Ignore Donald Trumps actual words What matters is who they are aimed

first_img 27 Aug 2018 0:19 Twitter 21 22 27 Aug 2018 0:20 redleader | Pick If I remember right… Reply Share 16 17 25 Comments 76 Share 180 181 Share Reply Facebook Share on Facebook BrassTrumpet 5nufk1n4prez Share on Twitter 27 Aug 2018 0:27 | Pick Trump administration Reply Share Foracivilizedworld Share on Twitter I don’t like Trump, Boris or the Niqab. I don’t like the ideology behind all 3. If it’s not Brexit, it’s Trump. Dozens and articles/stories a week.We get it. You like neither. But surely there are other important goings on in the world. Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Twitter 27 Aug 2018 0:11 fredmb All Facebook Twitter The best populist leaders are those who manage to appeal to stirring themes of nationalism and fears of persecution without doing it so explicitly that their tricks are revealed. A good populist instils just the right amount of national righteousness without revealing the ugliness that lies at its heart. Theresa May’s “citizens of nowhere” soundbite had enough nativism without going all the way out into the territory of xenophobia. Michael Gove’s singling out of identity politics was a dependable trope that sent out the right signals about how minorities seek exceptional treatment. By this measure Donald Trump, the most successful contemporary populist, lacks the finesse, the flair for euphemism, the gentle breath on the dog-whistle that is required to galvanise a wide array of people. His foreign policy tweet last week about South Africa is a study in both how he is moving from populism to becoming an extremist, and how his pronouncements need to be analysed exclusively for their intent rather than their content.With the conviction of both his ex-lawyer, Michael Cohen, and former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, Trump reached for his most crude cudgel – playing on white nativist angst. While watching Fox News, he tweeted that he had asked his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, “to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers”. Then he quoted the headline from the Tucker Carlson show that had alerted him to this injustice: “South African government is now seizing land from white farmers”.It’s not actually a dog-whistle if everyone can hear it: it’s a clarion call. He has dispensed with (or is not smart or patient enough to continue) maintaining the necessary cover for his signalling. It is no longer about the flag, or the anthem, or patriotism: it is about appealing to the most extreme and fanciful of fears among his voters about white genocide and reverse racism. Not that Trump necessarily cares deeply about white supremacy – it’s possible he didn’t even know that it is a cornerstone of white nationalist ideology to claim that South African farms are being expropriated from white farmers – but he thought it sounded like the sort of thing that his voters would be into. If it is useful to him, he will utilise it. If it is not, he will jettison it. Share via Email All this should make the job of those who wish to explain Trump’s actions much easier. He seeks to do two things: to distract attention from his gathering legal troubles, and to establish a connection with his base. He is indicating to them that, despite all they might be hearing about love children and affairs, he is still their man for entertaining their fantasies and grievances about race. By the time the South African government responded angrily to his “unfortunate and misinformed” tweet, Trump had moved on. He had successfully projected a white supremacist item of propaganda from the fringes fully into the mainstream, in the hope that this would make his supporters cleave to him even more closely. That is all. That is the headline and the main takeaway. One way that the media has tried to catch up with Trump’s runaway presidency is by fact checking. We know now, sometimes live during a speech he is giving, how many times Trump has lied. But it is not enough.Whether it’s political correctness, identity politics or freedom of speech, rightwing politics today is conducted in code. And we need to get better at treating it as such, and deciphering it. So often, a threadbare fact is just dressed-up moral panic, and by the time the media has pored over all the details of it, the purpose of the claim has been achieved: to instil angst and fear, and to raise the profile of cynical politicians in the eyes of their existing and potential supporters.Take Boris Johnson’s comments about the niqab face veil worn by some Muslim women, which he wrongly called the burqa (the full-length face and body veil). For days, the dominant conversation was about the “burqa” itself, rather