Friday, June 14, 2024

Trump Going Full Nazi

 

Trump and his campaign are emulating Hitler and his Nazi regime. Of that there is no longer any doubt. From the hate filled anti Semitic, anti Muslim rhetoric and false propaganda, to the infusion of Christian Nationalism. This is Nazism. And the GOP is going along with him.

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Editorial: Big Lie Party Backs Their Guy

 Donald Trump reacted the only way he knows how to deal with a challenge May 30 when a New York jury returned guilty verdicts on all 34 felony counts against him after only two days of deliberation. Jurors found Trump falsified business records to cover up a potential sex scandal that could have wrecked his 2016 presidential campaign. Trump replied with lies and threats.

The Trump defense team may have been surprised by the quick verdict after a six-week trial. They may have thought they had a ringer among the jurors who would hold out against a guilty verdict and possibly force a mistrial, which would sideline the case at least until after the election. If so, they lost that bet, big time.

Trump refused to take any responsibility, of course. ”This was a disgrace. This was a rigged trial by a conflicted judge who was corrupt,” Trump told reporters after the verdict. He insisted he is “a very innocent man.”

“I was just convicted in a rigged political witch hunt trial: I did nothing wrong,” Trump wrote in a message to backers.

Trump and his flunkies, including House Speaker Mike Johnson, blamed President Joe Biden, whom they accused of “weaponizing” the Department of Justice and making the U.S. into a banana republic. But the U.S. would look more like a banana republic if it let a corrupt president get away with such crimes.

Banana Republicans ignored the fact that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg answers to the voters of Manhattan, not to Biden or Attorney General Merrick Garland. 

Instead, Bragg’s team brought a case to the state court that literally included the receipts that corroborated statements of damning witnesses, such as David Pecker, former publisher of the National Enquirer, who told how he agreed with Trump to execute “catch and kill” deals with porn actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal in service of helping Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign — a plot that prosecutors labeled a conspiracy to illegally influence the election. Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, who made the payment to Daniels, filled in the details. When Trump was president, he let Cohen take the fall. Cohen served prison time for his role in the federal election violation.

Republicans have been trying to bluff their confidence that Democrats are playing into Trump’s hands ever the New York trial.

“I think it’s time we put a felon in the White House,” Republican Riverside County, California, Sheriff Chad Bianco said in a video posted to his personal Instagram account.

A post-conviction poll conducted by YouGov between May 31 and June 2 found Republicans are more receptive to having a criminal candidate for president. 

In April, just 17% of Republican voters said convicted criminals “should be allowed” to become president while 58% said they should not. But now 58% of Republicans say felons “should be allowed” to be president, while just 23% say they should not. 

More Republicans now say felons should be allowed to become president. But other polls show majorities of all registered voters approve of the verdict, which puts the convict in a bit of a hole.

Trump now says that, because of his conviction on 34 felony counts, he has “every right” to go after political opponents should he be elected in November. He tells supporters that his return to the White House will feature “retribution” against his enemies, who are also their enemies. When the trial started in April, Trump claimed he passed on the chance to prosecute Hillary Clinton during his presidency It would’ve been “a terrible thing” if he’d taken such a step, he claimed.

“This remains a bizarre lie,” Steve Benen wrote at MaddowBlog.com. In Trump’s first year in the White House — after the 2016 election was over and Clinton largely withdrew from public view — the then-president publicly called on the Justice Department to go after Clinton. “Everybody is asking why the Justice Department (and FBI) isn’t looking into all of the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary & the Dems,” Trump claimed at that time.

Republicans have joined Trump in claiming Democrats have weaponized the justice system and Trump has made it clear that he intends to purge the federal government of impartial career officials and replace them with Trump loyalists if he gets back in the White House. The Heritage Foundation’s “Project 2025” aims to destroy the DOJ’s impartiality and turn it into an attack dog for Trump.

But Republicans aren’t waiting. They’re moving forward with an aggressive plan to obstruct state and federal prosecutors who have brought another 54 felony counts against Trump that are still awaiting trial. They are targeting other Trump inquisitors ahead of the election.

