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Fantasies Of Impeachment and Protest: Continued Misreadings of Donald Trump

For those who opposed, and ignored Trumpism altogether, forms of denial have taken even deeper root. They have little interest in bringing the Trump voters into the fold, let alone idly waiting for a transition period to unfold.
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Fantasies of Impeachment and Protest: Continued Misreadings of Donald Trump

by Binoy Kampmark / November 15th, 2016

In an age where many pundits and pollsters ought to be put out to an ignoble pasture, predictions and astrology gazing on the US election continues. While he did have a better sense of this election than most, actually predicting the result, Michael Moore has decided to essentially ignore it except in the negative.

On MSNBC's Morning Joe, Moore took another stab at reading the future. "Here's what's going to happen, this is why we're not going to have to suffer through four years of Donald J. Trump, because he has not ideology except the ideology of Donald J. Trump."

The thesis is not entirely credible, but Moore layers it with the rationale of narcissism. As in ancient Rome, imperial ego eventually leads to downfall. Being "so narcissistic where it's all about him, he will, maybe unintentionally, break laws. He will break laws because he's only thinking what's best for him." Shades of Richard Nixon here: if the US President does it, it must be legal.

Others focus on the internal dynamic of the Republican Party. Within the structure of the organisation lie kingmakers and potential assassins (in the political context). For historian Allan Lichtman, another who found his prediction on a Trump victory vindicated, the Achilles heel was infuriating unpredictability.

Republicans "don't want Trump as president, because they can't control him. He's unpredictable. They'd love to have [Mike] Pence - an absolutely down-the-line, conservative, controllable Republican."

The road then, for error, is paved. With the swords ready to be unsheathed at any given moment to strike down the newly elected president, Trump may well give grounds for doing so. Lichtman was "quite certain Trump will give someone grounds for impeachment, either by doing something that endangers national security or because it helps his pocketbook."

A call to arms has been issued. "We are going to resist, we are going to oppose," promised Moore with solemn conviction to MSNBC. "This is going to be massive resistance. Women are calling for a million women march on the Inauguration Day, and there is going to be the largest demonstration ever on Inauguration Day."

Protests have taken place in metropolitan centres across the United States, more as symptoms of shock than coherence. Never mind the fact that the inauguration is still to place, or that a Trump cabinet has yet to form. No matter, because according to Moore, all Trump needed to do was nominate Rudy Giuliani as attorney general "and things like that - or his Supreme Court."

Waiting for the proof in the long baked pudding is something Trump's opponents will not do. Being of a certain America they disapprove of, nothing less than the president-elect's removal is warranted. Not that doing so would effectively muzzle the very voters who had, legitimately, staked a claim in wishing to be heard in the White House.

The looming question here, and one noted by Trump at stages since the election, is the extent such a massive movement against him is being shaped. Are these protests the natural, organic product of outrage in the electorate, or being cultivated by the professional activist class? Many Republicans certainly claim that to be the case, though closer scrutiny of that claim is warranted.

USA Today (Nov 12) considered the issue, and ran with the story that the protestors were varied, reflecting the varieties of backgrounds in the United States. "They come from all ages and walks of life, unflinching and determined to be heard."

Well, not quite all - the Trump supporter and voter are considered refuse best ignored by the likes of the Socialist Alternative, the ANSWER Coalition and MoveOn.org. The focus here is not on dialogue or discourse but shouting down and the reverberations of the echo chamber.

Such stances tend to provide slanted views about the way such protest movements develop. For one thing, it ignores the obvious role of crafting, management and instigation. Ben Wikler, Washington director for MoveOn, might well speak of "an enormous outpouring of spontaneous energy and concern," but this does not detract from how that spontaneity is, in fact, being managed.

Yong Jung Cho, introduced in the USA Today article without comment (spontaneity needs no questioning), is an activist for the 350 Action Campaign Coordinator, a point noted in a February 2016 email from the Podesta files released by WikiLeaks.

New fault lines in Trump's America have developed. Genuine peaceful protest and concern is being submerged in accusations of organised disruption, a point which has made Kellyanne Conway, Trump's campaign manager, call upon the calming advice of President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton herself, and Bernie Sanders.

Trump has provided a vigorous, aggressive shake to the establishment. The tremors are still being felt in the frail body politic. For those who opposed, and ignored Trumpism altogether, forms of denial have taken even deeper root. They have little interest in bringing the Trump voters into the fold, let alone idly waiting for a transition period to unfold. Their tactic has now become one of uncivil disobedience ahead of the inauguration, effectively a challenge about the very idea of legitimacy in the United States.

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*yawn 17.Nov.2016 15:40


Oh look, yet another fact-free fluff piece by one of Trump's loyal boot-lickers. Been seeing a lot of these, lately.

