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Sat Aug 13, 2016, 05:14 PM

Trump’s Strategy Makes Perfect Sense — And It’s Diabolical

By Peter Daou August 13, 2016

Dozens of theories have been propounded to explain Donald Trump’s outlandish and dangerous behavior; most of them center on his insatiable appetite for self-aggrandizement. But everything he is doing makes perfect sense if you look at it through the right (and white) prism. Simply put: His ambitions are larger than the U.S. presidency.


Donald J. Trump
✔ ‎@realDonaldTrump

I love watching these poor, pathetic people (pundits) on television working so hard and so seriously to try and figure me out. They can't!

7:43 AM - 12 Aug 2016

Something’s been bugging me about Donald Trump’s candidacy. I don’t mean the egregious comments — we all know how offensive they are. I’m talking about the strategy behind it, the sense that something else is going on that we haven’t quite figured out:


Whatever it is, something seems fishy; it feels like we’re getting played. And we need to pay careful attention. Complacency is dangerous in these circumstances.

And today it clicked: Donald Trump is not running a campaign to win the American presidency. Rather, he is using his presidential run as a vehicle to achieve a larger personal ambition: To be seen as the leader of a “white awakening” — the term David Duke used to describe his campaign.

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It’s that he is willing to pay the price of defeat, denunciation and even disgrace to become a (darkly) transformational figure in American history, organizing and empowering the extreme right, mainstreaming their views with the help of a timid national media, and fully awakening the forces of bigotry and intolerance that lurk in the shadows of American society.

Read More: http://bluenationreview.com/trumps-diabolical-strategy-makes-perfect-sense/

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This is a must read, it is frightening.


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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 05:18 PM

1. Now THAT'S a stretch.

Trump doesn't have the interest or energy to do what this piece imagines.

Is it so hard to see that he's just an arrogant rich guy who is totally out of his league trying to run for president?

This is a major fail by a major asshole. Imagining there's some nuanced or hidden agenda behind his loserdom is an insult to the obvious.

Typical media crap that gives Trump more credit than any self-absorbed asshole should ever get...and this from a D source!

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Response to stopbush (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 05:46 PM

5. I agree.

Pretty soon they will be saying that Trump has advanced to one-dimensional chess.

Trump has no capacity for anything to do with a big picture.

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Response to Koinos (Reply #5)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 07:27 PM

37. Agreed. It's not his fault for being an idiot (in this sense, anyway).

The people who like his message (white supremists) like him because he says what they've been thinking since Bush The Not Real Conservative was selected.

That doesn't mean The Donald is some kind of evil supergenius. It does mean that the white supremists movement is composed of people who are BIGGER idiots, and so full of hate and impotent rage that they are easily duped by a career conman.

I'm not saying all this isn't dangerous. When the people who like voting for clowns figure out that Trump is just Pennywise and lose huge, they WILL go nominate John Wayne Gacy. THAS the real danger that we have to be ready for.

Trump is only a genius when compared to the toons who vote for him.

(ON EDIT) And fuck their rage. They're going to lose, and as long as I can see them screaming about it in the Public Square, I don't fear it.

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Response to stopbush (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 07:19 PM

34. I agree

It gives him far too much credit. Trump is incapable of that kind of strategy or nuance. He is a very reactive, in-the-moment character. He does things impulsively feeding off of the attention that he gets.

Initially he may have had a vague agenda to get some publicity to promote the "Trump" brand, though he may have just been bored and looking for some kicks. He never thought he'd get this far, but he couldn't let go, because he really, really loves "winning". There is no need to deeply analyze Donald Trump - what you see is what you get. He's the buffoon at the end of the bar who just happens to have money. If he didn't, no one would pay a lick of attention to him.

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Response to stopbush (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 07:31 PM

38. Yup. Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

"When given two competing explanations for an event -- one involving conspiracy and the other incompetence -- always choose incompetence." -- Dr. Richard Cottam, University of Pittsburgh

Hanlon's Razor: "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."

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Response to stopbush (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 11:07 PM

63. Occam's Razor suggests you are correct. Tge simolest explanation is that Trump is way out of his

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league, a living personification of the Peter Principle.

Kudos to you for a good call.

