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Trump Perverts Obama Campaign Style

by @zizii2

So it boils down to this: Trump suffers from Obama size-envy. Crowd size, that is, and maybe more…

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75,000 show up at Obama campaign in Oregon May 18, 2008

75,000 show up at Obama campaign in Oregon May 18, 2008

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But first, it was only a matter of time before the object of Prez Obama’s ridicule at the White House Correspondents’ Dinners in 2011 and 2015, would be prompted to redeem his ego. Behold, the Trump2016 presidential run.

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In 2011, President Obama chose deliberately to inflate Trump’s gargantuan ego, using the very vehicle of birtherism to surgically puncture Trump’s pompous ass at the precise moment for maximal humiliating effect, the night before the OBL operation. That we the American people enjoyed the take down of the hotair without knowing about the OBL mission underway, only prolonged the deliciousness of the schadenfreude when we found out the next night when POTUS interrupted Trump’s “Apprentice” show to deliver the unbelievable news. Trump was doubly slayed. We roared!

As icing on the cake, Prez Obama gave us a spoof sneak peak into what a Trump White House might look like, complete with gaudy Trump insignia plastered all over the WH exterior, plus female posse wading in the WH fountain. We found the idea of a Trump presidency absurd. But Trump began dreaming big.

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The coup de grace came this year, when POTUS Obama raised and then immediately dashed Trump’s hope of the President engaging him again in full glare of the cameras. POTUS simply said “Donald Trump is here…..still”, then moved on to the next segment. Ouch!

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I posit that Trump’s mind was made up that night to run for President by hook or crook. How do we know this? Answer: Trump himself is the fire breathing clue. A narcissist thrives on attention, and President Obama flippantly cut off that oxygen on an important media stage, the same one on which he had been humiliated irreparably in 2011. Trump could deal with the ridicule during the previous WHCDs, because they accrued to him media notoriety. Media attention is the currency of Trump’s very existence. But to be swatted away like a fly with nary a word more from Prez Obama to indulge his outsized narcissism? Naw. He had to get even.

250,000 crowd in Berlin to hear Obama July 24, 2008

250,000 crowd in Berlin to hear Obama July 24, 2008

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So here we are, sucked and suckered into the vortex of Trump’s presidential blitzkrieg, that has left us stupefied and the corporate media gorging like wild pigs on the spectacle of this doofus’ insult to the electorate, called a presidential run. By the way, ALL the GOP candidates’ campaigns are an insult to the electorate, but Trump’s in a class all its own.

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In a campaign season revealing of unimaginable Conservative phallic anxieties, Freud would have a field day dissecting the Republican id: what with slogans that seem right out of Cialis and Viagra ads — “right to rise”, “make America great again”, claim back “sissy America”, our mission is to “kill and blow up things” around the world, Trump’s run is the ultimate superdildo to stroke conservative erogenous zones to peak orgasmic thrill in pure hate. And boy has he stroked them with cynical efficiency!

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Indeed, just as GOP poohbahs worry about the runaway Trump campaign, stumped without a tool to melt up this Icarus’ wings, some media has begun sounding the alarm about the danger of Trump’s message, the campaign decided to up the ante with a “yooog” rally in a Mobile, Alabama stadium.

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As Joy Reid concisely summarized it:
It’s mostly white male Republicans and it’s basically white Americans who feel left out of Obama’s America; who are peeved with the fact that their preferred party can’t seem to beat Obama; and who want to hear a guy be able to stand up and be as politically incorrect as they can’t be. They’d get fired from their jobs if they put on Facebook some of the things Trump said. But here’s a guy who can say what he wants to. Be a man’s man and get out there and be the kind of Ronald Reaganesque kind of America where we what we want, said what we want, pushed the world around, and told them to go to hell if we wanted to.

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Our own EricFive also aptly stated yesterday that
The rise in the polls of Trump and the effect it is having on the GOP clown car’s seating order is bigger than political parties. It is bigger than Dem or Republican or Socialist labels. It speaks to how receptive the white general public is to the doctrine of white supremacy. It is important to keep in mind that although the GOP exploits the doctrine for its benefit, the doctrine of white supremacy is bigger than the GOP. I often refer to it as America’s real religion, and I am not kidding. It is a fundamental foundation upon which this country was created and it defines how a whole lot of people view the world and their place in it. Indoctrination often starts at birth and is reinforced by a complicit media and educational system. Refutation of the doctrine is met with ever rising levels of anger and anxiety by its adherents. Trump is tapping into this anger and anxiety.

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Demagogues have not been in short supply in this country’s history. The difference now, is the fruit of decades-long corporate media consolidation that easily weaponizes the screeds of demagogues like Trump. Heck, just in January this year Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III could not get anybody to sneeze at his demented anti-immigration policy. But less than 7 months later he’s the grand doyen of the current GOP frontrunner’s sole policy document released thus far. An unconstitutional monstrosity, a race-baiting nativist war chant if ever there was one.

