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All hail America’s voters. After an excruciating election, they appear to have edged out of power the man who wanted to be king, Donald Trump, and put into the White House an amiable, old pol who appears likely to soon be replaced by his vice-presidential running mate, half-Jamaican, half-Indian Kamala Harris.

This week’s election should have produced a landslide for Joe Biden and the democrats. Trump had so much against him – his shocking denial of the deadly Covid epidemic; overt hatred for Islam and total subservience to Israel’s far right; overt anti-black and Hispanic racism; a financial mess created by his ill-considered tax cut; boorish behavior; medical quackery worthy of 19th century snake oil salesmen; threats to use nuclear weapons – the list goes on an on.

But many Americans ignored all this bad mogambo in the hope Trump would keep the stock market on fire. Religion also played a key role: some 90% of so-called born-again Christian fundamentalists, misled by Fox News and powerful Protestant churches, promoted bad boy Trump as some sort of Christian savior or a reincarnation of rulers of Biblical Israel.

Trump’s fulminations against Iran led his chief paymaster, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, to fork over another $75 million to Trump on top of a hefty, $100 million donation, plus millions more from hedge fund moguls tied to Israel’s rightwing Likud Party while the media screamed about alleged Russian interference.

In spite of all this, ‘Sleepy Joe Biden,’ as Trump disparaged him, won the national vote. The US Postal Service, heavily sabotaged by the Trump minions, still managed to function and deliver the winning votes. Interfering with the mail is a federal crime. Those guilty should be prosecuted.

The United States emerged from this long, ugly electoral battle shaken, wounded and much diminished. Its standing as the world champion of democracy has been debased by an election characterized by yahoos in pickup trucks, welfare recipients and looters.

Trump’s lies and false accusations at the end of the vote confirmed his unfitness for the presidency. Let us hope the world does not conflate the United States with Trump’s boorish, unethical behavior.

States of little or no importance stole the limelight from big, significant states like my own New York and California. The election showed without a doubt that the antique system of the electoral college must be replaced or even better, junked.

What might Trump do? A new TV series of course. The political figure closest to Trump was Italy’s bombastic fascist leader Benito Mussolini. Copying the Duce, Trump might launch a mass march on Washington to seize power. Given Trump’s potent showing in the election, an attempted coup is not unthinkable.

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This election also leaves key Trump allies cast adrift. Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu has lost his most important supporter after casino king Adelson. Brazil’s fool of a president, Jair Bolsonaro, looks orphaned by Trump’s defeat. India’s Narendra Modi will miss Trump’s backing of ever-increasing Indian immigration to the US and ignoring of rising repression in Kashmir. Biden may be forced to face China’s brutal treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang. The beastly Saudi regime will lose its most influential patron when Trump goes.

One hopes new president Biden will quickly rejoin the sensible Paris climate accords and the important nuclear control deal with Iran. Four years ago, candidate Trump promised to end America’s festering little colonial wars in Afghanistan, Africa and the Mideast. He never did. Now Biden has the chance to end these ill-starred, trillion-dollar misadventures with the stroke of a pen, recalling Founding Father Ben Franklin’s golden dictum, ‘no good war; no bad peace.’

 
• Category: Ideology • Tags: 2020 Election, Donald Trump, Israel Lobby, Joe Biden 
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  1. Baxter says:

    Whenever I see a contributor here on UnzReview talking about White people being ‘racist,’ red flags immediately go up.
    In the United States politicians are elected who are filled with contempt for Whites and they face zero consequences. Americans universities have courses in ‘Whiteness studies.’
    Blacks and other non-Whites have a multitude of race-based special interest groups, while Whites are not allowed to because it would be ‘racist.’ I can go online and watch videos of blacks attacking Whites and the mainstream media won’t come within thousand miles of acknowledging it. the Democratic Party had embraced anti-whiteness, though Republicans have too, just not overtly. We have ‘critical race theory’ now- teaching Whites they are evil and non-Whites they are victims.
    And then we have the author of this article, accusing Trump of anti-black, anti-Hispanic racism.
    Blah blah blah. I’m done with White people who Aren’t’ racist. You need to get your head out of your ass Eric.