Voters deserve to know the facts on Trump’s indictments brought by special prosecutor Jack Smith in Florida, where Trump is accused of keeping classified documents after leaving the White House and storing them at his Mar-a-Lago Club, including in a ballroom, a bathroom and shower, an office space, his bedroom, and a storage room,” according to the indictment. He is also accused of a “scheme to conceal” those documents from federal officials seeking their return.

Trump is accused in D.C. federal court of participating in a scheme to interfere with the transfer of power after he lost the 2020 election to now-President Joe Biden. The indictment accuses Trump and six unindicted, unnamed co-conspirators of knowingly spreading lies that there was widespread fraud in the election and that he had actually won, ultimately leading to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. Trump denies wrongdoing and argues he is immune from prosecution.

Trump and 18 others are accused in state court in Atlanta under Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) of coordinating an effort to thwart proper certification of the state’s 2020 presidential election, which Biden won. The investigation was launched after disclosure of a recorded phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Jan. 2, 2021, in which Trump pressed him “to find 11,780 votes.” Trump denies the allegations.

That trial has been delayed until at least October as three Republican appointees on the Georgia Court of Appeals consider a bid by Trump and his allies to remove Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, a Democrat, and her office from the case because of a personal relationship she had with special prosecutor Nathan Wade, who has since withdrawn from the case.

House Speaker Johnson outlined a “three-pronged approach” on how House Republicans can target the DOJ, New York and other jurisdictions that try to investigate Trump. Those plans call for launching investigations and cutting funds for Jack Smith and any state that tries to investigate Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election.

In a May 31 appearance on Fox News, Trump adviser Stephen Miller, who reportedly is on the shortlist to be Trump’s next attorney general, urged Republicans to pick up the pace in weaponizing the system against the judicial process.

“Is every House committee controlled by Republicans using its subpoena power in every way it needs to right now?” Miller asked. “Is every Republican DA starting every investigation they need to right now?”

Stephen Miller will never try to talk the Convict in Chief down from a proposed retribution scheme. Neither of them belongs back in the White House. — JMC 

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Selections from the July 1-15, 2024 issue

 COVER/Andrea Bernstein 

What Donald Trump’s criminal trial reveals about a potential second term

EDITORIAL 
Big Lie Party backs their guy

JIM HIGHTOWER 
Going from democracy ... to plutocracy ... and now to kleptocracy. 
Return of the swamp drainer: Making a mockery of democracy. 
Cruising along with Ted Cruz. 
How silly can right-wing culture warriors get? 
An anti-abortion creep: Worse than a snake in the grass. 
What if our lawmakers were working-class people? 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

DON ROLLINS 
A farewell to Bill Walton

RURAL ROUTES/Margot McMillen 
Voter challenges coming

DISPATCHES 
Study makes case to abolish Medicare Advantage.
Trump’s guilty verdict driving away voters he can’t afford to lose.
Trump’s losing streak continues with New Jersey liquor license in jeopardy.
House R’s amp up their revenge against A.G.
Trump meets with probation officer.
Repubs ‘salivating’ to ram corporate tax break.
Economy generates 272,000 jobs in May, unemployment edges up to 4%.
RNC's latest awful hirs: A Stop-the-Steal guy and a Christian nationalist.


ART CULLEN 
These people are’t serious about our most basic enterprise: Food

ALAN GUEBERT 
Words matter ... until they don’t


KELSEA McCLAIN 
It’s time to put Americans’ health decisions back in our own hands

JOHN YOUNG 
Ah, hah; Mueller probe found criminal act

DICK POLMAN 
Are Americans so depraved that they’ll put a convicted felon in power? 

JOE CONASON 
No, you’re not a ‘political prisoner’

DAVID McCALL
We’re here. And we’re strong. 