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Nevertheless, we all saw how corporate Media broke into frenzied cartwheels and piled atop each other to cover the event, breathlessly proclaiming that it rivaled or exceeded candidate Obama’s campaign crowds in 2008 and 2012.

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Wait a minute! Is that what this whole Trump shtick is all about? An incurable bout of Obama-envy focused mindlessly on size? With the obsession with Obama crowd comparisons, Trump minces no words as he bragged in his pointless rambling speech in Mobile , Alabama, about attracting the overhyped crowd of 18K.
GOP spokesperson Anna Navarro and Trump supporters breathlessly chirped on and on about crowd size on CNN as the fox-lite station assisted by emblazoning the stadium’s 42k capacity instead of actual attendance numbers??

Trump rally in Alabama Aug 21, 2015

Trump rally in Alabama Aug 21, 2015

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Here’s the thing: The appeal of the Obama presidential run, was never about the shallow issue of crowd size. He was buoyed by the substance of his message. He was beloved and hopeful when he filled a room with 20 people in South Carolina, exactly as he was when 250,000 people showed up to hear him in Berlin in July 2008. And those numbers were a result of how Obama gave us OWNERSHIP of his campaign. It was about US, not him. He was a mere vessel for our quest for a fairer America. that’s all. Not about inflated phalluses or candidate egos.

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#TrumpMadness is what happens when a political party evacuates the last shred of humanity and common sense from its shrinking brain, while replacing organic leadership with billionaires who’ve now decided move from buying politician minions, to personally play in the game of electoral politics themselves. Their interest is solely to advance their money siphoning agenda. The result is a perversion of Democracy itself.

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Emoprog journos who’ve spent the last 6+ years sniping at Prez Obama’s heels for being insufficiently progressive suddenly fear what lies on the horizon for this country with a Trump candidacy. The likes of Matt Taibbi shiver at the damage already being done to not only coarsen political discourse but the feeding of America’s violent racial impulses:


  It was brilliant theater for a while, but the ugliness factor has gotten out of control.
Trump is probably too dumb to realize it, or maybe he isn’t, but he doesn’t need to win anything to become the most dangerous person in America. He can do plenty of damage just by encouraging people to be as uninhibited in their stupidity as he is.
Trump is striking a chord with people who are feeling the squeeze in a less secure world and want to blame someone – the government, immigrants, political correctness, “incompetents,” “dummies,” Megyn Kelly, whoever – for their problems.

He’s a strongman act, a ridiculous parody of a Nietzschean superman. His followers get off on watching this guy with (allegedly) $10 billion …defy every political and social convention and get away with it.
People are tired of rules and tired of having to pay lip service to decorum. They want to stop having to watch what they say and think and just get “crazy,” as Thomas Friedman would put it.
Trump’s campaign is giving people permission to do just that. It’s hard to say this word in conjunction with such a sexually unappealing person, but his message is a powerful aphrodisiac. Fuck everything, fuck everyone…

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The question is what lies behind the appeal of Trump’s volatile words?

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It is the moment of reckoning for the longest running American Lie about the real VALUE of the currency of Whiteness as perfected by Prez Andrew Jackson. The 7th President gave life to what had up to then been a loosely defined Tribe of Whiteness corralled around the equation I =/= Not I. Even with the one-drop rule that addressed the perceived threat of miscegenation, constructing a distinctly coherent White identity out of disparate European-descended populations flocking to America’s shores from the 19th century onwards was fraught.

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Thus, with this equation, Whiteness was defined more by what it was NOT, rather than what it actually was. An identity marker borne out of negation is bound to run into problems when the objects and values pitted as its antithesis shift ground and no longer occupy their assigned position on the other side of the binary equation. In other words White identity construction cannot exist WITHOUT a constant supply of objects in OPPOSITION.

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If Blackness was used AFTER the fact of slavery to justify profiting into perpetuity off the body and labor of a category of the population, Whiteness was a belated category defined to prop up the profit stream accruing to the capital/slave-owning class. Being deputized to maintain economic inequality at the expense of “those” people meant that, alliances should never be forged between non-wealthy whites and their racial opposites. The language of RACE became a useful decoy for masking the harsh reality of economic exploitation of both racial minorities and non-wealthy Whites. But in reality, if you were not part of the monied class, the currency of Whiteness in the Jacksonian sense, offered nothing more than fools gold.

