On Twitter, Trump’s son Eric favourited a tweet that referred to Harris as a “Edited for profanity. Please do not do it again.ndous pick”; the tweet was later deleted.
This is the son of a man who has been President for four years. When is the meanspiritedness going to be punished, and who will punish it?
The behavior that we’ve come to expect from the president, his family, and some of his supporters, is behavior we’ve all seen before from children, bullies, bigots, abusers and zealots. It also is behavior that emanates from ‘us’ (typical folks) in times of anger, futility and stress when impulses are triggered. The remarkable thing is that First Family are adults, they are consistent in their behavior, and deliver their messages calmly and often in a measured way as a calculated or strategic and planned reaction. Since the behavior has been reinforced and rewarded with likes, retweets, praise, admiration, votes, worship and power, the bottom line is, it has worked.
The damage is incalculable and as we see from some soon to be elected congressional candidates is a formula that will be tested for replication. The 50’s gave us McCarthyism which threatened tge fabric of the country and eventually was squashed (not eliminated, but incapacitated).
There is a deep connection here, as Donald Trump's main mentor, the guy who taught him his life strategy of always attacking, always blaming, being willing to lie and never, ever apologizing for anything was none other than Roy Cohn, who was McCarthy's bulldog strategist.
To those 2016 Trump voters who are struggling with the behavior of the first family and yet ideologically reject the thought of voting for Biden, please consider that 4 years passes quickly. In 2 years there’ll be mid-term elections and in about 2.5 years candidates will be emerging for 2024. Putting an end to Trumpism doesn’t need to be seen as the ascendency of a profoundly progressive America. It can be seen as a necessary awakening of America in rejection of the politics of chaos and division, and hopefully an awakening of Republicans to reclaim their party from this reprehensible leadership. Remember that Dems could have nominated Bernie, Liz or a number of ideologues on the left - but they didn’t. They nominated a man who has not always been correct in his judgments but has been moderate, temperate, pragmatic and has a long history of friendship and camaraderie with those across the aisle.
If this isn’t a ‘message’ election and if Biden doesn’t get the message that this is the rejection of Donald Trump, the division and anger will continue to brew.
Well, folks can tell themselves that, I suppose.
But the 'message' is in polling numbers and popular vote numbers that have been consistent for decades now: The American populace IS a progressive populace. They overwhelmingly support progressive policies when polled on explicit policy questions. Nationally, the electorate has voted for the Democratic candidate in 6 of the last 7 national presidential elections. And the trending is that the country is growing more
progressive as it grows more
What is still regressive against that trend is our government, which is structurally NOT representative of the populace because the Senate is designed to represent land, not people and the Electoral College is just a giant, horrid mistake. And of course the Senate has rubber-stamped the conservative white-washing of the courts.
It will take some time, because the forces of regression, determined to protect structural privilege, are entrenched in this government and will fight change as long as they can. But the popular trending is definitely and inevitably towards a more progressive, diverse American populace and that trending eventually will show up in the Senate as well.
The conservative leadership knows this and thus all the efforts to disenfranchise segments of the populace. To fight, tooth & nail, against representative elections.