Donald Trump’s establishment support

This video from the USA says about itself:

30 November 2016

TYT Politics Producer Emma Vigeland did a YouTube live report on Donald Trump‘s three newest cabinet picks: Steven Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary, Wilbur Ross as Secretary of Commerce, and Todd Ricketts as Deputy Secretary of Commerce. All three have ties to big money, Wall Street, and the donor class, despite Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp”.

Today, on the front page of Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad, an article about Hans De Boer, chairman of the Dutch Big Business organisation VNO-NCW. Mr de Boer says that a new Dutch government, after the March 2017 general election, should take United States president-elect Donald Trump as their example.

Remarkable, as a poll just before the US elections said that only 6% of Dutch people would have voted for Trump. The xenophobic PVV is the most right-wing party in the Dutch parliament; its leader Wilders is a Trump fan. Yet, even of PVV voters, only a minority, 25%, would have voted for Trump. Apparently, Mr De Boer does not represent the 94% of Dutch people opposing Trump. He represents the 1% richest people.

Before the United States election, most of the voices of the corporate media and the political and economic establishment in the USA and in Europe supported Hillary Clinton against Trump. That may have actually have helped Trump. Trump’s ‘trump’ card against Clinton was his claim that Clinton was establishment, and he was not. That was a half lie: billionaire Trump is definitely part of the economic establishment. But also a half truth: Clinton was much more part of the political establishment than Trump.

If Clinton’s opponent would have been an establishment politician like Jeb Bush, then she probably would have won not only the popular vote, as she did against Trump; but also the electoral college. The Republicans would have had much more of a problem trying to depict themselves as outsiders.

If Trump’s opponent would have been not Clinton, but Bernie Sanders, polls say, there would have been a landslide Democratic victory. Billionaire Trump would have been unable to play the anti-establishment card against Sanders; one of few United States federal politicians who is not a millionaire, let alone a billionaire.

Remarkably, it looks like many establishment ex-Clinton supporters are now rallying to Trump. The Wall Street Dow Jones index is higher than ever since Trump’s election. Especially the shares of military production merchants of death are rising.

WALL STREET TRIUMPHS IN DONALD TRUMP’S LATEST PICKS Learn more on how the Treasury and Commerce picks are infuriating progressives with Trump’s “embrace of Wall Street’s elite.” And these are just a few of the folks that will most likely make up the “richest administration in modern American history.” [Daniel Marans, HuffPost]

A cabinet of billionaires. Trump forms a Wall Street government to attack health care and workers’ rights: here.

AND TO CLARIFY The headline of yesterday’s email said President-elect Trump had announced he would step away from his company. However, Trump did not provide any details beyond that his children would run his company. Trump made similar statements during the campaign, but such a plan fails to address his significant conflicts of interest. [Alexander Kaufman and Paige Lavender, HuffPost]

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