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If the Bush economic disaster exposed the Jacksonian Lie for all to see and jolted the American people to reality, the Obama presidency picked up some cues from FDR, and refused to help the oligarchs to reinstate the Lie that fleeced us. Prez Obama has singlehandedly prodded us to forge alliances across racial/regional/cultural lines. But first he gave us a critical floor from which to rebuild our economic strength competing with a fast changing globalized world. That safety net is healthcare. The billionaires hate him for it because it gives us a modicum of control over our labor.

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Fast forward to 2015 and the wealthy class knows the 200-year jig is about to be up as they have allowed their own excess greed to strip away the many veneers that masked the economic inequality they have wrought on the 99%. Trump’s run is a brazen attempt to pull rancid wool yet again over the eyes of vulnerable American people by appealing to racial and ethnic resentment with flatulent braggadocio.

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Will Americans buy Trump’s pitch?


140 Responses to “Trump Perverts Obama Campaign Style”


  1. August 23, 2015 at 10:52 am

    GM, TOD!

    Tour de Force, Zizi!

  2. 3 desertflower
    August 23, 2015 at 10:58 am

    brought this over…

    Sunday chuckle:)

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/22/bill-maher-slams-anti-immigrant-donald-trump-for-having-immigrant-wives.html

    “The Republicans are tearing their hair out,” Maher said. “Now, doctors say the Trump that has been growing inside them is inoperable. Yes, Donald Trump, America’s great Irish hope, unveiled his immigration plan this week—and it is huge. It’s a three-point plan called Cinco de Bye-o. Here are the plans: repeal the 14th amendment, seize the wages of illegal immigrants who are working here, use that money to build a wall, and then deport all 11 million of them. Is any of this possible? No. But it gave millions of Fox News viewers their first erection in years.”

  3. August 23, 2015 at 10:59 am

    ‘The capital’s “airpocalypse”, the choking smog that descended on Beijing in the winter of 2012-13, galvanised public opinion and spooked the government. The strange thing is, though, that information about air pollution—how extensive it is, how much damage it does—has long been sketchy, based mostly on satellite data or computer models. Until now. Responding to the outcry, the government set up a national air-reporting system which now has almost 1,000 monitoring stations, pumping out hourly reports on six pollutants, including sulphur dioxide, ozone and (the main culprit) particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter, or PM2.5. These are tiny particles which lodge in the lungs and cause respiratory disease. The six are the main cause of local pollution but have little to do with climate change, since they do not include carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas. Scientists from Berkeley Earth, a not-for-profit foundation in America, have trawled through this recent cloud of data for the four months to early August 2014, sieved out the bits that are manifestly wrong (readings where the dial seems to be stuck, for instance) and emerged with the most detailed and up-to-date picture of Chinese air pollution so far. Pollution is sky-high everywhere in China.

    Some 83% of Chinese are exposed to air that, in America, would be deemed by the Environmental Protection Agency either to be unhealthy or unhealthy for sensitive groups. Almost half the population of China experiences levels of PM2.5 that are above America’s highest threshold. That is even worse than the satellite data had suggested. Berkeley Earth’s scientific director, Richard Muller, says breathing Beijing’s air is the equivalent of smoking almost 40 cigarettes a day and calculates that air pollution causes 1.6m deaths a year in China, or 17% of the total. A previous estimate, based on a study of pollution in the Huai river basin (which lies between the Yellow and Yangzi rivers), put the toll at 1.2m deaths a year—still high….continued’

  4. August 23, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Outstanding piece Zizi, “#TrumpMadness is what happens when a political party evacuates the last shred of humanity and common sense from its shrinking brain” said it all. I assume he’ll never be President, but that he’s got this far in the process says so much about the media who have cheerled and promoted the madness, and the hate mob for whom even the likes of Ted Cruz isn’t extreme enough. Depressing.

    • August 23, 2015 at 1:20 pm

      Thanks Chips. But I’m sad about the hate being fueled. Sad.

      • 8 jacquelineoboomer
        August 23, 2015 at 1:57 pm

        We’re all very, very sad. But your piece was fabulous, zizi!

      • August 23, 2015 at 2:31 pm

        What an astounding analysis…zizi2…

        In other words White identity construction cannot exist WITHOUT a constant supply of objects in OPPOSITION…

        that is why it is imperative for them to keep up the facade..esp in the age of Barack Obama…without the veneer of white supremacy and white privilege…all would have been lost…and that does not just go for the so called non wealthy whites but for the Professional Left as well… to keep the hate going…without it…the “wealthy class cannot maintain control….but i would say that the wealthy class has also been infected by the ideology of white supremacy…it is no longer just a means of controlling the 99%…they have begun to drink their own Koolaid…they believe in this doctrine just as much as the so called non wealthy whites…

        outstanding…..

  5. 15 hopefruit2
    August 23, 2015 at 11:01 am

    WOW Zizi-this is amazing! You have left me speechless but fully gratified – because your words mirror my thoughts, but are just far better articulated in this essay. Thanks for speaking the truth, and also for featuring EricFive’s comment from yesterday.