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Response to stopbush (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 14, 2016, 12:18 PM

68. I agree that the simplest explanation and the one makes the most sense is that

Trump is just an arrogant rich guy who is out of his league running for president. Trump has been an arrogant rich guy his whole life. Nothing new there. It's apparent that he thinks being wealthier than other people makes him better than them all around. His conceited attitude is what has motivated him to run for president. He couldn't careless about other people.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 05:26 PM

2. I think people find his stupidity so unbelievable...

...that they come up with grand theories about what he is really up to. In reality, hes just an idiot

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Response to Doctor Jack (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 05:45 PM

4. He has an IQ within the lower limits of Average, imo,

but I also think he's showing signs of dementia. He's not intellectually disabled, so he should have some recognition that his behaviors are self-defeating. But he clearly does not. That indicates his thinking process is not all there. And I definitely do NOT buy into the idea that he is insane. People with Narcissistic, and Anti-Social personality disorders, which I also believes he has, are usually quite devious and calculating. I'm sure he used to be that way, but doesn't appear as on top of his personality disordered game lately.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 05:35 PM

3. OK, that is terrifying

I figured he was in it for the money and will try to keep what he's raising, but this?

OTOH, his racist supporters are mostly old white guys so they won't be around long enough to make this happen. Plus, there really aren't that many of them.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 05:49 PM

6. He is inciting the white supremacists

Other than that, he wants the title of President but not the job.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 06:08 PM

10. Tada!

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 07:12 PM

28. He also wanted a Purple Heart but he did not want to earn it.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 06:00 PM

7. Yeah...Scary as this sounds...

I think it's giving Trump far too much credit in the upstairs gray matter department.

There is no way he has even considered the possibility of being the father of the "white awakening". That's just beyond his comprehension ability. Hell the man makes Sarah Palin look like a rank amateur when it comes to word salad speeches and responses to simple questions. He just not smart enough to be diabolical in that sense.

Now what he is good at is reading audiences and figuring out what they need to hear, what they need to experience in terms of crazy wingnuts warm fuzzies...And he's done that.

I think the gravest mistake the GOP, the media, hell damn near all of us made in Trump getting that nomination is his sense of showmanship and his thin skinned need for revenge. That's what this is all about--He was laughable in the beginning, called a fool, a joke--And now he's getting the last laugh on that front. He's found an adoring public, he's sowing seeds of discontent right now with comments about rigged elections and how Hillary can't win unless she cheats. Does he want some kind of uproar on election day. I'll go as far to say he's probably entertained thought, but I'm betting he's making sure the adoring public is there when this is all over...When he moves on to whatever it is he's going to do next and needs their support. Think back to when he was losing a few primaries in the beginning and getting a lot of push back from the media--He was making noise about his network, where he could control the content. I won't be surprised if that's his follow up plan. He'll pull a Glen Beck and go off to start his own reality world where he really is king and adored. And guess what? He'll have a built in audience.

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Response to TwistedTinkerbelle (Reply #7)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 07:33 PM

39. +1. Welcome to DU (your first post)

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #39)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 08:02 PM

51. Thank you!

Long time lurker...took the plunge

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Response to TwistedTinkerbelle (Reply #7)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 11:50 PM

66. I like your username.

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Response to madaboutharry (Reply #66)

Sun Aug 14, 2016, 11:47 AM

67. Thanks!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 06:02 PM

8. Trump as Randell Flagg

Now that's a scary thought

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #8)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 06:10 PM

11. Are you a Stephen King fan?

I have been for years!

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #11)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 06:13 PM

12. Oh hell yes!

I took a break for a few years and came roaring back for "The Dark Tower" series--huge, huge fan. I like his son Joe Hill so far too.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #12)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 06:23 PM

16. Actually the only ones I didn't care for was THE Dark Tower series.

Everything else I read multiple times.

I have never liked books turned into movies, they don't translate well however...

Top 4 in my book. Stand by Me. Shawshank. The Shining. The Stand.

You nailed it with Randell Flagg!

Joe Hill, yikes he looks just like his father. Loved Devil in a Blue Dress.



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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #16)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 06:30 PM

20. I'm reading his "Bill Hodges" trilogy right now

The one I didn't like so much was "Under The Dome"

Let's see, I adore "Lisey's Story", love "The Shining", and coincidently am rereading "The Stand"(again) right now--why I thought of Flagg, but the Dark Tower series has my heart--did you know that King's books are actually an interconnected universe, with the Dark Tower in the center, so to speak? It's fun finding the references to other books and stories

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #20)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 06:38 PM

21. I will check out the Billy Hodges trilogy.

I am not much into short stories, yet those were two of his best movies. Then there was the Long Walk.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #8)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 07:17 PM

31. How about this "Man in Black"?



And Roland:

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Response to yallerdawg (Reply #31)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 07:18 PM

33. OMG

I can hardly wait....

