Trump’s not unique. So were the Clintons, Bush/Cheney, Obama and other past US presidents—hostile to peace, democratic values, rule of law principles and social justice.
Trump is the latest in a long line of militant, anti-populist US leaders, serving America’s deep state, its monied and warmaking interests, ignoring the general welfare, especially the rights and needs of the nation’s most disadvantaged.
His public remarks and policies show he’s unapologetically racist—denigrating Muslims and people of color, shamefully betraying the public trust, ordinary people he pledged to serve equitably.
All politicians lie, undeserving of trust. Rare exceptions prove the rule.
Obama was a serial liar. Trump matches or exceeds his duplicity, mendacity and arrogance.
Reportedly during a White House meeting, discussing Haitian, Salvadoran and African immigrants and refugees, Trump was quoted saying, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Separately he tweeted: “The Democrats seem intent on having people and drugs pour into our country from the Southern Border . . .” More on his comments below.
Profanity is nothing new in the White House. Nixon reportedly on ce remarked “(p)eople said my language was bad, but Jesus, you should have heard LBJ.”
True enough. Johnson’s raw language was notorious, including with other heads of state. Few, if any other, US presidents matched his coarseness.
He consulted with cabinet members while sitting on the pot. His language was laced with profanity. He wasn’t alone.
During the signing of Obamacare, Joe Biden called it “a big f . . . king deal, his comment picked up by nearby microphones.
Dick Cheney once told Senator Patrick Leahy to “go f. .k himself—related to Halliburton’s rip-off role in Iraq, an issue I wrote about earlier. Cheney headed the company before becoming vice president.
Numerous other US political figures were profane in the language they used. Harry Truman once called Douglas MacArthur “a dumb son-of-a-bitch.” Bill and Hillary Clinton often used the f-word inside and outside the White House.
Policies matter more than language. While denigrating Central American and African immigrants, Trump reportedly suggested bringing in more people from Norway, a Nordic Aryan country, in lieu of from places he’s hostile to.
Trump critics used his latest remarks to slam him—ignoring his high crimes in office, his wars of aggression, his corporate favoritism, his banning travel to America from designated Muslim countries, his disdain for ordinary Americans of all races, religions and ethnicity.
The key issue isn’t his rhetoric. It’s a nation under Republicans and undemocratic Dems at war on humanity, major media supporting what demands condemnation.
It’s America transformed into a police state with bipartisan support, it’s neoliberal harshness, it’s hubris and arrogance, it’s megalomaniacal aim for unchallenged global dominance, wanting all sovereign independent states transformed into pro-Western puppet ones, their resources looted, their people exploited.
That’s what public rage should be about—what’s absent in blasting Trump, the worst of his destructive agenda ignored.
Under his leadership or others from both parties, America is humanity’s greatest threat.
Its rage for dominance may kill us all—the key issue of our time unaddressed in the mainstream.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.