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Created by John Eipper on 01/12/21 3:57 AM

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Is WAIS Kicking Trump While He's Down? (José Ignacio Soler, Venezuela, 01/12/21 3:57 am)

Eugenio Battaglia (January 11th) accused the WAIS Forum of being a kangaroo court against Trump: "it is not a good show to attack mercilessly the defeated."

There is a saying in Spanish that illustrates what Eugenio seems to mean: "Hacer leña del arbol caído" ("to make firewood from the fallen tree"). But it seems to me that he is exaggerating or misinterpreting what has been said about Trump after the assault on the Capitol. Being a severe critic of him is not "making firewood."

From what I recall, Trump has always been criticized as an unfortunate accident in US politics. He has always been accused (here on the Forum and elsewhere) of being a demagogue, narcissist, sociopath, opportunist and unscrupulous politician. However, the matter has been aggravated by the events of January 6th, because undoubtedly Trump was its instigator and promoter, and it would be unforgivable not to condemn his actions.

Eugenio is right about one thing: Trump is not the only problem the United States has, and probably he will unfortunately continue to be a protagonist unless he is punished through prosecution. He will continue to be a dangerous populist messiah for large sectors of society, and I would add that he is not and never will be a Fascist, though he is very close to the worst version of totalitarian fascist goals. Finally, I disagree with Eugenio's romantic socialist aspirations, because I believe Sanders would not have been the solution. On the contrary, he would have aggravated all the nation's problems.

Let's give Biden and the Democrats a chance and see what are they capable of achieving amidst these unfortunate inherited circumstances, particularly because of the damage done by Trump to the Democratic institutions of the US.

JE comments:  The urgency of condemning Trump is not so much for what he's done, but for what he still might do.  He used to be merely obnoxious; now he's become a genuine threat to the 245-year-old fabric of American democracy.

Surprise--my inbox is overflowing with comments on the events of last week.  He may have been booted off social media, but Trump is still very much dominating the news cycle.

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