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Emperor Trump Reveals His Populist Charade

Emperor Trump, Conspiracy theorist in chief

All hail Augustus Trumpus! All hail the American Putin, whom none can criticize! All hail the Great All Knowing One, who reveals “realities” that are not there and finds “facts” that mere mortals cannot detect.

Once again, The Amazing Donald has demonstrated his phantasmagoric power of perception, having a new outcome in November’s election that others haven’t seen. Trump has been greatly perturbed by the official results, which showed that while he won the Electoral College majority, he was not the people’s choice. Instead, Hillary Clinton won the popular balloting by a margin of more than two million votes. Growing increasingly furious at this affront to his supernatural sense of self, the master of factual flexibility went on Twitter with an amazing revelation: “I won the popular vote,” decreed our incoming tweeter in chief!

Wow, how did he turn a two million vote loss into a glorious victory? “I won,” he tweeted, “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”

Wow again! Millions? You’d think such a massive conspiracy — with millions of illegal voters in line at thousands of precincts — would’ve been noticed by election officials, GOP poll watchers, and the media. How did Trump find this truly incredible fact?

It seems he channeled it from the mysterious tweetasphere, specifically from a Texas conspiracy hound who had earlier posted a tweet declaring: “We have verified more than three million votes cast by non-citizens.” But this guy turns out to be part of a right-wing fringe group chasing non-existent voter frauds — exactly none of those three million “illegal” votes have been verified. Stunned that Trump would cite his tweet as proof, he asked sheepishly: “Isn’t everything on Twitter fake?”

Get used to it — fakery is reality for America’s next president. Unfortunately for us it is not just fakery that we will have to get used to, because President Trumpus happens to have a real knack for irony as well.

Trump, who campaigned as populist champion of the working-class, promising that — by golly — he was going to take on Wall Street and the corporate elites. But the bitter irony for the working class is that they now see what he meant — he’s literally “taking on” the moneyed powers by taking them onboard his administration. For example, he’s brought in Wall Street billionaires to fill the three top economic policy positions in his cabinet!

Then there’s Betsy DeVos, the billionaire heiress to the scandal-plagued Amway fortune. Her life’s work has been trying to defund and privatize the public schools that working-class and middle-class people count on and to eliminate the working-class and middle-class jobs of teachers and support staff. Her new job with Trump? Secretary of Education, where she’ll now use our public money to try killing off our public education system. Add to the list Myron Ebell, the honcho of the Competitive Enterprise Institute — a corporate front group funded by fossil fuel profiteers like Exxon and the Koch brothers — where he pushed relentlessly to gut the Environmental Protection Agency. Where’s he now? Heading Trump’s EPA transition team.

Also, more than half those making up The Donald’s Department of Defense transition team have been executives or lobbyists for such military contractors as Boeing Corporation. Overall, according to watchdog group Public Citizen, three-fourths of Trump’s transition teams — which are organizing, staffing, and shaping his new government — come from CorporateWorld. Not a single working class populist has been allowed a seat at his power table.

As America’s working stiffs know, if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu. And now we know what Augustus Trumpus will be serving. Trump’s no populist, he’s a full-time corporatist.

To find out more about Jim Hightower, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Web page at www.creators.com.

IMAGE: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Greensboro, North Carolina on June 14, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake 

Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower is a nationally syndicated columnist and one of America's most prominent progressive voices. His column carried by more than 75 publications across the country. Prior to becoming a writer, Hightower served as Texas Agricultural Commission from 1982 to 1991.

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  1. Godzilla December 8, 2016

    Bow to your new ruler, bitches. BWAHAHA! This article is such bullshit, more Liberal minion brainwashing.

    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth December 8, 2016

      But you just keep on reading “bullshit” for the pleasure of being able to complain. Only a person on drugs would be trapped in the cycle you’re swirling in.

      Wash-Rinse-Dry—then repeat.

    2. Thoughtopsy December 8, 2016

      Observe the mind of the deranged Trump voter:
      – Facts are bullsh!t
      – Evidence is not required.
      – ‘Truthiness’ rules the day. “If I feel that it’s true then it’s true!”

