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Two fervent Donald Trump supporters die and go to heaven. Soon after their arrival they meet God. “Please can you tell us,” they ask him, “did President Trump really win the presidential election or did he lose it because of fraud?”

“I can definitively tell you that Joe Biden won the presidency fairly by 306 to 232 votes in the electoral college and there was absolutely no fraud,” responds the Almighty. The Trump supporters look at him suspiciously for a moment before one turns to the other and whispers: “I can see that the conspiracy goes even higher than we thought.”

The moral of the story is that there will always be a pro-Trump core of Americans who will be convinced, whatever the lack of evidence, that their man should have stayed in the White House. Some commentators gloomily predict that Trumpism will outlast Trump, citing the 74 million who voted for him and the majority of Republicans who believe in his nonsense claims about winning the election.

On the other hand, many hope that Trump was an aberration in American history, a grotesque political accident not likely to recur – and that the defeat of his type of politics will be final.

Over the past four years I have felt that Trump’s opponents have misunderstood his strengths and weaknesses, underestimating and overestimating them at the same time. Above all else, he is an obsessive self-publicist – a common enough trait among politicians – but one of extraordinary capabilities when it comes to dominating the news agenda by skilfully using Twitter and sympathetic television networks like Fox News.

This is a difficult to do, let alone go on doing it for years as he poured out tweets precisely geared to provoking attention-grabbing headlines in newspapers and on newscasts. Outrageous lies and personal scandals did him little damage and attracted soaring television ratings. This will be a hard – and probably an impossible – act to follow by those Republican leaders manoeuvring to inherit Trump’s support.

Many fear that Trump is not permanently out of business and over the next four years, he will be lurking in Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach estate, like some American version of General Charles de Gaulle waiting in Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, for a return to power. Yet this is close to impossible once he is out of the White House and no longer has the magic of executive power to attract his devotees. Without Twitter and instant access to Fox News as a megaphone for his views, he will become ever more isolated.

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Significant also is the fact that he is no longer permanently entertaining, something that guaranteed him a constant presence – even on television stations that detested him. This has long enabled him to dominate the news agenda in the US and in the rest of the world to a degree that has come to feel normal to both friends and enemies. But since the election, his entertainment value has ebbed and he sounds more and more deranged as he rants on about how he was robbed of office.

The problem for Trumpism is that it does not stand for much without Trump himself and his instinctive understanding, honed by his long years as a star of reality TV, about how to dominate in an age awash with information. Trumpism has never been an ideology like European fascism in the 1920s and 1930s, but is an incoherent body of fears, hatreds and dreams. More than most such movements, Trumpism needs a leader.

How far will Joe Biden be able to repair the damage inflicted by Trump on America? The simple fact of the country not being run by an unhinged crackpot obviously enhances its government’s competence at home and influence abroad. Political establishments everywhere are almost sobbing with relief.

However, the very fact that America could produce such a leader, who should so mismanage the Covid-19 crisis as to leave 400,000 Americans dead, is not something that is going to be forgotten in the world’s collective memory.

All great powers depend to a degree on bluff and exaggerated assumptions of their superiority. That bluff has been called and America is permanently weakened. It should always have been evident that the US was deeply divided, primarily by race and the legacy of slavery and the Civil War. Once this was passed off as irrelevant history, but no longer. In future, there will always be an expectation after the invasion of the Capitol on 6 January that what happened once could happen again.

Members of the far-right mob who are facing long prison sentences are sensibly claiming that they acted only on the instructions of President Trump as they understood them. It will not be easy for him to wholly disavow them.

For all his radical rhetoric, Trump did little beyond advancing the traditional Republican programme of cutting taxes and reducing regulation. For his masses of “left-behind” followers, he did nothing beyond words and promises.

There was a phoniness at the heart of the whole Trump project and there is something satisfactory in the way that it is his bellicose demagoguery on the day of the Capitol invasion, which he probably did not expect to be taken seriously, that may now destroy him.

(Republished from The Independent by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. There is not a single thought (if I’m allowed to embellish) expressed here that wouldn’t seem anodyne in Chris Matthews’ Twitter feed. Cockburn is entirely clueless about the state of the middle and working classes in the United States, and should stick to mourning various expired Iranians.

    Why he is published here is beyond me.

  2. fnn says:

    The problem for Trumpism is that it does not stand for much without Trump himself and his instinctive understanding, honed by his long years as a star of reality TV, about how to dominate in an age awash with information. Trumpism has never been an ideology like European fascism in the 1920s and 1930s, but is an incoherent body of fears, hatreds and dreams. More than most such movements, Trumpism needs a leader.

    And here I thought it was about immigration control, bad trade deals/export of the US industrial base to China and pointless and endless foreign wars. At least that’s what I heard during the 2016 campaign. The problem may be that you come from a famous Communist family and Communists have zero regard for the truth.

  3. Anon[293] • Disclaimer says:

    The title talks about the damage done to this country but the article does not list anything. What damage is the author referring to? Where do we start the task of undoing the Trump damage? The article does not state how this should be done either. Shouldn’t an article actually reflect what its title states?

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Joe Lopez
  4. This was a load of rubbish.

    Trump was a good president.

    He was sabotaged and recieved constant hits from day one from the Dems and Repugs.

    He finally got illegal entry by foreigners under some control, he set up a wall and it doesn’t matter who paid for it, he got the economy rolling and ceased sending US troops abroad to die for nothing while the military murdered brown people for nothing.

    Cockburn is part of the establishment and this garbage article proves it.

    Trump respected the constitution and the freedoms we hold dear, so despite his massive mistakes he get’s a B+.

    • Agree: Kolya Krassotkin
    • LOL: GomezAdddams
  5. Sean says:

    Trump ran against China, and the Republican establishment. It seems likely that he spoke to an unheralded base of support for the Republicans. His supporters were uneducated, but with above average incomes. The Democrats are now the party of American big business, which is made up of companies that are in the business of making money for their investors, not providing jobs and productive capacity in America. Biden is going to turn the US into a convenience store for China. American capital (especially the pandemic stimulus money), cheap energy, and technology will flow into China, and the hypercapitalist Western elite growing rich beyond the dreams of avarice will exhibit cognitive dissonance about how relatively powerful China is becoming.

    Professor of Epidemiology W. Ian Lipkin had been warning the Chinese about another pandemic similar to SARS for a decade before his prediction came true. Lipkin was invited to China many times because they understood he was a world authority, and he warned about the wildlife wet markets having already originated a novel pandemic with SARS in 2003 meant they ought to be shut down if they wanted to avoid creating a new disease and pandemic. The Chinese ignored him.

    On Jan 14, the WHO tweeted that so far the investigations by Chinese authorities had found “no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission”.

    “From the information that we have it is possible that there is limited human-to-human transmission, potentially among families, but it is very clear right now that we have no sustained human-to-human transmission,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, acting head of WHO’s emerging diseases unit

    Basically the Chinese were putting out that the Wuhan disease transmissibility was exactly like the 2003 one of SARS–not transmissible enough to cause a massive pandemic. That information was wrong. Clearly, there was a danger in China understating the possible upper limit of Covid-19 transmissibility, because this would result in countries with their guard not up suddenly being hit with, not the incipient beginnings of the pandemic as totalitarian China was, but the mature thing which having exponentially grown for a month would be too big and fast for being brought under control, especially by Western liberal individualist countries like America.

    A month and a half later on February the 27th, Trump said he had spoke to Xi and been told that the spread of infections in China had been declining for two days. Unless one believes that Trump dared fabricate the content of the aforementioned conversation and the Chinese leader let him, Xi must have deliberately misled Trump about what was heading his way. I for one do not discount the possibility that the idea of turning the pandemic to his advantage crossed the mind of Xi. China and its collaborators in the Western elite hated Trump ever bit as much as Cockburn clearly Yes, the defeat of Trump’s type of politics is final, because Trump was like Mohammed Ali in boxing, who did things wrong but competed successfully, and he made his money before he won elected office. There will never be another Trump.

