Radicalised ABC editorialises end of El Trumpo

Do radicalised ABC editors meet every morning to pat one another on the back on another anti-American, pro-China day at the office? It sure looks like it:

He took an escalator in and is taking a helicopter out. When it comes to rides, what a wild one the Donald Trump presidency has been.

As a journalist covering US politics pretty much every morning for the past four years, it has been exhausting experience.

The New York businessman ripped up the presidential rulebook as soon as he walked into the Oval Office and has run his own show ever since.

His many critics would say Trump has been making it up as he goes along.

To be honest, when he descended that gilded escalator in Trump Tower in June 2015 to announce he was running for president, I welcomed the prospect of some light relief in what was shaping up to be an all-too-predictable campaign.

The Republican field was mediocre at best. And who cared anyway, because Hillary Clinton was shaping up as a formidable opponent (should she win the Democratic nomination).

The feeling at the time was Trump’s announcement was nothing more than a big publicity stunt for a man who thrived in front of the cameras.

The tone of his campaign, and his presidency, was struck at that media conference when he accused Mexico of exporting drugs, criminals and rapists to the United States.

No comment, no attack, was too offensive, it seemed.

He joked about shooting someone on Fifth Avenue and not losing voters, and was caught on tape boasting about sexual assault.

But nothing would stop Trump’s populist march on the White House.

One of his opponents for the Republican nomination, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, described the reality TV star perfectly in a candidates’ debate in late 2015.

The Macquarie Dictionary defines chaos as a situation without order or organisation, and this pretty much sums up the past four years.

The trouble began immediately

The shambles began within hours of Trump taking the oath of office in January 2017, when, instead of getting down to governing, the newly sworn-in president went on the warpath over the media “misrepresenting” the size of his inauguration crowd (fact check: it didn’t).

From there it was a presidency by whim, with policy often made on the run via Trump’s (up until recently) vociferous Twitter feed.

When he wasn’t tweeting, he was creating endless controversy by going on the fly at media conferences and other public appearances.

Whether it was threatening to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea over its nuclear program, undermining US intelligence agencies while standing alongside Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, or simply refusing to accept the results of the 2020 election, Trump all too often appeared prepared to put his own interests ahead of America’s.

And all too often prepared to appeal to the country’s darker side.

No more so than with his incendiary response to the violent scenes at a 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Counter-protestor Heather Heyer was killed when one of the rally participants drove into her group.

In comments even some of his loyal supporters found hard to stomach, Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides” of the clashes.

Assigning moral equivalence to violent racists and those trying to call them out was one of the lowest points of his presidency, and helped lay the groundwork for the scenes of January 6 this year, when Trump supporters, egged on by their leader, stormed the US Capitol.

Yet the biggest failure of Trump’s leadership is likely to be his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

From the start, Trump wanted to wish the virus away. Indeed, he claimed it would disappear “like a miracle”.

As the infection and death tolls mounted, and state health authorities were crying out for federal help, Trump kept insisting everything was under control.

He even suggested to his health experts they investigate whether injecting bleach into the body could kill the virus.

Trump ridiculed people for wearing masks, and made a great play of taking his own mask off when he arrived back at the White House after his hospitalisation with the disease.

The results of this inaction and ignorance are stark.

About 24 million Americans have been infected with COVID-19 and 400,000 have died from it.

What is his legacy?

Trump is leaving the White House a vastly diminished figure.

Sure, there have been achievements.

Before the pandemic put a wrecking ball through it, the US economy was growing.

The jobless rate had hit a 50-year low.

To the delight of his base, Trump appointed three conservative judges to the US Supreme Court.

In foreign policy, Trump reversed years of US timidity when launching missile strikes on Syria in response to Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons on his own people.

He opened a dialogue with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (even though the dictator ended up playing the US President like a cheap violin), and brokered peace deals between Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

But, at the same time, Trump was hostile to some of America’s key allies, and his withdrawal from the Paris climate change agreement set back international efforts to slow global warming.

Back home, Trump sowed further division in an already deeply polarised country.

While George Bush Snr may have wished for a “kinder, gentler nation”, Trump leaves behind a harsher, meaner one.

