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Reich writes: "What's worrying isn't that Trump is now getting advice about policy from fanatics like John Bolton and Lawrence Kudlow. Trump has never cared about policy."

Robert Reich. (photo: unknown)
Robert Reich. (photo: unknown)

How Trump Is Preparing for War

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

27 March 18


hat’s worrying isn’t that Trump is now getting advice about policy from fanatics like John Bolton and Lawrence Kudlow. Trump has never cared about policy.

The real worry is that – with Robert Mueller breathing down his neck, and several special elections suggesting a giant “blue wave” in November – Trump is getting ready to do whatever it takes to maintain his power, even if that requires fanatical policies.

Trump is preparing for an epic war over the future of his presidency. This has required purging naysayers from his Cabinet and White House staff, and replacing them with bomb-throwing advocates like Bolton and Kudlow.

Fox News is preparing for the same war, and has made a parallel purge – removing Trump critics like George Will, Megyn Kelly, and Rich Lowry, and installing Trump marketers like Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, and Sebastian Gorka.

Trump and Fox News are also approaching the war with the same story.

Some of it is by now familiar: Liberals have opened America to hostile forces – unauthorized immigrants, Muslims, Chinese traders, criminal gangs, drug dealers, government bureaucrats, coastal elites (Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi), North Korea, Iran, and “political correctness” in all its forms.

Trump intends to protect America from these forces.

The new twist to the story– requiring the recent purges and a united front – is that these forces are conspiring with the FBI to oust Trump from the presidency.

The membrane separating Trump’s brain from Fox News has always been thin, but in coming months it’s likely to disappear entirely.

We all know Trump watches an inordinate amount of Fox News, beginning in the wee hours with “Fox and Friends,” which provides much of the fodder for his morning tweets.

Trump has made John Bolton his National Security Advisor not because Bolton has valuable insights about foreign affairs, but because Bolton – for years, an on-air fixture on Fox News – is a showman who knows how to sell big lies and crazy ideas, and thereby help Trump in the looming battles.

As undersecretary of state for arms control in the Bush administration Bolton did more than anyone else to market the lie that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. During his year and a half at the United Nations, Bolton was so outspokenly critical of the organization that he gained the devotion of xenophobic conservatives.

It hasn’t hurt that Bolton has sucked up to Trump since then. Describing Trump’s address last year to the United Nations, Bolton swooned “in the entire history of the United Nations, there has never been a more straightforward criticism of the unacceptable behavior of other member states.”

Kudlow isn’t a Fox News pundit but he’s been the next best thing – a rightwing CNBC contributor known for his sharp wit and salesmanship.

Several other cable news anchors and pundits are already in the Trump administration or will soon be, providing additional ammunition for Trump’s pending war.

“He’s looking for people who are ready to be part of that television White House,” says Kendall Phillips, a communication studies professor at Syracuse University. “This is the Fox television presidency all the way up and down.”

How can a television presidency be dangerous? Because it is solely about marketing Trump. Its only goal is to win. It is unconstrained by truth, reason, or the Constitution. It doesn’t give a fig about the public.

When the occupant of the White House and the sycophants surrounding him are prepared to do and use anything – including trade wars with China and possibly hot wars with North Korea and Iran – to win a political war at home, nothing and no one is safe. your social media marketing partner


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-25 # babaregi 2018-03-27 16:11
Just for fun...You'll like this:

Time to talk about jobs!
-4 # babaregi 2018-03-28 10:24
Quoting babaregi:
Just for fun...You'll like this:

Time to talk about jobs!

Guess you guys didn't like it, LOL.
-10 # babaregi 2018-03-27 21:01
"Jobs" set to music:
-4 # babaregi 2018-03-28 10:36
Quoting babaregi:
"Jobs" set to music:

Men losing their jobs by Mike Rowe:
+7 # janie1893 2018-03-28 00:45
+2 # Depressionborn 2018-03-29 15:43
Quoting janie1893:

war is here.
+1 # Depressionborn 2018-03-29 15:45
t is here now.
+9 # elkingo 2018-03-28 00:52
This is a developing fascist putsch, and could result in world-war, nuke version. What is to be done?
+8 # hiker 2018-03-28 09:10
Quoting elkingo:
fascist putsch, and could result in world-war, nuke version. What is to be done?

Fascist putsch is right. And this propaganda machine being set up would make Joseph Goebbels green with envy.
+18 # ddd-rrr 2018-03-28 08:24
The "VERY SCARY TRUTH" is here in this article by Robert Reich.
I hope we somehow survive this presidency of "the clown prince"!
0 # Kiwikid 2018-03-31 00:16
I find it difficult to believe that Trump is capable of such subtlety and forethought as Reich lays out.
+14 # DongiC 2018-03-28 09:37
What will Trump do next? Who knows. The Presidency has become a farce and the whole world watches. To think we have come to this, a nightmare in an orange jump suit strutting and bragging about his incredibile intellect. Can the guy even read to say nothing of writing anything beyond a Twitter article? How utterly pathetic he has become. America too.
+2 # tedrey 2018-03-28 10:06
I repeat a suggestion that I made here a few days ago in half-jest.

A period of several hours a day should be set aside for Trump to address the American people, by Twitter or any other form of communication he may choose (except loudspeaker.) I would suggest 2:00 to 6:00 in the morning when he is awake anyway, plus one daytime hour a week for when he thinks a lengthy speech is necessary and he is up to it.

The rest of the time the media are to be used by and for the American public.

It also occurs to me that no Congressman should be heard or seen in the media unless they are in Washington and actually advancing legislation. For one thing, that would be far more effective than any amount of bought commercials in showing the voters whether or not he/she is worthy of a vote.

I am open to suggestions as to what to do about the Supreme Court. I myself always come up short.
+7 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-29 05:24
ted -- good suggestioin. I've also thought that it should be a law that any government employee who lies when speaking in his/her official capacity should be guilty of perjury. The can lie on their own time, just as anyone can. But not in their official capacity.

TV and other media should be required to devote the time you mention.
+2 # ericlipps 2018-03-30 14:33
That would empty out this administration pretty quickly, starting at the top. Congress, too. At least if they could be convicted.
+15 # evolver 2018-03-28 10:23
I find it profoundly frightening that there are such significant numbers of people with such a strong desire who are greatly enjoying this apocalypse! Do they think they are watching television? What is at the root of that phenomena?

I've met some of them and they are not poor and wanting. They have experienced little or no injustice or oppression personally! Are they just bored and need this kind of provocation in their life to feel alive? I think someone needs to get to THAT ROOT and fast!

It's too pervasive to simply wait for Mueller! We've seen the throngs screaming with joy for Hitler! It IS that serious!
+6 # lamancha 2018-03-28 15:41
This is why Trump must be FIRED - and fired post haste- a quick impeachment if idiots & sycophants like McConnell & Ryan can be pushed by a public outcry to save the nation- possibly the world. Trump is a sick man - a manic psychopath and would-be dictator. Mueller's nailing him to the cross might do the trick but maybe too late to save humanity.
+3 # ericlipps 2018-03-30 14:35
Trouble is, that would put a religious zealot in the Oval Office.

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