[Marxism] Trump Broadens his base

John Reimann 1999wildcat at gmail.com
Thu Mar 2 20:19:44 MST 2017


"Trump spent his first month in office consolidating his base among the
bigots and the deluded. He also spent it building a team that will lead a
massive assault on the environment, on specially oppressed minorities, and
on the working class as a whole. That came at the cost of alienating large
sectors of the US population as well as the major sectors of the US
capitalist class. His speech before congress was aimed at rectifying this
in order to fully carry out his assaults. That Bernie Sanders was
applauding parts of his speech is a sign that he succeeded. As liberal
commentator Van Jones put it in praising Trump, “He (Trump) became
President of The United States”. In other words, he prepared to draw wider
layers of the population in his wake, thereby reassuring the tops of the
capitalist class.

"Corporate America, even the Wall Street Journal, has been criticizing his
negative tone. This time, though, it was more like Reagan’s “Dawn in
America”. *“We are witnessing… the Renewal of the American Spirit,” *he
said in his speech to Congress*. “America is once again ready to lead…
America is strong… proud, and… free….” *There were the rosy
predictions: “*Dying
industries will come roaring back to life…. Crumbling infrastructure will
be replaced…. Our terrible drug epidemic will… ultimately stop. And our
neglected inner cities will see a rebirth of hope, safety, and
opportunity.”* and the imagery of *“new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports
and railways gleaming across our beautiful land.” *There were the boastful
claims of success already that come from every president. *“Since my
election, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, General Motors… and many others have
announced they will invest billions of dollars in the United States and
will create tens of thousands of new American jobs…. The stock market has
gained almost three trillion dollars in value since the election.”*
*....*
*Read the entire article: *
https://oaklandsocialist.com/2017/03/02/trump-moves-to-broaden-base/
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