By Ramin Mazaheri and crossposted with PressTV
Last night I dreamt that I asked Trump what it was like to be the world’s most insulted man over the last four years?
This piqued his interest and he granted me a walk-and-talk interview. While I waited for him to be free I ate pizza – the food of variety and routine entertainment. When he became available we walked to a car, marvelling that the secret service was going to let us travel without them. Trump would drive, which in dream logic means I think he is in charge.
I had more good journalistic questions for Trump, but I couldn’t remember any others when I woke up.
If the United States corporate media could insult Trump for four years then we should assume there is the same bias and animosity in their coverage of the current election crisis.
As a journalist I must account for this and realise they routinely give only one side of the story. In short: it’s clear they still want Trump out by any means necessary, which is why their mainstream journalists have done all they could to give the impression that it’s all over but the counting.
Trump’s demeanour in my dream was one of annoyance changing into focused determination – one cannot permanently put down someone with an ego as massive as Trump’s. Similarly, you cannot insult Trumpers because they truly believe their Americanness makes them totally impermeable to serious denigration. This arrogance is the psychological foundation of imperialism – that Western culture can never embarrass itself enough to jeopardise the idea of their natural superiority over others. Anti-Trumpers have this arrogance in the same magnitude, but express it slightly differently.
One cannot understand American political culture if one does not at least occasionally tune into right-wing AM talk radio. This is the only place to find the Christian conservatives who compose one-third of the country (polls show 50% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents call themselves “moderately” or “highly religious”). Due to fanatical Western secularism these people are essentially shut out of mainstream political discourse, but their massive numbers have allowed them to carve out this niche on an antiquated medium.
Every decent journalist should already know this. The US has very few of those (whereas the Iranian press is vibrant and demanding).
This explains why we hear so much talk in the American press about the pernicious influence of “online disinformation” such as the highly-publicised “Stop the Steal” page on Facebook. The out-of-touch US journalist class is totally tech-focused and thus mistakenly believes the primary threat to their narrative dominance is online.
If they would simply turn on the good old radio it would be shocking clear: “Stop the Steal” is the tip of the iceberg and not the work of Iranian or Russian trolls: there is a huge sector of US society which does not believe this election is fair and transparent enough, and they are focused, politically-involved and have the same analytical skills God gave all humans.
You can take down Facebook pages, but the massive audience which right-wing AM radio has enjoyed for decades will still be there. The US MSM has always ignored this medium, mistakenly hoping it would just go away, and thus Iranian and Russian trolls are the culprit.
You couldn’t hear pro-Trump views in the MSM for four years, but 70 million Trump votes shows they actually do exist
This massive audience is incredibly upset, and on November 4, 2020 they became self-assured that they are not an historical anomaly. Trumpers are currently more emboldened and politically justified than ever and… you expect them to take a knee on their undoubtedly unusual presidential vote? Because the mainstream media says so?
The victory of the “Trumpian Republican” over a media-overhyped “Blue Wave” is totally confirmed, though their figurehead may not survive. That makes them skeptical and upset in massive numbers, but this voice is blocked. This is why if you only tune into mainstream media everything is exactly as it has been for four years: Trump must leave office, and they marshal a ton of experts who prove it.
But turn to the one media source where Trumpers actually feel comfortable talking with other Trumpers and you will find they are also marshalling a ton of experts who are howling with indignation not at the mistreatment of their figurehead but at the way mail-in ballots and questionable 2020 political decisions have called the integrity of US vote structures into question.
Trump is a figurehead, but the elections verify that Trumpism is a real movement. It is based on the idea that America is not the world’s greatest country but the greatest country in the history of mankind. However, the Washington Swamp has corrupted it. Their essential stance is that the November 3rd vote is fine – it’s the people who ran that vote who cannot be trusted and whose work must now be verified.
Trumpers do not want major structural changes – Democrats are more inclined to installing semi-progressive changes – they want different people in office, and (like every other country) people who are more openly reflective of their worldview. Corruption is the primary wellspring of Trumpism, not White supremacism.
Trump gained with every ethnic cohort and gender except White males, after all. Any journalist who keeps talking about White supremacism – as the primary ethos of Trumpism, not as a longstanding and genuine structural problem which includes Democrats as well – is totally wasting your time. Incredibly, there are many of these, and they are the best-paid ones.
