At The Financial Times: Demetri Sevastopulo and Barney Jopson confront the Republican anti-mainstream push, a comment by Political Reporter

The very notion that John Boehner, Scott Walker or Strom Thurmond apologist Trent Lott are representative of Republican Party political rationalism is on it’s face ludicrous. The foreshortened ‘history’ of the recent Republican Party presented by Demetri Sevastopulo and Barney Jopson lacks historical reach, not to speak of it’s ideologically fueled myopia. The fact that Eric Cantor was one of the early congressional advocates/allies of the Tea Party makes his comments, not just superfluous, but self-servingly disingenuous.

Trump is the culmination of Republican Party mendacity. The beginning of Trumpism can be traced from the ‘Generation of Treason’ Anti-New Deal propaganda offensive of the Nixon/Mundt/McCarthy/McCarren Cold War alliance. And from Goldwater and his allies, who purged the Republican Liberals from the Convention in 1964, the Dixiecrat mass migration to the Republican Party in 1964 and 1965, after the passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, to the New Nixon of 68: The Southern Strategy, that even pitchman Reagan embraced in his first speech after his nomination at the Neshoba County Fair in 1980.  And then to the Willy Horton hysterics confected by Lee Atwater & Bush I. And the rise of political capo Karl Rove of Bush II. Admittedly this is a polemically charged argument, but this is a history that is, to say the least, a political rejoinder to the vacuous ‘history’ presented by the Sevastopulo/Jopson duo!

Trump is an American Caudillo in the mold of Peron, with the strutting showy arrogance of Mussolini, perfected from years of honing his skill at humiliating his underlings on network television. It plays perfectly to an audience now thoroughly disenchanted with Neo-Liberalism, it’s  successor Austerity and the present economic stagnation.

Political Reporter

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