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #33)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 07:27 PM

36. I'm Stephen King's Number One Fan.



"It" is coming as at least a 2-part movie. And this:

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Response to yallerdawg (Reply #36)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 09:49 PM

60. You know I really liked "The Cell"

I know some people didn't

I'm excited about the remake of "It" too--I wait to be amazed--although I can't imagine Pennywise being played by anyone else but Tim Curry...

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 06:06 PM

9. Come on

Talk about overthinking shit. Strategy and Trump do not belong in the same sentence. Things are just as they seem and Trump is an egotistical idiot.

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Response to jcgoldie (Reply #9)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 06:19 PM

15. Yeah, Trump doesn't have an agenda or vision for society

He's like a dumber and less experienced version of Romney - He just wants to check off "Be President" on his personal bucket list.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 06:16 PM

13. it's just as likely he's a Clinton plant

 

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Response to stupidicus (Reply #13)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 07:16 PM

29. "a Clinton plant" - Some right wingers like to claim that but

they are bragging that they were not smart enough to recognize it.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 06:17 PM

14. Step away from the computer. Go outside, if it's not too hot where you are,

look at the sky, take a deep breath.

And remember that TrumPutin is, at this point, dumber than a bag of dead, salted rats.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Reply #14)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 06:39 PM

22. Thank you so much for your concern.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Reply #14)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 07:18 PM

32. Putin is not dumb. He is setting up his acolyte DT for the WH.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Reply #14)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 11:28 PM

64. Seems unlikely.

Trump's been around for awhile. He's 70 and has been in the public eye for decades. As far as I know there aren't ties to any White National movement.

I just don't buy it that Trump who us more about self promotion than any political philosophy has decided at age 70 to be the leader of some White National movement.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 06:23 PM

17. US politics is usually about suits in stately black limos. Versus that, Trump is Evel Knieval

I'm not sure it's possible to understand Trump in terms of anything political, even far out things like leaders of racist social movements.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 06:24 PM

18. I don't think so. I don't think he's driven by ideology, only narcissism and ego.

If he could stroke the GOP base by promoting an agenda of burlap underwear, he would be the leader of the great burlap underwear awakening.

He would have run as a Democrat, years ago, but at some point he must have realized the Republicans were an easier mark.

I don't think he believes in anything except Donald Trump. He's just so profoundly in love with himself, he can't imagine why he shouldn't be the President.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 06:24 PM

19. It's far more likely he's setting himself up to grift money from morons on the right after losing...

 

and for no other reason.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 06:45 PM

23. I think it is part of a bigger plan also

The election is just part of the same sales pitch they use in selling condos, the trump u, etc. Gain confidence, make sure the "mark" feels insecure about his future, reel sucker in. Then when he is beat in the elections he can announce the sale of some swamp land he goofed up buying and took a loss on. He already has a list of suckers who support him.

Announcing a limited time offer really yuuuge great lots for sale in beautiful Dipshit Corners. With every lot a free security system (Gators and snakes at the front door.) Easy water access. (In your living room.) Buy now at the incredible low price. Value in these beautiful lots is sure to increase fast. So get yours now!!!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 06:48 PM

24. If you live in the South...

and apparently just about anywhere in the U. S. of A., this makes an uncomfortable amount of sense.

Trump has spent a number of years with this particular slant - he's talking to people everywhere hearing this crap been doing it for almost a decade as he flirted with national politics, came out with the "birther" attack on Obama just for grins, the illegitimacy of the political process when Obama began his first term?

Why can Bernie be the "creator" of a political movement - but Trump can't be? Trump got more votes!

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Response to yallerdawg (Reply #24)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 07:34 PM

40. Thanks yallerdawg.

I wasn't going to bother posting on this thread anymore. I think you can see why.

this scares me.



If we open our eyes, we can see that Donald Trump is already realizing his vision of a white nationalist “awakening.” The signs are everywhere:


The leader of Italy’s far-right Northern League party, Matteo Salvini, hailed US presidential hopeful Donald Trump as ‘heroic.’

KKK leader Thomas Robb:


“At least he’s saying things that many, many people in this country are identifying with and are saying, “Yeah, that needs to be done.” So it isn’t Donald Trump that you guys are concerned with. You’re not afraid of Donald Trump. You’re afraid of the masses of people, the millions of people supporting Donald Trump becoming awakened to what they feel to be a country that’s being taken away from them.”

Don Black, former Klan leader who runs the white supremacist website Stormfront.org:


“There’s an insurgency among our people that has been seething for decades that have felt intimidated and demoralized. The Trump candidacy has changed all that. Whatever he says, even if he gets the facts wrong, it still resonates with people.


No one thought Hitler would make it far either.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #40)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 07:40 PM

41. I live in a Trump state.

"It can't happen here?"