    This should be required reading for every American voter! 🙂

  6. August 23, 2015 at 11:07 am

    There’s a new craze on Instagram that Christopher Columbus would totally heart: “tiny planet” shots—a trippy variation on landscape photography that depicts your surroundings as a free-floating orb rather than a flat square. It blurs the line between art and photography—and can result in some pretty dreamy images. The most convincing way to achieve these is with a camera like the Ricoh Theta ($300,theta360.com) It looks like a small remote control and has not one but two fisheye lenses on each side, which capture your surroundings in tandem. A companion app for iPhone and Android connects wirelessly to transfer photos from the Theta to your phone. To turn a Theta pic into a tiny-planet shot requires some fiddling in the app. The Theta camera takes 360-degree photos that capture everything above, below and even behind the photographer. Viewing these special photos in all their glory requires the app: You’ll see a wide-angle view of what was in front of the camera when you snapped the photo, and the app also lets you swipe the image to pan around. You can look up or down or even spin about.

    In the app, you’ll want to zoom out and adjust the view to create a tiny-planet composition. Then take a screenshot of your image to share it with the world. (Ricoh says a new app, out soon, will simplify sharing and editing stills.) But creating a tiny-planet shot doesn’t require a pricey one-trick camera. With the right app, you can use your iPhone or Android phone’s cam. My favorite iPhone app for this purpose is Circular+ ($2). After you take a photo within the app (or import a standard photo that you’ve already taken), the app magically rolls your photos into a sphere. It also lets you add fun effects, like lens flares and solar streaks. For Android, Tiny Planet FX Pro app works similarly ($3). These apps don’t give you as much control or interactivity as the Theta camera, but they are less expensive…continued’

  7. 17 Judith Fardig
    August 23, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Great job, ZiZI! My family is somewhere in the middle of that gigantic crowd on the Portland OR waterfront. The Decemberists were playing, people were so happy, and in a small restaurant downtown, Bill and Chelsea Clinton were forced to watch 70,000 Obama supporters walk by them to the Obama rally, while they nursed their coffee and undoubtedly felt bad that only 100 people showed up to their event at the Scappoose School.

  8. August 23, 2015 at 11:10 am

    ‘The Indian city of Cochin is now home to the first international airport that is completely powered by solar energy. Local officials in the Indian state of Kerala marked the opening of a Cochin International Airport’s massive solar plant Tuesday. The massive solar plant providing power to the airport is made up of more than 46,000 solar panels spread across a 45-acre stretch of land near the airport’s cargo complex. All in all, the airport will have between 50 and 60 thousand units of electricity a day, thanks to the plant — enough to make the airport “absolutely power neutral,” according to a statement.

    The airport first began using solar power in 2013 when it installed solar panels on the roof of one of its terminals. This was followed by another, larger, installation, which eventually lead to the current 46,000+ panel plant that totals 12 MW of power overall…The overall impact of the solar project will be significant and long-lasting, officials say. The airport’s solar facilities are expected to reduce 300,000 tons of carbon emissions over the next 25 years…continued’

  9. 21 hopefruit2
    August 23, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Big surprise…LMAO! THREATENED MUCH Carville?

  10. August 23, 2015 at 11:12 am

    ‘The cost of solar power is at a record low. A typical solar home can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars per year on their electricity bill.  But, as a volunteer with the Boston-based solar program Solarize Massachusetts and a solar homeowner myself, I’ve always been surprised at how many people I encounter who think that “my roof isn’t sunny enough for solar,” or “solar is just too expensive.” Certainly many of them are missing out on a chance to save money and be green. Enter Project Sunroof, my recent 20% project. Project Sunroof is a new online tool we’re testing to help homeowners explore whether they should go solar.
     

     
    Available in the San Francisco Bay Area, Fresno (in central California), and the Boston area for now, the tool uses high-resolution aerial mapping (the same used by Google Earth) to help you calculate your roof’s solar energy potential, without having to climb up any ladders….Google has always been a big believer in zero-carbon energy, and solar power has been a central part of that vision — from accelerating the growth of rooftop solar, to helping finance the largest solar farm in Africa, to building one of America’s biggest campus solar arrays here in Mountain View. While Project Sunroof is in a pilot phase for now, during the coming months we’ll be exploring how to make the tool better and more widely available. If you find that your address isn’t covered by the tool yet, you can leave your email address and we’ll let you know when Project Sunroof is ready for your rooftop’
     

  11. 35 sherijr
    August 23, 2015 at 11:23 am

    So Excellent Zizi- thank you thank you.. and Bravo also to EricFive!