    • Disagree: GomezAdddams, antibeast
    • Replies: @Anon
    , @James Forrestal
  6. mijj says:

    what damage did Trump do to the US?
    The USA was already a mass-murdering, destructive, subverting, thieving state on the international stage. The US was already a state contemptuous of the will, health and wealth of its own population.

    Are we of the opinion that nobody noticed the USA was a scumbag state until Trump came along – and now it’ll be all better now because the PR will improve?

  7. The moral of the story is that there will always be a pro-Trump core of Americans who will be convinced, whatever the lack of evidence, that their man should have stayed in the White House.

    What kind of imbecile would write the above? The lack of evidence?
    What kind of lunatic would think there is a lack of evidence?

    It’s just so crazy that you can’t even get mad at this poor soul. You can only feel pity that this writer has become so deluded, so corrupted, so incurious.

    How can anyone read anything he writes?

    • Replies: @acementhead
  8. “It should always have been evident that the US was deeply divided, primarily by race and the legacy of slavery and the Civil War. Once this was passed off as irrelevant history, but no longer.”
    That’s it?
    The primary division is race & the “legacy” of the civil war?
    Cockburn is off with Lucy in the Sky… etc.
    A fantastically corrupt oligarchy, a social structure designed to pump all nutrients to the very top etc, etc?
    But no — it’s all about 1864 & so on….
    Give-me-a-break.

  9. I missed the part where the scribbler gave any details on anything Trump did to damage America, other than the exact same things Clinton-Bush-Obama did and Biden will do. Substantively, Trump never diverged from the corporate imperial trajectory.

    The only detail he gives is Trump’s alleged “mismanagement” of the fake pandemic, with the regurgitation of the grossly fraudulent “400,000” death number.

    Of course the only real Covid crisis is the political and socioeconomic crisis of how elite technocracy is using the Covid propaganda assault to advance its totalitarian agenda, and Trump’s only mismanagement was his endless flip-flopping and waffling and refusal to take a firm position. (I agree this was very stupid and politically self-destructive on his part, but that’s not what most people mean when they spew the term “mismanagement”.)

    For real Covid mismanagement, look to the advocates of lockdowns and face diapers and untested vaccines. Lockdowns already comprise history’s most extreme example of something proven to fail yet which stupid, insane, evil people still want to keep doing over and over again expecting a different result. The science on masks is longstanding and not controversial – outside a clinical setting they serve no public health purpose at all.

    • Agree: Mark G.
    • Replies: @acementhead
  10. My estimation of Cockburn as a journalist has plummeted after this tendentious farrago. Does he really believe that Biden didn’t steal the election? Lack of evidence? There was a mountain of evidence and if Cockburn doesn’t know this he’s a shockingly incompetent journalist. If he does know it he’s a lying POS. And pray, what damage has Trump done to America? And doddering Joe with his army of expectant gibsmedats is going to put it right?

    I’d safely say I have never read a worse article on UR.

    • Replies: @GeeBee
    , @Curmudgeon
  11. Patrick Cockburn either has a bad case of TDS Trump Derangement Syndrome, or is on the Soros payroll, thus eager to bash the tens of millions of anti-globalist voters who supported what Trump – however flawed – represented

    Regarding Trump’s behaviour, there’s a good argument that Donald Trump was drugged and manipulated in the latter part of his presidency, after being under extortionate blackmail in the early part after his surprise 2016 win

    Poisoning / drugging US Presidents seems common. FDR’s death in 1945 is widely thought a poisoning. Keeper of dark secrets Lyndon Johnson was told in 1968 he would be dead within 4 years, and he died Jan. 1973. Ronald Reagan was hit with Alzheimer’s soon after leaving office, and did not remember he was US President.

    Despite massive election fraud red flags, Trump made utterly foolish decisions, acting like a drugged-up weakling, whilst his lawyers conducted a feckless campaign that sabotaged his chances and credibility:
    – No professional, media-friendly website marshalling evidence
    – Never taking the key decision in early November, to fire Attorney General Bill Barr who was helping Biden …

    By early 2020 Trump already appeared to be a sick, drugged-up man, slurring speech and not in control of himself

    • Replies: @Badger Down
  12. 400,000 dead on trump’s watch–a vile repulsive thug with reptile empathy. A Failure- a dry alcoholic and complete 101% narcissist- a total flop at everything he has put his childish hands on– affairs and the Stormy Danials woman –even his wife is likely a former porn star with no manners . No wars in 4 years but the killing in Afghanistan Iraq continues and stealing Syrian oil. Big obese twit with his notrils up Netanyahu’s rectum –he better get out of USA and go to Israel; and wear the King of Israel crown in future castle along Golan Heights. Got into Wharton with a Jew Shapiro wriitng his Entrance exams and his pal–his big pal –that repulsive sadistic homosexual Roy Cohn. ALL evil jews but the stupid hicks in USA think trump; is god — trump is nothing better than trash.

    • Agree: Nodwink, GreatSocialist
    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  13. BuelahMan says:

    I thought Cockburn was English. But he is simply Joe Biden’s left nut.

    • Agree: peterike, acementhead
  14. anastasia says:

    If the writer examined the evidence, which he indubitably did not, he would see that the evidence of voter fraud rises to the level of proof and it is massive. It was what I would call “in your face” election fraud. Officials used an authority they did not have resulting in their acting unlawfully in numerous ways damaging any hope of integrity in an election. Further, many reputable experts with impeccable credentials showed with a knowledge that rose to the level of certainty that the machines changed the votes; many reputable experts showed with the same level of certainty foreign interference in the election via the voting machines; there were other levels of fraud on the ground, with vote harvesting, ineligible voters voting, including those who were dead, casting votes on a massive scale. Mail in ballots, reputed to be “the seeds of political corruption” and “unreliable” opened the door to mammoth fraud. And it was all accomplished under the cover of a virus that cannot be detected or diagnosed either by symptoms or testing.

    The writer is the quintessential example of Washington and the courts, neither of whom bothered to look for election fraud. As a matter of fact, their avoidance of the facts of election fraud was so grossly negligent, it took on the appearance of intentional conduct. The media outright lied, like the writer, pronouncing that there was no evidence, presumably hoping that the psychological gaslighting of the American people would work. But it can only work with those those like himself, who never bothered to look, for theirs are the loudest voices in the room.

    This gaslighting effort is also seen in the writer’s description of the “invasion” of the Capitol. They cannot point to any real damage, except to point to persons who died of natural causes, committed suicide 5 days later. The one person who was inexplicably shot and killed by a high level plainclothes policeman, appeared to be a man who did not seem to know how to hold a gun. There was no damage to the buildings, except a couple of windows broken, all to the screams of “Antifa” by the crowd watching. Other than these rowdy tourists leaving soda cans and plastic straws on the floors and tables, I noted no damage to the building.

    And if Trump caused any damage, it was psychological in nature, and admittedly may have worsened psychological maladies that could be otherwise controlled by drugs. For instance, when Trump called Pelosi, “crazy Nancy”, he not only brought attention to a problem that should have been apparent to all long ago, he also caused her symptoms to progress and worsen. Admittedly, only in the mature do we see the kind of restraint necessary to stop oneself from taking vengeful action. Instead, we have seen those that govern us willing to turn over the whole checkerboard, and tear up the constitution, to salve their unwarranted high opinion of their own superiority.

    • Replies: @troof
  15. Realist says:

    Cockburn is here for oppositional input …not intellectual input.

    • Agree: Greta Handel
  16. @Billy Chav

    Perhaps Mr. Unz keeps around pedigreed “Journalists” — see also, Buchanan, Engelhardt (Archived), Margolis (recently resurrected from the Archived), Napolitano (Archived) — to highlight how Exceptionally! clueless and kowtowing these Establishment flaks are.

    Compare this columnist, who saw Trump far more clearly in advance:

    In 2008, Obama was touted as a political outsider who will hose away all of the rot and bloody criminality of the Bush years. He turned out to be a deft move by our ruling class. Though fools still refuse to see it, Obama is a perfect servant of our military banking complex. Now, Trump is being trumpeted as another political outsider.

