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Coming to terms with Trump is like an early-stage cancer diagnosis

Sixteen years ago I wrote Donald Trump’s inaugural address, as a joke. It’s not a joke any more

20 February 2016

9:00 AM

20 February 2016

9:00 AM

A few nights ago, my missus and I were walking along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, minding our own business while trying not to think about Donald Trump — or Ted Cruz, or Hillary Clinton, or Bernie Sanders.

Presently we passed the Old Post Office Building, a venerable pile dating to 1899. It looks a bit like Big Ben atop a ten-storey Romanesque atrium. There in front was a billboard the size of Montana proclaiming ‘TRUMP’. It is to be — shudder — a hotel.

Clutching my beloved’s arm, I gasped: ‘A drink — quickly. For the love of God, a drink.’

She rushed us to the restaurant, where a martini revived my colour and vital functions. But my depression remained. Through the fog of woe I remembered years ago his purchase of another venerable American pile, New York’s Plaza hotel. He remarked then: ‘The Plaza is a trophy. I only buy trophies.’

What finer trophy than the White House, just a few blocks up Pennsylvania Avenue from the Old Post Office? Then it dawned: perhaps all along his quest has been about real estate. Just last night, braying to an audience in Philadelphia, he said, ‘One way or the other, I will live on Pennsylvania Avenue.’ This rings rather more as a threat than a vow.

As I lifted a second martini to my lips, carefully, for my hands were still shaking, I mused on an article published in the Wall Street Journal in 2000. Sixteen years ago, when the very idea of a Trump presidency was quaint and happily unthinkable.

The article was a jeu d’esprit in the form of Trump’s presidential inaugural address. It began with his looking out over the -National Mall, America’s front yard: ‘My fellow Americans, this is a great day for me personally. You’re very smart to have voted for me because I’m going to do positive things for this country, starting with this so-called mall I’m looking out over.’

I recited the lines aloud to my wife.

‘Didn’t you write that?’ she said.

‘Yes,’ I said defensively, ‘but I never … I didn’t … it was …’

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‘Spit it out,’ she said.

‘It was — a joke.’

‘Not any more,’ she said, returning to her moules frites, leaving me staring into the middle distance, contemplating the futility of political satire in America.

We’ve been reassuring ourselves that Trump cannot win since last June, when he was insulting Senator John McCain for stupidly getting himself shot down over Hanoi. Loser! Now, however, the people of New Hampshire have spoken. Soon the people of South Carolina will speak … and … and …

Coming to terms with Donald Trump as the Republican nominee is like being told you have Stage 1 or Stage 2 cancer. You know you’ll probably survive, but one way or the other, there’s going to be a lot of throwing up.

What’s left of the ‘GOP Establishment’ is addressing the Trump ascendency in distinct, which is to say, schizophrenic ways. It has divided into Camp One and Camp Two.

Camp One, having swallowed a large bottle of Xanax, says, OK, if he’s going to be the nominee, we can (deep breath) deal with it. After all, Margaret Thatcher said she could do business with Gorbachev. And he can’t really believe in all that rot he spouts. Can he?

A conservative columnist for the Washington Post writes that donors ‘are trying hard to get comfortable with Trump’. Another Washington paper reports that ‘The feeling among the GOP’s business wing is not entirely negative toward Trump. The billionaire has found a couple of champions — including billionaire investor Carl Icahn … A number of Republican donors … are making peace with the fact that there is some chance Trump could win the nomination.’

Former senator Bob Dole, a fine, decent and reasonable man, is making approving noises about Mr Trump: ‘He’s got the right personality and he’s kind of a deal-maker.’ (I demur on his first point, but never mind.)

The New York Times meanwhile, reports that many members of the ‘Republican influence apparatus … say they could work with Mr Trump … believing that he would be open to listening to them and cutting deals, and would not try to take over the party.’

