Saturday, August 29, 2020

Trump's conversion of the peoples house into the Family Trump palace

Our founding fathers fought our revolutionary war to put and end to this kind of monarchic sh!t.

Writing in Richard North Patterson describes Four days of staggering cynicism and deceit in RNC 2020: Virtual Unreality .

One of the themes from the last four days was the shameless appropriation of public goods in service of private political profit. Just for example of this wholesale violation of the Hatch Act is the conversion of the White House and its grounds from the peoples house into the Trump Palace.

… Trump misappropriated the most iconic American symbol, the White House, as the setting for a blatantly divisive, dishonest, and self-celebratory political speech. He spoke on the South Lawn, with the building behind him bathed in light and fronted with a plethora of American flags, conflating patriotism with Trump’s stunning assertion of proprietorship. Among the human props in his audience were uniformed police; his speech hailed the presence of officers from the Department of Homeland Security.

At moments one imagined a virtual Nuremberg rally, with Trump as America’s Leni Riefenstahl. Near the climax of the speech, he turned to point at the White House, glowing and white, and said mockingly to Democrats: “We’re here, and you’re not.” It was hard to know what was more distasteful—the words themselves, or Trump’s pleasure in uttering them.

… were there any doubt before, one now knew with certainty that Trump meant to ride fear and racial animus to a second term in the majestic mansion backlit behind him. At that moment his misuse of this storied site seemed not merely an abuse of office but a kind of civic sacrilege.

So ended the Republican convention.

Patterson covers far more ground. If you missed any or all of the RNC’s mendacity machine, his review would be a good read.

-Richard North Patterson is a lawyer, political commentator and best-selling novelist. He is a former chairman of Common Cause and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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