Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Trump: on the LOSING side of history ... by gimleteye

2 facts about Donald Trump: 1) Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, pushed social media investments hard during the campaign. Those investments at the end -- a pittance compared to the hundreds of millions spent on television ad buys -- paid off big time in key electoral states, 2) If Trump believes anything, it is through Steve Bannon -- who made big money selling re-runs of Seinfeld. 

Bannon had no direct experience in government, like Trump, before the election, but he had home-grown theories about U.S. power that he expressed through websites like Breitbart and social engineering through the billionaire Robert Mercer's Cambridge Analytica. 

Trump, who is suffering as pressures of the White House mount, is nothing without Bannon, and it is Bannon's total conviction that the United States has been weakened by multilateral relations that is behind Trump's withdrawal from the climate change agreement.

A devastating critique appeared in the German daily, Der Spiegel, of Trump and last week's meeting of the G-7, where our closest allies desperately tried to convince Trump (and the U.S.) to stay in the Paris Accord, Donald Trump's Triumph of Stupidity: "Still, it is likely that none of the G-7 heads of state and government expected the primitive brutality Trump would stoop to when announcing his withdrawal from the international community. Surrounded by sycophants in the Rose Garden at the White House, he didn't just proclaim his withdrawal from the climate agreement, he sowed the seeds of international conflict. His speech was a break from centuries of Enlightenment and rationality. The president presented his political statement as a nationalist manifesto of the most imbecilic variety. It couldn't have been any worse."

Vice President Mike Pence said Friday that “for some reason or another, this issue of climate change has emerged as a paramount issue for the left in this country and around the world.”

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