The last bit is a reference to another potential Republican nominee, Ted Cruz, whom the ‘influence apparatus’ also abominates. Everyone seems to hate him, except the thousands of people who tell pollsters they adore him.

In the next paragraph of the Times story we find the escape clause: ‘Of course, this willingness to accommodate Mr Trump is driven in part by the fact that few among the Republican professional class believe he would win a general election. In their minds, it would be better to effectively rent the party to Mr Trump for four months this fall, through the general election, than risk turning it over to Mr Cruz for at least four years, as either the president or the next-in-line leader for the 2020 nomination.’ Their fear, you see, is that Senator Cruz would actually change things, put in his own people. God forbid!

So it’s come to this: the Grand Old Party becomes the Rent-a-Party. You could call this a case of Stockholm syndrome. Not the most admirable stance, but forgivable when your plane has been hijacked and you find yourself hostage.

Camp Two, meanwhile, is digging in its heels. To the Trump (and Cruz) golem, it declares defiantly: No! This shall not stand! If the Republican party has descended to Elsinore-level rottenness, then let the cleansing whirlwind howl! Translation: If Trump or Cruz are nominated, we’ll hold our noses and vote for the ghastly Hillary. At least then when the White House phone rings at 3 a.m. she’ll be able to conference in people who know what the hell they’re doing.

Camp Two prefers for the time being to hold fast to its belief — increasingly desperate — that Comrade Bernie Sanders of the Vermont Soviet will not be the Democratic nominee. Good luck with that.

The Trump (and Cruz) ascendency has at least provoked self-soul-searching among the influence apparatchiks of the Party of Lincoln. Now they are admitting: we did this to ourselves. We created this Frankenstein. For years we told our people that we were going to reduce government. We didn’t. For years we told them we would do something about immigration. We didn’t. We told them we’d reduce the deficit. We didn’t. We told them we’d cut spending. We didn’t. We told them we’d fix Iraq and we created Isis.

What else did we promise? Oh yes, reasonable medical insurance. Punted on that, too. Meanwhile, every day out in what we call ‘the real America’, real Americans are reading about the latest Scrooge hedge fund manager who’s made $100 million betting against the American economy, while their wages have remained stagnant since the 1970s. We failed them at another level, too: we bored them to death with unoriginal, platitudinous and feckless pols. And look what’s happened — now the ‘real Americans’ (that is, the proles) are enchanted by this candy floss-haired ranting populist who’s tapped into the deepest recesses of their frustration.

Is it too late to say to them: People! Please listen! We, your leaders have screwed up. But you do not want to hand this guy the keys to the White House. And heck — he’s renovating the Old Post Office Building, just down the street. If he really wants to live on Pennsylvania Avenue, let him stay there!

One can deplore Trump for his vulgarity, incoherence and demagoguery. But one mustn’t deplore the people he has enthralled. They may not have degrees, most of them, and they may be a bit susceptible to a voice that inflames their darker passions. But they have been disappointed and deceived, and their anger is real.

A similar argument, mutatis mutandis, can be made by the hard left on behalf of the Vladimir Ilyich of Vermont. His followers feel cheated — insulted — when they read of Mrs Clinton’s Wall Street consiglieres and capos who lavish her with six-digit speaking fees for lunch and dinner-time bromides. If all this depresses you, all I can say is: me too.

Christopher Buckley was a speechwriter for George H.W. Bush. His novel The Relic Master came out last year.

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  • Rik

    Oh dear,another Washington insider holding his nose at the thought of Trump,i remember the same sort of reaction along with ridicule about Reagan one of the finest presidents of recent times.
    Go Trump!! the West needs change.

    • Marshal Phillips

      Reagan was one of the most likable, folksy, gifted politicians to come down America’s pike in a coon’s age, but his trickle down voodoo economics of tax cuts and deficit spending was the beginning of the present economic mess of income inequality of the working middle class and wealth redistribution to the 1% and the congressional-military-industrial complex.
      This is exactly why populist independent democratic socialist Bernie Sanders is doing so well among the millennials and why Trump is doing so well with others who are angry with traditional conservative GOP politicians. Everybody’s pissed off now.