  12. 36 globalcitizenlinda
    August 23, 2015 at 11:26 am

    amusing to see the usual beltway suspects (especially the unforgiving jealous operatives whose importance was diminished by a PBO win in 2008) voicing scorn for the idea of VP running for POTUS;

    is that fear that is making people make critical statements before ANY announcement is made by VP;

    I am watching and listening to all these people who have made it a profession to suck money out of campaigns => aka political/financial vampires

    • 37 hopefruit2
      August 23, 2015 at 11:37 am

      Yup…your thoughts are being echoed by others linda.

      • 38 globalcitizenlinda
        August 23, 2015 at 11:52 am

        they may not say WHY they criticize but it is clearly that they are afraid of a gentleman who hasn’t even announced what he will do;

        these pre-emptive attacks are not what most fair people want; instead, each person should be given then space to decide on their course of action and then once all candidates declare, let each one work very hard to earn the nomination

  13. August 23, 2015 at 11:29 am

    As I tweeted the other day:

  14. 42 JER
    August 23, 2015 at 11:39 am

    • 43 hopefruit2
      August 23, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      LOL…when Chips had posted earlier that the Count had reported that PBO would be returning in the evening, I almost responded that he will probably be giving us an update on PBO’s golf at some point today before PBO returns to Washington! And there you have it…

  15. 44 globalcitizenlinda
    August 23, 2015 at 11:46 am

    thanks a lot Zizi for this great essay.

    Borrowing from the content of your essay, I am going to be using the terms like #ObamaExcellenceEnvy ; #ObamaEnvy etc very freely;

    I hope that you don’t mind if creative people here can come up with other terms which get at what one of the central messages of your great essay is namely : =>

    at the end of the day, a section of this nation has gotten nuttier because of the threat to their biases/entitlements that the election, re-election and exceptional success of PBO poses to their resistance of transforming this country & their assumed place in its hierarchy

  16. August 23, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Very well done, zizi!!

    “Will Americans buy Trump’s pitch?”

    Some will. Most won’t.

    I’m grateful he’s doing what he’s doing for several reasons not least of which is that I think he is likely to be quite motivating for VP Biden to commit to a campaign.

  17. 48 Nena20409
    August 23, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Hello TOD.
    Breeze. Cloudy. Nice.
    This is a great analysis, illustration and summation that is Trump to the Geopolitical Canvas today. Brava, Zizi2. Brilliant. Thank you.
    How I wish this piece could somehow get to the NY/DC Pundits at large.
    Congrats, LP for your Au ⭐
    It is funny how the Crowds attending then Sen Obama’s events were marginalized. They were mocked as Obamabots. Even the Journos that covered him were called Sycophants. The meme became that Sen Obama was a Celerity and his “Fans” would Never show up to Caucus or to the polls. Ads by McCain attacking Mr. Obama as Celebrity were played by the News Media frequently.
    Today, Trump is a Celebrity and the News Media willfully go out of their way to ignore that. Hmm? They have ignored Sen Sanders’ crowd until Trump started pumping his “Crowd Size” as he pimps his TRUMP name.

    • 49 Nena20409
      August 23, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      This why Trump’s run could succeed.
      He talks about the Iraq war. He is for increasing SS. He wants some form of Health Care for those who could not and then he is now talking about this……
      The so called Reagan Dems are squishy votes……in OH, MI, FL and PA…..these people, mostly White are gettable for the likes of Trump. Anger. Hate. Emotions. They drive voters to the poll more than anything these days.

  18. 50 Nena20409
    August 23, 2015 at 11:51 am

    A number of Tweets from BruceB that are germane to this post.

    • August 23, 2015 at 11:54 am

      I particularly like this one, Nena 🙂

      • 52 Nena20409
        August 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm

        Yep!
        Unfortunately, his current supporters do not care. They want their pound of flesh of every undocumented immigrant, they want to feel superior over people of color and they want their feelings validated.

    • 53 Nena20409
      August 23, 2015 at 11:57 am

      It is not only plausible that Trump can win the GOP nomination, it is looking more possible than ever. If by Oct 2015, if his lead holds, then the likelihood of a GOP panic sets in for Trump winning the GOP nomination will undoubtedly be problematic on Nov 8th, 2016.

  19. 54 Chris Andersen
    August 23, 2015 at 11:54 am

    “Whiteness was defined more by what it was NOT, rather than what it actually was.”

    No wonder I have always felt a sense of emptiness when confronted with the concept of white supremacy. If this formulation is correct, then white supremacy is an entirely hollow doctrine that sucks all creative agency out of white people and gives them no opportunity to innovate a culture all their own. The best they can do is co-opt the culture of others.

    As a straight white male all I can say is fuck that. If the price for my independent creative will is that I lose my position on the pedestal than it is price that I will gladly pay.

