Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 13 Share on Twitter 2 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H3'ed 11/16/16

Why Trump's Victory Wasn't a Surprise

By       (Page 1 of 6 pages)   3 comments
Become a Premium Member Would you like to know how many people have read this article? Or how reputable the author is? Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. Plus a lot more, too.
Author 83984
Message Dennis Bernstein
Become a Fan
  (12 fans)

From Consortium News

Despite Donald Trump's long history of stiffing workers, dodging taxes and abusing women, he will become the 45th President of the United States, a remarkable turn of events that has a lot of liberals and Democrats scratching their heads and wondering how he could have beaten the powerful Clinton political/money machine.

One person who was not surprised was journalist and filmmaker John Pilger, who was born in Sydney, Australia, and now is based in London. Pilger has reported from all over the world, covering numerous wars, notably Vietnam. When he was in his 20's, he became the youngest journalist to receive Britain's highest award for journalism, Journalist of the Year, which he won twice. He also has an Emmy and his most recent book is Hidden Agendas and the New Rulers of the World.

Dennis Bernstein: I'm going to ask you later on about the new film, which I'm very excited about. But let's begin with [the Nov. 8] victory over Clinton, by Trump. Were you surprised? What do you think was at the core of the Trump victory?

John Pilger: You know, I wasn't surprised. Brexit undoubtedly helped this. I wasn't surprised. I think I'm quite surprised by how decisive his victory is. But I must say I felt rather angry, and I think we probably expended enough anger on Trump. He'll, no doubt, provide us with plenty of material coming up. But I think it's time for people, so-called liberal people, to look in the mirror.

Who created Trump? Who created this disastrous election, so-called campaign? In my opinion the enablers of all of this was the liberal class, in the United States. The liberal class has refused to acknowledge, in its arrogance, the huge disaffection and discontent among ordinary people. And painting them in such broad strokes has been... what did Clinton call them?..."deplorables" and "irredeemable"? That's really disgraceful.

DB: Yes, that's my father.

JP: You know, Clinton was an extremely dangerous prospect. Dangerous because she represented a war making, rapacious status quo. The status quo would have, actually, altered slightly under her. It's my understanding, in fact, I believe that she might have provoked a very major war, with Syria and with Russia.

We don't know what Trump will do. We have to now, putting aside all the parodies and the abuse, we have to now be thinking in terms of practicalities. He's running the show. What will he do? But I think before we do that, again, we have to reflect on all the myths.

I heard a Harvard professor on the BBC, on the very night, before the count began, talk about the hard left in the Democratic Party, and how she would have to embrace the idea of Bernie Sanders and what he stood for. You know, this kind of drivel, and misrepresentation has been everywhere. The media, personally, and I'm speaking of journalists, produced probably the most unfettered propaganda I can remember at any time. In my career, this has been the worst.

There was no serious attempt, really, to analyze and examine either candidate and what they stood for. Trump was dismissed as a demon, with all the salacious stuff around him, undoubtedly some of it true, and all of that. But he was a serious candidate, he was never analyzed, and that's why there's a great surprise, and a great shock.

And, it's something that liberal America has to start coming to terms with itself. We had Barack Obama presented seriously as a candidate of hope and real change. He was nothing of the kind. He was in fact a warmonger. He's got four wars going at once. He conducted an international terrorist campaign using drones. He has prosecuted more whistleblowers than any president in American history. And, you know, when you think of Trump's disgraceful remarks about throwing people out of the country, and building a wall... who is the Deporter-in-Chief? The liberal Barack Obama. He has deported more people than any other president.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arresting suspects during a raid in 2010.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arresting suspects during a raid in 2010.
(Image by (Photo Courtesy of ICE))
  Details   DMCA

So, all of these facts have been lost and they represent a real crisis for the opposition in the United States, the broad opposition. Barack Obama's great achievement was that he killed off the anti-war movement, because people, doe-eyed from the beginning, thought that Barack Obama was some kind of genuine inspirational liberal, instead of the warmonger that he is. I think there's a lot of these people [who] are going to be listening to your program, they need to hear this.

Say that there is a real opposition to Trump and what he's going to do. We don't know what he's going to do, but also an understanding of his constituency, the majority of Americans eligible to vote voted for him. That's a fact that has to be come to terms with, we have to come to terms with.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).


Must Read 3   Valuable 3   Well Said 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

Dennis Bernstein Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Dennis J Bernstein is the host and executive producer of Flashpoints, a daily news magazine broadcast on Pacifica Radio. He is an award-winning investigative reporter, essayist and poet. His articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Nation, and (more...)

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

John Pilger on Israel's Gaza Rampage: It's Not Just War

Weapons Inspector Refutes U.S. Syria Chemical Claims

Interview with Code-Pink founder, Medea Benjamin After She "Heckled" Obama

Wanna-Be Presidential Assassin Hinkley Goes Free, Leonard Peltier Left to Rot and Die in Prison

The War on WikiLeaks and Assange

"Ehud Barak Gave the Order to Kill"

To View Comments or Join the Conversation: