Yes, he frequently rambles incoherently. You may wonder why he gives clearly dangerous executive orders, such as restoring the coal mining industry’s right to dump its wastes into unpolluted rivers and streams. Will that bring back jobs for miners or just lower expenses for owners?
But look again at some of Trump’s biggest lies and worst orders, typically catering to racism and xenophobia, but bearing no relationship to making America “great again,” and you can get a whiff of the grand plan.
- Reiterating again and again with no evidence that 3-5million “illegals” voted against him, otherwise he would have defeated Hillary Clinton in the popular vote.
- Charging, through his robotic aide Stephen Miller, that busloads of people came up from Massachusetts to New Hampshire to defeat him there and oust Senator Kelly Ayotte. Standard operating procedure for years, says Stevie the Robot, former spokesman for Jefferson Beauregard Sessions.
- Issuing the notorious, illegal, but soon to be revised travel ban of immigrants from seven Middle East countries that have not exported a known terrorist to these shores–while halting the influx of the relatively few Syrian refugees we agreed to accept.
- Beginning his promised mass deportations of undocumented Mexicans and other Latin Americans who allegedly committed or were found guilty of major crimes–but the sweep includes scores, probably hundreds, guilty of only minor infractions and misdemeanors, breaking up families in the process. Included are “dreamers” whom Obama had exempted from deportation.
What links these?
A long-range plan to weaken the Democratic Party.
First, by keeping alive the myth of massive vote fraud by undocumented Latinos as well as full-fledged citizens from Democratic Massachusetts, it gives more and more state legislatures the rationale to create more and more voter repression laws.
Certain recent voter-ID laws and other actions, such as reducing the number of polling places in black and Latino areas, have been found by some courts to be illegal because they are clearly aimed at minorities who vote overwhelmingly for Democrats. Many others are still on the books and GOP-dominated legislatures are working hard to create new laws and perhaps find ways to make some of the older ones legally acceptable.
As to the travel bans and minimizing the acceptance of needy refugees, as well as the deportation of noncriminal Latinos, he has a longer-term, demographic means of reducing the development of potential Democrats. In short, it’s a way of slowing down the birth rate of genuine citizens born here, regardless of the status of their parents. Remember how Trump raged against “anchor babies” and tried to de-legimatize the constitutional amendment that grants citizenship to anyone born on American soil? Recent history shows that those new citizens – sons and daughters of Latino immigrants and Muslim refugees – tend to vote Democratic.
All this goes along with his attempts to split unions – another important segment of the Democratic base. Trump must be weeping bitter tears that arch anti-unionist Andrew Pudzer was forced to withdraw as nominee for Secretary of Labor.
Beneath Trump’s nutty lies and rants beats a truly Nixonian heart.