John Peeler: One of the most distinctive features of Trump’s political behavior is that even when it would make sense for him to seek to broaden his appeal, time and again he reverts to rhetoric that stokes his base (and encourages violence) while further antagonizing the majority of Americans to oppose him.
John Peeler: Amidst the vast swaths of what Trump doesn’t know—and doesn’t care to find out—is a strong case that the present misery of most Central Americans is largely the result of a century of US policies and direct interventions.
John Peeler: Trump fancies himself a leader; here he dramatically refuses to lead, refuses to tell his people the truth, even though many of them—or their children and grandchildren—will suffer dire consequences from his failure to act.
John Peeler: Our children and grandchildren—those who survive—will look back on Trump’s and conservatives’ response to global climate change; they will see that we knew what had to be done, and our leaders flatly refused to do it.
John Peeler: When Trump calls for nationalism for everyone, everywhere, he can’t be serious. What he really wants for the rest of the world is the fraudulent nationalism of Vichy France, or the South African bantustans, or Duvalier’s Haiti.
John Peeler: We imagine an ideal, unspoiled island ecosystem, but how can we determine when that system existed, and what species were part of it?
John Peeler: We are now seeing, for the first time, evidence that mainstream Republicans who hold office in the administration are going public with their misgivings and with their strategies for containing the damage that Trump can do to core Republican values like free trade and strong alliances.
John Peeler: But even when he’s not cited as an example, Trump really exemplifies many of these points, such as being unpredictable, paranoid, responding poorly to criticism, lying, never saying he’s sorry, having no conscience, screaming at people.
John Peeler: In the old days broadcast media had to give equal time to opposing points of view. Could Fox News as we know it even survive such a standard?
John Peeler: Republicans since Goldwater have appealed to whites by accusing blacks of getting special favors, even while pursuing Big-Business policies that made the plight of the white working class worse.
John Peeler: Both Trump and the Austrian government seem to see their respective intelligence agencies as enemies rather than impartial servants.
John Peeler: What we can learn from the Argentine case is that, having elected Donald Trump and empowered his white working class base, he will remain a force on our political scene for the rest of his life, and likely even after his death.
John Peeler: What we see here is a confirmation that the Big Business wing of the party, having lost control of the party to Trump, is trying to increase their leverage by pressuring GOP candidates to choose.