Posts written, and yet to be written, to help me understand Donald Trump, the new US president:
Donald Trump – my main election post on him, written over a year ago, December 2015.
political arguments – are all about framing and, as it turns out, one’s upbringing. Facts and reasons confirm one’s beliefs or frame, but do not change minds. Trump appeals to those whose parents were more authoritarian than loving.
Trumpspeak – words and phrases Trump and his hangers-on use and what they mean. Some are:
racist dog whistles – words, phrases and messages which do not sound racist on their face, but which are taken in a racist way by racists – like “law and order”. Trump “tells it like it is” but sometimes he does use racist dog whistles, which are part of:
The Southern Strategy – which gets Whites to vote against their class interests by appealing to race and religion. This seemed to have run out of demographic steam by 2012, but Trump doubled down on it, to the point of being openly racist, and won. It also accounts for how the pollsters got it so wrong.
George Wallace – governor of Alabama who famously ran for president in 1968. The last open racist to run for president.
Andrew Jackson – the US president who seems most like Trump.
Cleon – an Athenian demagogue.
Putin – the president of Russia whom Trump admires and might try to copy or, worse, be controlled by, as in:
The Trump dossier – offers a model for understanding Trump that might be true.
“Hitler was democratically elected” – the rise of Hitler and how it compares to Trump. It was alike in some ways, unlike in others.
Holodomor – Stalin’s man-made famine in Ukraine (1932-33). Topic recommended by Taotesan.
The diseased host model of US society – blames the ills of US society on people of colour. Trump’s rhetoric pushes this hard. Thus the need to keep out Mexicans and Muslims.
Breitbart News – going by his tweets, this was one of Trump’s main sources of news. Steve Bannon, who made it what it is today, is now a top Trump adviser.
alt-right – what White nationalists and Neo-Nazis are calling themselves these days. Trump’s ideas seem to be closer to theirs than to the Republican Party.
Birtherism – something Trump pushed.
“The Art of the Deal” – his first book.
“Yuge” – 30 years of Doonesbury cartoons about Trump.
Robert Mercer – one of Trump’s top donors.
Melania Trump – his current wife.
Trump’s cabinet – in particular:
- State: Rex Tillerson
- Treasury: Steven Mnuchin
- Defence: James Mattis
- Justice: Jeff Sessions
- Interior: Ryan Zinke
- Environment: Scott Pruitt
Trump voters – in particular:
- White Evangelical Protestants
- White working-class men
Since it seems many Trump voters lied to pollsters, I might have to do a Trump voter update.
If you want to recommend a topic, please tell me in the comments below. Thanks!
– Abagond, 2017.
- Trump posts:
- Jan 2017: The Trump dossier
- Nov 2016: normalizing Trump
- Nov 2016: The Trump Era
- Nov 2016: How Donald Trump is worse than Hillary Clinton
- Oct 2016: Trump’s sex scandal
- Sep 2016: Trump’s Black outreach
- Aug 2016: Trump voters
- Aug 2016: Can Trump win?
- Aug 2016: The Trump Effect on children
- Jun 2016: Trump’s media blacklist
- Mar 2016: Donald Trump quotes about Black people
- Dec 2015: Donald Trump