In four years, the 45th US President has shaken global security and undermined the foundations of America’s democracy.

In a final act of gracelessness, Trump won’t be attending Joe Biden’s inauguration this week, the first departing president not to do so since 1869.

As someone who loves his TV, particularly TV that rates well, Trump would undoubtedly remember the final blockbuster episode of M*A*S*H, which also happens to end with a departure in a chopper.

There would be no shortage of people in America and around the world thinking of the title of that last show as Trump boards Marine One for the last time.

“Goodbye, farewell and amen.”

Not one mention of Trump’s two great legacies. The two that history will remember most. The first, and most important, is he broke the consensus on China’s peaceful rise. Trump slew this sacred cow of the fake left and fake right mercilessly. It was probably always going to take a nut to do this given it was such an article of faith for the globalist dogma.

The ABC was a full convert. In the last year, as China grew ever more hostile, the ABC shifted seamlessly from the “peaceful rise” of China to it having the right to act as a great power, including occupying Australia any which way it liked.

Yet, the breaking of this faith in the CCP will prove in due course to be the most seismic shift in global politics, very much in Australia’s national interest, given we were previously on a path to occupation.

Trump’s second, related achievement was to put the US working classes back on the map. The Democrats under Hillary Clinton would very likely have remained the plaything of Wall St, and to have kept up the spitting on the “the deplorables”. Thanks to Trump, the Biden Administration has been forced back to class politics to recapture them as a political force.

Trump delivered one other enormous, ironic plus. We should all also be grateful for how inept he was. He was a classic populist, pretending to be of the people while he made their lot worse via corporate tax cuts, a failed trade deal with China and apocalyptic virus mismanagement.

Yet the implications of this repulsive and ironic change agency are for the better and have begun a restoration of real leftist politics in America in the nick of time, as China is exposed for what it is, a vicious tyranny intent upon turning the global liberal order into a surveillance state controlled by Beijing.

God bless Donald, I say. And bugger the radicalised, fake left, useful idiot of the CCP, ABC, whose pearl-grabbing and ceaseless whinging has tried to shoehorn the Australian bourgeoisie into some kind of state of paralysed, anti-American paranoia, via Reuters:

Law enforcement officers far outnumbered protesters at state capitol grounds on Sunday, as few Trump supporters who believe the president’s false claim that he won the 2020 election turned out for what authorities feared could be violent demonstrations.

More than a dozen states activated National Guard troops to help secure their capitol buildings following an FBI warning of armed demonstrations, with right-wing extremists emboldened by the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6.

Security officials had eyed Sunday as the first major flashpoint, as the anti-government “boogaloo” movement made plans weeks ago to hold rallies in all 50 states.

But by Sunday evening, only small gatherings of demonstrators had taken to the streets alongside much larger crowds of law-enforcement officers and media personnel.

“It was a non-event today and we are glad it was,” said Troy Thompson, spokesman for the Department of General Services, the agency that protects the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg.

Trump was offensive, no doubt about it, but he was also a necessary corrective for the globalist dills that had set the course of liberalism for doom.

David Llewellyn-Smith

Comments

  1. Many good thoughts in your writing. The best? That last sentence!
    “Trump was offensive, no doubt about it, but he was also a necessary corrective for the globalist dills that had set the course of liberalism for doom.”

    • Sadly – I think that the globalist elit is back in charge – and doom will be once again in their sights in no time.

      • MountainGuinMEMBER

        I think this remains to be seen. The USA now seems far more protest ready than in past years so if the middle class or the non-metro areas are neglected, protests or civil disobedience are possible, maybe even likely.

        • I think Biden has to know that the wind that filled Trump’s sails were the victims of globalisation, and he needs to do something significant for those who have been made worse off over 30-40 years now, derided as flyover states. Sure he is limited by numbers in Congress, but if he ignores them, then that’s plenty of undergrowth for the next populist fire to come along, and probably soon.

