I agree that paragraph stood out to me as well.
But, I have a point of disagreement, that Trump is anti-establishment. Yes, he makes accurate statements regarding how bad the trade deals have been for the US, but the guy has stuff manufactured in China and India, maximizing his profits in his Trump Store.
•He also engages in establishment tactics of ripping people off…Trump University.
•He has consistently fought any union organizing among workers at his properties.
•He wants to lower corporate tax rates, and deregulate energy production even more. His statements regarding Global Warming being a hoax simply adds fuel to that deregulation fire.
•He wants to make our already corporate dominated health care system, even more so.
•He wants to engage in a buildup of the US Military, which of course simply further entrenches the MIC.
•He wants to expand the surveillance state, feeding the desires of the vast Security Corporate Complex.
How does the above litany of facts, profile Donald Trump as being anti-establishment?
Now lets examine his pedigree of somehow being a much better choice in regard to foreign policy.
He wants to build a Wall. Not only is that xenophobic, but it is an absolutely aggressive policy move against Mexico, thus not a good sign as to how he will navigate the World Stage in regard to asserting US State power.
He wants to ban Muslims from entry. Again, how on Earth can anyone NOT argue that Trump isn't damn dangerous in how he is likely to use the US Military in relation to foreign policy?
He is absolutely hyping the danger of Iran. Sound familiar? If that isn't tried and true neoconservative, neoliberal, and just plain ole right wing hyperbole that is music to the ears of the utmost Establishment Agency, the MIC, then I don't know what is. He says that Iran has taken over Iraq, that he will nix the Nuclear deal, and impose even worse sanctions than before. How can anyone who has a principled stand against Hillary Clinton (and absolutely valid), and then ignore all of these things about Trump?
Last Wednesday, he stated that he would be the best friend that the State of Israel has ever had. I'm certain Palestinians will be just so happy to hear that! The probably aren't all that happy that he has stated he will move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. And of course, adding insult to injury, most Palestinians are Muslim so they would not be welcome in the US according to Trump.
His heightened rhetoric about ISIS. Have you heard him lately on ISIS? He is less bellicose about ISIS than Clinton? How is it that Trump, who has vowed over and over that he will destroy ISIS, isn't calling for some kind of major military escalation in the ME? And if that occurs in Syria, how would that be categorically different than what Clinton is proposing? Again, Clinton's proposals are dangerous indeed. There is no question about that.
He has talked about how the US should just "take their oil". What's that? The rhetoric of a peacenik? Or we are just supposed to ignore it, because well Trump just says stuff.
He has stated on his website, and in rallies that he will expand the deployment of the US Navy and Air Force off of the coast of China, as a means to intimidate them on trade deal. Trump, with his own personal Military to make Deals Bigly. That should scare the hell out of anyone really looking at who Trump is, and what he is saying, his body language, his behavior at rallies, his bullying, his hate mongering and the rest.
But, the shorthand response is that we are to just brush all of these things off.
I never thought I would see the day, that many on the left puts blinders on in the face of Trump. The same people, I presume that have screamed for years that we should never vote for the lesser of two evils.
How ironic, that I believe they are making the worst bargain imaginable, not shouting from the rooftops the evils of BOTH.
If you'd like a litany of Clinton's ills, just listen to Trump's speech last Wednesday night on Clinton, and I agree with all of it. The problem I have with Trump on Clinton, is that he doesn't go far enough.
Has Trump ever stated that anyone in the US Military, or any other official, should be prosecuted for war crimes? Well Clinton sure as hell should be.
Perhaps it is because he doesn't really have a problem with war crimes, after all Donald Fucking Trump wants to MAKE TORTURE LEGAL!!!!!!! Why is this not shouted from the rooftops by the supposedly principled left?????
Here is Donald Fucking Trump in early March, prior to backing off his statement that he would have the US Military kill families of suspected terrorists, as he was being pressed on that statement…
> “They won’t refuse. They’re not going to refuse me,” he said. “If I say do it, they’re going to do it.”
How does any person from the left NOT point out the terrifying profile of Donald Trump?