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Why is Trump So Hated?

Discussion in 'Marketplace' started by kimkam soon, Feb 28, 2018.

  1. kimkam soon

    kimkam soon Member

    A Commentary by Ted Rall


    This one is in post-9/11 cadence: why do liberals hate Trump so much?

    It's his style.

    This being about politics, one would think -- would hope -- that the president's atrocious Watergate-level poll numbers were the result of his self-evident idiocy, Muslim-bashing, far-right cabinet and court picks and his policies. Rancid as they are, Trump's politics don't seem to be the main reason he riles up so many m88 Democrats.

    You pick the Trump outrage that's got liberals in a tizzy and I'll point to an equal and not-so-opposite they had no problem with when it was authored by a Democrat.

    Trump's first major policy decision was his withdraw w88 or ban on travel to the U.S. by the citizens of seven (later revised to six) Muslim countries. Thousands of protesters converged on JFK and other airports. Federal judges across the nation issued emergency stays. Subjecting people to a religious test? Such evil nativism could not stand! Right-wing media pointed out/claimed/stretched that President Obama -- who, save for the short-lived Occupy Wall Street protests, suffered few complaints from America's impotent Left -- had slowed immigration by Iraqis to the U.S. for six months.

    False equivalence? Perhaps. But it was hard to avoid the stink of progressive hypocrisy when Trump authorized his Department of Homeland Security to deport non-citizens, including green card holders, whom the authorities even suspect of an offense -- which could be as trivial as a traffic ticket. Millions of law-abiding Americans -- if you're born in Mexico and came here at age four and never lived outside of America what else are you but American? -- were in Trump's crosshairs. It was racist and nativist and disgusting and why the hell didn't Democrats take to the streets to call Obama racist and nativist and disgusting when he deported more undocumented workers than any other president in history?

    Trump ran as an anti-interventionist. America First! Leave the world to its troubles; the U.S. has infrastructure to build and a country to make great again. In an extemporaneous portfolio short on detail and long on invective, isolationism after 15 years of Global War on Terror was a Trump thing most of us ought to have been able to get behind. Now, after three months of beribboned armchair generals whispering belligerent nothings into his ears, Trump has discovered his inner bomber. Syria must be bombed! Well, bombed more.

    The U.S. destruction of Syria began under Team Obama-Clinton, of course. Surely even Trump remembers that; he talked about it all last year at his rallies. Hillary told Barry to fund and arm something called the Free Syria Army which no one knew anything about and turned out to be mostly a thing called the Al Nusra Front, which is pretty much ISIS now. Remember all the antiwar rallies? Neither do I online betting malaysia. But don't be surprised if the streets fill with signs opposing Trump's Syria war -- signs that might have made a difference to the hundreds of thousands of Syrians killed by American-made and -funded weapons under Obama.

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