Guardian: Brace yourselves, the next Donald Trump could be competent…and much much worse (vital/good read)

If Biden governs as an establishment Democrat, it won’t be long before the US elects another, far more effective Donald Trump


‘As bad as the last four years have been, we’ve been lucky to get the actual – bumbling – Trump, as opposed to a more effective politician, an American Narendra Modi or Jair Bolsonaro.

Guardian: Joe Biden has defeated Donald Trump. Millions across the country are applauding the downfall of a president who has been mendacious in his public communications, loathsome in his personal conduct, and utterly inept in his handling of a pandemic that has killed 230,000 Americans.

Amid the celebration, however, there should be nagging fear. Biden ran largely on the idea that he will be a return to the normalcy of the Obama years. But if he governs as a “normal” Democrat, it won’t be long before we have to deal with the next Donald Trump.

The real Trump buried himself in blunders and couldn’t deliver on campaign promises to voters. Instead of saving manufacturing jobs and protecting, as he pledged, “the jobs, wages and wellbeing of American workers before any other consideration”, the Trump administration eliminated paid overtime rules, created tax cuts for the rich and lost 740,000 manufacturing positions this year alone.

Yet a different Donald Trump might have handled the coronavirus pandemic competently and launched an ambitious infrastructure and jobs program capable of improving the lives of millions of people.

Without actually challenging oligarchs and big business interests, this alternate-reality Trump might have been able to effectively marry economic populism with xenophobia, the same formula that has propelled rightwing authoritarians to power elsewhere in the world.

A different Trump might have even managed to win over enough voters who typically vote for Democrats, including black and brown voters, to expand his base into one capable of winning the popular vote  read more

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  1. Trump is the consummate con man. He lied his way into the presidency by telling his base that he would bring their good factory jobs back and that he would end the wars for Israel. Then, he turned around and did the exact opposite. He’s surrounded himself with Likudniks and Zionists who want the Apocalypse NOW!

    One quarter of Americans think the Sun goes around the Earth, so it wouldn’t take much to convince them that there was a grand conspiracy that sunk Trump’s reelection chances. Once the courts throw out these frivolous lawsuits in Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Georgia, maybe they’ll change their minds, but I doubt it.

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