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So, Trump Wants To Unify America, Does He?

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 named Breitbart News Network impresario Steve Bannon, a founder of the Alt-Right, 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”:

 If you lean right — way right — or are wildly bigoted or just congenitally stupid, you’ll see no problem with that. But let’s not go down that road.

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.



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6 thoughts on “So, Trump Wants To Unify America, Does He?

  • November 15, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Well written – scary. Come over here for the duration!!

    • November 15, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      I got up this morning thinking of you! I would love to come and get a break from this. Or, you could come here, where we are clueless and thus, less scared. snort.

  • November 15, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Well – I`ve already told my U.S. family I was planning on a visit in the next year or two but have opted, instead, for Australia and New Zealand (sister and relatives there with the same viewpoints will console and commiserate). I can`t imagine a long U.S. visit filled with continual bouts of vomiting and nightmares. But I will satay put if you DO come here!

    • November 15, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      It’s tough here, to decide whether to ignore the Bumpuses in the White House (isn’t that great? The Bumpuses from The Christmas Story? I read the book, and that family was much worse than was shown in the movie), and get some peace and quiet, or pay attention before America is destroyed, and see if we can save her. I’m still working on businesses, which I will share with you in an email, so who knows? If you came here, I would find a way to see you.

  • November 15, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    I mean “stay” here. I have to believe all my typing errors are due less to sloppy proofreading than a brain that is faster than my fingers.


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