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Wed Jan 17, 2018, 12:40 PM

Trumpocracy, worth a read?

Curious about the book. Please share if you are reading it, recommend or not


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AlexSFCA Jan 2018 OP
mahatmakanejeeves Jan 2018 #1

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Thu Jan 18, 2018, 05:01 PM

1. David Frum on why Republicans chose Trumpocracy over democracy

Hat tip, commenter "That_Looks_Delicious" at Joe.My.God: http://www.joemygod.com/2018/01/18/report-trump-personally-ordered-bannon-limit-testimony-house-intelligence-committee/

David Frum on why Republicans chose Trumpocracy over democracy

ďThe Republican Party has a platform that canít prevail in democratic competition.Ē

By Sean Illing@seanilling sean.illing@vox.com Jan 18, 2018, 12:10pm EST

Sean Illing
Whatís the main argument youíre making in this book?

David Frum
The argument Iím making is that Donald Trumpís rococo personality is outrageous and ridiculous and consumes all of our attention, but what we really need to pay attention to is his system of power. A president does not rule by personal authority and personal charisma. He is part of a system, and you have to understand that whole system ó who supports him and why.

Sean Illing
Letís talk about that system. Is it broken, or is it merely being tested?

David Frum
Trump has taken control of the Republican Party and the conservative media infrastructure. They started off opposing him; even Fox opposed him. He bent Fox to his will, and he defeated the organized Republican Party. Heís leveraged his control of the Republican Party, then, to dominate the American political system.

I think a lot of people console themselves by noting how little policy impact heís having. Some people will note that to the extent that heís having an impact, itís a pretty conventional Republican policy vision. But thatís not whatís new about Trump. ... Whatís new is the way heís shutting down the ethical standards of the US government, and thwarting the defense of the country against foreign espionage intervention in those elections.

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