    • Agree: zimriel
    • Replies: @Anon
    , @anon
  2. Anon[132] • Disclaimer says:
    @Baxter

    Sincerely,

    I wish Unz would, or let’s rather say could, find some seriously readable and debatable left-leaning columnist.

    • Agree: Ugetit
  3. This article proved your unfitness to be a journalist.

  4. Notsofast says:

    Boy… you really are asleep. I think you’re just being thrown out as red meat to the commenters.

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
  5. @Notsofast

    Mr. Margolis has become this website’s hackneyed “liberal,” complementing the shopworn “Mr. Paleconservative,” Pat Buchanan. Each has achieved piñata status.

    This sentence

    States of little or no importance stole the limelight from big, significant states like my own New York and California.

    could have been written by one of the mediocre comment trolls.

  6. This is a thoroughly partisan article, dripping with barely restrained contempt for all things Trump.

    Trump’s fulminations against Iran…

    You really think the fulminating will stop without Trump?

    Biden may be forced to face China’s brutal treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang.

    Perhaps the well-traveled author should personally visit Xinjiang first, as many Asian Muslims have done, before echoing this MSM narrative.

    The beastly Saudi regime will lose its most influential patron when Trump goes.

    … and of course, the beastly Saudi regime will no longer be beastly, and no more crocodile tears will flow.

    And the common American folk will be wafted to a new era of prosperity and equality for all.

    Trump the Super-Villain, Biden the Super-Hero.

    God help us all if any of the Three Harpies manage to worm their way back into the mix.

    No matter one’s political inclinations, I think this is a notable show-piece for much of what is wrong with the USA today.

    Just my non-American opinion, of course.

    • Replies: @Begemot
  7. anaccount says:

    Biden keeping troops in Syria doesn’t concern Eric, it seems. Not even worth mentioning since people might ask why we are there.

    https://news.antiwar.com/2020/11/03/a-biden-administration-would-keep-a-military-presence-in-syria/

  8. overt anti-black and Hispanic racism

    Please provide proof of this. I’ve never been able to find specific examples.

  9. Begemot says:
    @Ultrafart the Brave

    This is a thoroughly partisan article, dripping with barely restrained contempt for all things Trump.

    Perhaps if you get back into your safe-space echo chamber you will get the reassuring confirmation of your views that you need.

    • Agree: JimmyGee
  10. anon[229] • Disclaimer says:

    This wahzoo probably hasn’t had an original thought since the 70s. Gimme a break.

  11. anon[229] • Disclaimer says:
    @Baxter

    Agreeing with you generally, it does seem one must; of economic necessity, adopt one or two positions with very few alternatives. Newspapers played the role of coaching people in ‘how to think’ in my day, and now it is huge self interested tech companies. Fortunately there are still a few sites where one can speak freely regardless of opinion. But be honest; there are fewer and fewer left and there is always the danger of being ‘doxxed’ and having your life and reputation destroyed if you dare to actually stand up. Sheeit!
    I don’t favor Trump and I don’t really favor anybody.
    But at least Trump didn’t start even more wars for the average American to pay for.
    Pretty much every president going back to Jimmy Carter did exactly that.

    • Agree: Occasional lurker
  12. I’ll refrain from ad hominems but:
    1) Trump has been less subservient to Israel’s right than his predecessors. Importantly, he’s started no new wars.
    2) COVID isn’t any more deadly than the flu. Most people recover under age 77 recover.
    3) Trump’s language is not racist. Nor are his policies.

    • Agree: GeeBee
    • Replies: @Occasional lurker
  13. anon22 says:

    By the way, had Trump stopped starving people by sanction in Venezuela and Iran and made peace instead he would have won this election by a landslide.
    You see, it is no longer about influencing the people in your own country only to vote for you. It is also now about how your country treats other countries and how they can influence the vote against you. Please don’t mention the debunked Steele dossier, it is becoming much more generic than that, and you can’t stop us.
    It is more about average people seeing and laughing at the desperate measures con men (and women) will go to to stop us seeing their true nature and naked greed.

