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Rich writes: "There were some typical Trumpian declarations in the text ('America will start winning again, winning like never before'), but most of it was pure Stephen Bannon. The language was violent and angry."

Donald Trump giving his inaugural address. (photo: unknown)
Donald Trump giving his inaugural address. (photo: unknown)


Trump's Speech Gave Us America the Ugly. Don't Let It Become Prophesy.

By Frank Rich, New York Magazine

22 January 17

 

Most weeks, New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich speaks with contributor Alex Carp about the biggest stories in politics and culture. Today: Trump’s inauguration.

any Americans surely held out hope, despite themselves, that Donald Trump would’ve used his inaugural address to accomplish what he could have done with his transition: demonstrate an understanding of the gravity of the office, allow suspicions of his campaign (and his associates) to be allayed by honest investigations, search for reconciliation with those who doubt him. The past few weeks have shown that Trump had different ideas for his transition. What do you think he achieved with this address?

Not to put too fine a point on it, but in a word: Nothing. It was a recycled Trump campaign speech sporadically retrofitted with ersatz poetry (“the windswept plains of Nebraska,” yet) and boilerplate stabs at unity (“We are one nation!”) and inclusion (“there is no room for prejudice”), but otherwise characteristically nationalistic, populist, and apocalyptic in its view of America. According to our new president, our country is a Valhalla of “rusted-out factories” and schools that leave students “deprived of all knowledge.” The “wealth of our middle class” has been “ripped from their homes.” Our communities are blighted by “the crime and the gangs and the drugs.” If you weren’t eager to take some of those drugs at the moment he was sworn in, you certainly were by the time his scowling account of America the Ugly was done.

Earlier in the week, Trump’s press spokesman, Sean Spicer, previewed the speech with a burst of ecstasy: “It is a Trump draft. It is written by him. It is edited by him.” We were treated to a photo of the president-elect posing with pad and Sharpie while penning his masterpiece, apparently (we were later to learn) while sitting at a concierge’s desk at Mar-a-Lago. There were some typical Trumpian declarations in the text (“America will start winning again, winning like never before”), but most of it was pure Stephen Bannon. The language was violent and angry — “This American carnage stops right here” — reeking of animosity, if not outright hatred, of “the Establishment.” The tone was one of retribution and revenge. The contempt for Washington, including the Republican Party’s current leadership, was omnipresent: It’s not just John Lewis but the many officeholders onstage during the inaugural ceremony who were condemned for being “all talk and no action.” Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell continue to live in a dreamland if they think their collaborationist accommodation of Trump will spare them from the auto-da-fé.

I guess I live in that proverbial bubble because, almost without exception, most people I know were determined not to watch today. They made the right call. Trump didn’t attempt to win anyone over from what he calls “the other side,” even with disingenuous efforts. The inauguration boycotters also spared themselves the nauseating spectacle of network talking-heads mindlessly parroting the supposedly reassuring clichés of the hour (“the peaceful transfer of power”) and, at the stroke of noon, succumbing to the herd mentality of grading on a curve. On CNN, the historian Douglas Brinkley declared the inaugural address not only “presidential” but “solid and well-written” and the “best speech” Trump has made “in his life.”

Trump ascends to the height of American power with a historically low approval rating from his fellow citizens and an administration largely staffed thus far — to the extent it has been staffed — by billionaires, strident ideologues, and incompetents. His kitchen cabinet is led by his son-in-law. He took the oath of office to a virtually monochromatic sea of white faces. His biggest political ally — and arguably the key clandestine player in his electoral victory — is a Russian strongman who could be found this week testifying that our new president did not avail himself of prostitutes when visiting Moscow but that if he had, he would have been serviced by women who “are undoubtedly the best in the world.”

But you know all that. What stood out about Trump’s inaugural address was his one bedrock conviction, the one core belief he never reverses — that the country he will now try to lead is an unmitigated disaster. The great task before us is to stop him from taking down with him all that remains good about America, before his reign comes to its inevitable bad end.