SETH SANDRONSKY 
How freelance journalists are moving from precarity to solidarity


ROBERT KUTTNER 
The support our public services briefly had — and still need

GENE NICHOL 
The Supreme Court’s war on democracy

SONALI KOLHATKAR
‘Tough-on-crime’ doesn’t apply to people like Donald Trump


THOM HARTMANN  
Why the GOP deploys the “Mudsill Theory” to destroy social mobility in America

GRASSROOTS/Hank Kalet  
No room at the inn 

HEALTH CARE/Joan Retsinas  
Nursing homes: A conservative’s dilemma

SAM URETSKY 
Don’t take any lip from bulldogs

WAYNE O’LEARY 
Britannia hunkers down 

JOEL D. JOSEPH
Make the Justice Department truly independent 

JASON SIBERT
Defuse tensions with China 

JUAN COLE 
Trump’s attempt at planeticide was worse than hush money sex pay-off

KENT PATERSON  
Landslide elects Mexico’s first woman president

JAMIE STIEHM 
A grave moment in history

BARRY FRIEDMAN 
Mrs. Alito’s performance art, again

FRANK LINGO 
Anyone give a rat’s ass about Antarctica?

RALPH NADER 
‘No one is above the law’ — really Mr. Biden? 

PAMELA M. COVINGTON
Affordable child care helped my family out of deep poverty. Can we save it? 

JOHN CLAYTON 
In small towns, bookstores are thriving

ROB PATTERSON 
Taylor Swift is in a class of her own

ELWOOD WATSON 
After Trump conviction, Bragg becomes the target

FILM REVIEW/Ed Rampell 
‘Power’: Chronicling the history of policing


SATIRE/Rosie Sorenson  
My kingdom for a wife


AMY GOODMAN p. 
A Gaza twin’s desperate fight for survival

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Friday, May 24, 2024

Editorial: Big Lie Party Clowns

 A month into Donald Trump’s criminal trial in New York City, we’ve heard adult film star Stormy Daniels testify that Trump pressured her to have sex with him, with a vague offer to put her on his reality TV show, while Trump’s third wife was home with their infant son, Barron. Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, testified that Trump ordered him to pay Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about the tryst before the 2016 election. Then Trump used his business funds to reimburse Cohen for making the payments, under the cover that they were “legal expenses.”

We believe the Manhattan District Attorney’s deputies have made their case that Trump directed the hush money payment to Daniels before the election to avoid a sex scandal he feared would derail his presidential campaign — and then authorized an illegal reimbursement scheme to conceal the coverup. And prosecutors brought the receipts from the payoff, as well as notes and recordings to corroborate testimony of witnesses.

Trump denies 34 counts of falsifying business records to conceal another crime. He still insists he never had sex with Daniels, but he dares not take the witness stand to say that under oath, because he is a liar, and was bound to be caught up in perjury, and his lawyers know it, and everybody else in the courtroom knows it.

Trump’s defense attorneys tried to discredit Cohen, who is now a convicted felon and lately has made a living criticizing his former boss. But Cohen was even-tempered as he testified about his 10 years as Trump’s lawyer, which started with admiration for his employer and ended with him going to federal prison in 2018 for campaign finance violations relating to the payouts to Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, tax evasion and lying to Congress on Trump’s behalf about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. 

Trump was OK with Cohen going to prison for him, but now that Cohen has turned state’s evidence, the former president’s best hope is that his lawyers can get at least one juror to insist on Trump’s innocence, which might create a hung jury and a mistrial. Trump has brought in congressional Republicans to debase themselves as Trump flunkies, echoing his contemptuous claims that Bragg and Judge Juan Merchan are partisans working for Joe Biden. 

House Speaker Mike Johnson made the trip to Manhattan to make the reckless claim that “the judge’s own daughter is making millions of dollars” off of the trial, and a prosecutor in the case had “recently received over $10,000 in payments from the Democratic National Committee.” The House Speaker claimed that, in Trump’s classified documents case in federal court in Florida, prosecutors “manipulated documents” and “might have tampered with the evidence.”