than about what Johnson was obviously doing – making political hay out of an issue he cares in earnest so little about that he couldn’t even muster the motivation to get the nomenclature right, just to drive the point home.We fell for it, as we continue to do with Trump. Writing this in the US, I have struggled – despite constant coverage of the Trump administration over the past two days (I counted a continuous five hours on CNN) – to find more than cursory attention paid by the media or politicians to examine or understand the racist nature of Trump’s tweets, even thought they could have been plucked from the white nationalist playbook if you look back in history. The New York Times editorial board did call his manoeuvre a “vile ploy”. But between outrage and earnest fact-checking, something is hiding in plain sight. In order to maintain his support and distract from his failures, Trump will gravitate to becoming the ambassador of white supremacists in the White House. The sooner that is universally acknowledged, the easier it will be to read his missives without getting distracted by their content. His transition from populism to extremism is under way.• Nesrine Malik is a Guardian columnist recommendations Report Share on Twitter Share Share on Twitter Share Facebook 27 Aug 2018 0:16 expanded Twitter Share on Twitter Report Donald Trump Loading comments… Trouble loading? 63 64 15 16 27 Aug 2018 0:24 43 44 6 7 Report 27 Aug 2018 0:24 Share on Twitter Share Facebook | Pick | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 27 Aug 2018 0:13 Share on Facebook BobDodds SkiSpy | Pick Facebook Share Facebook | Pick | Pick The Right in the U.S. is so obsessed with identity politics, it’s exhausting. Report comments (76)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. It doesn’t matter what I think. It either is or it isn’t. Nesrine Malik 27 Aug 2018 0:20 57 58 SNAFU5001 Facebook | Pick He probably does not know where South Africa is… Share on Facebook 36 37 SNAFU5001 Report 82 83 Report Trump and his fellow elitists are trying their best to ensure that equality is suppressed. The persistent gap between global GDP growth and that of the west gives some hope that they are not succeding but more evidence is always welcome. Reply Facebook Share Twitter Twitter | Pick Share on WhatsApp Reply Share on Facebook Twitter Report Jack1917 You don’t. Obama was popular. Popular. The etymology is the same, but it means something different. People liked him. Report Spinozasfeet Reply 27 Aug 2018 0:10 The latest major Trump resignations and firings dougmeyberry If I remember right Obama was a Populist as well and I don’t remember these types of things being said about him and if they were people screamed racism. We will have to wait and see what happens. If Trump is impeached so be it if not then I am good with that as well. Reply 1 Share 27 Aug 2018 0:12 27 Aug 2018 0:08 You remember wrongly. The reason Obama wasn’t accused of any of this was because he didn’t didn’t any of it. The reason people call Trump a racist is because he is racist and always have been. Reply Nepochtitelnikov 18 19 BrotherLead Facebook Facebook Report Reply Report Report America’s running out of food? Reply ‘Donald Trump projected white supremacist propaganda from the fringes fully into the mainstream, in the hope that this would make his supporters cleave to him even more closely.’Photograph: John Minchillo/AP Tell us what you think. Jack1917 Then it would end with the letters “-ar” rather than “-ism”. Is that how this is going to go? Here’s a thoughtful article about a serious issue, but swarms of far-rightists are going to infest the comments with idle musings about one word sounding like another word until the moderators have to shut it all down? Wouldn’t be the first time. BrotherLead Share Report Twitter 151 152 Show 11 more replies Share on Facebook 27 Aug 2018 0:05 147 148 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share Share 27 Aug 2018 0:22 | Pick 27 Aug 2018 0:28 workshy_freeloader Report Twitter 51 52 Schutzengel Share on Twitter *either* Twitter Report 87 88 18 19 Share on Twitter workshy_freeloader Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter 27 Aug 2018 0:12 27 Aug 2018 0:07 oldest good post Share on Facebook Reply Reply Facebook Twitter 27 Aug 2018 0:30 Report Share on Twitter It is totally mind-boggling to see how xenophobic extremists and racists have taken over the regimes of so-called mature democracies. However, it must be realised that it has historical precedence – Hitler came to power through democratic process. If democracy has such an ugly streak, if democracy filters out extremism with such an ease, should we not re-evaluate democracy very carefully? Share 46 47 | Pick Report Reply