Everyone Was Wrong About Trump, by Caitlin Johnstone

Aside from his rhetoric, Trump has been pretty much a status quo president. From Caitlin Johnstone at caitlinjohnstone.com:

After weeks of speculation and desperate hopes that Donald Trump might be preparing to pardon NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and/or WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange before leaving office on January 20th, what the latest round of presidential pardons has delivered is about as far from that as you can conceivably imagine.

“In an audacious pre-Christmas round of pardons, President Trump granted clemency on Tuesday to two people convicted in the special counsel’s Russia inquiry, four Blackwater guards convicted in connection with the killing of Iraqi civilians and three corrupt former Republican members of Congress,” the New York Times reports.

I probably don’t need to tell my regular readers this, but a Trump pardon for Assange and Snowden is almost certainly not in the cards. Trump has done nothing but protect the imperial status quo the entire time he’s been in office and a pardon for either of those heroic government transparency advocates would be a deviation from his established patterns unlike anything he’s ever once demonstrated while in office. It’s good to pressure politicians to do the right thing even when they probably won’t, but it’s a safe bet that he won’t.

Trump’s entire term has revealed that virtually everyone, all across the US political spectrum, has been wrong about him. And it’s a testament to the power of media echo chambers that for the most part they remain just as wrong about him as they were four years ago

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2 responses to “Everyone Was Wrong About Trump, by Caitlin Johnstone

  1. to pardon snowden or assange would be a death sentence for them both!

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  2. I quit voting 16 years ago because of the lies from every side imaginable. To say Trump “did” this or did that is retarded. What was revealing was the degree to which the political duopoly has the majority of people duped as usual. They rant and rave about the lightning rod at the top receiving its bolts and jolts of justice from above all the while participating in their own rape and cheering on the rapists. If the scamdemic were true then I’d say people aren’t dying fast enough because the only virus I see is stupidity.

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