If you want to know how truly appalling Donald Trump’s inauguration address was, here is something to judge it by: Alex Jones said “the message we heard in this speech has been my message for over a decade.”
Yes, it was that bad. Jones exclaimed, “The spirit of America, can you feel it rising? Trump feels it, he knows it, he loves it. He wants to serve the people and empower the people and have America be incredibly wealthy again and empower the globe.”
A hilarious sentiment to express of the richest cabinet in American history, rich white men all, pretending to spread a populist message in which the only thing that will trickle down are empty promises Trump has already begun to break.
Watch courtesy of Media Matters for America:
According to Jones:
Let me just take a deep breath here and break down what just happened today. Undoubtedly, this was providence, this was American destiny being invoked, this was Trump declaring the birthright of this republic that George Washington talked about and that providence started back in 1776. He invoked it, it was so historical, and I knew they were going to invoke it, it just came into my mind and I knew — even though he hasn’t given the speech — and I haven’t talked to Trump about this, I knew what was about to happen and I said I’ve got to tweet that they’re going to re-invoke the birthright. I could feel it, just actually what this is.
And the media was asking me — even the New York Times had seen the tweet and said, “did you talk to Trump? How did you know what was in the speech? Nobody else did.” And I said, no, this is Americana, you understand, we’re reading the same book, it’s the same spirit. So I will tell them when I talk about it with Trump: The spirit of America, can you feel it rising? Trump feels it, he knows it, he loves it. He wants to serve the people and empower the people and have America be incredibly wealthy again and empower the globe. Back when we had 50 percent of the world’s wealth, just thirty years ago we were sending more money to other countries than we are now and more industry. Now all we send is [unintelligible] corporate [unintelligible] and monopoly men that do not want us to be prosperous.
So, the message we heard in this speech has been my message for over a decade. I mean, longer than that, but this is Americanism versus globalism. So, Trump isn’t reading from my sheet of music, it’s the sheet of music that’s reality. And that’s why it’s so similar to what I say on the show to what you hear Trump say later. Okay, and yes, Trump does obviously does listen to the show. He told me.
It wasn’t just Jones, unfortunately, who drank this particular batch of Kool-Aid. CNN’s Jake Tapper claimed Trump’s address was “purely populist,” and “one of the most radical inauguration speeches we’ve ever heard,” and David Axelrod was just as off-base when he claimed Trump’s words were a “full-throated” “populist manifesto.”
Which doesn’t say much for the wit or veracity of either man and explains that the mainstream media has learned nothing from the election they so deplorably skewed in Trump’s favor. Obviously, anyone agreeing with Alex Jones isn’t on the right track – or even the same planet.
If you want an example of populism you have to look at the demonstration outside Trump Tower on Thursday, the protesters on Inauguration Day, or the Women’s March today. That’s populism. Trump’s Inauguration was a carefully staged theater performance complete with paid actors.
Sadly, the American media is falling over itself to praise Trump, with, for example, as Media Matters Matthew Gertz tweeting, NBC News being “extremely excited to normalize Trump this morning.”
The truth, as the Guardian’s David Smith described it, is that the Inauguration was “the most brazen embrace of big money since the 1980s era of Ronald Reagan, Tom Wolfe’s Masters of the Universe and Oliver Stone’s Gordon Gekko.”
And only the deluded, or the equally self-interested, would say otherwise.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.
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