Report | Pick | Pick Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick Share Report Share on Facebook 27 Aug 2018 0:19 112 113 27 Aug 2018 0:15 Share Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 19 20 | Pick 188 189 Reply Reply Show 2 more replies Report Angeleena Lane Share Report | Pick Report BobDodds Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Is democracy where the winner gets 3 million less votes? That must be US democracy. Democratically elected by the electoral college. Him and George W. Report Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter BrassTrumpet Twitter eer… not quiteNadine is not actually doing thatyes, popuism does have negative connotations – incidentally, wasn’t Hitler a populist? | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Support The Guardian Reply 148 149 Facebook Share Share Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Report Feb15marcher Share on Twitter Sun 26 Aug 2018 11.53 EDT Close report comment form Reply Share on Twitter Share on Twitter unthreaded Facebook Report 204 205 Show 4 more replies SNAFU5001 J.K. Stevens Share The dog-whistles distract you while they are robbing the country blind to satisfy their rich pay masters. When you can’t feed the poor with food,feed them hate of ‘others’ to distract them. Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Reply Share Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Report Foracivilizedworld | Pick No it doesn’t, and Trump lost the popular vote by a few million. Share Share on Facebook Share Reply 69 70 Populism is an ideology, it has little to do with popularity. 27 Aug 2018 0:19 Share on Twitter | Pick KJR1983 Report Facebook Report | Pick Reason (optional) BrotherLead View more comments Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment He’s been playing the white supremacist tune for a while now. It’s so depressing I honestly thought we had put this to bed when I was young. Now I am older. Oh well I know how to fight it I suppose. Share on Facebook Reply Right. But he won the election, remember? That is what fredmb means. Just in case you don’t understand how elections and electoral colleges actually work. | Pick Twitter 5nufk1n4prez Donnie’s dad was a KKK. And a racist landlord who took New York to court – and lost! Roy Cohn, Trump’s dad and Donnie’s lawyer was a monster of a man, and taught Donnie to be a mobster. And yet the mobster charmed his way in the land of fools and got elected. The monster usurped the Presidency of America! All the crimes and ugliness that America was built upon became his Trump card – to the like minded, MAGA! His supporters needed an outlet to dump their accumulated hatred for the colored people, feeling that the white folk hegemony is coming to an end. Xenophobia, racism and jingoism made a pact and shook hand with their elected Devil! Here we are, approval rating of 90%. Only Gaddafi did better!Christian fakery, Republican hypocrisy, the rich men racket, NRA, KKK, military industrial complex all joined in this ungodly misery that befell on America and their man is The Jerk-in-Command Trump. May he rot in Hell, but not before long years in the Slammer! Share | Pick Share on Facebook | Pick 27 Aug 2018 0:19 155 156 278 279 Reply Twitter Share on Twitter Reply | Pick | Pick Trump’s trophy hunting sons would have a personal interest in the first of the ‘farms’ to be reposessed through a compulsory purchase order. It’s belongs to Johan Steenkamp’s 19million hunting farm in Limpopo province. Hard to think of a more abysmal trade to be in. 10 11 27 Aug 2018 0:04 Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 43 44 Facebook 106 107 Facebook Fishgirl23 Email (optional) Reply Reply BobDodds | Pick 27 Aug 2018 0:14 Twitter Reply Twitter Facebook 27 Aug 2018 0:20 18 19 Oldhermit Facebook I doubt he could point to the USA on a map of the world. Report backstop Twittercenter_img Twitter Share Share Share on Facebook newest Well… Same as Hitler, trump was elected… Get out and vote in Novemebr 27 Aug 2018 0:15 Internet If populism means popular – like getting enough of the vote to get elected – isn’t this what happens in a democracy? So if Corbyn and labour get to be govt they become evil populists? The label has just become lazy shorthand for anyone the writer doesn’t like who is in danger of being elected. 