    A Trump presidency will temporarily appease restless, lower class whites, while serving as a magnet for liberal anger. This will buy our ruling class time as they continue to wage war abroad while impoverishing Americans back home. Like Obama, Trump won’t fulfill any of his election promises, and this, too, will be blamed on bipartisan politics.

    Linh Dinh, “Orlando Shooting Means Trump for President,” June 12, 2016, @ The Unz Review.

    • Agree: lavoisier
    • Thanks: Curmudgeon
  17. anon[176] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    1 Muslim ban affecting countries that are not a threat but not banning Saudi Arab or UAE .
    2Trying to kill Venezuelan president and regime.
    3Trying to blame China .
    4 Hurting US economy in the name of hurting Chinese
    5Reaching good deals with N Korea and Taliban then scurrying away in the face of subversion and antagonism from establishment of swamp at the last moment .
    6 Building part of the wall from the frozen asset of Venezuelan gov.
    7 Stealing oil from Syria
    8Agreeing to Fed and Treasury’s bailout of banking and printing of money to save corporations
    9 Diminishing the civility and the culture .
    10 Making the unwashed uncouth incompetent low average white American thunk that the immigrants and blacks ate their school lunch.
    11 Emboldening the moron Evangelical crowd to commit more anti -American sins
    12 Obviously the continuation of all the criminal projects initiated by Bush Cheney Obama.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  18. peterike says:

    There will be a great deal of stupidity written today from the media talking heads. Congrats to Mr. Cockburn on taking an early lead in winning the Stupidest award.

    • Agree: northeast
  19. The problem, Patrick, with your argument, is in your basic preconceptions. You say, “there will always be a pro-Trump core of Americans who will be convinced, whatever the lack of evidence…”

    But, not all those who believe that the election was dishonest were or are ardent Trump supporters. The brightest and most honest citizens can see plainly that the election was rigged by means of ballot harvesting of mail-in votes. Whom they voted for is not relevant.

  20. A123 says:

    Look at the horrible damage done by Trump. The WARS he has started:
     
     

    Wait a sec…… NO WARS started.

    NeoConDemocrats want the Oval Office occupied by someone who will start wars. The DNC was disappointed by President Trump’s peace efforts. They stand proudly for Führer Biden’s violence, wars, and mass spending on the MIC.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @troof
    , @Greta Handel
  21. El Dato says:

    I don’t understand this joke.

    Cockburn is now a meme for extreme normalcy bias.

    Also, from a time capsule:

    On the other hand, many hope that Kerensky was an aberration in Russian history, a grotesque political accident not likely to recur – and that the defeat of his type of politics will be final.

  22. Poor Patrick – it was HER TURN!

    Whatever they say, folks… I’ll always remember the day in 2016 that Trump beat the War Witch with a smile!

    He certainly did seem drugged during his farewell speech…

  23. Lurker says:

    and his instinctive understanding, honed by his long years as a star of reality TV

    Certain people love to push the idea that Trump is just a reality TV star, as if he had no prior career or standing before The Apprentice was on TV. Mr. Cockburn is not quite going that far but he’s nodding in that direction.

    • Replies: @troof
  24. troof says:
    @Billy Chav

    The author hit the nail on the head and you don’t like it because now you feel stupid. Donald Trump was just a showboat channeling the vapid ignorance of the baby boomer generation, and younger people got caught up in it, especially from areas that are lagging behind the culture.

    The whole thing backfired on him when enough followers took it seriously because you are all so thoughtless. What was going to happen by invading the Capitol? You were channeling the slogans of baby boomer morons “we’ll straighten them out” and “congress critters” etc. This whole trope is a something the older people learned since the 1980’s and treasured for a lifetime identity.

    The younger people acted it out for the boomers, as though any of it had been real and not just another infantile generational fantasy. WTF is a “Trump Train”? Is it really like an unstoppable locomotive, or a child playing with toys? The REAL middle and working class these days is hispanic and mixed race, not an aging retard population of obsolete junk belt “jerbist” morons. Did you really think a Constitution written 250 years ago by colonial aristocrats and freeholders was designed for lower-middle morons in 2020 to smash and destroy a jewel of American civilisation?

    The REAL middle and working class is in China and India and Brasil and every other burgeoning economy, and no they did not “steal” your jobs. They ARE the job, so what are you? A junk heap. In all this time you people developed NOTHING in America but false identity. The “white middle and working class” are almost universally incompetent, and verging on unemployable.

    • Agree: Supply and Demand
    • Troll: Polistra
    • Replies: @Wyatt
    , @Billy Chav
  25. troof says:
    @Lurker

    His “prior career” was the same thing: blowhard pretend bigshot channeling tropes. All he ever did was the equivalent of “reality TV”, by staying present in media and plastering the image over things like casinos and other junk. Donald Trump is a joke and I had forgotten all about him like everyone else until somebody “reintroduced” him to the aging baby boomer moron public.

    I will never understand why anyone under 60 could possibly have gone for that, the main memory I have of those days is seeing his face in supermarket tabloids at the checkout line. It violates the number one rule of all political movements, that it is staffed and headed by the future and not the past.

  26. troof says:
    @A123

    There’s not a single “Trump Policy” that anyone actually disagrees with, but it gets the lower middles too riled up. It isn’t supposed to be an identity cult, and the idea of “Trump Flags” is just too much. It was turning into a violent circus, and somebody had to pull the plug.

    • Troll: A123
  27. GeeBee says:
    @Irish Savant

    I pressed the ‘agree’ because I do indeed agree with all you say, but I find it surprising that a writer such as Cockburn had very far enough to fall in your estimation that you employ the word ‘plummeted’. I have always regarded him with the utmost suspicion: he seldom provides verifiable facts; he construes such factoids that he adduces in ways that are, to say the least, tendentious; and he cleaves to a predictable loony-left standpoint on each and every topic as a matter of course.

    I shall never read another word that he writes.

    • Replies: @Irish Savant
  28. Cockburn proves his cluelessness at every turn. He certainly has no understanding of the warring factions in the US.

  29. The moral of the story is that there will always be a pro-Trump core of Americans who will be convinced, whatever the lack of evidence, that their man should have stayed in the White House.

    While history may prove that some of your other allegations have some truth, that Trump was more of a well-intentioned grifter than a true reformer, one would have to be blind, deaf and dumb to ignore the overwhelming evidence of voter fraud that not one single court, to date, has addressed, but all dodged examining the issue by claiming lack of jurisdiction, lack of standing, lack of proper timing, or other shenanigans the court pulls when it wants to avoid a political hot potato. So far, the only court to take up the issue, Dominion voting machine fraud in a tiny little Michigan county, has come to the opposite opinion, that there does appear to be fraud. May that brave judge survive long enough to finish examining the evidence before he gets Arkencided.

    The final arbiter of the dispute, the Supreme Court, ducked the issue by claiming a lack of jurisdiction in the Texas lawsuit. Newsflash: that is the ONLY jurisdiction the Supreme Court has written into the U.S. Constitution, disputes between the states. All the other stuff, the gay rights issues, or abortion. or any of the other fringe issues it takes up, are by its own discretion. The ONLY reason SCOTUS exists is to make sure no state gets so ticked off that they secede. The LAST time SCOTUS tucked their tail between their legs and cucked out on a case was Dredd Scott, and it resulted in the First American Civil War.

    Sorry, buddy, but whatever your credentials are, they do NOT equal my law degree, nor my doctoral thesis on propaganda and the law.

    This election was STOLEN. We all know it. We saw the evidence. The question is, what will MAGA Nation do to take back their country?

  30. anonymous[400] • Disclaimer says:

    whatever the lack of evidence, that their man should have stayed

    On this very website Mr Unz has a very fine article addressing this subject and comes to a different conclusion. Perhaps Cockburn should actually read it before making evidence free sweeping assertions throughout his article. He alludes to damage done by Trump without stating what that happens to be. This article could have been, and probably was, written in fifteen minutes while half asleep. Fact free gibberish, the author is nowhere near the level his brother was.

  31. @A123

    Your definition of “war” apparently excludes sanctioning, embargoes, droning, and attempts to overthrow the governments of sovereign nations.

