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Why do people vote Trump?
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Roger
2020-05-21 11:18:02 UTC
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You've got to hand it to him, he has the best spinctors working in his side :D

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2020/04/29/az-woman-who-blamed-trump-for-chloroquine-ingestion-now-subject-of-homicide-inves-n2567839
abelard
2020-05-21 11:26:52 UTC
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because he's famous
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Keema's Nan
2020-05-21 13:06:36 UTC
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because he's famous
And rich.
Pamela
2020-05-21 11:33:36 UTC
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You've got to hand it to him, he has the best spinctors
Is that a Freudian slip for "sphincters" instead of "spin doctors"?
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working in his side :D
Pamela
2020-05-21 14:11:03 UTC
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You've got to hand it to him, he has the best spinctors working in his side :D
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2020/04/29/az-woman-who-blamed-trump-for-chloroquine-ingestion-now-subject-of-homicide-inves-n2567839
To give left wing Socialist like you something to post about.

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Keema's Nan
2020-05-21 16:14:28 UTC
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Post by Roger
You've got to hand it to him, he has the best spinctors working in his side :D
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2020/04/29/az-woman-who-blamed-trump
-for-chloroquine-ingestion-now-subject-of-homicide-inves-n2567839
To give left wing Socialist like you something to post about.
Sounds like a plan.

As the U.S. military turns its attention from the Middle East to conflict
with Russia and China, American war planners are advising that the United
States greatly expand its own online “psychological operations” against
Beijing.

A new report from the Financial Times
(https://www.ft.com/content/271127af-9b74-4d90-b0f2-4ecca6946206)details how
top brass in Washington are strategizing a new Cold War with China,
describing it less as World War III and more as “kicking each other under
the table.” Last week, General Richard Clarke, head of Special Operations
Command, said that the “kill-capture missions” the military conducted in
Afghanistan were inappropriate for this new conflict, and Special Operations
must move towards cyber influence campaigns instead.

Military analyst David Maxwell, a former Special Ops soldier himself,
advocated for a widespread culture war, which would include the Pentagon
commissioning what he called “Taiwanese Tom Clancy” novels, intended to
demonize China and demoralize its citizens, arguing that Washington should
“weaponize” China’s one-child policy by bombarding Chinese people with
stories of the wartime deaths of their only children, and therefore, their
bloodline.

A not dissimilar tactic was used during the first Cold War against the Soviet
Union, where the CIA sponsored
(https://thenewpress.com/books/cultural-cold-war)a huge network of artists,
writers and thinkers to promote liberal and social-democratic critiques of
the U.S.S.R., unbeknownst to the public, and, sometimes, even the artists
themselves.

In the space of only a few months, the Trump administration has gone from
praising China’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic to blaming them for the
outbreak, even suggesting they pay reparations for their alleged negligence.
Just three years ago, Americans had a neutral view of China (and nine years
ago it was strongly favorable). Today, the same polls
(https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2020/04/21/u-s-views-of-china-
increasingly-negative-amid-coronavirus-outbreak/)show that 66 percentof
Americans dislike China, with only 26 percent holding a positive opinion of
the country. Over four-in-five people
(https://www.mintpressnews.com/poll-us-public-wants-retaliation-against-china-
over-coronavirus/266534/)essentially support a full-scale economic war with
Beijing, something the president threatened
(https://www.mintpressnews.com/us-reels-covid-19-trump-sanctions-war-
threats/267592/)to enact last week.

The corporate press is certainly doing their part as well,constantly framing
(https://fair.org/home/corporate-media-setting-stage-for-new-cold-war-with-
china/)China as an authoritarian threat to the United States, rather than a
neutral force or even a potential ally, leading to a surge
(https://www.mintpressnews.com/coronavirus-spreads-anti-chinese-
racism/264546/)in anti-Chinese racist attacks at home.

Although analysts have long warned
(https://americanmilitarynews.com/2019/03/us-gets-ass-handed-to-it-in-ww3-
simulations-with-china-russia-analysts/)that the United States gets its
“ass handed to it” in hot war simulations with China or even Russia, it
is not clear whether this is a sober assessment or a self-serving attempt to
increase military spending. In 2002, the U.S. conducted a war game trial
invasion of Iraq, where it was catastrophically defeated by Lt. Gen. Paul Van
Riper, commanding Iraqi forces, leading to the whole experiment being nixed
halfway through. Yet the subsequent invasion was carried out without massive
loss of American lives.

The recently published Pentagon budget request
(https://www.mintpressnews.com/2021-pentagon-budget-request-russia-
china/265124/)for 2021 makes clear that the United States is retooling for a
potential intercontinental war with China and/or Russia. It asks for $705
billion to “shift focus from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a greater
emphasis on the types of weapons that could be used to confront nuclear
giants like Russia and China,” noting that it requires “more advanced
high-end weapon systems, which provide increased standoff, enhanced lethality
and autonomous targeting for employment against near-peer threats in a more
contested environment.” The military has recently received the first batch
of low-yield nuclear warheads that experts agree
(https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/28/us-nuclear-weapons-first-low-
yield-warheads-roll-off-the-production-line)blurs the line between
conventional and nuclear conflict, making an all out example of the latter
far more likely.

There has been no meaningful pushback from the Democrats.
Indeed, Joe Biden’s team has suggested
(https://www.mintpressnews.com/joe-biden-foreign-policy-war-china-conflict-
russia/266202/)that the United States’ entire industrial policy should
revolve around “competing with China” and that their “top priority”
is dealing with the supposed threat Beijing poses. The former vice-president
has also attacked Trump from the right on China, trying to present him as a
tool of Beijing, bringing to mind how Clinton portrayed him in 2016 as a
Kremlin asset. (Green Party presidential frontrunner Howie Hawkins has
promised (https://howiehawkins.us/platform/)to cut the military budget by 75
percent and to unilaterally disarm).

Nevertheless, voices raising concern about a new arms race are few and far
between. Veteran deproliferation activist Andrew Feinstein is one
exception,saying
(https://twitter.com/DoubleDownNews/status/1248558022177312769):

“Our governments spend over 1.75 trillion dollars every year on wars, on
weapons, on conflict…If we could deploy that sort of resource to address
the coronavirus crisis that we’re currently living through, imagine what
else we could be doing. Imagine how we could be fighting the climate crisis,
how we could be addressing global poverty, inequality. Our priority should
never be war; our priorities need to be public health, the environment, and
human well being.”

However, if the government is going to launch a new psychological war against
China, it is unlikely antiwar voices like Feinstein’s will feature much in
the mainstream press.

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Basil Jet
2020-05-21 14:15:55 UTC
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Because he runs the US better than the alternatives would,
and has comedy value too?
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