      • Pioneer

        No. It is the deliberate mass immigration – including hostile aliens, the massive expansion of central control, the disregard of the constitution, and the Identity Politics power structure that are the problem.

        • Marshal Phillips

          The present administration has deported more illegals than prior administrations, and overall illegal migration is slowing.
          But WHY do illegals keep coming? Because US citizens give them jobs and money! “We have met the enemy and he is us.”
          US Supreme Court has vetted and OKed Obama Affordable Care Act; and millions more now have basic health care insurance coverage than ever before.
          And YES there is a current power struggle going on between the shrunken working middle class and the 1% and the congressional-military-industrial complex over wealth inequality, taxation, and political clout.
          Both Senator Sanders and Donald Trump offer soaring rhetoric to the masses who cheer; but neither have demonstrated specificity. Their economic “plans” don’t add up, according to both left and right leaning economists.

          • WTF

            There’s a lot of multiple counting going on here as every deportation is counted even though it can be the same illegal being caught many times over and over again.

          • Marshal Phillips

            According to Pew Research Center there has been a net outflow of 140,000 Mexicans from US. Confirmed by conservative Republican pundit and author David Brooks.

          • WTF

            The two numbers aren’t incompatible, we could still have multiple counting and a net out flow.

          • Marshal Phillips

            And in the words of conservative Republican pundit and author David Brooks, if Trump builds his wall he will be keeping more Mexicans in US than keeping out.

          • WTF

            Trump talks about deporting millions of Mexicans but all sensible people know full well that’s just rhetoric and they know he’s not serious about being able to achieve it. The point here is that sealing the border now could halt further illegal immigration and buy breathing space to vet and decide which illegals can stay and be given a green card or be booted out. If you don’t close that door, there’s always more coming in than leaving.

            Many people misunderstand Trumps rhetoric and its probably this – Set the bar high on on fixing illegal immigration, dealing with ISIS and all major issues and if you can achieve just 20% of what you claim you’ll do, that will be 200% more than many republicans and as far as Clinton & Saunders, they don’t even consider Trumps points as issues to be sorted.

            His supporters would be overjoyed on a 20% success rate on his promises compared to whats happened under Obama.

          • Marshal Phillips

            Of course rational voters know Trump`s just political rhetoric. US will never build his wall or deport 11-12 million illegals. Fact is US needs their labor that US citizens are giving them jobs for. And at present as conservative Republican David Brooks knows more illegals are leaving than are coming.

          • WTF

            Running a country should be no different than running a company, once your recruitment drive has filled all the new posts you need, you no longer recruit any one else as you can’t afford the overhead. That’s immigration other than that which costs the country nothing like self supporting spouses.

            I know Trump had mixed fortunes in business in the early days but he’s obviously learned a lot along the way. Decades ago I always maintained that a leader and the party in charge of a country needed skills in that area but its pretty clear that although there used to be some skills in running a business in government decades ago, today there are none. Detractors of Trump say he has no foreign policy experience or other similar skill sets but that’s hog wash and not specifically true.

            Firstly the current crop of idiots in charge have totally f***** up western foreign policy whether the middle east or handling a migrant crisis and secondly, on the economy they colluded with and then rewarded bankers who brought us to our knees. Just like the Pope, people in glass houses or walled cities shouldn’t throw stones.

            I can see every skill that Trump must have to some degree as a CEO being of value in running a country. He understands profit & loss, he understands peoples fears, he can negotiate deals and that is exactly what world leader should be about. He obviously doesn’t micro manage like Obama with a bunch of yes men to protect him from major faux pas, he appoints others to deliver the goods and make it happen. Getting people gainfully employed and off the streets of crime is paramount rather than handing out benefits perpetuating the problems of gun crime for example.