“It was demeaning to the office of the speaker, and to Congress, for Johnson to be trashing the criminal justice system as ‘corrupt,’ and nakedly campaigning for Trump at the former president’s trial,” Dana Milbank wrote for the Washington Post. But Johnson was only one of a parade of MAGA legislators making the pilgrimage to the courthouse in mid-May. On May 13 came Sens. Tommy Tuberville (Ala.) and J.D. Vance (Ohio) and Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (N.Y.). May 14 produced Johnson and a quartet of Republicans all dressed as Trump mini-mes in blue-gray suits, white shirts and red ties: Reps. Cory Mills (Fla.) and Byron Donalds (Fla.), North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and former presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy. On May 16 so many House MAGA Republicans showed up that the House Oversight Committee had to postpone a vote to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress.

Fifty years ago, between July 27 and July 30, 1974, the House Judiciary Committee, approved articles of impeachment of Richard Nixon for his role in covering up the burglary of Democratic National Committee offices in the Watergate complex. Nixon refused to turn over tapes of conversations with his aides. The Supreme Court took only six days after hearing arguments to order the release of White House tapes to Watergate investigators. 

Nixon still hoped to keep support of enough Republican senators to block his removal. But after the text of the “smoking gun” tape on Aug. 5 proved Nixon’s involvement in the cover-up, a delegation of Republicans, including Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona, Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania and House Minority Leader John Rhodes of Arizona went to the White House on Aug. 8, 1974, to tell Nixon his game was up, and he needed to resign the presidency or face impeachment by the House and conviction and removal by the Senate. He resigned the next day.

There are not enough principled Republicans remaining in Congress with the authority to tell Trump it’s time to step aside. A few Republican leaders expressed their outrage over Trump’s failure to take action to stop the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, when the president refused to call on his supporters to leave the Capitol for several hours.

“Former President Trump’s actions preceding the riot were a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Feb. 13, 2021. “… There’s no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day.”

But McConnell made that statement less than an hour after voting to acquit Trump for his role in the storming of the Capitol. And less than two weeks later, on Feb. 26, 2021, McConnell said he would support Trump again, if he was the Republican nominee for president.

One week after the attack, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Trump bore “responsibility” for it. But by the time McCarthy spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Feb. 27, 2021, McCarthy had pivoted to praising Trump for helping Republicans win races across the country.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has scrapped any principle he had since May 3, 2016, when he said, “If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed ... and we will deserve it.” Nowadays Graham has become one of Trump’s fiercest defenders, despite Trump being the first president since Herbert Hoover in the Great Depression to lose the House, the Senate and the White House in a single term.

If a Trump partisan on the jury stands in the way of a unanimous verdict, that does not mean Trump is acquitted. If the jury is deadlocked, the DA can ask the judge to put the case before a new jury. 

In any event, assuming the Republican-majority Supreme Court does not allow Trump’s federal criminal trials to proceed before the November election, Trump will still emerge with the Republican nomination as a notorious liar, as well as a serial adulterer, who has already been found liable in civil trials for fraud and sexual assault.

The Republican Party is no longer the Grand Old Party of yore. As a subsidiary of the Trump Organization, it is now the Big Lie Party, because that’s all that ties the cult together nowadays. Trump’s enablers and defenders are just party clowns. — JMC

From The Progressive Populist, June 15, 2024


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Selections from the June 15, 2024 issue

 COVER/Hal Crowther 

Campus in crisis: Clueless on Gaza?

EDITORIAL
Big Lie Party clowns

JIM HIGHTOWER 
God bless the nurses. And please hurry! 
That stench of corruption you smell is coming from the Supreme Court. 
Hoo boy ... DeJoy! 
Culture war stupidly plunges into absurdity 

FRANK LINGO 
Tripping the right fantastic

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 

DON ROLLINS 
School boards and the fragility of progress

RURAL ROUTES/Margot McMillen 
Truth in food labeling: bringing it home

DISPATCHES 
Poll: Trump losing in court of public opinion. ‘We’ll be back,’ says UAW chief after ‘tough loss’ in Alabama.
Rudy’s taunt at Arizona AG didn’t age well. 
Voters credit Biden and Trump equally in infrastructure. Only one got it done.
Republicans are making it harder and more hazardous to register new voters.
Poll shows Biden and Trump supporters are sharply divided by media they consume.
Texas Gov. Abbott pardons racist murderer.

