So said the television news people ALL DAY LONG yesterday. I was in the car a lot, where I have (a free 90-day) subscription to SiriusXM radio (which I am sorely going to miss when it expires). To my regular audio diet of NPR, I’ve added CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News. They were breathless with anticipation from 8:00 am until Trump emerged from his meetings and gave the thumbs up. Then they spent the next several hours admiring his ability to control them. The word charming was thrown around A LOT with regard to Trump, his skills, and his appearances on their networks. It was CRAZY.
It reminded me a lot of the last 8 years and Obama, which I gave not one fuck about, because you reap what you sow, low-information vile progs, Clintonistas, and Bernouts. I hope you enjoy the next 8 years, bitches, because The Don is going to pwn you. Best. Election. Ever.
Not everyone was pleased, of course. Chicago’s own Chauncey DeVega, a self-styled “Cultural Critic,” had a verifiable MELTDOWN that white limousine liberal Joan Walsh saw fit to publish in the pages of Salon. The “Indomitable” Mr. DeVega has fucking had it up to his cholo eyebrows with the axis of evil–white, male, Christian, and heterosexual–And he’s got some news for them.
These racists, bigots, nativists, bullies, and right-wing authoritarians are Trumpthuglicans. It is long overdue that that this rabble is described by the mainstream news media and political chattering classes with the scorn and disgust they have earned and deserve.
What’s more, he’s got some insights about The Don:
The corporate news media is complicit in allowing a proto-fascist to become the presumed presidential nominee of one of the United States’ two institutional political parties. In exchange for viewers and money, the corporate news media normalized and mainstreamed Donald Trump’s political poison into the American body politic. The Fourth Estate is supposed to be the guardian and watchdog of democracy; in the case of “Trumpmania” many of its members instead chose to be enablers and fans.
Methinks this spittle-flecked minor demon protests too much. He was cool with it when Obama was using the Charm-offensive for his proto-fascists ends. But, you know, when all you got is tropes, viewers will naturally turn out. And tropes are all this guy has:
Trump’s brand of gross antipathy towards Muslims, hostility to Hispanics and Latinos, anti-black racism, and declaration of war on “political correctness”—what is just a right-wing talking point dog whistle for disrespecting the human rights and dignity of anyone who is not white, male, Christian, and heterosexual—is the American right-wing’s playbook of the Culture War, Southern Strategy and Fox News-talk radio bubble of epistemic closure and disinformation brought to fruition with a faux populist bent.
The only folks fighting the Culture War are those signing on to this ridiculous bathroom bullshit. I predict a surge in the plumbing sector, which will oversee the creation of millions of individual bathrooms so people can avoid other people’s shit altogether. And America thus gets more individualized. WIN. We reject your togetherness!
As for the Southern Strategy: both sides have been playing at that game for a long time–well on 40 years. The most recent beneficiary of it is–can you guess it??? Hillary Clinton. So that schtick is played out and lazy, bro. Put this in your pipe and smoke it: Southerners are people too, bra.
Faux-populism? Muthah fuckah! We are about to show you what populism really is. You’ll be lucky if we don’t swarm the gawd-damn news rooms with pitchforks before heading off to Washington, DC.
Newsflash, bro: You’re going to lose. Your shrieking and excessive use of adjectives is not going to help your cause. It will help your opponents’ cause. It just gives them one more example of the freakshow that is the completely racialized hyperbole running through urban and academic settings. You folks will believe anything about anyone who is not like you, and your bag of tricks contains just one trick: to dehumanize them while shrieking about your own humanity. Stop the madness! You can’t win, not like this, because it does not compute. We’re all humans, duh.
You can’t win anyway, because while The Donald is charming the fuck out of nearly everyone, here’s the way the candidate on your side treats the press:
People don’t like to be insulted. This is a lesson the left needs to learn very badly. Unity by rope-off, shame, excoriation…these are failing strategies.
Fuck this shit. #GoTrump!