    • 55 globalcitizenlinda
      August 23, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      what I have appreciated most as a member of the racial minority is the contribution of people who had nothing to personally gain from advocating for inclusion and equality for all people irrespective of their station in life.

      we can all work together to extend the pedestal away from specific groups and towards the whole world where each person’s humanity is valued, and in turn the humans value the other occupants of the diverse ecosystems.

    • 56 jacquelineoboomer
      August 23, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      ^^^ THIS. Well said, Chris.

  20. August 23, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    OK folks, I have to take Mrs. LL to urgent care. Nothing too serious, but it has to be sorted out. I’ll be on TLC duty for the rest of the day. See everyone later.

  21. 62 Nena20409
    August 23, 2015 at 12:07 pm

  22. 63 globalcitizenlinda
    August 23, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    wouldn’t be ironic if at the end of the day, the efforts of this maniac (and yes, the now-exposed previous dog-whistles of the gop), end up leading to more people to focus on racial and socio-economic injustice during this campaign.

    it would be great if people recognized that republicans have perfected the political strategy of using one group (immigrants, racial minorities, union workers, women, LGBT, religious groups, young people, senior citizens, military, home-schoolers, charter-schools) against another as means to increase their ability to personally rob the local and national treasury;

    recognizing that ordinary people have a common enemy is the only way to focus people’s attention on the need to clear out the fake leaders who only seek power as a means to enrich themselves

    • August 23, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      “recognizing that ordinary people have a common enemy is the only way to focus people’s attention on the need to clear out the fake leaders who only seek power as a means to enrich themselves”

      YUP.

  23. August 23, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Happy 24th Independence Day, Ukraine – Monday, 24 August 2015

    other updates in the sidebar ….

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    August 23, 2015 at 12:27 pm

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  29. August 23, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Just brilliant, zizi!
    When I heard about the speech in the stadium, I knew Trump had Obama envy.

    • 78 hopefruit2
      August 23, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      They are all trying to emulate PBO in some way, shape or form…be it his crowd size, his innovative use of technology, his creative ways of appealing to young voters, his dominance in the social media forum, his extensive ground game…they want it all (but will never come close).

      • 79 Obama Grandmama
        August 23, 2015 at 1:52 pm

        Yup! A community organizer helping people help themselves instilling in them a positive feeling that they can do anything- our PBO. Copying him involves more than saying what one thinks will produce a big crowd.

      • 81 99ts
        August 23, 2015 at 9:00 pm

        PBO does it with love – the others are full of hate & envy.

  30. 82 hopefruit2
    August 23, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    James Carville doesn’t even need to wear a Halloween mask. He has a natural horror movie face. That is all!

  31. 84 Vicki
    August 23, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Zizi thank you for this brilliant and inclusive analysis.
    in answer to your question, will Americans buy what Trump is selling—clearly large numbers of them will.
    My question is, Does the GOP have any way to stop Trump?
    If the GOP cannot, The Obama Coalition led by VP Biden and backed all the way by PBO will humiliate The Donald in a yoooge way. I hope Trump is stopped long before November, 2016, but if he can last that long we will cancel him then.

  32. August 23, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Thank you all for your compliments on my rather long essay. Bear with me, I wanted to get to the crux of what is fueling these cycles of racial resentment. It is quite instructive that during our lowest depths of the financial disaster 7 years ago, these nativist sentiments did not surface. They did only AFTER PBO got into office and began tackling them. Today, after we have recovered, the economy and employment have regained sound footing, then the billionaire class stokes the fires of resentment?

    That tells us there’s more than meets the eye. The billionaires are in a hurry to seal the Lie in amber before ordinary Whites pick up pitchforks against them for defrauding them.

    Sadly I see this current trend getting bloody. The wealthy class is ready to neutralize us to save themselves.

  33. 95 vcprezofan2
    August 23, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Thank you, Zizi – an interesting take on Trump that I hadn’t previously considered, yet he does strike one as being a vengeful sort!

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  34. 96 vcprezofan2
    August 23, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    • August 23, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      i was inspired to read this post VC…..these are two comments from her blog…

      Suzanne SiegelAugust 23, 2015 at 11:31 AM
      I will have to save this post. Maybe next week it will encourage and comfort me. Today, I’m not sure what America is anymore.

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      Nancy LeTourneauAugust 23, 2015 at 11:36 AM
      I spent a moment thinking about what our country looked like to young John Lewis 50 years ago. If he could believe there was reason to hope…surely I can.

      Suzanne SiegelAugust 23, 2015 at 11:42 AM
      That thought, Nancy, IS comforting. One becomes so self absorbed in the present that one forgets. Thanks!

  35. 107 jacquelineoboomer
    August 23, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Everyone’s inspired today! I was inspired to read it all!

    Now, I’m inspired to nap, with the sunshine on my face. Later, good people.

