Tantrum Trump has his share of problems, many of which I have pointed out since his election. He’s corrupt, a corporatist, a warmonger, a liar, and loves big government because his deficits will likely double what Pussy Barack did. I am not a fan of Trump and never have been, and I will be proven correct regarding the four predictions I made about him back when he was elected in 2016.
That being said, Tantrum Trump is a fantastic marketer the likes of which we have rarely seen. He has a real feel for what people are thinking and want. That’s how he became president, by tapping into what many Americans were really feeling but were afraid to say.
Now he’s saying something that I have been saying for quite a while. He’s now saying that the concept of socialism, having become so popular in the Collapsing USA since the insane left defeated the incompetent right in the culture wars, won’t be easy to beat.
As he campaigns for re-election, Donald Trump and his team have made trashing the ‘socialists or communists’ in the 2020 Democratic presidential field a cornerstone of their messaging. In private, however, the president often strikes a different, more nuanced tone—one driven by a concern that socialism (at least as defined by the Democrats) may actually sell politically.
This year, Trump has repeatedly told friends and donors that running against “socialism” in a general election may not be “so easy” because of its populist draw, according to four Republicans and sources close to Trump who’ve heard him say this over the past several months.
Assuming this is true (and I believe it is, because it’s just the kind of accurate observation Trump would make), he is absolutely correct.
According to a person who was in the room, Trump told donors at a recent private event that although “a lot of people think it’ll be easy to beat [in 2020], the truth is, it might not be so easy.” The president, according to the source, said that “you can have someone who loves Trump, but many people love free stuff, too.” He added that if candidates tell Americans, especially young voters—that they’re going to cancel their debt, “that’s a tough one” to run against.
Correct again. I see a guy screaming about building a wall running against a guy who is offering to give you free college, free health care, and pay off your student loans.
Hmmm… which of these two do you think will win?
And Trump can’t use the ‘I’ll bring your jobs back’ thing this time around either, since it’s now obvious, even to his supporters, that he not only did not do that (because he couldn’t), but he lied about it all along.
Just as recently as 2010, the word ‘socialist’ in the USA was a bad word. Today it’s becoming a badge of honor, something some politicians brag about (as I once predicted) and something greatly desired by both Millennials and Generation Z.
Socialism is now considered a good thing by a massive swath of the American populace. And it will become more popular as America’s corporatism continues to grind down the middle and lower-middle classes.
This includes Republicans and conservatives. Go look at the Joe Rogan video on YouTube featuring Bernie Sanders. Rogan’s audience leans right, but the comments on that video are almost 100% positive. “Wow, I think I actually like this Bernie Sanders guy!” is the overwhelming consensus. You also have Trump supporters gleefully agreeing with Andrew Yang’s universal basic income proposals. Trump supporters!
Everyone now likes big government. The left, the right, the normal people in the center, and even some former libertarians. And Tantrum Trump knows this.
And so does Bernie Sanders.
That Trump’s private views about the political efficacy of socialism don’t reflect his public utterances reflects, to some degree, his own unconventional approach to elected politics. The president ran in 2016 as a Republican, but with unorthodox views, having pledged repeatedly not to cut entitlement programs and to use the levers of the government to go after individual companies or industries that he deemed hostile to the U.S. economy or workforce.
And don’t forget that Trump supported government-funded health care during the Republican debates and during interviews at the time. Trump is for massive government and always has been. (Not that Trump supporters care.) Here’s some more:
Since entering office, he’s often governed along these lines, targeting companies that outsource jobs and subsidizing farmers who have been hurt by his trade war with China. The pattern was strong enough that Sanders took to the Wall Street Journal (a bastion of conservative economics) to pen a column saying Trump was “the Worst Kind of Socialist.”
Punishing companies in the free market and handing massive amounts of your tax dollars to farmers are not the acts of a capitalist, free market, small government President. Moreover and more importantly, most Republicans, conservatives, and Trump supporters don’t mind, since they’re for big government also, as I showed here.
In the Collapsing USA, just about everyone is a socialist now, at least to some degree. This is going to make it harder for Trump running against people like Sanders and Warren.
As I alluded to above, I’m visualizing a debate between Tantrum Trump and Comrade Bernie, where Trump rants about building a wall (which he won’t do and never intended on doing) and cutting taxes (which no one in the middle or lower classes gives a shit about), and the Bernie just shrugs and says, “Whatever, man. I’ll just give all of you a bunch of free stuff.”
Ten years ago, that wouldn’t have worked. But today?
Hey, as I showed here, Trump could still win re-election even though everyone hates him because of the electoral collage and various other reasons that have nothing to do with Trump. So, despite the fact that more Americans will love the left-wing answer of tons of ‘free’ stuff from the government, it still may not work in electing our next socialist president… this time.
The problem is that something else just as bad may occur instead. Trump may decide that the way to get re-elected is to beat the leftists at their own game and propose his own massive welfare giveaway. Forgiving college loans, free health care, free college, even free cash in some cases. Given both his pulse on what is popular right now and his own big-government desires, Tantrum Trump proposing something like this in order to win re-election over a socialist is very likely.
I think the odds are overwhelming that one of two things will soon take place:
A. Trump will lose the election to a socialist.
B. Trump will win re-election by becoming a socialist himself.
Either way, congrats, you’ve got a socialist president in the USA, as I predicted long ago.
Of course, I could be wrong, but that’s where the winds are blowing. And regardless of what happens, I’m sticking to my prediction that we are one or two presidential election cycles away from a full-on socialist president in the United States.
I’ll be out of the country by then, so I’m not concerned. It will be interesting to watch though.
Update: I wrote this article before all the impeachment stuff about Tantrum Trump came out late last week. As I stated at this blog almost two years ago, yes, because Trump has broken so many laws, there is a 25% chance he will be removed from office or redesigns before his presidential tenure ends. This hasn’t changed, but remember that 25% isn’t likely. Bill Clinton already showed us that sitting presidents are free to blatantly break the law and get away with it. And remember that Donald Trump is Bill Clinton.
Laws apply to you and me, not the elites.