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A Resolution for 2017: Keep Reminding Trump That He Has No Mandate

A Resolution for 2017: Keep Reminding Trump That He Has No Mandate

John Nichols

hen Paul Ryan and top congressional Republicans gathered on the evening of January 20, 2009, to plot a strategy of absolute and unrelenting opposition to Barack Obama presidency, and to the House and Senate Democrats who had received a mandate from the American people to work with the enormously popular president-elect,

“The Democrats are part of the same problem.”



The GOP and Democrats are a tag team made in the 1%ers’ heaven.

Claims of mandates are so bogus that they do not warrant serious discussion.


The trump mandate in a nutshell:
Senate 52/46
House 247/187
Electoral 306/232

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Need only one more for the trifecta so:
SCOTUS 5/4 (coming soon)


Here’s some other #s you might want to contemplate: combining the economic GDP of the West Coast States leaves America’s flyover states with minus bupkis. They’ve got nada in terms of economic clout. And, we’re growing, not shrinking. And, Californians are not going to forget their disenfranchised voters. 60/40 splits are real mandates for change. Not the stark changes 80K votes, in 3 states, is being sold to us, as mandated. Sell your happy horseshit in The Big Empty where there’s plenty of room to spread it around, without people actually having to smell it.

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A Resolution for 2017: Keep Reminding John Nichols That the Reason We Have Donald Trump Is Because of His Continuous Shilling for An Unelectable Candidate Rather Than Him Supporting the Progressive and Winning Bernie Sanders.


Well then go ahead if it makes you feel better–but it is stupid. Trump won, he has the job. The Rs have the White House, both Houses of Congress, most governorships across the country … so mandate sham-date.

The democrats have proven themselves worthless, useless, a lesser version of the Rs, big woo.

The people don’t want a phony Democrat. If it’s a choice between a genuine Republican, and a Republican in Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article, every time; that is, they will take a Republican before they will a phony Democrat ~Harry Truman

(A: Hillary is center right, an R in a D pantsuit, ie a phony democrat.)


Since the 1990s, the Democrats have enacted or enabled more of the right wing agenda than Republicans could have ever dreamed possible. You expect this to change?

What is anyone going to actually do about Trump? Write every month or so to express our displeasure? Somehow, I really don’t think he’s interested in public opinion. He has his agenda, he’s going to pursue it, and there are plenty in Congress to make sure his efforts aren’t impeded.


But it goes beyond that. The Clinton wing successfully sold the neoliberal agenda to the beat of a rock and rock song. The fact that liberals have spent the last 20 years calling on us to Stand in Solidarity to maintain the advantages of the bourgeoisie alone shows just how bizarre (and disconnected from reality) America’s liberal discussion has become.


I agree, it does go beyond that!

What very short memories Republicans have…especially trump, who spent the last eight years questioning the birthplace of Obama. And now they have the gall to demand allegiance to their candidate? Now, if only the Democrats in congress would grow some cajones, is that too much to ask?

Where in the Constitution does it say, “These are the president’s powers, but if he has a mandate, these are his additional powers”? I wish these pundits would stop it with the “mandate” nonsense. Trump, and any other president, will do whatever he wants; he’s not going to hold back just because he didn’t win with a big enough majority.

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The trouble started when Obama, with Dems as majority in House and Senate, made NO ATTEMPT to act on this fact by passing important legislation; instead he pandered to the Repugs and it soon became obvious that he was weak (we later discovered that the bankers were those he wanted to help-see Podesta emails). The Dems often “act nice” while the Repugs never do-even I, as a foreigner, see that.
Getting strong now is better than never, but if Hillary had been elected the people she would appoint would be as bad eg Victoria Nuland as SS!!!

No mandate?..It is a kind of argument…though more symbolic than effective in any practical way.

However, the left must struggle on two fronts - one w/the right, the other with the right liberal party it is manipulated into voting for.

I’ve no prob’ reminding the right that it lost the popular vote - again. But this should not divert attention from the fact that right liberals lost this election, and will continue to lose if progressives can’t wrest power from them.

The dems are the problem- they manufactured and planned it years ago.

Dems do not want to grow. Most of them are rethugs but say they are dems.

Not to mention a “liberal” bailing out big banks and even defending it, and telling people to “move on” instead of putting banksters on trial. We reap what we sow.

Yes, most of them are phonies. Even Obama said he admired Rayguns not FDR>

Yes, and an unlikable and phony one at that.

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