No, New York Times, You Don’t “Deserve Better” Than Donald Trump. By Matt Taibbi

Donald Trump is a hand grenade thrown by people who are sick and tired of the what they see and hear from the establishment, of which the New York Times is an exemplar. From Matt Taibbi at taibbi.substack.com:

Trump should spare us all and retire. But his antagonists’ lack of self-awareness keeps giving him oxygen

Among the predictably enormous quantity of horrified responses to Donald Trump’s campaign announcement this week, the New York Times editorial board handed down a beauty: “America Deserves Better Than Donald Trump.

Is that true? If the question is if Donald Trump should be president, even I’ve been clear from the start the answer is no. But deserve? When the Times reaches for a word like that, they complicate what should be a simple question. Does the Times editorial board deserve President Trump? As William Munny put it with a bullet in Unforgiven, deserve’s got nothing to do with it.

Trump was elected in 2016. That’s a fact. The American political establishment has since refused any honest reckoning about how or why it happened. The closest the Times came to an explanation in this week’s editorial:

Mr. Trump has many loyal supporters, who regard him as a flawed but effective champion. His rise to power was built on the idea that he is a winner and, for many Republicans, his victory in 2016 was sufficient justification for having supported him. It allowed the party to cut taxes and take firm control of the Supreme Court, opening an era of conservative jurisprudence, including the reversal of Roe v. Wade this year.

In this fantasy world, Republicans merely put up with Trump, as a means to securing traditional conservative ends like cutting taxes and reversing Roe, because of “the idea that he is a winner.”

You’d have to be high as a Georgia Pine to believe this. There may be some Republican politicians who made the Machiavellian calculation the Times describes, but his voters weren’t thinking that. They just saw a way to send a giant Fuck You to people they hated and distrusted more than Trump.

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One response to “No, New York Times, You Don’t “Deserve Better” Than Donald Trump. By Matt Taibbi

  1. Let Them Eat ICBM's

    How dare the uppity peasants decide who will represent them.
    You know you’ve lost the plot when ex-Rolling Stone comrades such as M.T. are standing up for the mogul populist even if it is a CYA.

    “The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.”

    Winston Churchill

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