    • Replies: @Ultrafart the Brave
  14. Now Biden has the chance to end these ill-starred, trillion-dollar misadventures with the stroke of a pen, recalling Founding Father Ben Franklin’s golden dictum, ‘no good war; no bad peace.’

    wow, Eric, you’re eating too many glue sticks and seem to be ignoring Biden’s history. Please see here:
    https://www.antiwar.com/blog/2020/11/01/the-foreign-policy-history-of-joe-biden/

    A Harris administration, if it materializes, would be even more zionist in nature and in deed.

    Never-Trumpers have screwed that country.

  15. The US Postal Service, heavily sabotaged by the Trump minions, still managed to function and deliver the winning votes.

    ROTFL.

  16. Bro43rd says:

    Eric has the worst case of TDS I’ve seen! Many years ago he wrote informative articles regarding foreign policy. Now it’s just anti-Trump anti-right drivel. He’s done gone full on tabloid hack.

  17. Agree. Can’t wait for them to drag Blumpf from the oval office like the cuck he and his followers are.

  18. haha says:

    Margolis should stick to debating Buchanan. Now that would be a fun show: two fanatics on opposite sides of the political divide, both intellectually dishonest to the core, both rooting for “My Momma, right or wrong”, both increasingly becoming odious and rancid with time, and both losing readership fast.

    • Agree: Greta Handel
  19. Whatever happened to the Eric Margolis who wrote that excellent column “Pinochet Was a Hero” back in 1998? The one that concluded with:

    “Pinochet’s triumphant success in Chile reminds leftists of communism’s great crimes and abject failures. That’s why they hate him so much.

    Pinochet saved Chile and restored democracy. He deserves salutes, not arrest.”

    He was still that Eric Margolis towards the end of the first decade of the new millennium.

    What happened since?

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
  20. Liza says:

    @Eric. While your listing of Trump’s faults, flaws and failures is not totally incorrect, your following statement is:

    his shocking denial of the deadly Covid epidemic;

    An epidemic, at least historically, is where you are tripping over dead bodies all over the street.

    It is just incredible that so many otherwise smart people (IQ-smart, not commonsense-smart) are living in terror over viruses.

    Corona-19 is deadly only to those near death – people with serious chronic weaknesses and degenerative diseases. The rest of us get over it without too much fuss. That is reality, Eric. Several years ago, I got a pretty bad case of the flu. I was in bed for a week and felt horrible. Yet, the other members of my household (spouse & children) did not get sick at all. What does this prove? It showed that I was in a weakened state, but my family was not. I don’t blame a virus for my infection – I blame myself, for not taking care of my health. If infections of the respiratory tract were super-contagious, as we are being told, my entire family would have fallen ill.

    You might want to re-think the germ theory propaganda. (You won’t, though)

  21. @anon22

    By the way, had Trump stopped starving people by sanction in Venezuela and Iran and made peace instead he would have won this election by a landslide.

    You might just be onto something here.

    Has the USA just missed its last chance at redemption?

  22. willem1 says:

    “But many Americans ignored all this bad mogambo in the hope Trump would keep the stock market on fire.”

    Maybe that is because those voters recognized that “boorish behavior” is possibly the only thing on the author’s list of “bad mogambo” that might actually be true, and that boorishness alone wasn’t a big enough sin to get them to vote differently, given the alternative.

    This piece repeats just about every MSM anti-Trump “talking point” I’ve ever seen, and gives no weight or consideration to a single one of the arguably ugly downsides of the alternative. Even though I’m no Trump fan, I have to say that having clicked through to read this piece, I am truly sorry in retrospect that I awarded it a mouse click.

  23. Realist says:

    Congratulations America…you just elected a President with less cognitive ability than your pet(s).

    • Replies: @Anon
  24. roonaldo says:

    Hmm..So Biden is “an amiable old pol,” Mr. Margolis? Why you “lying dog-faced pony soldier,” you.

  25. Anon[424] • Disclaimer says:
    @Realist

    Between him and Harris, they have more than Trump and Pence needs to come back in 2024.