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-28 # mashiguo 2017-01-22 12:28
all people i have spoken with who are not americans just shrug and say he just told the truth, what's the big deal?

americans have to get over their delusions about how wonderful they are. they are at the bottom of the scale on multiple metrics.

the question is not whether what trump said was true, but rather what we are going to do about it.

to a large extent trump won because he was telling people what they new to be the truth about us's problems. the time for smile, smile, happy time is past.

if progressives cannot acknowledge the catastrophe of US now, the only solutions offered will be the predatory capitalist harvesting of what is left of our country followed by a corporate feudalism that will make the dark ages look bright.
 
 
+108 # JCM 2017-01-22 15:00
How many times do I have to say this. Stop rationalizing why he won and she lost. trump won because of the Interstate Crosschecking System, voter disenfranchisem ent, unaccepted absentee ballots, unaccepted provisional ballots, closed polling places and closed offices to get voter ID's. This is the election fraud the republicans have destroyed our democracy with. The majority of Americans wanted the Democrats to win to no avail and we all sit back in silence while the republicans take over.
 
 
-13 # AshamedAmerican 2017-01-22 20:03
Sounds very similar to the election fraud with which Clinton won the primaries. Why do you figure that the Republicans' methods were worse?
 
 
+9 # JCM 2017-01-23 11:25
AshamedAmerican : The democrats do not have a national states wide systematic means of purging and disenfranchisin g voters. There is no equivalence between the two parties.
 
 
-7 # AshamedAmerican 2017-01-23 20:42
As far as I know, you do have a point as far as the Interstate Crosschecking System not having a similar form of corruption among the democrats. But I also have not heard of any discrimination within the Republican Party leadership that benefited Trump at the expense of his Republican opponents. So the amount of fraud on each side was still about equivalent.
 
 
0 # HowardMH 2017-01-23 09:07
A lot of what you said was told to Hillary in spaces by many politically smart people including her husband and she ignored them all.

Also, during Obama's 8 years the state houses lost OVER 1000 democratic seats.
 
 
+12 # Salus Populi 2017-01-23 14:02
And yet, he left office with one of the highest popularity percentages of any modern president, almost 60 per cent.

Why did the Democrats lose seats in the House, despite winning the total national vote in those contests by 1.6 million votes in 2014 and by a large margin this time around?

Well, the extreme gerrymandering the Republicans undertook in 2010 -- including deliberately restricting representation of African-America ns in NC and Hispanics in TX, both of which were ruled unconstitutiona l and discriminatory by the courts -- has set things up so the Democrats have to win 54 per cent of the total votes to take back control of the House.

In other words, only a landslide victory, not the usual closely divided electorate, can restore the will of the people.

As to the Senate, had the Republicans not disenfranchised seven million voters, seven more Democratic Senators would have won, and they would now control the Senate.

Bottom line: The "GOP" back in 1994, under the tutelage of Newt Gingrich, realized they would never be accepted by a majority of Americans on their own merits, since everyone knew they were the party of the rich and powerful. Therefore, they went negative, and in addition, began wholesale cheating to maintain their grip on power.

As JCM notes, the entire Trump phenomenon, and I would add to that the rise of the Tea Party, are essentially the product of fraud and corruption of the voting system, and the undermining of U.S. democracy.
 
 
+1 # jimbo 2017-01-24 00:37
So how does the ranking system work? Will a down vote cancel an up vote? Are we seeing just the difference? Republicans won't like the truth told by Salus Populi, so they gang up until the difference is a zero, negating the truth told. It would be very republican to do so, just like all the lying and hating from fux and the others. Lying and hating isn't the answer, nor is telling the truth when the republicans are so dedicated to lying and hating. I still say we need to draft President Obama to lead the opposition, he is uniquely qualified, people will listen, and oh by the way, no we don't need the rich and the corporate, if we have the people.
 
 
+37 # ericlipps 2017-01-22 16:43
"Smile, smile, happy time"? That certainly hasn't been true on the left, nor has it been on the right, which is perpetually angry and paranoid.