Here it already has!

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Response to yallerdawg (Reply #41)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 07:43 PM

42. Stay safe my friend.

Thank you and I love you.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #42)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 07:54 PM

45. I'm your Number One Fan, she!

We know DU can become a bit of a misguided bubbling echo chamber.

Democrats - and concerned 'others' - better not become complacent.

If the Republicans and the M$M complete their Trump makeover - make him a reasonable alternative to their created image of the Great Satan Hillary - November 9th we could wake up in a different world. A very frightening world.

A Stephen King world.

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Response to yallerdawg (Reply #45)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 08:00 PM

48. Steven King or Hieronymus Bosch

Either story is telling. Frightfully telling.

Thanks.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 07:00 PM

25. Just another conspiracy theory..............

and this one I don't even think is true, but those are the very social forces that Trump is playing to which is what makes this theory at least plausible. And dangerous.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 07:04 PM

26. There is no way that man is such a deep thinker.

I would say, in the grand scheme of things, that he doesn't even think.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 07:11 PM

27. Sorry, but D.T.'s

not that principled. Trump a martyr? I hardly think so.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 07:16 PM

30. I really don't think so.

He's dumb, he's as narcissistic as they come, and he might have a bit of dementia. He tapped into some badly-wanted adoration by catering to racists.

A simple explanation for a simple-minded man.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 07:21 PM

35. Easier to assume his decision to run is a symptom of incipioent dementia.

 

And the slow progression has been more than obvious over the last year. They'll be feeding him with a spoon when Hillary retires.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 07:50 PM

43. Sorry, no. The nuclear cheeto is just not that deep a thinker.

"Strategy" would imply a level of awareness in time and external events that he simply doesn't have.

Nevertheless, the one thing he is superlatively good at is sensing the wave in his immediate vicinity and riding it. He doesn't PLAN this, but he could be carried there.

gloomily,
Bright

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #43)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 07:55 PM

46. Maybe

Sorry, no. The nuclear cheeto is just not that deep a thinker.


Yet his handlers are. Did you read the whole article? Dismiss them all at your peril.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 07:51 PM

44. This theory isn't remotely possible

Donald Trump is an idiot.

He's also not very bright and he is an exceedingly uncurious person. Smart people always want to learn new things because they know that no matter how smart they are, there are lots of things they don't know. Then they try to learn.

Donald Trump is not like that. He doesn't seek out new information, rather, he watches TV. That is hardly the best manner to educate one's self. Further, over the years of his public life in the media, he has expressed exactly opposite views on many fundamental issues.

More to the point, Donald Trump has been improvising his campaign from the beginning. He is incapable of a "master plan" as suggested by the link. As evidence, just look at the severe zigs and zags he's taken.

As I said, Donald Trump is an idiot.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 07:58 PM

47. Trump is running to make money. He will use his campaign funds to pay his various businesses for

services rendered to the campaign. He will catapult his to his network.

I don't think he gives one damn for the left or the right. He only cares about Trump. He wants to get richer, not run the world.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 08:01 PM

49. I'm goin with the he's with her theory lol

My money's on he made a deal w her long ago to win the nomination and then simultaneously throw the election while destroying the Republican party...

Cause he's been very effective lol.....

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 08:01 PM

50. I and many people of color know full well who Trump is

 

and why he's doing what he's doing. He's implementing the Southern Strategy and doing it well.

And I don't buy it for one second that the punditry are so ignorant that they can't see it. They know full well why he's doing what he's doing!!

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Response to Liberal_Stalwart71 (Reply #50)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 08:13 PM

54. He wants to make America White again.

Black people are in his way. Back to the plantation you go.

POC look out, DT is looking for the Aryan Race.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 08:06 PM

52. it's not intentional

But it *is* the end result: he is a shit magnet for the hate and "lost" people. He has the potential for being that "big personality" that enables and normalizes things. Look at the evolution of terrorist groups and how they grew for periods of time before becoming what they are.

Look at the common threads - between the trump movement and other 3rd world terrorist groups:
Lots of money supporting his hate - donors behind the scenes etc - check
People w/o power looking for a leader - check
Hate, racism ,etc - check
Availability of weapons, etc. - check


We have a BIG problem - and we have to figure out a way to get those 30%? 40%? of people "back in the big tent"

I do think win or lose trump will continue down the same path. The attention and power is too hard for him to walk away from. When he loses - he'll claim all sorts of conspiracies and who knows what kind of things he'll set off.