2 | Pick Facebook Kosi Kumah Reply Report “it is a cornerstone of white nationalist ideology to claim that South African farms are being expropriated from white farmers” Is this not happening then? 27 Aug 2018 0:29 Can you be in exile from a country that doesn’t exist? fredmb 27 Aug 2018 0:17 31 32 Share on Facebook *Neither* Facebook Report Yet another article in the supposedly liberal media that simply doesn’t like democracy, in theory or in practice. ‘Populism’ is simply inherent within democracy itself, since if whichever party or individual wins isn’t the most popular party, it can’t be democratic. ‘Populism’ is simply being used yet again as a synonym for ‘democracy’ but with negative implications since the democratically elected party or person is seen as bad. Trump’s a loathsome, nasty buffoon, but he’s a democratically elected one, and by smudging the inherent meaning of words, all articles such as this do is employ exactly the same underhand means that Trump himself is so fond of to twist the truth out of recognition. Reply 27 Aug 2018 0:16 Ignore what any politician says including Jezza, Farage and Trump. Ask yourself what do they actually do? Talk is cheap while actions tell you far more about the person. As it happens I admire Jezza for his long held convictions although I would not vote for him. Blair is a far more dangerous villain than Trump imo. Last modified on Sun 26 Aug 2018 13.10 EDT Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 27 Aug 2018 0:10 backstop 50 Opinion | Pick Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick Shares298298 Oldhermit redleader | Pick Facebook Two points: 1) “Love children”? Really? 2) I’m a regular viewer of CNN’s coverage of Trump. They frequently call out his racism, and not just in his tweets. An otherwise very good article. Twitter Twitter Share Share Share mikedow Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 100 KJR1983 Spinozasfeet Ignore Donald Trump’s actual words. What matters is who they are aimed at Report You’ve confused ‘populist’ with ‘popular’. If Obama had said/ done even a fraction of what Trump does in the average week, he’d have been toast. | Pick Share on Twitter Twitter Facebook Twitter BrotherLead Foracivilizedworld Share 91 92 If populism means popular… Share on Pinterest 1 Report The president cares little about South Africa. He is issuing a clarion call to US white supremacist voters comment Opinion Reply backstop Share Share Shouldn’t that right arm be a bit more vertical? J.K. Stevens Report | Pick Africa Reply Though not a conservative or republican (and can you guys tell me the difference), I listened to Jennifer Ruben of the Washington Post this morning lamenting their loss of John McCain yesterday and doing a disturbing comparison/contrast with the present Whitehouse office holder: I almost choke on putting those two people in the same sentence: John McCain and Donald Trump because they are different species. Donald Trump is a coward, he is a xenophobe, is selfish. Does not believe there is such a thing as national service and John McCain is everything else….He (McCain) was a figure who gave people like me a reason to say, “I’m a Republican.” Because I’m like John McCain. I believe in climate change; I believe in immigration; I believe in a strong presence in the world; I believe in human rights. I can no longer say those things and say that’s why I’m a Republican. Republicans don’t believe in that anymore. That’s why people like me – people like Max Boot (a whole list of other Republicans) – have said forget the Republican Party. A Party that is so hostile to the views of John McCain that it does not deserve our attention, it does not deserve our loyalty. It is a shame. It is really a violation of everything we believe in that a major Party should follow Donald Trump down this rabbit’s hole of racism, of xenophobia, of disrespect for the rule of law. Reply 27 Aug 2018 0:29 Facebook KJR1983 89 90 Report | Pick Twitter 27 Aug 2018 0:12 He knows how to appeal to racists because he’s one of their own. Probably doesn’t even have to consciously think about it. The scary thing is that this is presumably going to get worse, as white panic becomes more intense as demographics change.And it’s all stupid, because white people are not going to be a minority in the US but a plurality. They’ll continue to be the largest single group. And new divisions will emerge that will cut right across race. 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Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Share on Twitter Reply Share on Facebook Report RhodesianExile “His transition from populism to extremism is under way.” No transition required. Trump has always Ben this way. His crimes, which have left him marked have in turn left him screaming for help. A cry of the wild and dangerous. His fascism is no longer clothed under his cloak, he wears it proudly like a robe. So my question to the media is how are you going to report this danger to world peace? Trump is drowning slowly, he will sure want to take others with him. The power of journalism. Time to show what the Guardian and the main MSM are made of. SNAFU5001last_img read more