    But that aside, where was any war left to start? And given his campaign promises to end them, why are there still those “ – present” under the Obama column?

    • Agree: Curmudgeon
    • Replies: @A123
  32. @Irish Savant

    Putting aside Cockburn’s willful ignorance of the recent election, I often explained to friends in Europe that they cannot understand how geography affects politics in North America in general, and the US in particular. There are, for example, lakes that are larger than Wales and some European countries. While often spoken of in the monolithic term “Americans”, it is as accurate as saying the Scots and English are the same British.
    Damage to America? Which America? It seems to me that he’s only interested in the one with the biggest megaphone.

  33. @GomezAdddams

    400,000 dead on trump’s watch

    I’m not even going to touch the rest of your diatribe, but I gather you are blissfully unaware that the CDC admits to inflating COVID deaths.
    https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/514915-is-us-covid-19-death-count-inflated
    Tens of thousands of people with compromised immune systems die of colds and influenza every year.

  34. troof says:
    @anastasia

    Instead, we have seen those that govern us willing to turn over the whole checkerboard, and tear up the constitution, to salve their unwarranted high opinion of their own superiority.

    You just described every Trump supporter. I notice you conveniently left out the policemen they surrounded and murdered. Nice job with the projection fantasy that describes yourself to a “T”. For example:

    The writer is the quintessential example of Washington and the courts, neither of whom bothered to look for election fraud.

    Indeed. You never bothered to look for the 538 Votes that exist in the entire USA, the only votes that count and the only votes that Congress will ever consider. Try reading the 12th Amendment.

    As a matter of fact, their avoidance of the facts of election fraud was so grossly negligent, it took on the appearance of intentional conduct.

    Yes it does! Dozens of lawsuits by the wrong parties against other wrong parties, avoiding the facts of election fraud like trying to outvote the Electoral College that was duly appointed and certified by each State. Notice it never occurred to anyone to allocate the electoral votes in proportion to the popular votes? Biden STILL wins by that count, it’s 50-50 overall with enough lead to finish first.

    The media outright lied, like the writer, pronouncing that there was no evidence, presumably hoping that the psychological gaslighting of the American people would work.

    It did work, 100,000 morons gathered to “protest” their own votes and destroy their own opposition to the certificates. All objections downvoted, many withdrawn, Biden is President by almost 3-1 in the House and 9-1 in the Senate. Any questions? The math is very simple.

    But it can only work with those those like himself, who never bothered to look, for theirs are the loudest voices in the room.

    Exactly You’ve been pounding that Trump Train for years now and all you hear is an echo chamber. Now you have the military in charge and protecting the entire government, most social media is shutting you down, and the next step is massive no-fly lists, ending your access to the banking system, and generally squeezing you people down to the right pocket… because you break things.

    Donald Trump is the antithesis of what any Founder had in mind when they gathered to write the Constitution 250 years ago. You need to learn how to share, not dominate. First lesson: you are not “middle class”, and you are not “working class” either. You are not anything, not “the backbone”, and nobody needs the moricano nation at this point.

  35. @anon

    Other than the names and places, what was the last US administration that did NOT do what is on your list?

  36. 2008 Obama: 69.5m
    2008: Other guy: 59.9m

    2012 Obama: 65.9
    2012 Other guy: 60.1m

    2016 Hillary: 48.5m
    2016 Trumps: 63.0m

    2020 JoJo: 81.0m <– Really?
    2020 Trumps: 74.1m

  37. Wyatt says:
    @troof

    That Irish dipfuck didn’t hit shit and neither did you. Donald Trump was all kinds of bad qualities, but he stymied illegal wars and didn’t give the Israelis shit in Syria. That’s a monumental effort in and of itself because the last two presidents bowed to the neocons and killed God knows how many Arabs for the benefit of a backstabbing nation.

    It says a lot more about American politicians that someone as bad as Trump could do the most basic shit like moving troops out of foreign countries and stop bombing people who never attacked America. I would rather have a narcissistic blowhard as President than some bought and paid for Chinese whore with dementia and his colored cunt in tow who have both enriched themselves at the expense of American citizens.

    Patrick Cocksuck here is the preeminent example of a man obsessed with looking smart rather than being smart and showing sociopathy in the progress. Trump is evil and made awful mistakes and all this other shit, but Patrick actually has some secret kernel of wisdom about Trump that makes him stand out and bla bla bla bla. It’s all the same tripe from the same know nothing dickheads who want to be recognized without doing anything worthy of recognition.

    If you’re going to troll, at least try doing a good job of it.

    • Agree: Jim Christian
  38. The Damage Trump Has Done to America Will be Hard to Undo

    A more accurate assessment is, “The damage done to America in the half century before Trump entered the White House, some of which Trump promised to fix, has proven impossible for Trump to undo.”

  39. Worst article ever, Cockburn! At Counterpunch (esp. when the late great Joe Bageant was there when he was alive, RIP, Joe) you seemed to be pro-working class, a tried and true leftist who had meaning…I guess you’ve turned into a cowardly “narrative preacher.” I used to respect the left back when since it stood for the working-class…now it stands for billionaire tech oligarchs who despise the working class and esp. the white working class. But you also despise the black, Hispanic, Asian, Native, whatever working-class….just like Trump (really did, despite his acting BS), just like Biden and Harris, just like the Clintons, and Hollywood, and the rest of you TRULY DEPLORABLES!

  40. @troof

    You’re a pretty excitable guy but the point stands, Cockburn is just an msnbc lib with nothing to say.

  41. A123 says:
    @Greta Handel

    Your definition of “war”

    It is not my definition. It is THE DEFINITION:

    1. armed conflict between nations or factions within a nation; warfare.
    2. a state or period of active military operations.

    given his campaign promises to end them, why are there still those “ – present” under the Obama column?

    The Deep State establishment undermined Trump’s art more to stop those wars. Barack Hussein holdover Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman springs immediately to mind.

    It is good that you and Curmudgeon have openly come out as NeoConDemocrats. Now that you have advocated for Führer Biden’s Wars, you now own them. Congratulations!

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @A123
  42. A123 says:
    @A123

    CORRECTION:

    …undermined Trump’s art more to stop those wars.

    Should have read:

    …undermined Trump’s attempt to stop those wars.
    ___

    My prior mobile device met a grim end and the new one has a very different keyboard and autocorrect functionality. Apologies in advance for a (hopefully temporary) increase in typos.

    PEACE 😇

  43. Anon[389] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sean

    Your man Anthony Bliken is on top of it, Trump or no Trump.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/blinken-to-address-u-s-rivalry-with-china-russia-in-senate-hearing-11611069439

    Blinken Backs Tough Approach to China, Says Will Work With GOP

    Biden’s pick for secretary of state also lauds Abraham Accords, backs recognition of Guaidó in Venezuela

    Mr. Blinken also said he recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will keep the U.S. Embassy there, showing a backing for Israel that is important on Capitol Hill. Mr. Trump in 2017 announced the U.S. Embassy would move to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

    • Replies: @Sean
  44. @Curmudgeon

    You and a lot of others still don’t seem able to grasp that almost 0% of that 94% of people would have died when and where they did if not for COVID-19.

    Why is that?

    Is it that you are not able to grasp it or that you are not willing to grasp it?

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  45. @GeeBee

    I actually grew up very close to where Cockburn was brought up and met him a few times. He is of course a leftist but he has gone against the media consensus a few times.

  46. I guess this guy decided this was his last chance to dump on President Trump as he was leaving office.

    I wouldn’t doubt he wrote it in hopes it would keep him out of the re-education camps.

    The only other thing I could figure is that he didn’t have anything else to write about so he dug up some old bromides then cut and pasted them in order to meet a deadline.

    The whole thing was a rambling dissertation put together for no reason other than to see if he could be a bigger asshole than even Obama.

    Good luck fella cause leftists have no problem culling their own.

  47. This has long enabled him to dominate the news agenda in the US and in the rest of the world to a degree that has come to feel normal to both friends and enemies.

    Trump dominationg the news agenda? This writer has got of be blind, deaf and retarded.