Trump was playing to people's anger, fear and desire for scapegoats, and it worked, so he's going to keep n doing it.
 
 
+24 # ericlipps 2017-01-22 16:47
So the solution is to let a predatory capitalist run the country?
 
 
+10 # Texas Aggie 2017-01-22 18:17
The question most certainly IS whether what he said is true, and if it is, why it is. Since a lot of what he said is outright false, there is no reason to try to do anything about it.

The people who "know" the most about things like Black Lives, Islam, poverty, etc. are those very people who have never, ever in their lives come into contact with any of the things they "know" all about. You have these midwesterners who will gladly tell you all about Blacks or Moslems, but the only Blacks they've ever seen were in a football or basketball game on TV, and the only Moslems they've ever seen are on the TV news. Similar things go for other parts of the country where particular minorities are absent, but the people there, especially Faux Noise listeners, are only too glad to tell you all about them.
 
 
-3 # laborequalswealth 2017-01-23 09:58
Well said I cannot understand why all the down votes.

As anyone should realize by now, the DNC swindled us with a neocon, war-mongering, unbelieveably corrupt candidate who was already loathed by a large portion of the country. They they are shocked that some reality TV clown defeated her. What does THAT say about the Demo candidate, eh?

Apparently catastrophe is the only thing that gets us Americans to get off our asses. Or as Churchill famously noted, "Americans always do the right thing in the end - after they've exhausted every other option."
 
 
-4 # librarian1984 2017-01-23 13:27
And what does it say about the neoliberals' bosses? Who's supposedly the 'brains' of that operation?

Did they think running against Trump was enough? Because the money people and THEIR bosses were not silent benefactors, I'm sure. They had to okay the major decisions, certainly. It was THEIR money. Trump + $$ + msm > Clinton fatigue?

Somebody went along with Clinton's decision, or told Clinton, to pivot from progressives and toward neocons, And not just that but attack them online and in person.

I'm sure arrogance was involved, but who was doing the polling? Who ignored the numbers that consistently showed she was statistically tied with Trump, and thought she could afford to insult millennials? Or did they think they could hack a vee?

I am never listening to another thing from 538.com. Nate Silver shouldn't have any credibility at all. He's considered the statistician ne plus ultra .. but he never had one word to say about EJUSA's report about the anomalies of the Democrat primary? Riiight. Dead to me. Along with Maddow and .. well, just about everybody.

I still trust Bernie, Jimmy Dore, Nina Turner, Tulsi Gabbard, Chris Hedges, Nomiki Konst, Sane Progressive, Alan Grayson, Glenn Greenwald, Robert Parry, John Kiriakou, William Boardman, a few others. Not to say I agree with them on everything .. but I don't think they're deluded or have lied to me.

Who among TPTB is in trouble about this election? What are they doing now?
 
 
+89 # DongiC 2017-01-22 12:45
Keep America strong and safe and good. Regardless of what Trump does or tries to do, we must block him and prevent him from wrecking our country. It is a noble task, indeed.
 
 
-26 # Winston Smith II 2017-01-22 12:52
"I guess I live in that proverbial bubble"

Yes, I agree Frank Rich is in some bubble, not sure if it is the proverbial one or just one of his New York faux-liberal making.

Trump said this:

"For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.

Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.

Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.

The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country."


Bernie Sanders said the same thing. It is true. The Washington Consensus of neo-liberals has caused nearly all of the wealth gains of productivity to flow to the ruling 1%.


Trump also said this:

"We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow."

The neo-cons believe that the US has some divine right to impose its way of life on other nations. Obama has special forces working/fightin g in 138 nations to impose US goals on them. Hopefully Trump will change all of that.

Trump's speech was just more campaign talk. I don't trust him at all. But at least this was more down to earth than the total bullshit of Obama and Bush.
 
 
+5 # jsluka 2017-01-22 15:18
Horrible, but true enough.
 
 
+11 # Henry 2017-01-22 18:46
Quoting Winston Smith II:
"I guess I live in that proverbial bubble"

Trump said this:

"For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country."

