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Ralph Nader: What Does Donald Trump Really Think About Democrats?

Donald Trump, left, and Joe Biden, right. [Original photos by Gage Skidmore. Adapted and republished by Emma Kaden]

By Ralph Nader

Imagine Donald Trump dining with two of his supposed political advisers. Being an advisor to Donald means you soak up Donald’s political comments and feed them back to him. At this dinner, Donald was spouting off about the Democratic Party.

“Hey guys, know why the GOP is ahead in the polls?” “Why?” the two advisors replied in unison. Donald responded, “Because the Democrats are busy losing all by themselves, backtracking out of fear. Fearing a Party they are supposed to be fighting is what I call ‘beating themselves.’”

“Tell us more,” urged the two advisers.

“The Democrats are beyond stupid. They’ve contracted out their campaigns to consultants who, with their loyalties to their other corporate clients, have sold the Dems a strategy of caution – otherwise known as cutting off your cajones. Candidates without balls can’t think for themselves and just follow the script. Lots of Dems don’t want to appear with Bernie Sanders – the one guy I didn’t want to debate – who gets huge votes in conservative Vermont. What chickens!”

“This is all so beautiful, so gorgeous for us. Dems without balls means they campaign every day with their political antennae flailing, afraid they’ll say the politically incorrect phrase and upset the word police or deviate from their consultant’s finger-waving “no-no’s” if they want to rake in big money.”

“Imagine me contracting out my run to a consultant. ‘Donald, say this, don’t do that, do this, don’t say that.’ And paying them big bucks. Never! My people want the unfiltered Donald. That’s why they turn out in standing-room-only droves compared to the empty-seat Dems.”

Adviser #1 pipes up: “And the NY Times reports that the Dems are so afraid of our blaming them for inflation that they’ve shut up on their most popular ‘bread and butter’ positions, like freedom for women, health and safety for kids, good jobs and pay for more workers, increasing Social Security benefits. You know ‘bleeding heart stuff.’”

“Stupido Fabuloso!” Trump sneered, almost choking on his sirloin steak. “They don’t know who they are or worse who they WERE! FDR clobbered the Republicans with Social Security, minimum wage, and unemployment compensation, and he pushed for unions, taxed the rich and went after business crooks. He taunted the GOP. They called him a ‘traitor to his class,’ and he said he welcomed their hatred.”

“These issues are still very popular today, but the Dems aren’t pulling their base. The idiots even let me take the word ‘populist’ from their shaky hands – me the very core of Big Business.”

“They’ve mostly gagged themselves, leaving poor little Joe Biden alone talking about his infrastructure/jobs projects. Some Dems are so cowardly they don’t want to be seen campaigning with Delaware Joe.”

Adviser #2: “The Dems don’t learn from The Trumper. In politics, you got to boast. Politics is fatal for wimps.”

Trump cupped his mouth adding – “Jeez, I boast about things that aren’t even true, just like my casino ads. The Dems aren’t puffing about what is true. On paper, they support FDR’s New Deal updated to give everyone health insurance and voting rights for everyone, even felons. But where it counts – on the road, they’re in a driverless car. Ha, ha, ha – see? They’re beating themselves.”

“Because we are with the Winners, we’re against all the ‘communist’ things the masses drool over. And we are still winning. Why? Because we are masters at controlling what the media wants to cover – outrageous charges, flagrant behavior and all kinds of red meat the profit-obsessed media barons can’t resist. I told them as much in 2016. Still, they bit. Hilarious.”

“The GOP has got the offensive down to a science. Driving Dems nuts with ‘critical race theory’ (what’s that anyway?), ‘defunding the police’ (hah, we’ve defunded the federal regulator cops big time), ‘open borders,’ ‘radical judges,’ ‘over-regulation,’ ‘high taxes,’ ‘socialism’ – these are short enraging words that stick with our people. Like deer in the headlights, the Dems freeze, mumble and fret. Remember our old mentor Lee Atwater who said ‘When you’re explaining, you’re losing.’”

