Prominent Republicans have formed anti-Trump groups to run ads for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is threatening to sue President Trump for canceling immigrant work visas.
Examples like these, that show the ruling class losing faith in Trump’s ability to look out for their interests, abound. But will their currently wavering confidence in Trump ultimately mean much in November?
A lot of Trump’s actions produce mixed results for the 1 percent. Tariff wars hurt some economic sectors while helping others. Tax cuts for the wealthy and bailouts for big business lead to record profits for some corporations while other companies and small businesses suffer. It’s no surprise that the bigwigs are weighing the cost/benefit analysis of a Trump second term.
Insider opposition. Some of these movers and shakers have already made their call.
The Lincoln Project is sponsoring TV ads criticizing Trump’s handling of China relations, Black Lives Matter protests, and the Covid-19 pandemic. It is led by George Conway, husband of Trump devotee Kellyanne Conway. Another such organization is Republican Voters Against Trump. Both groups have raised millions in funds.
Hundreds of top Republican operatives and officials from the administration of George W. Bush have formed “43 Alumni for Biden,” taking their name from Bush’s status as the 43rd president. And Matt Borges, former Ohio Republican Party chair, heads The Right Side PAC, which targets battleground states to urge disappointed Trump voters to vote for Biden.
Remarkably, 89 former defense officials signed a Washington Post op-ed accusing Trump of violating his oath of office by threatening to use the military against police violence protests.
Three recent Supreme Court rulings also rebuked Trump’s policies. One interpreted the 1964 Civil Rights Act as protecting gay, lesbian, and transgender workers. Another blocked Trump’s repeal of a program protecting the Dreamers — people whose undocumented parents brought them to the U.S. as children. A third decision struck down a Louisiana law limiting abortions.
Popular dislike for Trump and his policies is also growing. Polls show majority disapproval of Trump’s pandemic response, handling of anti-racist uprisings, and overall performance.
It’s easy to see why corporate anxiety over Trump and public dislike of him are both strong, given the deep recession and Covid-19’s continuing spread.
Running on racism and fear. Trump’s instability hurts everyday people while also endangering ruling-class economic interests and control.
He has no real victories to campaign on — and no platform for the future. Erratic and dysfunctional, he offers no answers for the jobless, for the evicted, or for those targeted by racist police violence. And he declares the country “in good shape” while over 135,000 have died from Covid-19 as of this writing.
Trump’s hopes for a second term are slip-sliding away, so he’s lashing out with vicious racism and fear-mongering. When he calls anti-racist protests unpatriotic “far-left fascism,” it emboldens white supremacists and right-wing militias to attack.
Not only is Trump trying to rally his base with racism, but he is ranting about mail-in ballot “voter fraud” as his followers close thousands of polling places in poor and Black communities. The only thing he’s not inviting people to fear is Covid-19! Instead, he denounces Obamacare, refuses to mask up, and pushes businesses and schools to reopen during the height of the pandemic.
Workers and the oppressed doing it for ourselves. Where is the power and will to make real change?
It doesn’t lie with the Democratic Party — it lies with working people and the perpetually abused. In two short months, people in the streets forced cuts to police budgets, prompted bans on chokeholds and tear gas, and got cops who murder fired and arrested. Where has the Democratic Party been?
Democratic politicians aren’t out fighting tooth and nail to stop voter suppression or police violence. They spend their energy trying to keep minor parties off the ballot and co-opting Bernie Sanders to support “centrist” Joe Biden — who actually drafted the 1994 Crime Bill that filled the prisons to bursting.
Whoever wins the presidential contest will face the same gigantic problems, armed with the same limited capitalist tools to address them. He (undoubtedly) will have to deal with a probable depression, mass joblessness, a continuing pandemic, and public uprisings for justice, all while protecting ruling-class interests. Right now it may seem that the upper crust has more faith in Biden than Trump, but a lot can happen before November!
What’s more important than who wins is continuing to build the strength, radicalism and organization of the grass-roots movement. The fight goes on!
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