Here’s the problem: unless the vote is not just totally counted but also calmly litigated and vetted – precisely because there has been a drastic changing to the 2020 vote forced by the pandemic, the executive orders of state governors and overreaching local officials – half the voting population is going to have major resentment and continued grounds for belief in the corruption of American officials (again, because they believe the structures sent by the archangels Jefferson, Washington and (ugh) Hamilton cannot possibly be at fault).
So Trump and Trumpers – who were not even browbeaten by four years of anti-Trump bias – will not be browbeaten into calling off the vote clarification efforts.
This notion is being trumpeted all over their media, but you have to know where to find them in a very stratified and biased US media. As a journalist I must objectively report (disclaimer: I did not support either candidate) that they sound serious as hell.
Not serious as hell as in right-wing militias shooting up Main Street – that was an absurd distraction with the backing of zero historical precedent – but serious in that they can marshal their own lawyers, analysts, professors, local officials, state officials, poll watchers and regular Joes who all can intellectually defend the idea that they are not going to accept the presidential vote without assurances that it was totally fair. In my journalistic view: they meet the American standard of “reasonable doubt” to merit judicial checking.
And what’s wrong with that? What’s Christian Conservative about demanding modern vote justice via checks and balances? What’s wrong is that it threatens the 1%’s desires.
Remember 2000? Jay Leno’s nightly mocking and the quick trashing of lower class votes?
In 2000 the mood in America was one of total impatience – this is because the imperialist US abhors a vacuum. Somebody must be in charge, if only so they know whom to slavishly follow.
By mid-December Al Gore foolishly quit – denying modern political justice to thousands of Black Floridians – for what he thought was the good of the nation; to end the perceived nightmare of a very short-term power vacuum. That’s not going to happen this time around.
The US mainstream media is doing all they can to make it happen, but Trumpers have their own media which is mainstream enough to them, and they sure don’t sound like this will be over soon. At least – not to this journalist. Expect the impatience to kick in soon, which is hysterical (the word of 2020), because the inauguration isn’t until late January.
Trump cares mainly about himself, not the nation, which is another reason it’s different this time around.
The 2000 election had two key effects: alienating many Americans from politics while highly polarising the ones who remained involved. Yet another reason it’s different this time around – less patriotism and more zero-sum game polarisation.
In my dream Trump was driving because he truly is in charge – it’s widely acknowledged here that the Trump family will hold the most sway in the Republican Party win or lose. Donald Trump Jr. looks like the heir apparent: he definitely has the media savvy, is all over Fox News (which I assume few “objective” US journalists ever tune into either) and, crucially, his father’s combativeness towards the US establishment. Trumpian Republicans are a force to be reckoned with and will change the country’s politics – however, I contended here that the duopoly’s quicksand will swallow them up and dilute them.
For Iran there is no need to overreact – America has been anti-Iranian Revolution since forever. Trumpians are not original in their pro-Zionism. Who knows what Trumpism will really morph into – maybe their reluctance towards more endless wars will enlighten US foreign policy?
The Donald is still in the driver’s seat, but in my dream it’s notable that we didn’t drive anywhere. Bad omen for him to this news gypsy.
Results are in: Americans lose, duopoly wins, Trumpism not merely a cult (1/2) – November 5, 2020
Results are in: Americans lose, duopoly wins, Trumpism wasn’t a cult of personality (2/2) – November 6, 2020
Ramin Mazaheri is currently covering the US elections. He is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. He is the author of ‘Socialism’s Ignored Success: Iranian Islamic Socialism’ as well as ‘I’ll Ruin Everything You Are: Ending Western Propaganda on Red China’, which is also available in simplified and traditional Chinese.
Any person’s strongly expressed egoic sentiment (other than Mohammad Ali’s “I am the greatest” …….some of us just loved that! And for those that hated him for it…..that just drove up the gate receipts for his next title fight.…..) is normally unattractive, repugnant to most hearers of such declarations.
However: Nota Bene: That any coach of any sporting team (anywhere on this planet….not just in The Greatest Country In the History of the Universe)……. that might even be badly behind at half time……. normally does not give a pep talk that includes ridicule and belittlement such as:
“Y’all suck! What a bunch of losers!”
I wonder why??? LOL
Meanwhile, busy, busy, busy today but I need to share this with all my Bitcoin Buddies like yourself:
Trumps QFS blockchain sting Operation Charlie told us about QFS blockchain months ago – email alerts
I have only seen this oddball Brit living in Southern Spain once…..with George Webb on…a few weeks ago but something dreamlike about him struck my waking consciousness.