    • Disagree: meamjojo
  48. @Curmudgeon

    400,000 dead on trump’s watch

    Curmudg, I thought first not of Covid, but rather all the blacks that have shot each other up in four years’ time, heh..

  49. meamjojo says:

    I didn’t believe that Trump had the “right stuff” to be president when he ran for the office nor when he managed to get elected to it. But it wasn’t until Trump actually moved into the WH that the world began to recognize just how naked the [wannbe] emperor was.

    The degree of Trump’s failure as a businessman, a husband/father, as a moral person and as a person worth looking up to as a good example was stunning. Looking back, it was amazing how well a successful TV show and a carefully crafted [social] media image were able to make such an abject failure of a person seem not only competent but worthy of being allowed to control the country’s nuclear arsenal to so many people. No one seems to have given this aspect of the presidency more than a passing thought.

    Too many people voted for Trump out of their dissatisfaction with professional politicians in general and Congress in particular. Many decided to throw their vote to Trump in 2015 whimsically, with thoughts of “what damage can one man do anyway”, “It’s ONLY for 4 years”, the establishment will keep him in check” and many more rationalizations.

    Politicians and Congress should learn much from rise & fall of Donald J. Trump. But will they?

  50. ‘The Damage Trump Has Done to America Will be Hard to Undo’

    You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

    • Agree: Kolya Krassotkin
  51. BigTony says:

    Trump stood up to the neocons with no political support. Obama had a Nobel war prize and a strong antiwar following, yet he was a poodle for the neocons.

  52. Sean says:
    @Anon

    But Blikin/Biden is going to reinstate the Iran nuclear deal. And he sees parallels between the danger represented by China and Russia. Just because Russia changed its name that does not mean it was not defeated in the Cold War, Russia represents no more that an unfeasible-to-ever-use Mutually Assured Destruction threat, while China’s challenge is far from theoretical.

    Biden is old and these are the same old people and policies returning. They will not be effective. Blinkin wants to strengthen alliances but South Korea and Japan (also Germany) are mediators of technology flow to, are increasingly economically dependent on, China. I believe it will take a decade or so for it to become clear that the burgeoning economic hegemony of China will be immune to old fashioned alliance systems of the US.

    The USSR was first with a satellite and a man in space, establish military parity then came apart with the realization the USSR was a second rate super power and destined to fall further and further behind.. What I take from this is a country has to believe in a future of at least maintaining its position. When it begins to see the future as one of decline relative to peers there will be internal instability. By 2035 there will be a profound demoralization among the whole political class in America.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  53. Anonymous[525] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sean

    When it begins to see the future as one of decline relative to peers there will be internal instability. By 2035 there will be a profound demoralization among the whole political class in America.

    Yes, one of the perks of being part of the US elite is that you are part of the hegemon’s elite and thus have elite status, power, and prestige in the world and not just domestically. Relative decline imperils that.

    Trump was most vocal and explicit about it, but liberal and centrist elites have been worried about how China’s rise threatens their position and status as well.

    The problem for US elites and the political class is that the most reflexively jingoistic, nationalistic element of the US population that can be counted on to be instinctively racially hostile to China and willing to sacrifice in a major conflict with it is the legacy white population.

    By 2035, the US population under age 35 will be majority non-white, and the white population will skew very old. This younger, non-white majority will have no memory of US hegemony and won’t identify with the white US of the past that had achieved and maintained dominance. Moreover, their racial animus will be directed primarily against whites, rather a non-white country like China.

    Furthermore, US elites have been and are now under the new Biden Administration intensifying its demonization and demoralization of the US white population.

    This is the dilemma for US elites. They have been replacing and attacking the very population they would need to fight China with. They have been replacing them with non-whites who would be less enthused and competent and effective in fighting China. To fight China, they would have to rehabilitate a white majority and dominance, but that would lead to domestic upheaval.

    “Census shows white decline, nonwhite majority among youngest Americans”

    “For the first time, nonwhites and Hispanics were a majority of people under age 16 in 2019, an expected demographic shift that will grow over the coming decades.”

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/census-shows-white-decline-nonwhite-majority-among-youngest-americans-n1232094

  54. Exile says:
    @Billy Chav

    I hardly think Cockburn is on my side but neither was Trump – he’s not wrong in that assessment.

    Trump did nothing to advance the interests or better the future of millions of White Americans who thought he was finally “our voice” in Washington.

    The last four years may as well have been a poorly-scripted reality TV show. The only way to salvage something positive from this is by getting more American Whites to understand this scam & learn from it so they won’t fall for the same tricks in the future.

  55. Aside from policy, what is the legacy of the Alt Right, Alt Lite, and other Trump supporting factions?

    In the Alt Right, Nathan Damigo has disappeared, Richard Spencer is no longer a leader, David Duke has faded away, and Paul Nehlen is irrelevant. Charlottesville destroyed the movement and forced the feds to swarm the entire Alt Right scene.

    In the Alt Lite, Paul Joseph Watson is irrelevant, Sargon is irrelevant, Ali has been exposed as a grifter, Cernovich is off the Trump Train, and The so- called Intellectual Dark Web is a damn joke. These people did not have a Charlottesville-tier disaster, but they did eventually fade away.

    The Groypers have their 15 minutes of fame with the Charlie Kirk scene, and briefly with the Capitol Hill siege, but it amounted to nothing. Baked Alaska, Ali, and possibly even Nick Fuentes are looking at serious legal repercussions in the coming few months.

    Throughout his four years, Trump never stopped Antifa and the feds from destroying his base of support, and he threw them under the bus every time. People have been injured, killed , and imprisoned supporting this incompetent slob, but he seems to just get by unbothered.

    Exactly four years ago in 2017, Trump’s base had optimism and hope, now they are destroyed, paranoid, and broken.

    The Trump presidency was a complete and total disaster. Four years wasted.

  56. Ragno says:

    “Cockburn”, attendant Christian name notwithstanding, has been a reliable disinfo merchant for the Communist left for half a century now.

    Happily, one can toss aside whatever copy he generates after scanning the first graf. Nothing that follows is going to reverse your initial decision to dismiss with extreme prejudice.

    • Replies: @4Dchessmaster
  57. @Johnny Rico

    No, you don’t grasp that the numbers are fraudulent. Even my ever compliant to the government narrative local rag points out that the number of people dying locally “of COVID” is slightly higher than a bad flu season, and the “regular” flu numbers have all but disappeared.
    Yes, there is a virus of some sort. Its mortality rate is grossly exaggerated.
    https://swprs.org/facts-about-covid-19/

  58. Mr. Cockburn, I would have welcomed any critique you might have had of Trump’s Middle East policy (where you have real expertise), or on any other aspect of the Trump presidency. It was disappointing, but hardly surprising, to be greeted by an endless stream of irrational and unsupportable insults. Trump Derangement Syndrome is a terrible thing. I hope you will give some thought to this.

    Maybe you should consider actually writing a serious retrospective column about Trumps Middle East policy. This was a radical departure from previous US policy, both in military and diplomatic approach. I’m sure there is much you could find to criticize in a reasonable and thoughtful way.

  59. Anonymous[255] • Disclaimer says:

    This guy makes all the same mistakes the US legacy media makes: Trumpism is about Trump; destroy him and you can thankfully silence the working class forever. The great divide in America has to do with the “Civil War” and slavery (I wonder how heartily most Brits would laugh if Americans confidently asserted that most of their political problems were due to the legacy of the English Civil War in the 1640s?)

    In 2016 we all dreamed that the establishment and legacy media might introspect for a bit. Maybe leave the Acela corridor for a weekend. Get to know somebody who drives a pickup truck. I can see those hopes were vanity.

  60. saggy says:

    The joke that begins the article sums up the situation perfectly. And everything in the article rings true. I see Cockburn as an establishment critic (as opposed to a critic of the establishment) and this is the first thing I’ve read by him that seems spot on.

