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Macleans 'What will America do, after Trump'

Here is a question for people to answer.


While there have been a number of politicians who have trafficked in conspiracies in the past—Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s witch hunt against American communists in the 1950s is a prime example—Trump is the first major party presidential nominee to embrace the darkness. Goldberg says it might have been an inevitability after decades of wars and scandals—Vietnam, Watergate, Iran-Contra, Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction—steadily eroded public trust. (In the 1950s, 75 per cent of Americans said they believed their government would do what was right all, or most of, the time. Today the figure is 19 per cent.) But he wonders what comes next. “We have these real chasms, these gaps of wealth and race and ethnicity and religion. And they are not being bridged in any way. I don’t think that Hillary Clinton will be able to bridge them either. There’s so much hostility,” he says.
In that context, Trump’s claims that the fix is in when it comes to November’s vote could prove particularly dangerous. “If the basis of American democracy is compromised, you are in a situation where the people opposed to you are not simply wrong, they have committed treason, they are betraying the country,” says Goldberg. In some ways, it reminds the historian of the period just before the Civil War.

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Senior Advisor

Re: Macleans 'What will America do, after Trump'

Here's what happened last time the Clintons were in charge. MaCleans got a take on this. Or is he like the rest of the progressives and pretent it never happened. Would you call this embracing the darkness?



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Veteran Advisor

Re: Macleans 'What will America do, after Trump'

The best thing everyone can do is to vote early and turn off all the propaganda sources.  After you vote, then head to your County GOP headquarters and volunteer to get-out-the-vote until the polls close on that fateful day. 

Senior Contributor

Re: Macleans 'What will America do, after Trump'

African Americans are way ahead of Trump on conspiracy theories and rigging.


Of course, the problem with some conspiracy theories is they fit historical facts.  Whether Trump's does or not is not the subject of this comment.  It only points out that conspiracy theories are nothing new.


What it might imply is the Republican party now thinks of itself as the modern day oppressed and downtrodden race.  It's always easier to cry that one is a victim than it is do do something constructive about it.