Rachel Maddow’s show last night reminded me of my long-held suspicion that Trump’s “madness” may be part of a political strategy. He may want to keep his base solid at 33% and then hope that a major crisis will enable him to expand it enough to win again in 2020. It certainly seems that he’ll be able to win Republican primaries!
You can watch the 19-minute video of her show, titled “Donald Trump remarks aid white supremacists’ political ambitions,” at http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show
The summary there reads:
Rachel Maddow looks at the history of Ku Klux Klan in American politics and its quest for power and points out that it was no accident that Donald Trump helped give racists legitimacy with his remarks about the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Here are my notes:
Demo convention 1924
Smith vs. MacAdoo, who had the support of the Klan,
which was a powerful force.
Marched in robes and hoods in large numbers
Thought they could make the call
Smith was Catholic
Anti-Klan plank lost by one vote
Provoked riots on convention floor
Brought out police
20,000 then marched in New Jersey across the river
Democrats could not bridge the split
Convention went on for 16 days
Could not pick a candidate
No air conditioning
103 ballots, a record
Finally picked a nobody
The Klan flexed its muscle
Time for another show of power
August 1925 marched in DC
50,000 in formation
1927, 1,000 march in New York City, Queens
Fought with police
Seven men arrested, including Fred Trump, Donald’s father
Donald denies it
But Fred’s signature is published on the arrest form
The white supremacists have always sought mainstream power
“Now a modern President appears to be picking them.”
Trump: “There were many people in that rally other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists…. protesting very quietly…. innocently”
Trump did not go rogue spontaneously
He planned to say what he said
He took his notes from Saturday with him
“It was not a mistake. At some point it’s going to have to stop being treated as a surprise…. This is on purpose.”
The President is trying to build up a long-standing force for political power
that is still a force
He did not accidentally praise neo-Nazis
“He is now doing what he can to help them come back…. and so far it is working”
This persistent violent racist fascistic element in American culture.
Heads up. This is not a mistake. He is not screwing this up.
So it may not be a ploy for his personal power.
He may actually believe what he has been saying.