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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 08:07 PM

53. I think he'll lose the election and start a tv network

Like all the charlatans do. He only cares about money and that's his best path forward now

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Sat Aug 13, 2016, 08:17 PM

55. What throws people off here is that it isn't Trump doing it

It's his supporters and the leaders of the white power movement. The movement is much bigger than Trump. They are merely hijacking his campaign as a way to advance their ideology. It is awakening something that has been long simmering. Many people resent diversity and immigration. It used to be they hated Irish and Italians and so on but now they have so many more types of people to blame for their problems and they don't care if we were born in America to US citizen parents. It's not about citizenship or birth. It's all about white power.

Remember Bush was such a miserable dumb ass yet his people managed to invade 2 countries and spend trillions of our tax dollars on stuff that just doesn't help anything or anyone and ruined our economy. Billions of dollars are still unaccounted for and just missing. Of course it wasn't Bush doing it.

Trump and Bush are way too stupid for their diabolical strategies. But their people totally know what they're doing.

And anyone who can't see how a movement can get far outside the control of the candidate, just take a look at Bernie Sanders and what happened with a significant portion of his supporters continued after he endorsed Hillary and promoted unity in our party.

The Republican party used to be the party of Lincoln, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, etc. Look how radical extremists have completely changed their core values.

Trump already warned us with his favorite phrase: "There's something going on".

We know there are millions of people who are heavily armed and angry and bitterly blame us for their problems.

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #55)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 08:24 PM

56. Thank you. ILZ.

What throws people off here is that it isn't Trump doing it

It's his supporters and the leaders of the white power movement. The movement is much bigger than Trump. They are merely hijacking his campaign as a way to advance their ideology. It is awakening something that has been long simmering. Many people resent diversity and immigration. It used to be they hated Irish and Italians and so on but now they have so many more types of people to blame for their problems and they don't care if we were born in America to US citizen parents. It's not about citizenship or birth. It's all about white power.


Sadly they did not read the article. This about far more than Trump. This has been brewing for a long time. It is escalating.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 09:10 PM

57. Giving Trump for more credit than he deserves ...

he's an IDIOT.

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Response to GeorgeGist (Reply #57)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 09:17 PM

58. You might be wise to consider his handlers.

And not dismiss them out of hand. You did read the whole article, correct?

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 09:40 PM

59. I believe Daou is overthinking this.

He's a rational person trying to find a rational purpose in the deeply irrational actions of an irrational man.

But he's nevertheless right, I think, that Trump has become the figurehead of a white supremacist, nativist. fascist cult. To the extent that that cult is dangerous--and it is deadly dangerous--it doesn't particularly matter whether Trump is the actual leader or is being manipulated. We have a problem that won't go away just because Trump loses.

And I think Putin has his bloody hands in this up to his armpits.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 09:59 PM

61. Sam Sedar: It's not about the hardships of the middle class. It's about race!

 

Watch:

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Response to Liberal_Stalwart71 (Reply #61)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 10:14 PM

62. Yes, it is about race.

I know.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 11:41 PM

65. LOL, so Peter Daou looks at what Trump is doing and thinks he has a plan?

Geeze, Peter, you are working too hard. Take some vacation time, go see your shrink, and try to relax.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Aug 14, 2016, 12:31 PM

69. I grew up in Connecticut

My Dad must have had business with him...same industry. I know Dad despised Trump said he was a con-man. He would get in business with someone run their money through his business making profits...and then usually the 'partner' was left in bankruptcy. This seems exactly what he is doing now...this is a money making venture...should he be elected (God forbid) he would concentrate on making money in the Whitehouse while his VP ran the country...he fleeces people for a livig...this is what he does. I know a number of my Dad's friend's who lost big money in business ventures with Trump.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Aug 14, 2016, 01:16 PM

70. Trump's a for profit entitie.

I'll believe that he want's to be the head of an ideological movement to the extent he can use it to get paid.

If being the head of "the white awakening" means starting a TV channel with racist political content to milk his supporters, then the article might have a point.

I don't think the man has any inherent interest in being the messiah of racism though. Its hard for me to even think of his racism as a "strategy". I always just assumed he was being blatantly racist because that's his default setting and it happens to resonate with a significant portion of the country.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Aug 14, 2016, 01:32 PM

71. You know what they say: be careful what you wish for

While Trump may fantasize about a white awakening, he is also bringing racism and xenophobia to light to EVERYONE. People who wrap themselves around issues like racism never want to see the light because they operate on the fringe. Maybe their numbers are growing, but they are certainly not the majority.

And now, we have a target. An identifiable target. I work with someone that is a trump supporter and she wants to make America white again. As scary as this is, it is very real. But, we can see them now and that is the first step to eradicating this virus.

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