow such an agenda, such as the proposal to send 100,000 National Guard troops in to oppose local law enforcement.
Hitler used the burning of the Reichstag to carry out his seizure of power and impose a totalitarian police state, whether Hitler ordered the burning or not is still open to debate, but regardless, he took full advantage. Trump and his closest advisors/handlers, Bannon and Kushner, are almost certainly planning a major false flag to serve as their Reichstag fire – an event that gives them justification for imposing their own version of a totalitarian police state. The organs of such a state are already in place – the DHS, FBI and CIA, all utterly corrupt and downright criminal, are primed and ready to become a modern day Gestapo, the police have been militarised, the FEMA camps are ready to host dissenters and the paid agitators are in place ready to turn any lawful, peaceful protest into a riot; it is all pretty clear to anyone who has studied the rise of fascism in the 1930s.
Trump probably plans to destroy the US media, to shut down large portions and bring the remainder under strict state control, doubtless under the purview of a modern equivalent to the Propaganda Ministry of Joseph Goebbels.
All of this is very bad for the US people, but for me, an Englishman living half a world away, the real worry is that the last time a major power became a totalitarian fascist dictatorship, it plunged the entire world into a war that killed untold tens of millions and left the world divided and destabilised, locked in a decades long cold war.
Hitler ignited WWII in Europe by marching into Czechoslovakia and Poland, Trump has maybe already given us a hint of how he will start WWIII when he talked of sending US troops into Mexico to get rid of some ‘bad hombres’. Then there are the NATO moves to increase forces in both the Black and Baltic seas, the build-up of NATO ground forces in Poland and Lithuania, to say nothing of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the Trump rhetoric about Crimea. No doubt, the situation is becoming increasingly primed and dangerous, I wonder if the commentators had the same uneasy feeling back in 1938 that I and my colleagues have today. Ian]
Trump calls media ‘enemy of the American people’
Donald Trump ratcheted up his attacks on the media Friday, blasting the press as “the enemy of the American people!”
Shortly after landing at his holiday home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida — where he is spending a third consecutive weekend — the president lashed out in 140 characters.
“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Trump had tweeted an earlier post which targeted the New York Times, CNN, NBC “and many more” media — and ended with the exclamation “SICK!”
But he swiftly deleted that missive before reposting the definitive version — adding two more “enemies” to his blacklist.
The 70-year-old Trump built his campaign on criticizing the press as biased. In addition to regularly accusing the media of overstating his setbacks, he has also accused journalists of failing to show sufficient respect for his accomplishments.
On Thursday, he launched a long diatribe at a grievance-filled news conference, in which he blamed the media for his one-month-old administration’s problems.
Many US presidents have criticized the press, but Trump’s language has more closely echoed remarks leveled by authoritarian leaders around the world.
His comments had some observers declaring that the Republican was veering dangerously close to infringing on the constitutionally protected freedom of the press.
“I love that part of the 1st Amendment that declares the press the enemy of the American people,” conservative commentator S.E. Cupps wrote on Twitter, adding the hashtag “TrumpsAmerica.”
Ben Rhodes, a top advisor to former president Barack Obama, called Trump’s criticism of the media “a gift to authoritarians everywhere — will discredit any US efforts to support freedom of the press globally.”
Many reporters were taken aback by Thursday’s press conference, described by some as bizarre, but Trump echoed the words of praise he got from one rightwing commentator and insisted the outing had been a bravura performance.
“‘One of the most effective press conferences I’ve ever seen!’ says Rush Limbaugh. Many agree. Yet FAKE MEDIA calls it differently! Dishonest,” Trump wrote on Twitter about an hour after the earlier tweet.
Trump declared during the news conference: “Much of the media in Washington, DC — along with New York, Los Angeles, in particular — speaks not for the people but for the special interests and for those profiting off a very, very obviously broken system.
“The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people. Tremendous disservice. We have to talk to find out what’s going on, because the press honestly is out of control. The level of dishonesty is out of control.”
Trump’s campaign website and the Republican Party on Thursday posted a “Mainstream Media Accountability Survey,” asking respondents questions such as: “On which issues does the mainstream media do the worst job of representing Republicans?”
It also asks whether the GOP should spend “more time and resources” holding the media accountable.
It’s not known what it will take — or if it’s even possible — for Trump to plug the leaks in his administration, but an ally on Capitol Hill stepped in Friday to help.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has asked the FBI to investigate the leaks, Politico reported, citing three sources familiar with his request.