  36. August 23, 2015 at 2:40 pm

  37. 110 No Child Left Behind
    August 23, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Good Afternoon TODVille!

    Thank you Zizi Wow! What a brilliant post!

    This one hits home because I’ve been obsessed by the meteoric rise of THE DONALD. It is one thing to be a TV superstar in an environment where people thrive for reality shows about the most disgusting topics; where those who prevail don’t necessarily have a moral compass, intelligence, or good character. But it is another to see clearly how bigots come out in drove when someone as indecent as The Donald, someone who craves for spotlight day in day out, a man who will do or say anything on the edge for attention, an egomaniac, etc., pretends to run for the presidency of this republic.

    I knew that there was a segment of the US population that still couldn’t believe who the POTUS is and why on Earth he is at the WH. I didn’t know how deep their resentment was, how profoundly their core beliefs were hurt, how disturbed they became after the 2008 and 2012 elections. Indeed, these people who follow The Donald are nothing but angry… not at the economy or their misfortunes. They are in rage because of what they realize is leaving their grips, the pretend superiority they held for a long time in this country. They become to the realization that, indeed, they are no longer a majority that writes the rules (all rules). They now know that their era is a by-gone and, in spite of clinging forcefully to what ” their country was or represented”, every day is a reminder that things are moving away from their directions and convictions. Yes, I am surprised at seeing the fools that shadow every step of The Donald.

    However, I want them all to keep the momentum because comes November 2016, I want the “You’re fired!” moment to be theirs as well.

    • 111 MadameSoph
      August 23, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Oooh! Rubbing my hands together and laughing in a cartoonishly sinister manner at the thought of all the “You’re fired!” jokes to come… thanks, NCLB, for that little bit of comfort in the midst of all this hideousness.

    • 112 idon
      August 23, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      Yes I posted NAZI AMERICA, a documentary produced for the History Channel. Trump is actually German, not Swedish as he claimed in his 1987 book, Art of the Deal. His father started that lie because he had Jewish tenants and being German was frowned upon. This may also explain why Trump dyes his eyebrows and hair yellow and why his wives appear to be Nordic. The danger is not Trump. He’s just the evil. But whites who admire or support the evil do not know the history of the evil. It appears the media is starting to out the evil. But we can help too by posting anything that provides historical and current context for the evil. By the way, Trump continues to deny he’s German so referring to him as a white person of German descent or background will help the public connect the dots.

  38. 114 Nena20409
    August 23, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    For those who might have missed this, here is the presser for 3 fine Heroes.

  39. August 23, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Hello my Chips and TOD family. I hope that everyone TOD family member will have a lovely Sunday. Zizi, another brilliant essay. Thank you for your writings. Your gifts are so appreciated by this little senior.HZ

  40. 116 MadameSoph
    August 23, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Welcome Back Chips and Thank you Zizi!

    I’ve been too busy to do more than lurk, but had to comment on this excellent post Zizi!

    First of all, thank you for posting those EPIC WHCD clips! I saw that live and then watched my tape of it over and over and over… 🙂

    THIS from the many spot-on points in your piece:
    “Wait a minute! Is that what this whole Trump shtick is all about? An incurable bout of Obama-envy focused mindlessly on size?”

    YES, that is exactly what it is and what the endless talk about Bernie’s crowd “size” is about from the left side of the ODS spectrum. In fact, I came to believe a long time ago that that is the big (no pun intended) reason for most of the ODS from the dudebro crowd – why guys like Jon Stewart, who were supposed to be “on our side” became inexplicably hostile towards the most effective liberal president in decades (perhaps of all time). I’ve seen this kind of ODS up close, among my own acquaintances.

    Larry Wilmore naming his election coverage segments “Blacklash 2016: The Unblackening” is truly “keeping it 100”

    Thanks again Zizi, for a great piece!

    • 118 No Child Left Behind
      August 23, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      MadameSoph,

      I, too, get a kick at watching this epic moment in the WHPC – Obama edition. I must have re-watched it 1000 times and still laugh out loud every time. Even this morning. It was certainly an extraordinary moment, a time where everyone witnessed The Donald labeled implicitly for the buffoon he is.

      What a moment!

      • 119 MadameSoph
        August 23, 2015 at 4:12 pm

        Yes, NCLB, which is why I think we all need to re-energize this clip and bring it back to the current conversation. Whatever social media methods we TODers employ/enjoy, we should share, not only Zizi’s piece here, but that 2011 clip of the WHCD on its own as well.

  41. 120 Nena20409
    August 23, 2015 at 3:09 pm

  42. August 23, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Bravo, bravo, bravo! This is what 2016 is all about .. size of crowds! Bernie started this and the stupid train is rolling down the
    track.