  26. Trump was an unknown quantity in 2016 and he was saying the right things, inconvenient truths that resonated with working people who had been so callously betrayed by their Democratic Party. It is too painful to admit that his promises turned out to be the lies that are the standard distractions and deceptions of the Republican Party – delivered with a twist by a compelling personality who unfortunately happens to be a compulsive liar.

    The sign of the master of the long con is that the mark desperately needs to keep believing that he wasn’t deceived right from the start, that his hero’s promises failed to materialize because of dark forces arrayed against him. Or something.

    I almost feel sorry for the guy. History will not be kind to him. His ambition carried him to the heights of achievement, but his character defects proved his undoing. In classical Greek drama, the man who strove on aware of his deadly shortcomings was the noble tragic hero; but the man who blustered oblivious to his flaws was merely comic relief.

    • Replies: @Ugetit
  27. Patricus says:

    Dumbest article I’ve seen on the Unz site.

  28. Dan Hayes says:

    Eric: it’s utterly perplexing how you who once movingly wrote about a NYC based Irish lady gunrunner could also write today’s cliché-ridden drivel!

  29. Anon[805] • Disclaimer says:

    …the man who wanted to be king

    Nope. No evidence of that apart from a couple of obvious jokes.

    …his shocking denial of the deadly Covid epidemic…

    He blocked travel from China, agreed to shutdown the economy, sent hospital ships to New York and California, and launched Operation Warp Speed.

    That’s not “shocking denial.” It’s actually over-reaction.

    …overt hatred for Islam

    He has never expressed any hatred for Islam.

    …overt anti-black and Hispanic racism

    This is false. The most he can be accused of is using dog-whistles. Dog-whistles are not overt.

    Furthermore, his actions are what really count. He has done more for blacks than any president in recent decades. And he increased the number of votes he received from both Hispanics and blacks.

    Most of the above quoted statements verge on being deliberate lies, and the article has barely gotten started!

    This is typical of anti-Trump discourse.

    I suspect that a lot of people who wouldn’t vote for Trump otherwise vote for him because they are disgusted by such intellectual mediocrity and dishonesty.

    • Agree: Craig Nelsen
  30. Peter B says:

    I have to ask if Eric is pulling our legs?

    • Replies: @Oikeamielinen
  31. The Democrats fixed the vote with bags and bags and bags of phony mail-in votes in the key districts of key swing states.

    This is not debatable.

    Nevertheless, I am glad Biden won so that now the girlfriend has to shut up. TDS is a sad and frightening disease.

  32. threats to use nuclear weapons – the list goes on an on.

    The USA – in defiance of various treaties – constantly threatens to nuke their enemy du jour. The usual phrase is “all options are on the table”. Every time you hear a president or a high official say that, they are making a nuclear threat.

  33. Liberals, progressives and dems will bathe happily in those MAGA tears.

    The results show that republicans and conservatives did not lose, it was pussyboy Trump that lost.

    This election was a referendum on Trump and he was fired. Fired so badly, it’s not possible to fire him any worse.

    • Replies: @Craig Nelsen
  34. Margolis spent too much time breathing thin air in Asia and, who knows, may conference inn the same senility asylum with Joe “” Biden.

    Signed,
    A Hispanic, both and raised, who understands that Hispanics are not perfect people and have criminals too.

  35. …an amiable, old pol who appears likely to soon be replaced by his vice-presidential running mate, half-Jamaican, half-Indian Kamala Harris

    Oops! Margolis gives away the Left’s poorly-kept little secret — Biden’s rapidly increasing senility.

    The BurnLootMurder creeps never voted for Biden in the first place — they voted for the anti-White genocidal Kamala (who will be controlled by her Jewish husband, much as Kushner controls Trump).

    Biden, during his brief tenure as “President,” will be even less in charge than previous presidential sock-puppets. The Israel lobby wins again.

  36. You should immigrate to planet Earth. We’ll lower the border fence just for you.

  37. wesmouch says:

    Sad to see Eric Margolis stoop to such an embarrassing Trump bash. I thought you were a professional.

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
  38. @wesmouch

    He was, once. Some of the columnists are here to maintain ideological — including “moderate” —bandwidth and a longer homepage.