Trump also said this:

"We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow."

Trump's speech was just more campaign talk. I don't trust him at all. But at least this was more down to earth than the total bullshit of Obama and Bush.


Coming from Trump, these are all either empty words or code words. None of it means a damn thing, except that Trump and cronies are slobbering all over themselves in their glee over the millions they'll rake in while they destroy what's left of our land, air, water, and Constitution. HOGS at the trough!

And no, it was not "down to earth" because the fool is a zombie Nazi from another PLANET, don't you know that????????
 
 
-3 # Winston Smith II 2017-01-23 20:53
Henry -- go over to the Democracy Now transcript now on RSN. Here's what Allan Narin (a journalist I greatly respect) has to say --

"ALLAN NAIRN: It’s the most substantive inaugural address I can remember hearing. Usually they’re full of platitudes. This was packed with political program. And it shows how serious this guy is and how serious this movement is. We’re really facing a national emergency now. It’s not a joke. He’s not incompetent. Trump has a team of the most—consisting of the most radical political party in American history, "

To Narin, Trump's specificity is dangerous. I'm a little more open. I'll wait until I see more.
 
 
+29 # JCM 2017-01-22 14:48
Winston Smith II: "the total bullshit of Obama". Care to refresh my memory and give some substantiated examples.
 
 
-2 # Winston Smith II 2017-01-22 16:41
JCM -- yes, sure. I wrote up some selections from Bush's two speeches but RSN has not allowed them. I admit Bush was rather confrontational .

Obama's problem is his vapid generality. Try this --

"We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class. We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work; when the wages of honest labor liberate families from the brink of hardship. We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American; she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own."

What is this dude smoking? Or this:

"We will support democracy from Asia to Africa, from the Americas to the Middle East, because our interests and our conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom. And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice"

This is just dishonest. The US has never supported "democracy" anywhere in the world. It props up the ugliest dictators everywhere. And it imposed dictators on people who struggle for democracy. Ask Honduras, Libya, Somalia, and more.

Obama is just a classic empty suit. He can sound good unless you really measure his words to his actions or to the realities of the world.
 
 
+1 # JCM 2017-01-23 08:08
Winston Smith II: You think total bs, I think thoughtful and uplifting for the first statement. A statement about any individual that should have equal opportunity regardless of race, color or any other circumstance, that will help strengthen the middle class, the main engine of our economy. The second seems to be the promise of supporting democratic nations and people throughout the world. How well we do this is arguable.
In comparison, you call Obama an empty suit. But when trump says, “The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country”, and one of the main issues on his agenda is to reduce taxes on the rich, reduce regulations on air and water, denies climate change and reduce regulations on the financial industry that will then have even more opportunity to steal our economy, what do you think that is? I’ll tell you, a man in a golden suit that has spent his life ripping people off. I’ll take the empty suit over a sociopathic liar, the real dishonest, bs artist.
 
 
-2 # AshamedAmerican 2017-01-23 20:55
"Any individual that should have equal opportunity"- We can agree on the "should". But that is not close to reality.

"The second seems to be the promise of supporting democratic nations and people throughout the world. How well we do this is arguable". No. No honest argument to be made here. It is obvious that the US has very different goals, and does not act to benefit common people anywhere.

What you say about Trump may be 100% true. But Obama is no less the liar, and much worse than that.
 
 
+1 # JCM 2017-01-24 09:40
AshamedAmerican : President Trump told congressional leaders visiting him at the White House on Monday evening that 3 to 5 million illegal aliens voted in the election, costing him the popular vote.
Obama is much worse than that? Obama in comparison to trump is worse? Obama may have had a lot of problems but was far from being delusional as trump.
 
 
-1 # AshamedAmerican 2017-01-24 19:17
Yes, that sounds like a huge lie. Maybe he is also delusional. For now, I have no reason to believe that. I will continue to assume that he is just lying.