            In summary, I’m not trying to claim he is the messiah but compared to the abysmal level of competence we see with western leaders today and their toxic ideologies of division, multiculturalism & diversity, I believe he could make a difference for the better.

          • Marshal Phillips

            Trump inherited his wealth; had he simply put his money in ordinary savings he would have earned more than he has now; he`s a reality TV star; his business consists now in largely selling his name in licensing agreements; his political ideas are all self-described as terrific, but are lacking in specificity. But he is entertaining.

          • Curnonsky

            David Brooks a conservative????

          • Marshal Phillips

            Yes, he describes himself as such in long standing tradition of Burke,

          • Curnonsky

            He is also a supporter of Obama, as you would expect for the tame “conservative” the New York Times keeps in its menagerie.

          • Marshal Phillips

            Brooks supported Obama by voting for Romney!

          • Curnonsky

            He was the slobbering admirer of Obama’s perfectly-creased trouser leg, remember? And recently heard on NPR praising Obama’s “class” and “integrity”! A shining example of the spineless, good-loser brand of conservative that hopes he is led to the guillotine last.

          • Marshal Phillips

            Nevertheless, he voted for Romney.

          • 100

            These are lies which I’m getting very tired of hearing.

            If you took any amount of time to delve into the statistics, you would see that those fallacious deportation statistics are the result of the “apprehending at the border” policies that went into place in 2013 to counter the surge of unaccompanied MINOR children coming from other nations of Central America, NOT Mexico. Mexican immigration itself has slowed only because of the current economic climate rendering them unable to find jobs either; no deportation of Mexicans has occurred. The FBI and Dept of Homeland Security have reconfigured the scopes of their involvement in deportation and assigned statistics to themselves that were never even counted in previous administrations. You’re a fool if you believe immigration has done anything but soar for the last 7 years. The statistics about that are clear.

            The Affordable Care Act was not “vetted and OKed” by SCOTUS, it was gutted and the unconstitutional parts were removed except for the individual mandate because John Roberts is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Regardless, the millions who now have healthcare are simply the millions who were dumped on Medicaid, as everyone on the right was aware would happen with this, and the costs of everyone else’s health insurance has exploded to compensate. Again, as we all knew it would.

          • Marshal Phillips

            If you would take a look at the hard statistics as David Brooks, conservative Republican

  • Cale B.T.

    Low energy article.

    • OmnipotentWizard

      Low energy response.

  • Pioneer

    Betrayal by the elites is about to bite them.

    They are finished, disgraced, and despised.

    • James Chilton

      The political elites are never finished. As one elite is cast out or destroys itself, another takes its place. Trump, if he’s elected, will not make any difference in the long run. Even a dictator has a praetorian guard.

      • rationality

        If Trump tries to replace the population in the guise of diversity as some sort of triumph then he too will need to go. Despite everything Hitler did, he didnt invite millions of rapists and unskilled who didnt know how to use the toilet. Theres a scale of how far elites can go.

        • WTF

          Yep, he did have some saving graces despite one specific excess but I can’t see ANY saving graces from progressives like Cameron, Blair, Corbyn of Jeb Bush & Hillary Clinton.

          • Marshal Phillips

            Don`t worry about poor Jeb! even his own party doesn`t want him.

          • Cyril Sneer

            I’m not surprised, the guy comes across almost as bad as old George W. Glad he’s dropped out now – he was pathetic.

            Robot Rubio is almost as bad. In fact I find him quite unnerving with his 25 second soiund bites and nothing else in his resume.

    • James Lovelace

      What would finish off the political elites would be direct democracy. For the first time in centuries (if not millenia) this is feasible because of universal literacy and the internet. The (limited) democracy we have had to be clawed from our rulers. There’s barely been a change in the limited amount of democracy we have since people were going round by horse and cart.

      • E.I.Cronin

        Agreed wholeheartedly! Direct democracy is our one and only chance. Nationalist parties are unable to form government in today’s deracinated and culturally deformed societies. Without citizen-initiated referenda the elites will continue pursuing their destructive agendas knowing a bovine populace will keep returning them to power no matter what outrages they inflict on us.