ART CULLEN 
Getting a charge down the river and back

ALAN GUEBERT 
Here comes the 2024 Farm Bill, there goes any 2024 reforms


LINDSAY OWENS 
Trump’s corporate tax cuts paved the way for inflation

JOHN YOUNG 
‘Civil War’ on screen: Secessionists’ dream

LEA WOODS and JULIE KASHEN  
How public investment can create jobs — and ease the child care crunch

DICK POLMAN 
Stormy dished the dirty details that Trump hid from voters on ‘16 election eve

JOE CONASON 
Donald Trump, drenched in tabloid sleaze

ELWOOD WATSON 
Republicans of color aren’t standing up to racism 

DAVID McCALL 
Solidarity sends the bullies packing

JEREMY SCHWARTZ, ProPublica  
Former far-right hard-liner says billionaires are using school board races to sow distrust in public education


ROBERT KUTTNER 
Biden’s new tariffs on Chinese EVs

CANDACE MILNER
This graduation season, debt relief still feels out of reach for young borrowers

THOM HARTMANN  
Trump is willing to trade our children’s future for a billion dollars


SONALI KOLHATKAR
Weight loss drugs go hand-in-hand with junk food industry 

CARLA VENTURA 
I run a food pantry, but it’s not enough. We need funding for SNAP. 

JESSICA GARCIA 
‘Bluelining’ leaves climate vulnerable communities without home insurance 

HEALTH CARE/Joan Retsinas  
Victories for middle-income America

SAM URETSKY 
The decline of tabloids and everything else

PAUL ARMENTANO  
The beginning of the end of cannabis prohibition

WAYNE O’LEARY 
Lyndon Baines Biden 

SAM PIZZIGATI 
The toughest job today’s richest ever face?

ROBERT C. KOEHLER  
A world under spiritual construction

JUAN COLE 
Tens of thousands of Israelis demonstrate against Netanyahu, demand hostage exchange deal, new elections

KEN WINKES 
Hijacked — the work ethic

JAMIE STIEHM 
A rose helps quiet the noise inside

BARRY FRIEDMAN 
Shades of 1932 Deutschland

SETH SANDRONSKY
Prison costs busting California’s budget? 

RALPH NADER
Ultraprocessed deadly corporate food demands action

TED WILLIAMS 
Bobcats need protection, not killing for their pelts

ROB PATTERSON 
Ozzy Osbourne belongs in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

SATIRE/Rosie Sorenson  
Noem sweet Noem

FILM REVIEW/Ed Rampell 
TCM’s ‘Woodstock of Classic Movies’ presents vintage films & stars galore

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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Editorial: Gaza Gang: Don’t Help Trump

 Supporters of Palestine in Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza have gotten in the news with their contentious protests on college campuses, but they should temper their anger about President Joe Biden’s support for Israel, when the alternative is Donald Trump, who undoubtedly would make things much worse.

Pro-Palestinian protesters have been calling Biden “Genocide Joe” for his role in arming the Israel Defense Forces, which reportedly have killed more than 34,000 Gazans since Oct. 7, when Israel declared war in retaliation for the surprise attack by Hamas fighters who killed 1,143 people in southern Israel, including 695 Israeli civilians (36 children and 270 fans at a music festival), 71 foreign nationals and 376 members of Israeli security forces, and left 3,400 wounded. Sexual assaults of Israeli women also were reported. Hamas took 252 hostages from Israel (including 30 children) across the border into Gaza. 

Arguably, Hamas would have caused more civilian casualties if they had an air force, but they got the disproportionate response they expected from Israel. Hamas, supported by Iran, continues to fire missiles into Israel, and retaliation after the Hamas attack succeeded in sidelining the normalization of relations between Arab nations and Israel, which had started under the Trump administration when the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed the Abraham Accounts, bilateral agreements with Israel, in September 2020. Sudan joined in October 2020 and Morocco joined in December 2020. 

Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken was working on normalizing relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel, but in June 2023, Blinken warned Israel that rising tensions with the Palestinians, including settlement of Israelis in the West Bank, threatened the expansion of normalization agreements with Arab nations. Speaking alongside Blinken earlier in June 2023, the Saudi Foreign Minister had stated that “without finding a pathway to peace for the Palestinian people ... any normalization will have limited benefits.”