I seldom listen to politicians speak. Has Obama told lies that outrageous - I do not know. I mostly read about what they and their underling do. When one of them makes up lies like troops being fed viagra so they can rape more, it is the on the president to correct the record and remove (at least) the individual. I do know that Obama personally, intentionally deceived The People when he took his daughter for a swim to cover up the sinking of the oil in the gulf, for instance.

I could have been technically wrong when I claimed that "Obama is no less the liar". But when I continued with he has done "much worse than that", I meant he has wrecked countries, for instance, based on falsehoods. So far, Trump's lie about "illegal aliens" has done little but further expose how ridiculously dishonest he is. Obama did incomparably and profoundly worse with his regime's deceit in that countless innocent people were slaughtered, and many millions were left in misery.

I do not like liars. But there are immeasurably worse behaviors people engage in. And Obama is much worse than an outrageous liar.
 
 
+1 # librarian1984 2017-01-23 13:33
I watched a seminar on CSPAN a couple of months ago, a panel of black intellectuals and activists. The moderator's focus was on Obama's legacy, but no matter how she couched her queries, none of them could find much good to say, even as she continued to lower the bar.

This week Chris Hedges spoke to Black Agenda Report's Glen Ford, who was equally underwhelmed, seeing Obama as a lesson, basically, that not all blacks are FOR blacks, that O is a tool of the oligarchs. He said it was part of the black political experience, to be betrayed (my word) by a black president.
 
 
+1 # AshamedAmerican 2017-01-23 20:57
Right. The media would never have declared him to be one of three electable Democrats if he was going to benefit black folks (or common folks of any color) in general.
 
 
+1 # Winston Smith II 2017-01-23 21:03
Black Agenda Report has about the best evaluations of Obama of any news site. They were pretty down on John Lewis too. They realize as you say, African Americans can spot "house negro" very quickly. Sometimes whites never see that. I feel sorry for Obama. He only wanted to please and serve -- and serve the wrong people.
 
 
+27 # HowardMH 2017-01-22 14:57
We got a damn good start, but it going to take a lot of work. Trump has 250,000 for his inauguration and the next day (around the WOLD) it looks like maybe 6 Million protested against him. You think just maybe that at least a few of those that voted for him are beginning to get the message?

Video of a protest wall around US Embassy in Mexico.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/video/mexicans-build-makeshift-wall-around-us-embassy-in-trump-protest/vi-AAm5fau?ocid=spartandhp

Now 6 Canadians and MORE have been denied entry into the US because they were going to Wash. DC. You got to be f***ing kidding me!!!
At this rate the only news that will be available in a couple months will be from tytnetwork.com (and you will have to pay for that)

Donald Trump's Twitter background is a picture from Obama’s
From @Slate: Donald Trump’s new Twitter background is a photo from the inauguration of Barack Obama
 
 
+16 # maindrains 2017-01-22 14:57
The truth is always hard to accept; much of America IS a disaster zone.There is horrible poverty, unemployment; like an alcoholic you have to accept what is wrong before you can fix it. If he can fix it; good... if he can't well, theres a mid term coming up in 2 years. I have just read Paul Theroux book "deep South" and also a book called "$2 a day; how some Americans live on almost nothing" Given the wealth of the country it is shameful that there is such stress and deprivation. dont know if Trump will help these people.. somehow I suspect not... but lets wait and see.
 
 
+1 # RZBK 2017-01-22 14:58
"serviced by women who “are undoubtedly the best in the world.” That is almost what Putin, but NOT exactly what he said nor implied.
Since I know that you, Mr. Rich, read impeccably, please write impeccably also.
 
 
+4 # JCM 2017-01-22 15:05
Instead of reviewing all comments, if there was a program that could pick out those certain words that cause offense or if in a comment refrain from publishing the comment, that could increase the speed to publish all comments and reduce the work load.
 
