Monday, November 21, 2016

Welcome to Trump's Kakocracy

A kakocracy is rule (or misrule) by the worst, and that is what the electoral college has brought America and the world.

Trump's accession to power drags with him, like used toilet paper stuck to a shoe, the worst of America: its neo-nazis, klan members and wannabes, anti-semites, pro-rape cheerleaders, and racists, xenophobes and misogynists of every stripe. It also brings unparalleled levels of corruption, starting at the top, with the kakocrat in chief in the high tower.

Here's a review from yesterday by Josh Marshall:
 Trump's DC hotel is soliciting foreign diplomatic delegations to switch their business to the incoming President's new hotel. On Tuesday Trump took a break from transition work to meet with his Indian business partners about expanding the Trump Organization's business in India now that he's president. Trump included his adult children in the meeting - the ones who will run his 'blind trust'. The news didn't reach the American press until it was reporting in an Indian paper. Now we learn that Trump's Philippines business partner Jose E. B. Antonio has been named the Philippines new trade envoy to the United States.
And today at lunchtime, there's this:
For a number of years, Trump and his Argentine partners have been trying to build a major office building in Buenos Aires. The project has been held up by a series of complications tied to financing, importation of building materials and various permitting requirements.
According to a report out of Argentina, when Argentine President Mauricio Macri called President-Elect Trump to congratulate him on his election, Trump asked Macri to deal with the permitting issues that are currently holding up the project.
This comes from one of Argentina's most prominent journalists, Jorge Lanata, in a recent TV appearance. Lanata is quoted here in La Nacion, one of Argentina's most prestigious dailies. Said Lanata: “Macri called him. This still hasn’t emerged but Trump asked for them to authorize a building he’s constructing in Buenos Aires, it wasn’t just a geopolitical chat."
One caveat---this story seems to flow from a single journalist reporting from as of yet unknown sources. And update: both Macri's and Trump's people deny the story.
Separately, Trump's business partner on the project, Felipe Yaryura, was there on election night at the Trump celebration in New York City.
Why aren't we hearing about this in the American press?
Well, remember, no one knew anything about the visit from Trump's Indian business partners until it appeared in the Indian press either. It seems like this is likely happening on many fronts. It's just being hidden from the American press. We only hear about it when it bubbles to the surface in the countries where Trump is pushing his business deals.
To do their jobs, US based journalists had better brush up on Spanish and Hindi, and connect with journalists around the world to find out what is going on in this newly greatified America.

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