Bannon, Trump: The Normalizing of Political Assault


If you want the clearest illustration of what we are up against with the forces aligned with Trump, look no further than Bannon’s speech to the California GOP on October 20, 2017:

“It’s not about your race, your color, your gender, your religion, your ethnicity, your sexual preference,” he said. “It’s about one thing — are you a citizen of the United States of America? Because if you’re a citizen, there are certain responsibilities and obligations that come with that — but as a citizen also you should have preference for jobs and economic opportunities.”

The high and mighty of one of the union’s strongest Republican state parties essentially gave their support to Bannon, as he savaged their 43rd President.

They stayed silent as he laid out his plan aggressively to take the populist fight of the AltRight to the existing Republican Establishment.

They sat on their hands as he enunciated a platform which remains removed from fascism only by the fact that we still live in a democracy, and one can argue what precisely represents ‘statism.’

Republicans cannot tame Trump and Bannon. Only the Democrats can defeat them. And they stand no chance of achieving that ambition while they themselves still trade in denial, hypocrisy and banality.

The only realistic path to overturning Trump is successfully to remove from him the voters who remain scared of what the future holds. But who might find themselves attracted to a populism that eschews hatred and inspires with inclusivity.

Quite rightly, in this past week particularly, our attention has been focused by the #MeToo campaign on the sexual aspects of abuse of power.

But abuse is not always sexual. Bullying exists in the political and social as well as the sexual context. It all comes back to the concept of folks with power using their power to abuse others.

If we want to reduce the incidence of bullying, in all its demonstrations, then we need an environment where all chauvinism, supremacy and notions of dominion are considered anathema.

The silent enablement of the inappropriate imposition of authority is the active normalizing of all behavior which leads to bullying, abuse and assault. There is no excuse for ignoring the connection.

And Trump and Bannon are about nothing if not the creation of an environment where political and social Darwinism is considered the norm. They are the active personification of political assault. Not just with the ugliness of their behavior. But with the savage and divisive denigration contained in their rhetoric.

If you ain’t speaking out about this. If you aren’t preaching against this, by supporting political as well as sexual #MeToo. If you aren’t promoting a plan that has a realistic chance of stopping it. Then you might just as well be a card-carrying member of it …


Published in: on November 10, 2017 at 2:11 am  Leave a Comment  

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