        My hope is that conservative voters will work with alienated liberals on a cross-partisan campaign for CIR. Liberals feel just as disillusioned and betrayed by their parties as we do.

      • mikegre

        Universal literacy? Having the ability to read doesn’t presuppose intelligence. Have you looked at a list of the most popular TV programs? Frightening.

    • http://tinyurl.com/nlsc6xo The Zman

      http://tinyurl.com/jazgb92

      Buckley Conservatism is dead. It just won’t lie down. The Cold War is over and they lost all the other battles with the Left. Time to have a funeral, get drunk and move on.

  • Plantagenet

    Another article by a snobbish political insider who can’t stand Trump. Nothing to see here.

  • Texas Sunday Morning

    Bernie vs Donald. Let the people decide.

  • BillRees

    This article explains why the electorate in America has moved away from conventional politicians.

    But in contrast to Christopher Buckley, my conclusion is that Trump may be just what America needs.

    He will either cure its ills or show, once and for all, that politic life in American is irredeemably corrupt while also being ineffective in dealing with the country’s problems.

    • WTF

      Sometimes radical treatment is required to kill of a extremely virulent form of cancer that the progressives like Buckley support.

    • OmnipotentWizard

      “Trump may be just what America needs….” Quite right. He’s funny and will ensure a Democrat victory.

  • MyHyde

    I can see why they kicked you off the National Review.

  • Jacobi

    So trump is a cancer we probably will survive.

    The alternative to Trump, suppression of what most people know and feel, is a worse cancer, a slow rotting cancer which we, that is we in Europe since we are inextricably linked to the USA , will get sooner or later.

    But then your article is a bit odd since you end up by apparently preferring the 1 /2 cancer to the certain rot of the alternative.

    • Icebow

      Anything but the vile Hillary Clinton.

  • Tickertapeguy

    Mr. Buckley would never use language like this on Obama because he is black.
    This politically correct left wing Liberal hypocrisy does not wash anymore
    Obama has been a vile toxin on the US for the last eight years and people like Mr. Buckley dared not point that out.

    • OmnipotentWizard

      “Obama has been a vile toxin on the U…”

      Tickedrtapeguy would never use language like this on Trump because he isn’t black.

      • Tickertapeguy

        Black Obama has NEVER been criticized the the Main Stream Media.
        He is the ONLY President without one single fault.
        Obama is the ONLY President who has done nothing wrong and is painted (pardon the pun) as perfect.

        • Todd Unctious

          Barrack? We know he is black.

          • Tickertapeguy

            and because Barrack Hussein Obama (the only Christian with only Muslim names) is faultless. If he was a white person, by now the Main Stream Media would have a laundry list of accusations.

          • Cyril Sneer

            He’s actually mixed race.

  • WFC

    You destroyed or castrated all the people who spoke for middle America.

    Trump (and Cruz) is the result.

    And if you destroy or castrate Trump, the next one will be even worse.

    (And a similar thing is happening in Britain.)

    • Johnny Foreigner ✓VER.Angry

      Worse? For me,your worse is my change. Yes, change the whole way of thinking about how we are governed.

      • OmnipotentWizard

        As we live in the wealthiest, healthiest & safest generation ever then I’m not sure what needs changing?

        • Johnny Foreigner ✓VER.Angry

          Groan…

          • OmnipotentWizard

            Is that your considered response? Looks like Game, Set & Match to Wizard.

        • Todd Unctious

          Well said. In general we have doubled our wealth since 1973. We live 12 years longer. There has been no major European WR for 71 years.
          What needs changing is the skewed distribution of our wealth and productivity gains. The 1% now have the same proportion of our wealth (23%) as they did in 1920. In 1973 they held just 7%. As a result we are less happy and less trusting.

          • OmnipotentWizard

            As all sections of society are richer why does it matter Todd.