 
+38 # rwdestefano 2017-01-22 15:09
I suppose that the difference is that Bernie Sanders is not one of the people who have systematically made money on the backs of others. It is far better to watch what Trump does. His cabinet is full of the elite, ex Goldman Sachs billionaires. You know, the same Goldman Sachs that Trump vilified HRC for being close to. Trump is the Republican ideal. If your father is white and very,very wealthy, you get to make up the rules, lie without consequence, and acquire jobs for which you are egregiously unqualified. It worked so well under Bush II. At least Bush II was not possessed of a bona fide mental disorder.
 
 
+6 # bardphile 2017-01-22 19:04
And people around you will kiss up and reinforce your stunted world view, your books will be ghost-written, you'll pull everyone around you into the same bubble, and lash out vindictively against anyone who threatens to pop it with the sharp needle of truth or even the dull thumbtack of an alternative opinion. By all means, watch what he does. I'll be the first to admit I'm wrong if he suddenly grows up and leads like an adult. But I don't see it happening.
 
 
+17 # tr4302@gmail.com 2017-01-22 15:22
Gulp!! We did it!!

I keep Thinking we should include something in the Constitution in case the people elect a F---ing moran. Founding Fathers thoughts in a cartoon by Dan Collins
 
 
0 # CDMR 2017-01-22 20:40
tr4309 -- yes, a constitutional amendment against morons going into the white house would be very good. There have been quite a few of them.
 
 
-15 # Skyelav 2017-01-22 15:31
Jesus C. Rich, some people just writ anything to entertain their readership and rouse the rabble in support for their pay check. I agree with mashiguo "if progressives cannot acknowledge the catastrophe of US now, the only solutions offered will be the predatory capitalist harvesting of what is left of our country followed by a corporate feudalism that will make the dark ages look bright." and WInston II above. Trump is coming at issues from a different side. The side of the non politician. I repeat, anyone whom the RNC hates can't be all bad. Let's stop the hyperbole and go back to the drawing board and do something other than forbid people to say "Merry Christmas."
 
 
+30 # eriks 41 2017-01-22 15:41
The fat scowler-in-chie f with the porcine eyes and the bloated pink face will hopefully be on his way out of Washington very soon..for good.
 
 
+6 # draypoker 2017-01-22 17:38
The fat scowler-in-chie f with the porcine eyes and the bloated pink face will hopefully be on his way out of Washington very soon..for good.

If you don't impeach his veep first, what good will that do?
 
 
+18 # Emmanuel Goldstein 2017-01-22 15:45
I actually thought it was a pretty good speech, one that spoke directly to the hardship and insecurity that's long been felt (and ignored by people like Rich) by America's bottom 50%.

But what do I know? I'm just a run-of-the-mill leftist, not a celebrated NY sophisticate like Frank Rich.

I will say this: As long as the Democratic Party continues to ignore what used to be -- before the Clintons -- the working classes, as long as it continues to pander to the professional class and especially the financial elite, it will continue its slide to political irrelevance. And this country will be stuck not only with Trump & Pence for now but with similar reactionaries coming after them.
 
 
0 # kyzipster 2017-01-23 10:20
When so many former Democrats (white working class rural voters) still believe that more tax cuts and deregulation will bring back jobs as Trump has promised, how much of the blame can be placed on 'the left?'

Many of us believe that Sanders' brand of socialism is part of the solution. A way of speaking to 'the working class', but it's the very thing that loses these voters, that guarantees a Republican victory. Campaigning on higher taxation and government solutions.

I'm not a fan of the Democrats but I often see a refusal to acknowledge the entire picture when they're criticized. I agree that the Democrats need to speak to the concerns of working people and they will continue to fail until they figure this out, but I also understand why they're so timid much of the time. I don't agree with them, times have changed and it's time to be bold, but there's a reason for it. Millions of working people buy into the conservative POV.
 
 
+6 # andyseles 2017-01-22 15:51
Rich's perspective is accurate through the eliteist, white privileged lens of establishment groupthink. What could possibly be wrong in their NIMBY world? For them the concept and value of the nation state is so...20th century. All their complaints mask their failure to have nominated the true populist.
 