    • Agree! One of the things Biden should take from Trumps international relations is to be unpredictable or at least sow seeds of doubt in the minds of the likes of Xi, Putin, Erdogen etc as western nations were so predicable & risk adverse it made it easy for them

  2. Nothing wrong in calling out Trump for what he was/is – a delusional extreme narcissist completely devoid of any values who managed to convince a large proportion of the US population to believe absurd lies, and who attempted on that basis an absurd but dangerous coup. Democracy seems to have survived for now but a close shave and just remember that Hitler finally grabbed power when he was believed to be a spent force and no longer a threat, so no- one should assume that the US is out of the woods. Eternal vigilance is needed. As for China, yes lots of noise by Trump, but not that long ago he was praising emporer Xi as a great guy – he’s been all over the place like a shot kangaroo. The push back against China was excellent but by going to trade war against the whole world he ensured that it had the least possible effect and hurt the US as much as if not more than China. Time will tell how it all ends up but Biden has a big mountain to climb to try to control the damage done. However, we should never discount the ability of the US to meet mountainous challenges.

    • RobotSenseiMEMBER

      Good analysis. Expect the “but what about all the good things Trump did?” narrative to get pushed far and wide.

        • Rather than what people think he stood for (some sort of rebellion of the crushed working class) what about his achievements – all benefits to the rich and reactionary. Reduced taxes for rich people and companies – Tick. His only major achievement. Except – Pumped up US stock market and Twitter -tick. Put in a supremely religous nutter group in the Supreme court in – Tick.

          If even the Australian liberal party worked out that China was no longer a friend and banned Huawei- any US govt would have got that sooner or later, trump or no trump. .

      • Good analysis. Expect the “but what about all the good things Trump did?” narrative to get pushed far and wide.

        It’ll need a lot of padding.

  3. I spent a lot of time in China during the 2000-11 period and I write on the country almost daily for my clients.

    I think under the Hu/Wen administration, China’s rise was largely peaceful and the country was keen to work within the international system. Yes there were extremists there; both communist and nationalist/racist extremists, but they weren’t in control.

    I had a drink once in about early 2009 with a colleague in Shanghai and he informed me that “things are changing in Beijing, the extremists are using America’s perceived failure to push a new and more militant Chinese strategy”. I didn’t really take onboard what he was saying at the time, but he was spot on.

    By 2011 it was apparent that China had become much more militant, aggressive and overtly racist. Things have only gotten worse under Emperor Winnie-the-Pooh.

    I can’t stand Trump, but in China him, and the hard liners in his administration are spot on. China has one goal, to displace the Us and overturn the liberal democratic order with an illiberal Beijing-centred police Empire.

  4. Ronin8317MEMBER

    Trump’s legacy is stuffing up the COVID-19 response, and stuffing up American democracy by refusing to concede. He engaged to doing zilch for the working class : the US trade imbalance got worse, not better, in his term.

    As to China, Trump merely have to move the Japanese military base there, and then watch Xi implode.

    • Indeed. Outside his cult circles, he’ll be remembered as the President who paid off a porn star, ran an administration that obfuscated and lied constantly about pretty much everything, was impeached twice and tried to foment a coup when he lost the election.

      And despite the beliefs of some rose-tinted glass wearers here, the chaos and destruction he has wrought is by no means superficial.

    • Don’t get ahead of yourself. 75 million voters still voted for a lunatic and the causative problems with US democracy and globalism (which Trump exploited) haven’t been solved yet.

      • Moron? Pal you’re choosing to recast this whole discussion – not me. Look at the OP in the thread here. It’s about Trump’s legacy and not about whether Biden will assume power.

        If we are defining a democracy’s health on your terms than I have to say the bar is pretty low. Aside from the obvious violence that has already occurred, it’s not a healthy democracy when elected representatives to congress wont vote for impeachment because they are fearful of being shot. It’s also hard to say the system is a healthy one where millions wont accept the result of the election or the adjudication of the appointed umpire – the courts. It’s great to see the courts do the right thing and ensure the will of the people was upheld this time but, the doubts are hardly surprising given the same system helped one illegitimate president assume office in 2000 even though he lost both the college and popular vote. Lets also not forget the rather dubious timing of James Comey’s disclosures about FBI investigations during the Trump v Clinton campaign or the lack of any prison time for any of the senior banking execs over the GFC. It’s not a healthy democracy when so many have lost faith in its institutions for good reasons and are prepared to embrace a monster like Trump in desperation.