You’ll find plenty of people who dismiss Charlie as “A Total Fraud” ….just as many see you…or I…that way…but what else is new??
“Water off a duck’s back, Mate!”
You came here to listen and hear what people think….and feel ……………….and you know who considers Trump “A total fraud”…..and millions of others that consider him “the Greatest”.
Regardless of the Great Blockchain Sting Hypothesis Proof or Ultimate “Debunking”….we Bitcoin Buddies need to get out heads together….and you just might have to do a Bitcoin Article………..if Charlie is right about ANY thing in regard to this recent election….from that angle!
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Please watch the use of caps, mod
I think Jeremy Corbyn would have rivalled Trump for being the most insulted man.
It’s very interesting, isn’t it?
A very old fashioned, very left wing UK politician who really does believe in socialism, treated exactly the same way as a right-wing buccaneering entrepreneur turned President who was continually pissing on the Deep State from outside by Tweeting incontinently to his hillbilly deplorable supporters.
What this actually says is that the mask doesn’t matter, does it? It’s the insider vs outsider tag that matters.
Both Corbyn and Trump were their own men, not beholden to shady lawyers, billionaires, warmongers, city fraudsters nor global traffickers.
Neither Corbyn nor Trump had been taking bungs for organising colour revolutions, neither had made a career instigating regime change and neither had had a career in either the Security Services, the War Industries nor in shaping anti-democratic globalist organisations.
Kamala Harris won zero delegates in Democratic Primaries, but the PTB will happily bring her into the White House without an election either. Why? She proved her colours locking up black people in California. She is reliable meat.
Biden has been taking bungs from both Ukraine and China and the PTB know all about it. So he is absolutely under their control. He will do everything they tell him to, because if he doesn’t, they will reveal all and have him impeached in total disgrace.
Bernie Sanders was not like that, so they kept him out of harms way by rigging two primary campaigns.
I hope this tells all working class Republicans AND working class Democrats that they need to sit down, decide what they have in common and form a third party that HASN’T been bought by the billionaire class. Set it up so it CAN’T be bought by the billionaire class. And then spread the word the working class spread the word. NOT using Facebook or Twitter. By encouraging all working class Americans to shut down their Twitter accounts, shut down their Facebook accounts and to find new ways to communicate free of the Techie class that called them ‘deplorables’.
They should all refuse to fight foreign wars and state that the only war they want to fight is defending their own shores. So no troops going to Iran, none to Syria and none to the Asian continent either.
“They should all refuse to fight foreign wars”
But then, how would they facilitate “The United States of America”?
Maybe the “Trumpers” will have a better figurehead to get behind next time? One can only hope. Trump’s to be commended for trampling on the DC consensus at least for his four short years in charge (did they fly, or what?), but not much else. His populist schtick – let’s be honest here for once – was a load of steaming hot BS, in the same manner as Sanders’ socialist song and dance routine was as well. His primary value in retrospect will be in having exposed the Deep State’s nefarious web for all too see, such that even the dutifully subservient American Sheeple can no longer deny its existence and vast influence. Whether or not this will result in any meaningful change for the better remains to be seen (I entirely doubt it), but Americans will no longer be able to claim that they didn’t know what their elected officials were up to when the eventual day of reckoning comes. I think I hear the division bell tolling faintly even now…
I woke up, wrote this, and got down to the Chicago anti-Trump rally to cover it as a reporter.
Imagine my surprise when on the radio National Public Radio was saying Biden is prez and it’s all over, LOL!
Well, about 70 million Trump supporters don’t agree – you don’t need to be trained as an objective journalist to realise that. Total screw-up by Biden which cost Dems the moral high ground.
America has two presidents – not good.
Ramin, this is true Gonzo journalism. You do it very well – many thanks, and I think Hunter Thompson would have approved :)
Keep being a journalist — the world needs them!
Well, what they really mean by a Biden victory is that the new U.S. president is Kamala Harris. She is the most hardcore Zionist in Washington and her loyalty to Tel Aviv (where she has a home base) is rock solid.
Ramin, do you have a website or some way of contacting you directly? The PressTV email links do not appear to be working. If the mods are able to share my email with you, please have them do so. Thank you!