And so, after having lost the popular vote by more than 2.6 million votes, Donald Trump will become the next US president. Now that everyone has had the time to adjust to the news, I thought I should recount a couple of facts. Those might be as well taken to be a commentary on the US politics, since assuming that the president is meant to represent the will of the people, one could be forgiven for thinking that the reality which they reveal takes place in a bizarre opposite world.
They are as follows:
- Betsy DeVos, nominated as the head of the Department of Education, is opposed to public education
- Ben Carson, nominated as the head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, has spoken out against public housing
- Andrew Puzder, nominated as the head of the Department of Labor, is opposed to things like raising the minimum wage
- Tom Price, nominated as the head of the Department of Health and Human services, is opposed to public healthcare
- Scott Pruitt, nominated as the head of the Environment Protection Agency, is a climate change denier
In all honesty, no one should be surprised at these picks – they match the presidential program in everything but the populist appeal. Equally, it’s unsurprising that the man picked as the secretary of defense proclaims that shooting people is quite fun, the national security adviser will be a man who believes that it’s rational to fear Muslims as Shariah law is spreading in the US, and leading the Department of Homeland Security will be a man who oversaw the US detention and torture facility in Guantanamo. And a man who is a neo-fascist favorite with the views one would expect from such a person will be the “chief strategist”.
Equally unsurprising is the amount of media and Democratic flip-flopping about the results: from New York Times which went from claiming that Trump was propelled by a “crisis of whiteness” before the election to claiming more humbly that they can’t really say what was the reason of his success and that he should be given a chance, to Bernie Sanders who, after claiming that Trump would be a disaster for the US, has now promised to work with him whenever it would benefit the working class.
In the previous post, I named the US political system a satirical and embarrassing spectacle. I stand by that statement.