I’d like you to read Sarah Kendzior’s article in de Correspondent, “We’re heading into dark times. This is how to be your own light in the Age of Trump”.
Sarah’s article, written in November shortly after the election, is the best I’ve seen in getting at the looming authoritarian state under Trump. I’m going to provide a couple excerpts but please read the piece in whole as it was intended. Here’s part of Sarah’s lead-in:
“It is increasingly clear, as Donald Trump appoints his cabinet of white supremacists and war-mongers, as hate crimes rise, as the institutions that are supposed to protect us cower, as international norms are shattered, that his ascendency to power is not normal.
This is an American authoritarian kleptocracy, backed by millionaire white nationalists both in the United States and abroad, meant to strip our country down for parts, often using ethnic violence to do so.
This is not a win for anyone except them. This is a moral loss and a dangerous threat for everyone in the United States, and by extension, everyone abroad.”
Sarah on Trump’s intentions:
“You can look to the president-elect himself for a vision of what is to come. He has told you his plans all along, though most chose to downplay or deny them. You can even look back to before his candidacy, when in February 2014, he went on Fox News to defend Russia. Why a reality TV host was on Fox News defending Russia is its own story, but here is what he said about his desired outcome for the United States:
‘You know what solves it? When the economy crashes, when the country goes to total hell and everything is a disaster. Then you’ll have a [chuckles], you know, you’ll have riots to go back to where we used to be when we were great.’
This is what ‘Make America Great Again’ means to Donald Trump. It is how he has operated his businesses, taking advantage of economic disasters like the housing market crash for personal gain.”
Sarah on Bannon:
“Trump’s vision for the United States is echoed in that of his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, a man who even the very right-wing Glenn Beck describes as a dangerous, sociopathic racist. In 2016, a reporter from the Daily Beast recalled this conversation with Bannon:
‘I’m a Leninist,’ Bannon proudly proclaimed.
Shocked, I asked him what he meant.
‘Lenin,’ he answered, ‘wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.’”
Sarah on the dangers to our free press: “You may be wondering why I am writing a letter to Americans in a Dutch news outlet. It is because I do not trust the US outlets to remain free, and believe that many are already compromised. The mainstream media who Trump proclaims to hate are actually his best friend. They have been all along, promoting him ceaselessly, and they are now rationalizing and normalizing his most extreme policies. Trump tells you to boycott CNN, but CNN’s boss always had a framed Trump tweet on the wall.”
And this: “My heart breaks for the United States of America. It breaks for those who think they are my enemies as much as it does for my friends. You still have your freedom, so use it. There are many groups organizing for both resistance and subsistence, but we are heading into dark times, and you need to be your own light.”
Yesterday, Trump floated the possibility that he would fire Robert Mueller, the Special Counsel charged with investigating his collusion with Russia. Today, his perjuring Attorney General Jeff Sessions appears before Congress, no doubt to obfuscate and perjure again. Against this backdrop, the Republicans, in private, plot to remove access to healthcare from millions to give billionaires a tax break. Meanwhile Trump holds a cabinet meeting that is staged as an opportunity for his minions to swear fealty.
Thus Trump’s crass corruption permeates our culture, even as NBC talking-head Megyn Kelly gives Sandy Hook denier Alex Jones a national forum; Alex Jones who spews vile, indecent garbage disrespecting the young children slaughtered in a hideous assault.
Take note. Sarah Kendzior has called them out.