 
+45 # hectormaria 2017-01-22 16:03
Trump must make everything around him seem as apocalyptic as possible so he can then take credit for any slight improvement (for example, the 800 jobs he claims to have saved- noticed he is not taking credit for the jobs that are reported as being or will be lost). In other words, Trumps wants to denigrate and tear down so it will be easier for him to sell himself as the savior.
 
 
+5 # Henry 2017-01-22 18:50
Yup, he's an imposter and a demon.
 
 
-1 # John Cosmo 2017-01-22 20:19
Quoting hectormaria:
Trump must make everything around him seem as apocalyptic as possible so he can then take credit for any slight improvement (for example, the 800 jobs he claims to have saved- noticed he is not taking credit for the jobs that are reported as being or will be lost). In other words, Trumps wants to denigrate and tear down so it will be easier for him to sell himself as the savior.


I disagree. He doesn't have to do that. Things are already pretty darned apocalyptic. He doesn't have to denigrate and tear down. Reagan, a couple of Bushes, a couple of Clinton and Obama have already done of good job of denigrating and tearing down. They've made it easy for Trump to sell himself as the savior.
 
 
+4 # chrisconnolly 2017-01-22 20:28
These 'denigrate to tear down so it will be easier for him to sell himself as the savior' is a hallmark of the wife abuser and child abuser. The Abuser-n-chief now has unlimited hordes of victims.
 
 
+6 # mim 2017-01-22 16:37
Mr. Rich, "prophesy" is pronounced "prof-e-sigh" and it's a verb. "Prophecy" is pronounced "prof-e-see" and it's a noun.
 
 
+1 # mim 2017-01-23 12:24
The culprit could be a headline writer rather than Frank Rich, but please, somebody, learn to spell.
 
 
+5 # davehaze 2017-01-22 18:10
I'll say it again. Frank Rich is responsible for Trump being in office the same way most generic media journalists and pundits are responsible because they only talked trumptrumptrump or Clinton's inevitability and virtually disappeared or derided Bernie Sanders who would now be president.
 
 
+3 # AshamedAmerican 2017-01-22 20:31
No, Mr. Rich. This country has been ugly since its beginning. We were hideous as we slaughtered the natives from sea to shining sea. We are even worse now as we extend genocide throughout the world. And the New World Order will include the elimination of surplus populations, leaving just enough slave labor to serve the Bushes, Rothchilds and Rockefellers and maybe the Clintons et al.

Perhaps the real reason that the establishment seems to be against Trump is because he didn't have to learn to hide his ugliness, and his candor, such as it is, and thereby risks exposing the hidden hideousness of the ruling class to the masses (that and his evident refusal to continue pressuring Russia).
 
 
+3 # laborequalswealth 2017-01-23 09:55
Trump's speech is only 17 minutes. Go listen to it yourself. I can't stand the man but Rich has totally mischaracterize d his speech. For the most part it was about NOT continuing to dig ourselves into a deeper hole.

As for Trump's "contempt for Washington, including the Republican Party’s current leadership, was omnipresent" - well who the hell with a brain DOESN'T hold Washington in contempt??????? ??????
 
 
+4 # dusty 2017-01-23 15:04
The GOP leadership is detestable. Senator McCain is a liar about his torture in captivity and he never says why he was bombing women and children. He also never mentions he was saved by VN people when and after he was pulled from the lake that he crashed in after being shot down.
 
 
+3 # boomerjim 2017-01-23 15:52
Trump's real promise: Make America grieve again.
 
 
+3 # MikeAF48 2017-01-23 17:36
OH! look my crowd is bigger than your crowd. Clueless in America now clueless in the white house. SAD.
 
 
-2 # Depressionborn 2017-01-23 21:47
# Winston Smith II 2017-01-22 16:41
JCM -- yes, sure. I wrote up some selections from Bush's two speeches but RSN has not allowed them. I admit Bush was rather confrontational .


Totalitarian censorshp. Soros may be funding Ash?
 
 
-2 # ojg 2017-01-25 20:57
thank god trump won! at least we don't have shillary-killar y starting world war 3.
 

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