The Great Trump Show
by Daniel Leisegang, blaetter.de
The bizarre billionaire becomes an epic disaster when regulation is demonized, social necessities like food stamps and Medicaid are cut in the hundreds of billions and taxes for corporations may be cut in half.
The failure of the media was manifest in unending questions about Hillary’s emails while hardly one reporter asked about Trump’s tax plans. The media underrated Trump in a fatal way and took a bad turn.
With three honest Republicans, the Trump agenda would be jammed. At least we’d no longer be marching into the Stone Age or the Ice Age!
Audio: Thomas Frank – The Country that Voted for Trump, 57 min, June 12, 2017
Program Title: Thomas Frank – The Country that Voted for Trump
Description: The election of Donald Trump was a stunning political upset. His victory defied the predictions of almost every pundit and pollster. Though he received about 3 million fewer votes than his opponent, the antiquarian Electoral College system in the U.S. gave him the presidency. The New York real estate mogul, TV celebrity and billionaire ran as a self-proclaimed outsider against what he portrayed as entrenched and corrupt political elites. He would “drain the swamp” in Washington. Despite a well-documented list of jaw dropping gaffes and serial prevarications he was able to convince enough working class people that he would reverse the neoliberal economic policies that had so adversely affected them. And the Democrats? Well, what can you say? Facing one of the weakest candidates in history, they lost not only the White House but also most of the state houses.
Featured Speakers/Guests: Thomas Frank is the founding editor of The Baffler magazine. He is the author of One Market Under God, What’s the Matter with Kansas? The Wrecking Crew, Pity the Billionaire and Listen, Liberal.