    But to what end? Unfortunately, worthwhile dissident writers, particularly Caitlin Johnstone, still fear being smeared by association with heterodox ******isms. (My speculation is that this may have been the pretext offered Mr. Unz for the departure of columnists Engelhardt and Napolitano, who were increasingly seen by the commenters as Establishment gatekeepers. My New Year’s prediction was that Buchanan will leave before the end of 2020.)

    I’m not suggesting that Mr. Unz compromise by scuttling the ******ists. But it wouldn’t hurt to trim the roster of any writer who no longer has enough worthwhile to say.

  39. @Gerry T. Neal

    I suppose even Patrick Cockburn had some independent views at some time, rather than the Establishment hack you can read now. I even remember David Irving on TV discussion programmes in the 1990s !
    30 years ago media ownership was much more diffuse and a window of opportunity opened up after the end of the Cold War. Lots of people appeared in the MSM who would never appear now. In the last 20 odd years, market concentration in the media has resulted in oligopoly. 5 corporations control 90 % of American media outlets, apparently. They push a Neoliberal line with a very narrow range of “respectable” views permitted.
    Perhaps Margolis thought that he could prolong his MSM shelf life by abandoning his more independent sentiments. Well, it’s not worked. He’s down in the boondocks with the rest of us.

  40. Ugetit says:

    One hopes new president Biden …

    Keep hoping, fool!

  41. Ugetit says:
    @Observator

    … but the man who blustered oblivious to his flaws was merely comic relief.

    I’d call it comic disgust.

  42. turtle says:

    States of little or no importance stole the limelight from big, significant states like my own New York and California.

    All hail the Chosen States, home to the Chosen [Swamp] People. Hey, Eric, you forgot northern Virginia, where many real swamp creatures live.

    What about those of us “yahoos in pickup trucks” who live in a Chosen State but do not agree with the “woke” narrative? Are we summarily and automatically disenfranchised?
    Evidently so, in common with our fellow citizens in “unimportant states.”

    The US Postal Service, heavily sabotaged by the Trump minions, still managed to function and deliver the winning votes.

    After midnight, with a preference indicated only for POTUS, all marked for Sleepy Joe, by the truckload.

    Interfering with the mail is a … crime.

    So is interfering with the election.

    One hopes new president Biden will quickly rejoin the … important nuclear control deal with Iran.

    I wouldn’t count on it.

    • Replies: @36 ulster
  43. @Peter B

    I suspect Mr. Margolis was in a light-hearted mood when he wrote the essay. Some readers were “triggered.”

  44. anon[340] • Disclaimer says:

    Let us hope the world does not conflate the United States with Trump’s boorish, unethical behavior.

    Don’t worry, the world knows that the United States has nothing to do with Trump’s rude behavior. The world knows that USA is actually the country that invades other countries with lying pretenses to seize its wealth.

  45. anon[340] • Disclaimer says:

    This election also leaves key Trump allies cast adrift. Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu has lost his most important supporter after casino king Adelson. Brazil’s fool of a president, Jair Bolsonaro, looks orphaned by Trump’s defeat. India’s Narendra Modi will miss Trump’s backing of ever-increasing Indian immigration to the US and ignoring of rising repression in Kashmir. Biden may be forced to face China’s brutal treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang. The beastly Saudi regime will lose its most influential patron when Trump goes.

    Of course, Saudi Arabia never had an influence on American politics before Trump. Nor was there any repression in Kashmir or Xinjiang before the Big Bad Orange. And the United States is so incredibly powerful that it can face and punish India, China, and, how to forget, Russia, all at the same time. With the same success that they had in Afghanistan and Iraq.

  46. Ladies & Gentlemen, meet Eric Margolis, Deep State Propagandist, half-Jew and half-Wit.

  47. Ragno says:

    When I read “amiable old pol”, I thought this was satire and Margolis was building up to a punch line.