After Oct. 7, the Saudi demand for a pathway to a Palestinian state, as a condition for normal relations with Israel, threatens to put the United States on a collision course with Netanyahu, who has said he opposes any postwar plan that includes a Palestinian state, Isaac Stanley-Becker noted in the Washington Post Feb. 10.

The Abraham Accords represented “one of the reasons” for the Oct. 7 attack, which “obstructed and complicated all strategies and agreements … that deny the freedom and dignity of the Palestinian people,” said Abbas Zaki, a member of the Central Committee of Fatah, the political faction that controls the Palestinian Authority. The attack, he added in an interview, “put the Palestinian issue back on the international agenda,” Zaki told the Post.

But Biden has been urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who leads a right-wing coalition, to moderate attacks against purported Hamas targets in Gaza and focus on negotiating with Hamas to free the hostages Hamas is still holding.

Trump is a longtime ally of Netanyahu, and in March he called on Israel to “finish up” the war in Gaza, mainly because it was bad PR.

In an interview with Time magazine in April, Trump said he was “not sure a two-state solution anymore is going to work.” He also said he wouldn’t hesitate to use the National Guard against pro-Palestinian protesters, while also leaving open the possibility of using the broader US military against them and deporting Muslims when possible.

Seeking to take advantage of domestic unrest, Trump recently said the neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017 was “like a peanut compared to the riots and the anti-Israel protests that are happening all over our country,” Dana Milbank wrote in the Washington Post. In recent months, Trump said Israel should be allowed to “finish the job” in Gaza and boasted about cutting off aid to Palestinians. And he has vowed, if elected, to reimpose his travel ban on predominantly Muslim countries and “expand it even further.”

So it’s entirely consistent that, in Wisconsin on May 1, Trump said he’s “restoring the travel ban, suspending refugee admissions and keeping terrorists the hell out of our country.” He went on: “We’ve seen what happened when Europe opened their doors to jihad. Look at Paris, look at London. They’re no longer recognizable.”

Trump, on Sean Hannity’s show, called the demonstrators at Columbia “paid agitators” and “brainwashed.” At his Wisconsin rally, he condemned the “raging lunatics and Hamas sympathizers at Columbia and other colleges.” He called for authorities to “vanquish the radicals,” many of whom “come from foreign countries,” Milbank noted.

This is the same guy who called thousands of National Guard troops to Washington and federal police to Oregon in 2020 to combat racial-justice demonstrators after the George Floyd killing; who held a Bible-wielding photo op in Lafayette Square after authorities cleared a peaceful demonstration with tear gas; who, according to his own former defense secretary, suggested to military leaders that they shoot demonstrators; who calls the free press the “enemy of the American people”; who defended the “very fine people” among the Nazis in Charlottesville; and who called those convicted of attacking the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, “hostages,” Milbank noted.

The pro-Palestinian protesters’ disdain for Biden is reminiscent of the antipathy of protesters against the Vietnam war to Hubert Humphrey, who was to be nominated at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968. Humphrey was a liberal, but as Lyndon Johnson’s vice president he was reviled by antiwar leftists — who were unaware that Johnson’s efforts to end the war were sabotaged by Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger. The chaotic protests outside the convention hall, magnified by the notorious Chicago police and televised nationwide, undermined the Democratic nominee and gave Nixon a head start going into the general election. 

In late October 1968, as Johnson was nearing a deal to end the war, Nixon ordered H.R. Haldeman, his chief of staff, to find ways to sabotage Johnson’s peace talks, so a frustrated American electorate would turn to the Republicans as their only hope to end the war, Anna Chennault, a Republican fundraiser, became Nixon’s back channel to the South Vietnamese government, and was heard telling the South Vietnamese ambassador to Washington to “hold on … We are gonna win.” — but Johnson hesitated to expose it because he had no proof Nixon had personally directed her actions.