        It’s also not a healthy democracy when people resort to personal abuse or unfounded accusations to attack others. Pluralism is the lifeblood of a healthy democracy. The fact many are no longer able to talk sensibly with those they disagree with is testimony to how far the illness has spread. So for the moron remark, I accept your apology in advance 😉

      • No, it hasn’t. Biden will be sworn in tomorrow. You’re cherry picking based on your insane cultural prejudice. When did you start counting lives, Smithy?

        • Violence directly related to the transfer of power has already occurred.

          As always it is hilarious to hear you accuse anyone of cultural prejudice, when the only thing in this forum more predictable than your knee-jerk whataboutism whenever someone says something even vaguely critical of America, is Rich blaming something he doesn’t like on Labor.

        • My whataboutism is to counter your hyper-hyperbole. Your “criticism” has escaped all reasonable boundaries a long time ago. 30 years, probably. You have no more understanding of US politics than an ant has an understanding of the curvature of the earth.

  5. “In foreign policy, Trump reversed years of US timidity when launching missile strikes on Syria in response to Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons on his own people.”

    From the copied article; Fact check, USA was not timid last decade. No evidence whatsoever of Chemical weapons or who used them was found.

    If you actually watch ABC they are clearly pro USA and anti China. As someone who looks at the data rather than inuendo USA is far more evil than China on any metric I can think of. Use of torture, wars, drug use, bullying countries, controlling foreign governments etc etc etc…..

      • Funny how people who are against a closed authority governement like China who stiffle unfavourable speech act exactly the same way when others who have something to say that does not align with their own views.
        USA vs China. China is by far the better country on most metrics. Polution, murder, illegal porn, incarceration, recent treatment of peaceful protestors….

    • data on the use of torture in china…… bahahah. I’m sure it in no way correlates to their world beating system for locating organ transplants for wealthy citizens 😉

      Point taken re the US and the fact they have basically no ethical or moral high ground from which to preach. As for the ABC, they are pro US when it’s under the stewardship of their preferred ideology but when you freely utter the word ‘racism’ in every second US article but feel no need to do so in a China focused one….. even the former statement is questionable. The ABC isn’t pro much, they are simply anti whatever the unwashed masses choose to be pro!

      • The90kwbeastMEMBER

        I think the ABC is heavily pro democracy, quite nationalistic when you read their articles as a general – but all with a left leaning PC bias of what Australia should be.

        • Stewie GriffinMEMBER

          No – the ABC are only patriotic in terms of what they define Australia to be, a globalist MultiCult consumer economy, they will virulently defend the identity that they have been indoctrinated as to what Australia is.

          This is what makes the ABC (and most MSM) so ineffectual in their resistance to China, they are like an AIDS victim unable to fight off other diseases, they have been trained that to look towards your own interests is rac!st. Nationalist spirit and self interest is the only thing that provides it – it is a societies immune system.

          The neo-ABC are the barbarian foot soldiers of our neo-elite, steeped in their values or more to the point, the values that this particular group like to see instilled in their prized cattle. They can’t help fawning for the globalist China – it brings business, this is what they have been selected for.

      • The USA definitely is operating on a higher moral ground than China. Or nobody is operating on a higher moral ground, including Straya. Ridiculous moral relativism.

    • By choosing not to cover China’s soft power approach in Australia – you can’t say ABC is actually anti-China.

    • ABC is definitely anti-usa and pro-China. Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.

    • GunnamattaMEMBER

      You Sir, are a bullshitter……

      The Assads have been slaughtering their own people for a generation. They did so with chemical weapons at various times…

      OPCW Releases First Report by Investigation and Identification Team
      https://www.opcw.org/media-centre/news/2020/04/opcw-releases-first-report-investigation-and-identification-team

      THE HAGUE, Netherlands – 8 April 2020 – The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) released today the findings of the first report by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team (IIT). The IIT is responsible for identifying the perpetrators of the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic where the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) has determined that chemical weapons have been used or likely used in Syria.