RE: "boot-lickers" ... 17.Nov.2016 19:16


Dissident Voice are somehow 'boot lickers' (of the GOP president-elect) ?

the author of this article presented some excellent and worthwhile points which unfortunately elude your minimal grasp and attention span.

[QUOTE] "fact-free fluff"

this describes the entirety of your contributions to Portland Indymedia since your recent arrival..... and as noted previously your purpose on the site is as yet undetermined.

That's because 'OD' is a documented misogynist race-baiting hatemonger who advocates violent acts :


[quote] "I now see that it is SHILLS for fascist Trump I need to be concerned about!"

[quote] "a racist White"

[quote] "The dirty bitch"

[quote] "racist dirty bitch"

[quote] "These goddamned pigs"

[quote] "race-traitors"

[quote] "Black cops should watch their backs"


OD's trolling on Portland Indy of late is solely to provoke violent acts.

that's right - OD's nuttin' but a birddogger.


[quote] "stay vigilant and ARMED! Lock and load..."

In addition to the misogynist (women are "lying dirty bitches"), race-baiting and advocating-violence rhetoric

Donald Trump lives rent-free in OD's cranium. OD seems to have a fixation on Trump himself and, now, after last week's election the sixty million Americans who cast a vote for him (QUOTE: "fuck anyone who voted for him") .... never mind that tens of millions of them, Republicans included assuredly cast a DT vote simply because the alternative major party candidate was absolutely not an option.
( and thank goodness that worked out for us all the way it did )

Finally, 'OD' apparently has a boot-licking fetish. Wonder (naahh, don't....) what that's all about?

Trumptard boot-licker 17.Nov.2016 21:52


Now you are literally copy-pasting your own comments. Noy even pretending to try, anymore.

RE: "your own comments" Indeed, the comments _are_ OD's. 17.Nov.2016 23:54


You, 'OD' are in full ownership of these



advocacy of violent acts.

federal authorities ought to be following up quite soon on these wayward threats.

whatever happens, OD is a completely discredited entity on this site.

Snitches get stitches! 18.Nov.2016 06:54


"federal authorities ought to be following up quite soon on these wayward threats."

You gonna tell on me now, asshole? Kiss my ass, Trumptard cop-lover! Go to Hell!

Let the record be clear 18.Nov.2016 20:54

Obvious Now

Whatever happens _ is not supportive of the racial justice movement, and uses Indymedia to undermine those in the struggle.


Absolutely Right 19.Nov.2016 04:53


Hillary Clinton and the DNC are directly responsible for electing Donald Trump. All Trump did was to run for office and state his positions which changed with the wind, were blatantly incendiary and frightening. However---Clinton was a rotten candidate and the DNC subverted and destroyed the Sanders campaign, were found to have committed election fraud and the bottom line is that the DNC, and Hillary Clinton in her sociopathic arrogance in wanting to be the first woman president took a deadly chance and fucked everything up by running. The DNC and Clinton are directly responsible for electing Sanders. The protests are a pathetic sign of total ignorance of what happened and who is responsible. I am a Jill Stein voter but would have voted for Trump over Clinton. Clinton and the DNC chose to lose to Trump than win with Sanders. That shows the right wing corporate agenda that has destroyed the current and past democratic party. Good riddance.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHQM49njiHM

RE: "Obvious Now" / "Let the record be clear" Indeed, absolutely is. 19.Nov.2016 12:34


the so-called "racial justice movement" ( Lol! ) single handedly elected Trump-Pence.

Clinton-Kaine will historically be recorded as 100% jokeshop (moreso than 3rd party candidates) despite even having "won" the popular vote. Not to mention Obama's legacy at this juncture.

You have no one to thank (blame) but yourselves, racial justice-ers.

In addition of course to having major difficulties with comprehension of reading, basic logic and principles of cause and effect.


Calling out" 17.Nov.2016 16:24
_ link  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/11/433786.shtml#448779


The shift from 'consciousness-raising' to 'calling out,' for instance, reflects (and encourages) a loss of confidence in the capacity of people to learn about, understand and oppose forms of inequality that do not adversely impact them as individuals." Ngoc Loan Tran suggested a different format of corrective suggestion that they termed as "calling in", where we approach those who transgress with the kind of humanity that we feel they lacked in their actions. While recognizing that calling out can still be of importance, Tran also recognizes the consequences of implementing that particular strategy in every situation. Tran, however, limits this practice to those we care about and share community with, since a rupture there can obviously have a profound effect on our efficacy as organizers (and if Tran did not make that clear, Mia McKenzie erases all doubt about the intended audience in a postscript). I love the concept, but disagree with the narrowness of scope: this should really be standard operating procedure amongst leftists. We have to recognize the difference between a mistake, a difference of opinion, and an action undertaken with harmful intent, and broadening the concept of "calling in" outside of our particular circles begins the process of doing that.