    But, I think he misses two things – first, Trump has turned the ‘right’, the hoi polloi, the traditionalists, into cultural Marxists who are attacking the foundations of US society openly and aggressively. It started with Trump’s incessant attacks on the ‘fake press’. Note that he didn’t attack the press as biased as it obviously is, he attacked it as worthless, to the extent that everything in the press can be discounted in toto by the Trumpers. And with the ‘stop the steal’ hoax he is attacking the very foundation of a ‘democracy’, the electoral process.

    Second, Trump and the Jews have conspired, wittingly or unwittingly, to divide the country into to irreconcilable warring halves who detest each other. That’s probably an exaggeration, but there is an element of truth to it. And this division has already led to chaos in the streets by both sides.

  61. The Damage Trump Has Done to America

    This piece is ostensibly about Trump — yet Cockburn cannot resist the urge to begin by spewing virulent, unreasoning hatred, not at The Orange One, but at the usual [establishment-approved] target of his unhinged vitriol: ordinary working class White Americans:

    Two fervent Donald Trump supporters die and go to heaven. Soon after their arrival they meet God. “Please can you tell us,” they ask him, “did President Trump really win the presidential election or did he lose it because of fraud?”

    And he even has the temerity to cynically invoke the imagined support of God — in whom he does not believe — for his ignorant, hate-filled narrative.

    Sad!

    The problem for Trumpism is that it does not stand for much without Trump himself…

    The problem with shitlib “intellectuals” like Cockburn is that their narratives invariably contain a large element of projection*. Their “reasoning” typically goes something like this:
    “I despise this guy because I instinctively dislike his media image. He’s an obvious blowhard/ cartoonish pro wrestling type — low class! Therefore anyone who voted for him simply must have done so because they liked that image, because those working class Whites that I hate and despise are too stupid to care about actual issues. QED.”

    Well… no. It’s not hard, really — “Trumpism” as sold to the American people was largely based on:
    – Reasonable, common sense patriotic immigration reform
    – Economic nationalism: fair trade, not “free trade,” limits on outsourcing/ deindustrialization, etc.
    – An end to neocon wars

    Trumpism in practice, of course, largely amounted to neo-revisionist Zionism — plus enriching the Kushners and their fellow tribesmen. Though Drumpf did stem the flow of foreign infiltrators somewhat, it was hardly a smashing success. But hey — at least he let a bunch of Black [and jewish] criminals out of prison…

    Cockburn claims to be puzzled by “Trumpism.” If he’s attempting to understand it from the standpoint of ordinary Americans, it’s not hard — Trump ran for president claiming to support the same positions that most Americans do, but that the vast majority of politicians (and establishment narrative promoters like Cockburn) have ignored for decades. Sure, it wasn’t clear how sincere he was — but what did they have to lose?

    If he was attempting to understand the Trump phenomenon from the back end — those who financed and marketed Trump — well, let’s do a quick check. Words that do not appear in this piece:

    Likud, Netanyahu, Kushner, Chabad, Adelson, Singer, Marcus, Finkelstein (no, not Norman — Arthur). Huh. How about Zionism? Israel? Jew?

    I mean, come on — we’re talking about a guy couldn’t be bothered to pardon even a single one of those who peacefully protested on his behalf (who are currently being targeted by the federal security services) — yet he pardoned Aviem Sella, the man who recruited and handled notorious traitor Jonathan Pollard on behalf of a foreign intelligence agency. Sella has been a fugitive from justice for over 30 years, protected by our “ally” Israel.

    Looks like Cockburn is either a remarkably incurious “journalist”… or his lack of comprehension is deliberate. Yep, it’s ordinary White Americans who are the biggest problem in America, not systemic semitism. Uh huh. Das rite.

    *The one element that is fairly accurate as a simple mirror image is Trump’s [stated] attitude toward the so-called “news” media. Ordinary White Americans know that the establishment narrative promotion agencies hate them, and they (understandably) reciprocate this sentiment, and love it when a prominent individual treats the press with disdain. High priests of The Narrative like Cockburn feel that their “exalted” position simply must be treated with respect — they are the sources of derision and mockery, not its targets. Because reasons.

  62. @Sean

    Professor of Epidemiology W. Ian Lipkin had been warning the Chinese about another pandemic similar to SARS for a decade before his prediction came true. Lipkin was invited to China many times because they understood he was a world authority, and he warned about the wildlife wet markets having already originated a novel pandemic with SARS in 2003 meant they ought to be shut down if they wanted to avoid creating a new disease and pandemic. The Chinese ignored him.

    Wow, that wasn’t very smart of them. This Ian guy was a world authority — probably the foremost world authority — and they ignored him? And his dire prediction came true, of course. They shoulda listened…

    You know, I can’t help but notice that many “Irishmen” like “Sean” often feel compelled to fanatically promote fellow members of their “Celtic” tribe as “intellectual leaders” or “gurus” or even “world authorities” when conversing with non-Celts.

    But “Ian?” That sounds more Scottish than Irish. Let’s take a look:

    Och aye! Definitely some very Celtic physiognomy there.

    Lipkin, of course, is a traditional Irish surname. Let’s see if we can confirm Mr. Lipkin’s Irish ethnicity:

    https://amazingjews.org/w-ian-lipkin-renowned-epidemiologist-master-virus-hunter/

    Well there is is, then — definitely what’s commonly known as a “Fellow Irishman.”.

    Ah well — céad míle fáilte to ye, “Sean”

    • Replies: @Sean
  63. Sean says:
    @James Forrestal

    Anteater threatened with extinction – The Telegraphwww.telegraph.co.uk › worldnews › asia › thailand › A…
    22 Aug 2002 — Surging Chinese demand for the meat and scales of the pangolin, or scaly anteater, as an aid to sexual performance …

    The SARS epidemic of 2003 (death rate of 33%) was caused by the SARS-CoV virus. Civets, sold for meat in local markets of China’s Yunnan province carried the SARS virus from horseshoe bats to humans.

    The Guardian World news
    In China the civet cat is a delicacy – and may have caused Sars
    Ian Sample and John Gittings 24 May 2003 02.47 BST

    Civet is one of the main ingredients in the exotic wildlife dish “dragon-tiger-phoenix soup”, for which wealthy Chinese in Guangdong province will pay large sums. […] One of China’s first confirmed Sars patients, Huang Xingchu, 34, worked as a cook in a Shenzhen restaurant. […]”If you cannot control further jumping of such viruses from animals to humans, the same epidemic can occur again – so it is very important that we have ways of controlling the rearing, the slaughtering and the selling of these wild game animals.” “This is a good step forward,” said John Oxford, an expert in virology at Queen Mary School of Medicine in London. “Now we can start putting barriers between the people and the cats [civets[ to stop it, and further viruses, coming across.”

    By persisting since 2003 in their wicked and recklessly culpable habit of mistreating and then eating wild creatures against the pressing advice of Western governments, infectious disease experts, and animal welfare organisations, China is the cause of the COVID-19 pandemic. Xi misled Trump about was heading his way between Ja14 and Feb 27 2020. Trump had ran against the Republican establishment, and against the continued presence of the US in places like Iraq. Also against the business elite of Wall Street and Silicon Valley. And Trump was elected while accusing the political establishment and business class of colluding with China in the economic rape of America. That same set of interlocking establishments are blaming their accuser for the deaths of 400,000 Americans in the pandemic. If the allegation against Trump is a calumny, there is such a mystery about why the Chinese totalitarians regime’s American hireling in the Demopublicans are wrongfully insisting he is guilty.

    Israel likes China they are making. I don’t see any Israel Lobby or Jewish American angle, they are just getting their snout in the trough like the gentiles are.

    https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/06/16/us-israel-china-deals/
    Why the U.S. Can’t Get Israel to Break Up With China
    For most Israelis, the deals are enticing and the threat seems remote.
    BY JOSHUA MITNICK | JUNE 16, 2020, 1:17 PM

    One of the reasons that, as Lipkin says, we will never know what the Chinese government knew about Covid-19 and when they knew it, is the social media posts made by Chinese doctors in the early days of the pandemic have been wiped. Quite a bit sooner than you think possible, Chinese will be so powerful they will be able to buy off the Western internet service providers into following the official CCP line.

