Hey Trump! Say Hello To My Little Friend!
Crivvens! Jings! And Help Ma Boab! Despite swigging down bottles of Buckfast and stealing Nanatesta’s meds when she’s on the toilet (approx time: 45 minutes), reality still exists and we can do little about that. And despite everything going on in the UK with Brexit, Theresa May, and the fact that no-one knows what the fuck is gonna happen next, America is, as usual, much weirder cos the Donald Trump presidency is like the Nixon/Watergate scene but with deep fried hairdos and obvious sun-bedding.
But why is a militant anti-fascist blog going on about Trump’s travails? Well, for 2 reasons. Firstly, Trump’s policies, or what passes for them, have been shaped by alt.right wankers like Steve Bannon, Ann Coulter, and Rush Limbaugh and have helped legitmise or encourage the hard right in Poland, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Sweden, Austria… and secondly, America is a major geo-political influence whose policies reverberate through countries friend or foe.
Trump has been obsequious towards the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Russia, North Korea, and China despite their aggressive policies against other countries like Yemen and Syria or expansionist agendas elsewhere. He now wants to pull troops out of fragile situations in Syria and maybe Afghanistan which could well precipitate a withdrawal from Iraq as well, where he has just visited without bothering to tell the Iraqi President. How informal!
Militant Anti-Fascism In Action
We support the progressive People’s Protection Units (YPG/YPJ) in Syria who are also supported by anti-fascist volunteers from around the world, many of whom have died fighting Assad, ISIS and other crackpot beardy militias. Trump is pulling out the 2,000 troops on an ‘advise & assist’ operation with Kurdish fighters which will leave the Kurds exposed and means President Assad as well as Turkish President Erdogan can attack the Kurds with far superior firepower. Oh, and we just found out that Trump has business dealings in Turkey but I’m sure this has nothing to do with anything. Anti-fascists are right to be seriously concerned.
Erdogan. ‘Hands Up If You’re A Twatspanner!’
Trump has dodged the heat over Christmas but when he returns to office he still has to deal with the partial government shut-down, the Mueller investigations, the difficulties of staff retention, and the fact that the Democrats now control the House of Representatives with 236 seats to the Republican’s 200 and can vote down his dafter ideas.
Trump’s policy making is like Kentucky Fried Chicken when you’re drunk: at first it sounds like a good idea but after, it just makes you spew. What political geeks like us are looking forward to is watching Trump under increasing pressure and seeing if he will be impeached. A sitting president cannot be indicted for criminal activity as this will obviously impede the democratic process (such as it is) and affect the running of the country. If there are criminal charges they will only be activated when he leaves office, but if Trump wins another term, there may be a statute of limitations which means time has run out for the charges to be prosecuted. However, the House of Representatives (with a Democrat majority), can vote on whether he should be impeached for misconduct whilst in office. This will then be tried by the (upper) House of Senate. Or he can resign. As regular readers know, this blog is very good at being wrong when predicting anything but:
- given his current calamities he is unlikely to win a 2nd term so criminal charges could be prosecuted;
- given the Democrat majority in the House, they could easily organise a vote for impeachment (& with some Republicans supporting it)
- Trump’s wild egomania and colossal amounts of self-delusion and lies shows he is not the resigning type;
- or it might just blow over.
The Republican Party have remained remarkably silent on all this and have kept schtum over his crazier excesses – which is political cowardice. They are worried over the Democrat majority, still bugged about Democrat gains in the mid-term elections and relieved that the president is a Republican even if he is a Crazed NUTJOB!
We live in scary times but fascinating ones, friends. For us, 2019 is gonna be dominated by Trump, Brexit, and the anti-fascist struggle against the UK far right but we will be watching it all and blogging more regularly. So, here’s to all our loyal readers and see you on the other side of Hogmanay!