      The IIT’s first report sets out its mandate, the legal and practical challenges of its work, and the findings of the investigations conducted between June 2019 and March 2020, focusing on the incidents in Ltamenah, Syrian Arab Republic on 24, 25, and 30 March 2017. The IIT’s investigation and analysis included a comprehensive review of all of the information obtained including: interviews with persons who were present in the relevant places at the time of the incidents, analysis of samples and remnants collected at the sites of the incidents, review of the symptomatology reported by casualties and medical staff, examination of imagery, including satellite images, and extensive consultation of experts. The investigation relied on relevant FFM reports as well as on samples and other material obtained directly by the Technical Secretariat in the territory of Syria.

      The report reached the following conclusions:

      At approximately 6:00 on 24 March 2017, an Su-22 military airplane belonging to the 50th Brigade of the 22nd Air Division of the Syrian Arab Air Force, departing from Shayrat airbase, dropped an M4000 aerial bomb containing sarin in southern Ltamenah, affecting at least 16 persons.
      At approximately 15:00 on 25 March 2017, a helicopter of the Syrian Arab Air Force, departing from Hama airbase, dropped a cylinder on the Ltamenah hospital; the cylinder broke into the hospital through its roof, ruptured, and released chlorine, affecting at least 30 persons.
      At approximately 6:00 on 30 March 2017, an Su-22 military airplane belonging to the 50th Brigade of the 22nd Air Division of the Syrian Arab Air Force, departing from Shayrat airbase, dropped an M4000 aerial bomb containing sarin in southern Ltamenah, affecting at least 60 persons.

      In his recorded statement to States Parties, OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, underscored that:

      “[t]he IIT is not a judicial or quasi-judicial body with the authority to assign individual criminal responsibility, nor does the IIT have the authority to make final findings on non-compliance with the Convention. … It is now up to the Executive Council and the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, the United Nations Secretary-General, and the international community as a whole to take any further action they deem appropriate and necessary.”

      The IIT Coordinator, Mr Santiago Oñate-Laborde stated in his remarks that:

      “[t]he IIT has concluded that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the perpetrators of the use of sarin as a chemical weapon in Ltamenah on 24 and 30 March 2017, and the use of chlorine as a chemical weapon on 25 March 2017 were individuals belonging to the Syrian Arab Air Force. … Attacks of such a strategic nature would have only taken place on the basis of orders from the higher authorities of the Syrian Arab Republic military command. Even if authority can be delegated, responsibility cannot. … In the end, the IIT was unable to identify any other plausible explanation.”

      The first report by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team has been shared with all States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention and the United Nations Secretary-General.

      • Ronin8317MEMBER

        There have been a lot of effort to frame Assad for chemical attacks over the years, in order to draw in the USA. A lot of the attack makes no strategic sense, and happen one day before the UN inspection team arrive.

      • God, how did we progress to Syrian chemical weapons attacks?? In any case, a cat amongst the pigeons for you. Didn’t a few senior OPCW inspectors dissent to that report and were subsequently fired?

        It was never mainstream news of course, that would require one to roll back months of propaganda (even if it was a mistake, no way you will be running coverage that proves you fell for it….. much like WMDs in Iraq… How much coverage was devoted when that was revealed to be a deliberate lie on behalf of the administration?)

        Some comments re internal OPCW comms released by wikileaks…..

        “The series of leaks published by wikileaks exposed the fact that key evidence along with dissent by investigators who were on the ground in Douma was omitted from the final report in order to give the impression that the OPCW had concluded that Assad had carried out a chlorine gas attack on April 7, 2018. The initial round of emails was verified as authentic by Reuters at the end of November.”

        “Another email published by WikiLeaks was sent by Sami Barrek, the team leader of the Syrian fact finding mission to Henderson and several others at the end of July 2018. It noted that all but one of the eight investigators who had been on the ground in Douma would be excluded from further discussion on the final report.”

        “An investigator from the FFM in Syria noted in an email from a previous tranche released by WikiLeaks that the final report had been so changed that it “no longer reflects the work of the team.”

