If We're on the Left, How Come We're Still Here?

Levine, Andrew
Date Written:  2018-11-02
Publisher:  Counterpunch
Year Published:  2018
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23054

Andrew Levine looks at why the Left is largely ignored by Trump's more radical followers and pundits.



Like all conmen, Trump knows his audience. He knows that a lot of people think that Democrats are contemptible, which indeed they are, though not for reasons Trump voters or Trump himself understand; and he knows that, because American politics is mostly an empty charade, apathy is rife.

If there is any method to his madness, it must be that he has concluded that, this being the case, his best bet for holding onto and exercising power, at least for now, is to rev up the hardcore "deplorables" in his base and to play on the ignorance and general benightedness of other Republicans - in order to get more of them to turn out to vote than Democrats can muster against them.

Beyond that, he doesn't care - partly because what matters to him is him, not the party that he has taken over, and partly because he is not mentally equipped to think strategically and therefore becomes bored when serious strategizing is called for.
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