Trump elected, a British view

This video from the USA says about itself:

Corporate Media Will Bow To Trump. The Young Turks Won’t.

16 November 2016

It’s hard to hold Trump’s feet to the fire when your corporate owners make SO MUCH MONEY covering the self-described “ratings machine.” On top of that, the media is traditionally subservient to establishment power. Much like the Bernie Sanders campaign, TYT is crowdfunded by you. Join the resistance. Become a member today. Oh and that picture is Anderson Cooper already normalizing known white supremacist/antisemite and potential Trump cabinet pick Steve Bannon. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

By Salman Shaheen in Britain:

Darkness precedes the dawn’s early light

Thursday 17th November 2016

Despite Trump, progressive movements are already brewing, says SALMAN SHAHEEN

WHILE supporters of Donald Trump celebrate a shot to the heart of a tired, old establishment that had failed so many: liberals, progressives, those to whom racism, xenophobia and sexism are anathema, woke to a much colder, much darker world last week.

Countless column inches will be written on where it all went wrong for Hillary Clinton, why her lifelong dreams are now ashes from which she will never rise again.

But in the simplest terms, she was not the right candidate for these times. She was the epitome of an out-of-touch neoliberal globaliser elite in an election where the US, and indeed the world, is turning in on itself, where the left-behind and laid-low were yearning for change but stuck two fingers up to hope and punched their cards for fear.

Or at least many of the white ones did — polling data suggests overall those on lower incomes tended to opt for Clinton — and the racist appeal of Trump to some cannot be denied.

Clearly there is a lot of soul-searching to be done.

And a US in which the old certainties now are smoke will have to work hard to find a way to heal the divisions at its heart — between rich and poor, black and white, men and women — that have long been festering, but that have been ripped wide open by the most brutally unpleasant election campaign in living memory.

Who will lead that healing? There’s something instructive about the two candidates’ victory and valedictory speeches.

“I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans,” president-elect Trump said.

“I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.”

Every president has to reach across the table and attempt to govern for the whole country, not just their most ardent followers. So far these are just words and Trump has been full of those.

His appointment of far-right crackpot Steve Bannon as chief strategist and the likely elevation of arch Bush-era hawk John Bolton to secretary of state do not bode well for a presidency for all America’s stripes. …

A counter-movement against fear and prejudice and hate and insularity is brewing from sea to shining sea. Hillary Clinton might not be the one to lead it.

Indeed she should not be the one to lead a movement that must not just be about racial and gender and sexual equality but economic equality too.

A movement that can never again accept vast swathes of the population left on a scrapheap; that must give all a stake in society; that must one day offer fresh answers to those conned by Trump’s [demagovy] when it turns out to be hollow and one that proves to them it can genuinely make their lives better.

The best of the US is still there, ready to rise again. It’s already rising, thousands are taking to the streets across the country, not in spite of democracy but because of it.

Let it rise. For the night is darkest just before the dawn’s early light.

Salman Shaheen is editor-in-chief of The World Weekly and a Labour Party member. He has written for the Guardian, New Statesman and Huffington Post and is a regular commentator on current affairs on television and radio.

Between Wednesday, November 9, the day after the presidential election, and the morning of Monday, November 14, the Southern Poverty Law Center collected 437 reports of hateful intimidation and harassment: here.

7 thoughts on “Trump elected, a British view

  1. Thursday, 17 November 2016

    AFL-CIO ‘hope to work with President-elect Trump’

    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on the results of the 2016 presidential election in which he declared his willingness to work with President Trump.

    Donald Trump has been elected president. America is a democratic nation, and the voters have spoken. ”The AFL-CIO accepts the outcome of this election and offers our congratulations to President-elect Trump. More than anything, this election is an indictment of politics as usual.

    ‘For too long, the political elites have embraced economic policies that hold down wages, increase inequality, diminish opportunity and ship American jobs overseas. Voters in both the primary and general election have delivered a clear message: enough.

    ‘The President-elect made promises in this campaign – on trade, on restoring manufacturing, on reviving our communities. We will work to make many of those promises a reality. If he is willing to work with us, consistent with our values, we are ready to work with him.

    ‘But make no mistake, we can never back down from our values. The presence of racism, misogyny and anti-immigrant appeals caused damage in this campaign and we must all try to repair it with inclusion, decency and honesty. As we move forward, the labour movement is committed to defending our American democracy. Ultimately, the fundamental duty of America’s President, symbolised by swearing to uphold our Constitution, is to protect and preserve our democracy and the institutions that make it real.

    ‘We hope to work with President-elect Trump to help him carry out this solemn responsibility. Regardless, America’s labour movement will protect our democracy and safeguard the most vulnerable among us. This election is a statement about our broken economic and political rules. Therefore, the work of the labour movement continues with fresh urgency. The change voters cried out for in this campaign can be found by standing together in unions.

    The election is over. But we are more committed than ever to helping working people win a voice on the job and in our democracy. We will never stop striving to represent everyone, fighting for basic human dignity, expanding our diversity and growing our ranks to give working people a strong, united voice.’


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  3. Friday 18th November 2016

    posted by Conrad Landin in Britain

    Clive Lewis lays into ‘complacent’ global economic consensus

    RIGHTWINGERS’ support for the erosion of workers’ rights is “causing people to turn to demagogues” across the world, Labour’s shadow business secretary has told the Morning Star.

    In an exclusive interview in central London yesterday, Clive Lewis warned that the same conditions which assisted Donald Trump in his rise to power could also propel French far-right leader Marine Le Pen to her country’s presidency.

    And he hit back at Tory Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green, who said the development of the “gig economy” of self-employment without sick pay or holidays was “exciting.”

    “It shows the Tories have absolutely no idea whatsoever — not just on Brexit, not just on what has taken this country out of Europe, but also on what has happened in the US where someone who is now surrounding himself with fascists has come to power,” he said.

    “What this shows is that they have no idea about the social instabilities that their economic system of the last 35 or 40 years has created.

    “The fact is that it’s the insecurity that people face, the low pay, the lack of rights at work — this is what is causing people to turn to demagogues, causing people to turn to extremism.”


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