        I also agree that it made zero strategic sense to carry out, even for the most unhinged dictator. Who publicly gasses civilians right after a US/UK coalition promises to retaliate if you do?

        Food for thought.

  6. Good post David and I agree with the Biden stance. On the hypothetical of the Hilary, there was an alternative until DNC cruelled it – Sanders – he has never spat on the deplorables or sucked up to Wall St. Has Biden assumed enough of the Sanders agenda to make fundamental difference? If so, it’s an incredible achievement to have the Sanders agenda (possibly unelectable under his leadership) assumed by Biden. Does the new DNC deserve a round of applause?

    • Sanders is a dual Israeli citizen. There was only one way his foreign policy was going ie back to status quo in the Middle East.

      • Are you sure about that dual citizenship? Sounds like typical scuttlebutt smear like Obama birther hoax.

    • Come on, Ginger. Biden hardly has a mandate. Is he going to take a sharp turn left under the circumstances?

      • Ok, perhaps not a sharp turn left a la Sanders but certainly left. Mandate? President, Reps and soon, Senate provide the means. Anyway, I loathe the term ‘mandate’ and what it implies, it’s often misused and there is rarely, if ever, a true mandate at election even in cases with thumping majority. Mandate means that voters are fully informed about policy and implications and repercussion i.e. never.

        • Sigh. I don’t know why I do this. If he wants to get on with AOC’s New Green Deal and student debt forgiveness, he’s going to be curb-stomped.

  7. Give me a break! Anti-trumpism is not anti-americanism. Take a look at what is being broadcast on CNN these days, they are all in on the demonisation of Trumpism, and you know what, that is fair enough! The guy has divided the country like never before, and American’s have been shaken following the insurection on the 6th. Good riddance to the Donald, he should be in gaol! As for his supossed “legacies”. Give me a break, China itself started to bring about it’s own undoing back in 2011/12 when Pres Xi came to power, and started implmenting massive crackdowns and claiming ownership of the South China Sea.

    • ABC is anti-American, too. Amazing how the virtue signaling don’t want to be considered racist, yet Americans are never off limits for the bigotry of the politically correct. The cog dis/ hypocrisy is absolutely staggering.

  8. Finally, something sensible about Trump, and for the record, on China, I could not agree with you more, except to say that the political response to COVID, global capital, the US election outcome, and China, are all joined at the hip. If you look into it a little, you will see.

  9. Rorke's DriftMEMBER

    I haven’t been on this site for a few months as it became a cesspit of leftist backslapping and delusion, led by it’s administrators particularly DLS. I’ve posted a little over the past few days and have been surprised to find a few independent minded intelligent posters around. I’m now seeing in the headline story and some of the comments above a grudging acknowledgment of Trumps successes.

    Interesting. Maybe there is hope for the lefty group here to start to understand and repent their blinkered groupthink as Trump reasserts himself.

    I’m still backing Trump to retain the presidency and, even though it’s the 11th hour, I just can’t see how Biden will end up being inaugurated and Trump out the door. It just doesn’t make sense against all the research and observations I’ve made. I think Trump has this.

    Maybe a new understanding here will develop with the seeds of recognition starting to show through of the greatness of Donald Trump and the Americans and people worldwide who support him.

    Trump is the greatest world leader of my lifetime.

    God bless America.

    • An obvious thing to say, but time will tell. This is not a fight between left and right, but freedom and tyranny. There are advocates for both of these outcomes on the left and the right of politics. I do like David’s use of the terms fake left and (I assume by extension) fake right. In my view they both end in tyranny, because they are fake. It’s that simple.

  10. “Trump was offensive, no doubt about it, but he was also a necessary corrective for the globalist dills that had set the course of liberalism for doom.”
    Interesting point and I agree there may be accidental benefits. There sometimes is with narcissists, along with a lot of needless damage. Lets hope Biden can heal the nation.

      • No although if Biden doesn’t last the distance then the same applies for Harris. In any case, the US does need some visionary leadership to address a legacy built over decades of neglect and because of that; it can’t all come from one person.