      Your comments are insipid, shortsighted and derivative.
      Keep believing in orange cheeto Hate-Jesus… it’s going to make watching you squirm trying to rationalize and justify the coming disasters just that much more pleasing.

    3. charleo1 December 8, 2016

      Just keep squirming and whistlin’ Dixie, Asshat. Your posts are one of the more enlightening snippets in the wake of Trump’s magnificent con. The clueless, and reality denying mark. Cussing harder with every mounting indication he’s been had. So…how’s that swampy-drainy-lock her up, thing going for ya now?

    4. Budjob December 8, 2016

      After reading some of your posts,I have decided that I’m in favor of abortion in cases concerning incest.

      1. FireBaron December 9, 2016

        In fact, Bud, we may also be in favor of post-natal abortion in Godzilla’s case.

    5. Budjob December 8, 2016

      Don’t you love nature in spite of the what it did to you??

    6. I Am Helpy December 8, 2016

      I love that he’s already employing foreign staff in his hotels. He doesn’t even pretend to care about you dumb bigots now you’ve done your job. Good luck with the preventable diseases and lack of employment!

    7. Aaron_of_Portsmouth December 8, 2016

      Judging from the responses you’ve gotten, you must be a real drag to be around. If you turn off that in-grown flamethrower, you may be able to communicate better.
      For now, you’re just satisfied to go anywhere to whine and complain. The Wayne Allyn Root group would love to hear your drivel.

    8. FireBaron December 9, 2016

      Godzilla, let me explain something. Nobody has flagged you as inappropriate. Nobody has blocked you from appearing here. We are allowing you to post because it shows us how immature many of our President-Elect’s more vociferous supporters are. You, sir, are just another hanger-on of the playground bully. You have no initiative, nor moral fortitude on your own and only pick on those you believe your fellow ticks, leeches and other parasitic hangers-on of your bad-haired idol will back you on. Hate to say this, but it looks like Otto and some of your fellows have realized you are giving knee-jerk conservatives (or in your case, should we say racist reactionaries?) a worse reputation than many of them currently enjoy.

  2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth December 8, 2016

    Donald is in a state of sheer delirium. All the tweets in the world aren’t going to change the fact that he won only on a mere technicality and not by popular vote, not to mention lots of outside for numerous external agencies and agents.
    As for those millions of illegal votes, they’re a figment of an imagination on LSD.

  3. Daniel Jones December 8, 2016

    In the words of Harley Quinn, “Own it.”

    We all let this happen; own it.

    We let ourselves be gulled and jaded; own it.

    This is our damned fault. OWN IT!

    1. FireBaron December 9, 2016

      Actually, I voted for the other one. I also have my “Don’t blame me, I’m from Massachusetts” sticker from 1972.

  4. Dominick Vila December 9, 2016

    With Federal government departments and Agencies, like Labor, Education, the EPA, and others headed by far right zealots determined to privatize all the institutions created to help and protect the poor, the middle class, ethnic and cultural minorities; and all branches of government, including most State and Local governments, controlled by the GOP, we are likely to witness the end of the safety net, and the repeal of every regulation and law designed to protect our well being, our environment, and our democracy.
    Add to that the fact that Scalia’s Supreme Court vacancy is almost guaranteed to be filled by a far right zealot, and that at least one more SCOTUS vacancy is likely within the next year, and it is not too difficult to envision the onslaught we are about to see, and feel, for at least a generation, with little chance of reversing it. The end of the safety net, regulations designed to protect the environment and provide safety in the workplace, minimize the probability of widespread fraud and abuse, may turn out to be a small part of the agenda. Don’t be surprised if the agenda also includes suppressing freedom of speech and freedom of religion. For the far right, the Constitution is just an instrument to be interpreted only by them, and that can be changed or ignored when it does not fit their agenda.
    To say that the future of the USA, and possibly the World, looks bleak is an under statement.

    1. Matforce December 9, 2016

      “That’s the standard technique of privatization: defund, make sure things don’t work, people get angry, you hand it over to private capital.” Noam Chomsky


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