Adviser #1: “The big hole the Dems dug came long ago when they wrote off half the country as being too conservative and stopped spending money on their candidates in red districts. They don’t have the energy we have – look at how we’ve beaten them in the gerrymandering fights. It’s the energy gap. Remember 2009-2010?”

Trump broke in: “David, don’t get carried away. The biggest thing was their stupidity. Dems would spend more on a single Pennsylvania Senate seat than on six Senate seats combined in the Mountain states. Those states used to have Democratic Senators. Now GOP dominates there. Year after year, they don’t listen. I don’t listen either, to be frank. But I’m a very stable genius, while they are, as New Yorkers say, ‘Tone deaf.’”

Adviser #2: “Also the Republicans listen to their outside allies. Like Heritage, Cato, and Norquist. The Dems lean on their control-freak consultants and give progressive groups the cold shoulder. I have a progressive friend who tells me horror stories. She just gave me a copy of a blockbuster collection of very practical ways – down to the rebuttals and slogans – the Dems can use to landslide us in November. I started sweating until she told me most of the Dems are not rushing to use it. Most don’t even know about the two dozen citizen leaders who put it together, edited down to fiercely powerful persuasions by wordsmith Mark Green – a long-time Dem from New York City. It’s available to the world on winningamerica.net, but Green is confident that we will never pick it up.”

Trump: “Hmm, Winning America? – Nice ring to it. This fellow Green. I remember meeting him at a fundraiser when he was running for Mayor twenty years ago. He was all business, no small talk. He scared me then.”


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8 comments

  1. Great! But Trump would never be that articulate. Whole sentences? C’mon!

  2. It is worse than that. I problem with Democrats is most of them AGREE with Republicans.
    Big Business, Big Military, Big Capitalism.

    I think most Politicians today think Capitalism is our system, not Democracy.
    I fear Bernie was our last chance.

  3. The first page of winningAmerica.net is awful. It sounds like you advocate a strategy of “Look how terrible THEY are!” I see on other pages some actual idea. But jeez, fix that first page.

  4. Not only is America in a driverless car but that car has been sent into a game of Chicken with Russians. The Russian driver has dismantled his brakes because it makes his game of Chicken more watchable and he’ll forfeit the car if he loses anyway.
    No-one has built an off-ramp for either car. You used to play these games in more remote wooded areas. For as long as they took.

  5. The problem isn’t Mr. Trump and never was.

    He’s admittedly as shameless, narcissistic and mean-spirited as they come but he’s a genious at judging what he needs to say in any situation to get people on his side. The fact that an appeal to base, short-sighted, racist and nationalist impulses is so effective at triggering a response in people’s makes him more of a symptom than a cause. A weather vane if you like.

    The real problem is the scores of people who can be persuaded to vote for him. Not all of them are venal; many are simply living in an information bubble. The reason this matters is that lots of Americans (voters) are living on the poverty line and can only see earning more and losing less to taxes as the way to get ahead.

    Earning more (to them) means everything and anything must be done to (a) grow the economy (b) cut taxes and (c) keep people who are prepared to work for less than they are out of the labout pool (hence hostility to immigration). Furthermore, (d) they tend to distrust most forms of regulation and state control because such things usually bring pain in the short term (to them) but deliver benefits only in the long run (and mostly to everybody, i.e. mostly others) and thus detract from maximum economic growth (for themselves). So they are going to vote for whoever seems most likely to deliver (a)-(d).

    This is of course closely followed by politicians who simply value their political career over any convictions they might have held and are more than happy to support a fascistoid and destructive politician like Mr. Trump, provided there’s room for them on the bandwagon. Mrs. Cheney for example is different in that she does have integrity and convictions but did’t pass the popularity threshold. And that’s because of the voters.

  6. So true many Dems are too cowardly to speak frankly, or are c
    Or are Corporate Dems.
    We don’t know what to do!!!!

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