    • Thanks: Lot
    • Replies: @James Forrestal
  64. @Sean

    “Irishmen” like “Sean” not only engage in endless attempts to promote members of their tribe as “intellectual leaders” and “world authorities” — they also believe very strongly that the crimes of “Irish” criminals should denied or minimized, and that if possible, they should escape punishment entirely. By the non-Irish authorities, anyway:
    https://mschick.blogspot.com/2006/12/whats-wrong-with-mesirah.html
    http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2011/05/30/agudath-israel-mesirah-overrides-americas-laws/

    We can see a good example of this type of behavior in “Sean’s” comment here, where he seems to feel very strongly that his co-ethnic Epstein escaped punishment for his crimes for so many years, not because of his connections, or because of the value of his blackmail scheme to a certain foreign espionage agency, or even because of his (((Irish))) privilege, but simply because… Epstein did nothing wrong. Uh huh. Those filthy shiksas deserved it, doncha know.

    Here’s another one of “Sean’s” comments on the same theme:

    “Epstein had a international model agency boss working for him…”

    More like Epstein worked for Les Wexner [Victoria’s Secret owner] — “Sean” somehow “forgets” to mention Wexner’s name here. From the same comment:

    “Ehud Barak did not know the extent of the case that Epstein had pled guilty to.”

    Uh huh. The former head of Aman (Israeli military intelligence), a guy once touted as the next head of Mossad, knew nothing about the criminal activities of the pedophile/ rapist/ child pornographer who invested millions of dollars in his company, while Ellen Pao, with her vastly superior intelligence network, somehow knew back in 2011 that Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell (daughter of notorious Mossad asset Robert Maxwell) were still engaged in trafficking child prostitutes. Sounds legit. Yet somehow, Barak knew enough to cover his face while sneaking into the Epstein/ Wexner mansion in NYC… in 2016:

    And of course, Epstein and Wexner gave Barak $2.3 million for unspecified secret “research” back in 2004… just casual acquaintances, doncha know.
    And Barak’s name was one of the circled ones in Epstein’s “black book.” But Barak had absolutely nothing to do with the Epstein/ Wexner/ Mossad child prostitution/ blackmail operation. Honest.

    • Replies: @Sean
    , @James Forrestal
  65. With sclerotic Joe and giggles Kamala at the helm it won’t take longer than we think to recover – we’re not going to recover at all. An avalanche of Trump snarking while he was in office is to be replaced with four years of “it’s all Trumps fault , gddamit”. Perennial whipping boy from from now till kingdom come if you can sell it.

  66. Joe Lopez says:
    @Anon

    All damage done to the U.S by the communist democrats BECAUSE Trump was impeding their destruction of the U.S. pales in comparrison to how far down the crapper we would be if Trump had not been elected. AND, we now know many of the identities of the swamp dwellers; Military, Political, corporate, and civilian.

  67. @Ragno

    There is no “communist left” in America. The USA is not intellectual enough to have either a true left or even a fascist right.

    The only two options are:

    Cuckservatism: freedumb, guns, corporate domination in every aspect of life, rabid anti-communism, deranged Philosemitism, and a proud culture of ignorance.

    Liberalism: trannies, consumerism, outrage and cancel culture, and yaaaaas queening for every non-white warmonger.

    This is a nation that clearly has no business being the judge of what is acceptable or not in other countries.

    • Replies: @Ragno
  68. Trump has killed 420,000 Americans because of his jackass incompetence and selfish delusions. soon it will be 600,000. Maybe it will reach 1,000,000.

    Donald “600,000 deaths” Trump. What a legacy.

    He knew how bad the virus was but hoped it would just go away. He sabotaged everyone who was trying to deal with the virus and never even had a plan to distribute the vaccines.

    He personally infected hundreds of people in the Whitehouse, especially his loyal protection officers, and probably permanently destroyed the health and lives of dozens by willfully infecting them with Covid.

    He started a dumb, jackass trade war against China and got played like violin by the Chinese. He destroyed our economy, but helped the Chinese economy grow even bigger and better.

    Trump even covered up the origin of the virus, which came from USAMRIID, Fort Detrick. He pulled the USA out of the WHO because he was afraid the WHO would trace back the virus to the USA.

    He purposely falsely accused China of releasing the virus to give him a further weapon to help his trade war, but instead it made 1.4 billion Chinese despise and hate the USA.

    Now not only do 2 billion Muslims despise the USA, but also 1.4 billion Chinese. Great work, Donny boy! And you lost the trade war big also!

    Americans everywhere in the world will be in danger because of his dumbass racist false accusations.

    These weak, delusional, whiny little snowflakes need to stop their MAGA tears and start wearing their masks, stop their comical rioting in the Capitol, and help the new admin get America back on track, or else we are all doomed.

    And the best place for Trump is wearing an orange suit in jail where he can sit behind the bars like the corrupt, obese Orangutan he is.

    • Replies: @Eric Novak
  69. Sean says:
    @James Forrestal

    https://geneticliteracyproject.org/2021/01/07/more-or-less-deadly-which-way-is-sars-cov-2-evolving/

    SARS, an earlier outbreak of a serious coronavirus that disrupted the world from 2002 to 2003, offers an interesting contrast. That virus seemed to spread late in the course of infection from people who were very sick, and it eventually infected around 8,000 people, killing 774 before being driven out of existence by a hard-fought global effort to isolate sick patients. But SARS-CoV-2, researchers know, is transmissible early in the infection.”

    Xi knew that before anyone in America. That is why he was so easily ably to dupe Trump.

    There were certainly months Ghislaine Maxwell could not have been stopped from leaving the country on a normal flight after Epstein was arrested denied bond and jailed. They were quite clearly going after him, so why on earth would she hang around in America. Ms Maxwell’s mother was a gentile Frenchwoman (her dowry basis for Robert Maxwell’s wealth). As as a citizen of France with a passport, Ghislaine could not have been extradited from that country to the US had she went there on a simple commercial flight during the weeks and months after Epstein committed suicide and her name became a household word. Instead she did not even leave the USA but rather stayed with friends, got photographed reading a book about spies and then bought a house. Then she was arrested. Currently she is kept in even worse conditions than the convicted serial killers in ADX Florence Supermax. She is being woken every 15 minutes, denied underwear ECT.

    Barak was highly decorated for commando missions, a lot of war heroes have problems with alcohol. Netanyahu’s son says Ehud Barak has a drink problem. In view of the fact that as an Ex prime minister of Israel who has a security detail accompanying him everywhere he conspicuously (no secret tunnel or back door to Epstein’s) visited Epstein at a Manhattan mansion constantly staked out by paparazzi in 2016, after Epstein was jailed and disgraced, and while Barak was still considered likely to become prime minister again, I suspect Netanyahu’s idiot son is correct. Wexner is a successful women’s clothing magnate of advanced years to who Epstein presented himself as a tax avoidance expert then embezzled a fortune from.

  70. @restless94110

    How can anyone read anything he writes?

    Agreed. I shall certainly never read another word that Cockburn writes.

    • Agree: restless94110
  71. @Flying Dutchman

    Excellent comment especially

    For real Covid mismanagement, look to the advocates of lockdowns and face diapers and untested vaccines. Lockdowns already comprise history’s most extreme example of something proven to fail yet which stupid, insane, evil people still want to keep doing over and over again expecting a different result. The science on masks is longstanding and not controversial – outside a clinical setting they serve no public health purpose at all.

    I want to see the cost/benefit analysis of all the mad measures taken by criminal Governments. I’m almost certain that there were none. I want to see the nutritional status of those who contracted Covid compared with paired people who did not. There will be no such studies undertaken.

  72. @James Forrestal

    More like Epstein worked for Les Wexner [Victoria’s Secret owner] — “Sean” somehow “forgets” to mention Wexner’s name here.

    Forgot to mention that Wexner, Epstein’s employer — and the only known funder of his Mossad-connected child prostitution/ blackmail scheme — is (of course) yet another “Irishman.”

    Now back on topic — since “Sean’s” moronic “All (((Irishmen))) are INNOCENT, I tell ya! And most of them are ‘world authorities’!” rants are getting even more repetitive and confused than usual.