    But when he blamed “religion” and “Protestant churches”, and lumped (law-abiding and patriotic) “yahoos in pickup trucks” with (parasitic and Marxist) “looters and welfare recipients”, well, clearly the joke is on us. I knew I was witnessing a ritual denoting the Triumph of the Jews; but despite this shoestring-budget version of the Dancing Rooftop Israelis, Margolis shouldn’t hold his breath waiting for an engraved invitation back to the A-list which is never coming. In fact, he shouldn’t hold his breath waiting for the “amiable old pol” and Kamala-Toe to touch that Lincoln Bible – the more these shysters assume the close, the shakier the sale becomes. Nobody’s President yet (except the one already in office.)

    Lord knows Trump is a flawed Chief Executive, who seems incapable of grasping that the Jews he has prostrated himself before for years now are not his friends; in fact, they seem, overwhelmingly, to prefer to see white gentiles defamed and disenfranchised than to see their people lionized and their phony, oppressive “homeland” treated as sacrosanct. (“So? Who needs Trump? We were perfectly capable of milking the Christian Zionist cattle before he showed up!” seems to be the idea here.)

    I’m still scratching my head, though.

    States of little or no importance stole the limelight from big, significant states like my own New York and California.

    reads like satire, only written by Goebbels. But then it’s followed by

    The election showed without a doubt that the antique system of the electoral college must be replaced or even better, junked.

    which reminds us that, vote-counts aside, the survival of our homeland probably depends on eradicating the one enemy we have that, sadly, is simultaneously foreign and domestic. Like George Romero wisely said, long ago, kill the brain and you kill the ghoul.

  48. The article isn’t as troubling as the thought that someone finds anything about it worthy of being featured here.

  49. @GreatSocialist

    Rampant, coordinated, extreme vote-stealing gave Biden his “win” and doesn’t count as being fired.

    Eric, you are a disappointment.

  50. Frosty says:

    The audience that Eric usually appeals to were obviously very disappointed ( to say the least) with this anti Trump rant . The comments of his readers clearly showed their utter disdain for Eric’s view.

    I think erics views are generally quite insightful even if they are sometimes completely wrong….BTW….one can be insightful and very wrong at the same time.🤓..

    In this case , I completely agree with Eric ‘s anti Trumpian rant on many levels and I firmly congratulate him on sending this viewpoint into very unfriendly territory

    • LOL: 36 ulster
  51. I slammed on the brakes on suffering through this bucket of trip in the second paragraph when Margolis vomited out, “Trump had so much against him – his shocking denial of the deadly Covid epidemic…”. Anybody who has actually bought-in and/or promotes the lie of Covid is either a gullible moron, a compromised stooge, and/or a lying sack of shit. F*ck you, Margolis.

  52. 36 ulster says:

    Unz’s Troll-in-Residence.

  53. 36 ulster says:
    @turtle

    I can assure you that the USPS is pretty much impervious to political intervention, regardless of who occupies the White House or the Capitol. And I don’t mean this in a good way. True, the mail does get delivered–eventually, but the mistakes we carriers and clerks make are of little account when measured against systemic TARFUs such a social engineering (“diversity”), data mining, surveillance, and feminized/lesbianized office politics at all levels, adding up to a giant FUBAR, which the rear echelons of the USPS unironically refer to as leadership and management.

  54. @Jennifer Jones

    Your first sentence in 2) is clearly false. COVID is definitely and without room for scientific doubt more deadly (ten times as much or more) than an average or even a bad seasonal flu. There’s lots of high-quality data now (in fact better data for COVID than for flu).
    Also, the people who die are a few years younger and healthier on average than with the flu. The duration of the illness in “moderate” disease as well as the time spent in ICU for severe cases is much longer with COVID than with the flu.
    It’s not the black death, but it’s nastier than any of the flu-like viruses we are used to.

  55. Trump’s fulminations against Iran led his chief paymaster, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, to fork over another $75 million to Trump on top of a hefty, $100 million donation, plus millions more from hedge fund moguls tied to Israel’s rightwing Likud Party while the media screamed about alleged Russian interference.

    Well, the US media is not very good at geography, and Adelson’s forebears came out of the lice-infested hovels of Lithuania and Ukraine… which are kinda-sorta ‘Russia‘ if you don’t know where the borders are.

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