We’ve been hearing that Trump wants to unify America.
Trump wants to unify America the same way Hitler unified Germany.
Forthwith, Michael Masiello’s answer to this open-ended question, first published on Quora:
We’ve only just learned that Trump has namedimpresario Steve Bannon, a founder of the , to the position of “chief strategist and senior counselor,” a position described as equal to that of the Chief of Staff.
Not only does Bannon, like Trump’s pick for actual White House Chief of Staff, Reince Preibus, have zero experience in government — he’s a deeply polarizing figure whose past includes ideological ties to white nationalism/supremacism, spousal abuse, and anti-semitism.
This is one of the two guys Trump will have counseling him in the Oval Office — this creature whom no less a right-wing hatemonger than Glenn Beck calls “a terrifying man”:
Let’s just make this point: how the fuck do you unify the country by bringing wingnuts with no government experience directly into the nexus of power? You’ll be shocked that there is no progressive counter-voice among Trump’s picks so far — nothing and no one to ensure robust debate over issues.
People are so busy trying to give Trump a chance, refusing to believe that he meant what he said during the campaign and dreaming that he might rise to the challenge of being president, that they fail to see what he is actually doing:
Assembling a group of extreme-right wonks and slimeballs that look for all the world like a rogues’ gallery from the past.
For the umpteenth time today, let me post this clipping from the New York Times in 1922:
Unify the country? Really?
For people to believe that, Trump has to do more than give a relatively anodyne acceptance speech. He has to take obvious steps to indicate that he intends to preserve our constitutional government, not to set up an extreme right-wing autocracy.
It’d help, too, if he put his business in a blind trust, rather than deputizing his children to run his share — while he also has the self-same offspring on his transition team to advise him on foreign policy and national security, and for whom he is requesting top-level security clearance (which he can grant at will once he’s inaugurated if the Obama administration refuses).
God help us.
Stop asking questions like this and start asking how we can preserve this country. Read that clipping. Look at what our president-elect is up to; review the extreme and discriminatory policies he adumbrated during his campaign, if you’ve managed to forget them, or have simply lost count; read the clipping.
Repeat until actual cognition occurs.
Call your senators and congresspeople to resist these appointments.