    Let’s take another look at one of Cockburn’s smug expressions of shitlib self-righteousness:

    How far will Joe Biden be able to repair the damage inflicted by Trump on America?

    OK, now let’s run a fact check on that. Not on the content of Cockburn’s anodyne trope, but on one of its embedded assumptions — that the process, or even the intent, is one of “healing.”

    1. Will Wilkerson is one of Cockburn’s colleagues in the so-called “news” industry, who is employed by an influencial narrative promotion agency often known as the “Sulzberger Blog”. He professes to share Cockburn’s claimed inability to comprehend why the White working class won’t simply do what they’re told instead of supporting a candidate who claims to support their interests — and Wilkerson manages to do it in exactly the same smug, sanctimonious, self-satisfied tone as Cockburn’s screed. So how is Wilkerson attempting to further this “healing” process?

    I see.

    2. Biden pushes forward with his plan to have normal White working class Americans treated as so-called “terrorists” by the federal security services:

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/biden-taps-a-war-on-terror-veteran-to-stop-white-supremacists

    3. Emboldened by Biden’s hate-filled rhetoric, virulently Christophobic sodomites firebomb Baptist church:

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/controversial-el-monte-church-damaged-by-homemade-bomb-fbi-investigating/ar-BB1d1Jqp?ocid=uxbndlbing

    Yep, sure looks like a whole lot of “healing” going on so far…

  73. @James Forrestal

    Should be “Wilkinson,” of course.

  74. The one thing we learn from that joke is that the teller equates his opinions with those of God.

  75. Sean says:
    @James Forrestal

    Forrestal is not my idea of someone to emulate. Not is this fellow

    Murder Suspect Was Under A Pro-Trump Delusion, Lawyer …www.npr.org › 2019/07/22 › shooters-lawyer-he-wasn-t-t…
    22 Jul 2019 — Prosecutors have charged Anthony Comello with murder over the fatal shooting Francesco Cali, the alleged leader of the Gambino crime family …

    Q anon nut murdered a mafia Don. Very sad. This is what happens to people who unlike you who take their hobby seriously. But at least they have proved themselves sincere. The man who acts as his own lawyer has a fool for a client. I should say something about being ones own doctor but I know it is unnecessary because none of these fake pandemic theorists if they got sick would reject medical help from a Jewish MD (or any MD). They are not sincere. And when someone’s sincerity is in doubt nothing they say is of value. You aren’t putting your money where your mouth is.

    https://westhunt.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/the-coming-plague/
    Now suppose that a travel ban blocked 80% of sick people trying to fly here from Liberia. We’d have 80% fewer cases in US citizens: and that would be a good thing. Really it would. Does Laurie Garret understand this? Obviously not. She is a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, but she is incompetent. Totally useless, like virtually everyone else in public life. We hear people from the CDC saying that any travel restrictions would backfire, but that’s nonsense too. One might wonder why they say such goofy things: I would guess that a major reason is that they were taught in school that quarantines are useless (and worse yet, old-fashioned), just as many biologists were taught that parasites are really harmless – have to be, because evolution! […] https://westhunt.wordpress.com/2014/10/17/the-advent-of-cholera/
    On the other hand, 19th century liberals (somewhat like modern libertarians, but way less crazy) knew that trade and individual freedom were always good things, by definition, so they also opposed quarantines – worse than wrong, old-fashioned ! And more common in southern, Catholic, Europe: enough said! So, between wrong science and classical liberalism, medical reformers spent many years trying to eliminate the reactionary quarantine rules that still existed in Mediterranean ports. The intellectual tide turned: first heroes like John Snow, and Peter Panum, later titans like Pasteur and Koch. Contagionism made a comeback. I am not an expert on that history, but I think that the classical liberals didn’t argue that it would have been better for people to die than survive due to state-imposed public-health methods.

    W. Ian Lipkin is the John Snow Professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and a professor of Neurology and Pathology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons there. Someone was saying they wanted the” nutritional status of those who contracted Covid compared with paired people who did not”. I get really disheartened with having to debunk vitamin D explanations for every health problem of which Covid -19 is but the latest. I lose faith in those propounding them. Sadly. Scot Adams started going on about high D and Covid-19. But once more into the breach…

    https://www.unz.com/pfrost/what-caused-rickets-epidemic/
    At the height of the epidemic, one physician did suggest that something was immobilizing phosphorus in people with rickets. Dr. John Snow (1857) observed that the illness was most frequent in London and the south of England where industrial bakeries used alum to make bread look whiter.

  76. Ragno says:
    @4Dchessmaster

    Been a while since I’ve seen someone try out the “communism never failed because true communism has never been tried!” I’m assuming you’re currently attending one of our splendid universities.

    Sadly, when discussing the “communist left”, one is always referring to the global bacillus. They didn’t characterize it as The International Communist Conspiracy for no reason.

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  77. ‘The Damage Trump Has Done to America Will be Hard to Undo’

    Bumph.

    The comparison here would be to the Corona Virus. The virus itself was relatively inconsequential; our response to it is having rather serious consequences.

    Ditto for Trump. He was an incoherent demagogue who in the end accomplished very little; however, the response to him has totally discredited our media, corrupted our democracy, and polarized America.

  78. @James Forrestal

    Emboldened by Biden’s hate-filled rhetoric..

    Just to clarify — note that for his inauguration tirade, Biden’s speechwriters and (((handlers)))* employed the long-discredited semitic canards of “White supreemism” and so-called “domestic terrorism” to characterize the peaceful protest in which an unarmed White woman [Ashli Babbitt] was murdered in cold blood by a Black agent of the state, whose virulent, unreasoning anti-White hatred was partly due to his instinctive in-group preference, but was clearly intensified by his internalization of the hegemonic semitic narrative that promoted the corporate-sponsored (((BLM)))/ (((antifa)))** anti-White riots.

    Also note that the notoriously anti-White semitic supremacist “Sean” is wholly incapable of containing his ignorant, hate-filled compulsion to attack an American patriot like Forrestal, who he claims was “inadequately submissive to semitic interests”:

    Forrestal is not my idea of someone to emulate

    Yawn. “Sean’s” virulent, unreasoning, genocidal hatred for American patriots like Forrestal — and indeed, for all non-(((Irish))) — is hardly surprising, given his frequently-expressed desire to emulate only the most ethnonarcissistic members of his own tribe.

    *It’s hard to believe that a any presidency could be more illustrative of the hegemony of systemic semitism than Trunp’s, but the Joe Biden/ Kabbala Haaretz administration has somehow managed to achieve it:

    **Historical roots notwithstanding, the most obviously semitic aspect of antifa in the current year is their legal defense arm, the notorious (((National Lawyers Guild))). Sure, the NLG isn’t an openly semitic supremacist organization — but just do an “early life” check on their leaders/ prominent members as listed on wikipedia, and you’ll see the pattern.

  79. @Ragno

    Amazing that you think that communism actually exists in America. Like I said before, the only thing that opposes right wing politics is liberalism. That kind of “we need more POC at the Pentagon” kind of liberalism is not even close to communism. America is just so corporatist and right wing that everything they hate is communism.

  80. Ragno says:

    Whether or not Communism, even in its larval forms, exists in America is another discussion for another day. But that wasn’t what I was talking about. I was referring to CommunISTS. There are no shortage of people who walk, talk and quack like that particular duck in these parts, whether they fail your ideological purity test or not.

  81. @brabantian

    Those two photos, taken four years and a few minutes apart, really show the damage done to the president, see?
    Nice to see his buddy still standing behind him.

  82. Who’s this twat? Will Unz have MSNBC commentary next? This is as alternative as HuffPo or the NYT.

  83. @GreatSocialist

    Most of us were hoping Trump’s Coronavirus would kill 100,000,000, which is about the kill rate of the bubonic plague in the 15th Century. This death toll would leave the US with the population it had prior to the 1965 Hart-Celler Act.

  84. @James Forrestal

    Yep, sure looks like a whole lot of “healing” going on so far…

    LOL.

    I thought that Biden would be bad but he is much worse than I thought possible.

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