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Who could doubt that the world of Donald Trump has recently become yet more embattled? Yes, there’s the Mueller investigation reportedly winding up (or down). And yes, there were those midterm elections, a blow — as journalist and novelist Ben Fountain explains today — to The Donald, creating yet another crew ready to investigate, subpoena, and otherwise irritate and anger you know who and possibly further hammer his family business operating out of the White House. But when you’re making up that presidential besiegement list, don’t forget to include a bullet point for “promises,” because, honestly, they could be the final ingredient in the concoction that takes him down in 2020.

You can already feel it in his growing anxiety over the trade war he’s set off with China. You remember his promise that “trade wars are good, and easy to win.” Hmmm… as it turns out, not quite that easy given a globalized economic system in which punching a hole anywhere is the equivalent of punching yourself in the gut. Or there’s that 2017 jobs promise he made in Youngstown, Ohio, near the General Motor’s Lordstown Plant, one of five that company has just announced that it’s “idling” next year: “They’re all coming back,” he swore of manufacturing jobs. “They’re all coming back. Don’t move. Don’t sell your house.” Tell that to GM workers across Midwestern states today. Or there’s the “big, fat, beautiful wall” he brought down that Trump Tower escalator into the presidential race back in 2015. (“I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me… And I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”) And he’s now threatening to shut down a government still controlled by Republicans to get it built. And that’s just the most modest of starts on a list our promiser-in-chief hasn’t hesitated to constantly update. Only problem: he’s not proving to be a deliverer-in-chief, not faintly, and that may truly sink in by 2020.

Besiege Trump, back him against a wall or off the golf course and into the Oval Office, however, and you have an angry, even potentially unhinged problem on your hands. So watch out. Of course, what choice do any of us have but to watch (out or otherwise), since we’re talking about the human being who continues to be covered like no other in history? And while you’re at it, take a moment to check out a key factor in the coming siege of Donald Trump (and family), the new House of Representatives, thanks to one of the best journalists (and novelists) around, Ben Fountain, whose new book, Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution, provides a dazzling, if grim, road map to just how we got here.

(Republished from TomDispatch by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    TomDispatch >>> TDS

  2. Svigor says:

    *Zzzzzzzzz*

    Genuinely curious: can’t we get tons of shit like this at Salon, Slate, Huffpo, etc? If not, what’s the diff?

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  3. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @Svigor

    I share your wonderment. But Mr. Unz, when the same was asked about another columnist serving as a sentry for Establishia (Mr. Napolitano, IIRC) gold-boxed a comment to the effect that they serve as a metric, as well as a magnet for some good, dissident commentary.

    As to this burnout, former antiwarrior, repeating what I said in the previous thread:

    I usually don’t read the work of the rotating “TomDispatch regulars” that Mr. Engelhardt gift wraps in these little teasers. But they, even alone, are an easy way to keep in touch with the NPR-NPC segment of the country.

  4. Good! Democrats and Republicans were getting too comfy with one another. A little political Civil War is good. Smokes out the rats and RINOs.

  5. The re-nationalization and re-industrialization of the country is a long-shot. But what a beautiful long-shot. It could mean so much. If only the compradore bourgeoisie could be detached from our backs.

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