Nixon narrowly won the presidency, and the Vietnam war went on four more years, costing 24,000 more American lives, for a total of 58,220 US military fatalities, 500,000 more Vietnamese lives (Vietnam’s estimate), and hundreds of thousands in Cambodia and Laos. The Paris Peace Talks finally called the end of the war in January 1973, along pretty much the same lines as the Johnson administration could have gotten in October 1968. 

Trump operatives will surely be encouraging, and perhaps ensuring, a replay of chaos in Chicago in August to undermine Biden.

Don’t be fooled. Biden will try to do what’s best for Israel and Palestinian statehood. Trump will do what’s best for himself, and send in the National Guard to clear out protesters, while his son-in-law is looking forward to developing beachfront property on the Gaza Strip as soon as Netanyahu can clear out the Gazans. — JMC

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 COVER/Liz Carey, The Daily Yonder 

Privatized Medicare is putting financial strain on rural hospitals

EDITORIAL
Gaza gang: Don’t help Trump

JIM HIGHTOWER 
Hey Democrats: Find the party’s future in its Populist past. 
What should politics do? Ask Woody Guthrie. 
The Big Apple’s mayor takes a big bite out of democracy. 
The true story about Coca-Cola’s plastic fairy tale. 

FRANK LINGO 
UN plastic conference bows to lobby

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 

DON ROLLINS 
The coal baron who would be a Democrat

RURAL ROUTES/Margot McMillen 
Abortion rights: Men must make a choice

DISPATCHES
Medicare, Social Security funds doing better, but must be protected.
US billionaires pay lower tax rate than working class for first time.
Economy matches late 1960s low unemployment streak.
Poll finds rise of fascism and extremism in voters’ top concern.
Voters sharply divided by media they consume.
Biden campaign targets Latino men on abortion.

ART CULLEN 
Iowa law: If you’re Brown, get out of town

ALAN GUEBERT 
How to win the SAF game: Part 2


SARAH ANDERSON 
House progressives unveil 2025 agenda to inspire action for a more equitable nation

JOHN YOUNG 
‘Fake news’ fable: The liar and the Enquirer

LIZ CAREY
Privatized Medicare is putting financial strain on rural hospitals

DICK POLMAN
The Supreme Court, its credibility in tatters, is goose-stepping for Trump in slow motion

JOE CONASON
When moral hygiene becomes a lethal mistake

HEIDI SHIERHOLZ 
Looking for a better job? Good news! 

DAVID McCALL 
Building resilience, saving lives

JOSEPH B. ATKINS 
UAW organizers hope Chattanooga VW win opens South to unions


SONALI KOLHATKAR  
Prison communications: Increasingly free, but prisoners still aren’t


THOM HARTMANN  
Would ‘dictator’ Trump kill his rivals? 


GENE NICHOL 
Election interference

JOEL D. JOSEPH  
The Supreme Court should lift the stay in the Trump immunity case 

HEALTH CARE/Joan Retsinas  
The crack that is a chasm: Medicaid unwinding

SAM URETSKY 
Trump’s deteriorating state of mind is an issue

WAYNE O’LEARY
Is democratic capitalism the answer? 

CLAUDE CUMMINGS JR.  
Don’t let Congress widen the digital divide

HELEN H. ABRAHA  
Restaurant workers deserve a livable wage, too

JUAN COLE 
‘Intifada’ in Arabic just means uprising or mass protest; it is used for the Jewish Warsaw uprising

N. GUNASEKARAN
The evil of inequality and wrong prescriptions

JAMIE STIEHM 
A light in the House: Farewell to a Senate friend

BARRY FRIEDMAN 
The receding view of Rudy Giuliani

SETH SANDRONSKY 
Lethal workplaces: Deaths on the job continue

RALPH NADER
Palestinians as ‘The Others’


RICH WANDSCHNEIDER
How did so much stuff pile up? 

ROB PATTERSON 
Dick Wolf gets back to the basics with ‘Homicide’ docs

SATIRE/Rosie Sorenson  
Did he or didn’t he

FILM REVIEW/Ed Rampell 
The ‘Coachella of Classic Movies’ rides again at Hollywood


AMY GOODMAN
Campus protests, press freedom and Israel’s war on Palestine.

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