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Submitted by NollaigO on Sat, 16/01/2021 - 13:16

Copied and pasted from the Facebook page of China Scholar, Gregor Benton:
A friend of mine in America just sent me this about the planned Trump demonstration, which I thought people would enjoy, especially the last bit:

Dear Greg,

[Trump’s antics today in Washington] have echoes of the March on Rome, with a bit of Reichstag fire thrown in. But I think that this time it will repeat as farce, or maybe a feeble beer-hall putsch. Trump is too incompetent, too solipsistic, and too cowardly to go beyond the performance-art stuff. Every time he's tried his wannabe-Mussolini moves it's fallen flat. He's now alienated pretty much all of the power structures in America, including the military and the judiciary. He does have support in some of the second-tier forces such as the Customs and Border Protection, some of the cop rank-and-file. For a while during the Black Lives matter demos in DC he tried mobilizing them -- tear gas, low-flying helicopters, etc. That episode provoked a scandal and the defense secretary and head of the army both backtracked and apologized.

So it leaves posturing thugs like the "Proud Boys" and others from the right-wing fever swamps. I think that they too are mainly performance and look much more threatening on-line than they will turn out to be. Certainly, they will be in DC tomorrow trying to create confrontations, violence, and the appearance of an uncontrolled breakdown. Meanwhile, Cruz, Hawley and the other reptilians in congress will do their part of the performance knowing -- and hoping -- that their challenge to the electors won't get anywhere and that they can somehow wriggle out of this without pissing off the Trump supporters in what is left of the republican party.

So for them all, it will be a messy flop tomorrow. But there's so much poison around in America right now, it will be hard to recover.

p.s. In my non-Marxist breakdown of the Trump supporters:

Shit-for-brains These are deluded, angry, disappointed folks who feel alienated, ignored and left behind. And somehow think that Trump is on their side. Heavily influenced by talk radio, Fox News, NewsMax, One America Network, online fever swamp, and other poisonous sources. They are victims of a cult and maybe one day they'll realize they've been conned.

Fuck-faces These are the cynical, opportunists, careerists, profiteers. They don't give a damn about the shit-for-brains, or for Trump, but support him on a transactional basis (it will get them elected, he's good for my 401k stock plan and taxes, etc. They'll walk quietly away from Trump when they need to.

Deplorables Hilary was right about these people. They hate blacks, Hispanics, gays, or anyone they regard as not in their group. Particularly strong in America as the residue of slavery, of Jim Crow, of segregation.

SFB's are the idiots who dress up in American flags, go to Trump's rallies, get infected with covid, etc

FF's Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell and most of the congressional Republicans are Fuck-faces. Same for Sean Hannity and his buddies on Fox news (FF News), Trump supporters/enablers such as Mnuchin, billionaires like Larry Ellison...

Groups like the "Proud Boys" are an overlap of Deplorables and SFB's.


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