  43. August 23, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Joe’s Op-Ed (posted his tweet earlier) really is a MUST READ … in fact, Chips/NW, I urge you to post it on the ‘front page’ of the next thread ….

    “The nuclear agreement with Iran is supported by almost every nation in the world. It has the backing of nearly the entire American security establishment, current and retired. It enjoys the overwhelming support of nuclear scientists and policy experts. There is no credible alternative.

    And yet, with almost a month to go before the vote, lobbying against the deal is intense. No Republican senator supports the agreement. Two prominent Democratic senators, Charles Schumer and Robert Menendez, have denounced it.

    If the Senate follows their lead and kills the deal, it will spell humiliation for the United States, an unconstrained Iranian nuclear program and the increased risk of a new war in the Middle East.

    Here is how rejection would play out.

    First, our allies would desert us. ……”

    http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-cirincione-iran-deal-scenarios-20150823-story.html

    It only goes downhill from there, as all of you know. The key is we have to get Senator Reid to whip 41 votes and prevent cloture on the GOP bill. I have no doubt Leader Pelosi will sustain a veto in the House – and kill the GOP bill – but it is far better to not allow that bill to ever reach the President’s desk, in the first place.

  44. 123 JER
    August 23, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    • 124 No Child Left Behind
      August 23, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      Gee! Where is The Count? I only get this type of news from Count von Knoller.

    • 125 MadameSoph
      August 23, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      Hmmmn… I bet there’s more to it than that. I’m thinking that something’s about to go down/has gone down that we don’t know about yet and the Pres has to the main office.

  45. 127 Nena20409
    August 23, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    So the VP also had a private meeting with Former Sen Jim Webb.
    The GOPers, News Media and some on the left are ONLY interested with the Warren private meeting. Hmm?

  46. 129 JER
    August 23, 2015 at 3:24 pm

  47. August 23, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Zizi this is a treta essay. Thank you for writing it. TOD has the clear eyes to see it but so many do not. It’s the dumbing down of America that really gets me.
    There was a Joy Reid quote I noticed “They’d get fired from their jobs if they put on Facebook some of the things Trump said.” That isn’t true in my little world. Coworkers of my husband have posted this stuff since 9/8/08. It’s close to being said at my hair salon but I think the owner, my friend and hairdresser & Republican, asked the others not to say things while I’m there. I told her I’d been our counties Dem caucus in 2008 because I couldn’t hide my joy. But I also knew she was Republican so I was respectful too. She knew he wouldn’t carry WY in the Presidential so wasn’t threatened. Another friend and fellow Dem chose not to vote that year. Haven’t spoken much to her since.
    Must go eat sweet corn now. ❤️🐼

  48. August 23, 2015 at 3:30 pm

  49. 133 MadameSoph
    August 23, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Just watched the WHCD clip from Zizi’s epic post above. It occurs to me that this clip alone, running on a loop on current newscasts and talk show monologues, is the only “The Emperor has no clothes” moment that would be needed. PBO describing the steakhouse episode from Celebrity Apprentice and saying, “These are the things that would keep me up at night” would deflate the Trump bubble in a few sentences.

    Then, keep in mind that, as he was killing it comedicly at the WHCD, PBO knew that this was about to go down a few hours later:

    • August 23, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      That was a classic deadpan PBO scalpel aim at the jugular: “And these are the things that would keep me up at night”

      • 135 No Child Left Behind
        August 23, 2015 at 3:50 pm

        Love that phrase that cemented The Donald’s irrelevance.

      • 136 MadameSoph
        August 23, 2015 at 3:55 pm

        Well put: “classic deadpan PBO scalpel aim at the jugular” Yeah, too many take for granted his “no drama Obama” style. A lot of people miss these mike drops, because he is capable of biding his time until the appropriate moment, but he will ultimately make his checkmate move. PBO has no problem serving revenge cold.

        Note to Mighty Pamela, if she’s lurking: It wouldn’t surprise me if PBO has some heavy Scorpio planets in his chart, hiding behind the sunny Leo disposition 🙂

      • August 23, 2015 at 3:59 pm

        Zizi thanks for your great essay and sharing it with us.

  50. 138 Betsy
    August 23, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Amazing and on-point essay Zizi. Thanks so much.

  51. 139 rikyrah
    August 23, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    zizi,

    as always, you are excellent and on point.

    I am not scared of Donald Trump. He does not make me nervous. He just makes me shake my head. I find him not speaking in Frank Luntz-approved dogwhistles refreshing. I Iike seeing the GOP scramble in trying to explain away his popularity. He is NOT a sliver of the GOP. He is the MAINSTREAM.

    and, the longer he stays in, and removes the dogwhistles – the better. They’ve hid behind them long enough. No more.

  52. 140 sjterrid
    August 23, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Zizi, thank you for posting this brilliant essay.


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