The pace of events in the decline of the Trump administration has accelerated. Things are moving so fast it’s becoming impossible for anyone in the White House to regain the initiative. That takes us into the more dangerous phases of this disaster, when administration and establishment figures find themselves overwhelmed, reacting in increasingly desperate and irrational ways. Buckle up folks.
Here’s a quick rundown of things I’ve been watching over the past few days.
Social Capitalism is doing its thing.
Not a single one of the pastors in Trump’s “faith advisory council” has distanced themselves from the administration, but corporate CEO’s are putting their conscience on display. Three CEO’s resigned this week. This is an important watershed in our history. Corporate America is becoming our public conscience while religious authorities remain happily complicit. Social capitalism is emerging as a new political and economic force.
Meanwhile, Nazis are losing their jobs. A massive crowd-sourced effort to dox the participants in the Charlottesville Nazi rallies is already paying off. Several participants have already been fired by their employers.
Here’s a little rule you can follow to guess who is going to win a political or even military fight inside the US – Business always wins. Every time. A lot of comfortable white people who are used to voting GOP more or less thoughtlessly are being confronted with chilling realities. They are not safe anymore. Markets have decided what the future looks like, and it doesn’t look like Southern conservatives.
Look at statements and actions over the past six months from major corporate figures. The market has decided where it stands on white nationalism. Those who embrace it publicly will find their prospects dimmed. This is a serious problem for the Republican Party which Republicans are only waking up to this week.
A mob tore down a Confederate statue in Durham.
There is going to be more of this. Durham had been discussing plans to remove the Confederate memorial outside the old courthouse. Then, in 2015 the GOP-dominated legislature in North Carolina banned cities from removing the monuments. That was a mistake.
It would be a very good idea for mayors and city councils all over the country to accelerate the process of removing these monuments. They have been a rallying point for racists since they were erected. That’s why they were erected in the first place. Now they will become a focus of street battles. Cities and colleges are going to be forced to either remove them, or defend them with state-sponsored force.
All the safe spaces in which nice white people used to hide from the realities of racism are being destroyed by the Trump administration. Good riddance. Now we get to find out where people really stand.
We got an ugly look at the next generation of Republicans.
You may have wondered what a college Republican actually looks like these days. With Trump’s approval rating among young people so small you have to use special equipment to measure it, who wants to be a Republican on a college campus? Well, we got our answer – Nazis.
The head of the College Republicans at Washington State University was outed as a participant in the Charlottesville rally. His response was just as crude and snide as you’d expect. Can’t wait to see his first job interviews.
Expect more of this. Leaders of College Republicans nationally pressed him to step down, but so what? Where are they going to find replacements that aren’t wearing that same stupid Nazi haircut? We are running out of room to pretend that there is anything left animating the right in the US besides white nationalism, especially among our youngest generation of voters.
Trump is hinting that he might pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Apparently fuming after being forced to read some somewhat unfriendly things about Nazis, Trump has responded with an olive branch toward the alt-right. He told Fox News he might pardon Arpaio. If he does this, our political tinderbox will explode. That fuel is just waiting for a spark.
Right on cue, another white guy was arrested for a terrorist plot.
A 23-year-old white supremacist was arrested in Oklahoma for trying to blow up a bank. The FBI was monitoring his activities, supplying him with phony materials which he used to build the bomb and attempt to detonate it.
Republicans are standing on a very dangerous precipice. Everything present-day Republicans value, from market-based economics to abortion restrictions, is rapidly being subsumed under, and tainted by, a blanket of white nationalism. One more year of Donald Trump, and we may go through a generation in which no one can afford be an “out” Republican in any mainstream commercial or social setting outside the Deep South. The only Republicans will be retirees, welfare recipients, and the independently wealthy. Come to think of it, that’s not far from the coalition that supports the GOP today.
Shed Donald Trump this fall, or the statue-toppling mobs are going to get bigger and their targets will get harder to predict. Our window for containing the rage stirred up by this administration is closing and it is impossible to predict who will end up in its crosshairs.
Revolutions are bad. They are unpredictable, irrational, and randomly lethal. Remove Donald Trump from office now, while an orderly transfer of power remains plausible. We are running out of time.