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by Stephen Lendman
What new dirty tricks the Republican wing of America’s one-party state plans to derail Trump’s campaign remains to be seen.
Everything tried so far made him stronger. You’d think party bosses would have caught on by now. Instead they hauled out former Massachusetts governor, failed presidential aspirant Mitt Romney.
His vulture capital firm, Bain Capital, profiteered by asset-stripping companies, bankrupting them, and leaving their employees high and dry on their own.
He once said saving or creating jobs wasn’t his concern, adding he likes “being able to fire people,” claiming what’s good for business alone matters.
As a presidential aspirant, he called Russia “without question our number one geopolitical foe,” saying it consistently “stand(s) up for the world’s worst actors.”
As Massachusetts governor, he was aloof and authoritarian, insensitive about ordinary people’s needs. Earlier he called homosexuality “perverse and reprehensible.”
He believes in traditional gender roles. Male dominance is fundamental, women confined to child bearing, rearing and homemaking.
He’s been accused of being arrogant, racist, anti-Semitic, and surrounding himself with powerful white men. His dark side represents pure evil, ideal for political office in America.
Using him to bash Trump shows desperation in Republican ranks. He obliged with stinging pejoratives, calling him “a phony, a fraud, a misogynist and a bully who threatens America’s future.”
“His domestic policies would lead to recession. His foreign policies would make America and the world less safe.”
“He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president. And his personal qualities would mean America would cease to be a shining city on a hill,” using a 1980s Ronald Reagan phrase without attribution.
He rambled on offensively, reciting pre-scripted lines, urging anyone but Trump without endorsing another aspirant.
Hours later, Trump responded, calling Romney a “failed candidate. (He) let us down (running a) horrible campaign. (He) should have beaten Obama easily.”
Love or hate him, Trump made the political season interesting for the first time in memory. Campaigning against the grain won him millions of supporters.
“I brought millions of people into the Republican party (in) a short period of time,” he claimed. “It’s the biggest story in politics…They’re leaving the Democrats…leaving the independents.”
“There’s great enthusiasm in the Republican party except in the establishment.” He’ll continue campaigning all-out for the party’s nomination, defying power brokers against him.
America’s political system excludes voter choices. Names and faces change. Dirty business as usual continues no matter who holds the levers of power.
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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.