            You don’t make the poor richer by making the rich poorer. (Winston
            Churchill)

            Yougov do regular surveys. Recently they ask: which would you prefer (a) a society where the rich got disproportionately richer but the poor also got richer, or (b) a society where the rich got poorer but it meant the poor also got poorer.

            25% selected (b)!!! God help us but a quarter of the population are daft.

        • Shona

          Really? I have already been Tahrarrushed. Twice. It has never before been so dangerous in my lifetime.

          • OmnipotentWizard

            In the UK violent crime is at an all time low. Probably not quite so good in the US.

            BTW: If you are going to make something up then try to make it more believable.

          • Shona

            I do not live in the UK. And I am not making anything up. I was sexually assaulted on a bus in the centre of Paris with my partner two metres away. You have heard of Cologne I presume? It’s coming soon to your wife and daughters.

    • Shona

      And France.

  • Jacobi

    Further to my comment below, and in the light of what has been said on the news (in UK) tonight, may I say that I have, as a Catholic, a policy of not making comments on the current Pope, although happy to comment freely on the 266+ previous Popes we have had.

    Personally I think that in say 100 years time the current Pope will be remembered very positively for his initiative in meeting the Patriarch Kirill, on February 12th, 2016.

    Now coming back to Donald Trump, and incidently I couldn’t care less whether he is a Christian or not, since this issue is political, then good for Trump. He has brought out into the open matters which we all, in the US of A, and in Europe are deeply and rightly concerned about.

    • Todd Unctious

      Why did the historic meeting twixt Pope and Patriarch not make more news? 962 years of animosity between two major faiths.
      The rapprochement motivated by the realisation of a common enemy.

      • Jacobi

        The immediate reason does not matter. What matters is that a step has been taken on a long and rocky road. A step which should have been taken a long time ago. Lets discuss this again in say a hundred years time and we will see how it is goin?

        • Todd Unctious

          If we are around in 100 years. Hoping for a medical breakthrough or are you related to Methuselah?

    • WTF

      But the Pope should have been advised to stay out of national security especially when living in a walled city.

      • Jacobi

        I would not disagree with that, but won’t say any more. Happy to talk about the other 266+?

  • The Reincarnated Sausage

    Trump is as benign a cancer as you’re ever likely to find.

    I haven’t heard anything he’s said yet that I disagree with.

    • WTF

      Spot on, the only way his detractors can try to make him look bad is by air brushing out parts of what he states. The classic example was over banning Muslims coming in to the USA until vetting is fixed which got changed by the progressives to banning all Muslims, period.

    • OmnipotentWizard

      It is very brave of you to admit to agreeing with Trump on such a public forum.

      • Ridcully

        Why? Will he be getting a knock on his door at 3am?

      • Cyril Sneer

        I think you’re on the wrong forum. You wouldn’t fare much better on the Guardian forums nowadays either.

        • OmnipotentWizard

          Always go where the Twerps are.

  • LittleRedRidingHood

    Another rabid lefty spitting at the fact that an increasing number of people reject the cultural Marxist meddling.

    • siphil

      A rabid lefty you say? Who wrote speeches for George HW Bush? You might want to think about that.

      • WTF

        He’s a progressive and they sit across party lines whether in the UK or USA. Their crass social policies are similar and the only thing that’s different between progressives on one side or the other, is who funds them and what the pay back is.

      • LittleRedRidingHood

        There is no difference between Bush and Obama. Their policies are all the same. The same left wing socialist agenda.
        Rabid lefty is probably nearer the mark than you are admitting.

      • Bilderberg Chairman

        Your mistake is thinking Bush is Right wing – he isn’t he’s a globalist – and so are the Far Left. Right now you are either voting for open borders, uncontrolled immigration and rampant liberal PC insanity or Trump – them’s your choices

  • WTF

    Trump is a breath of fresh air after all those progressives trying to control our lives and he’s the first person to cause them to show fear in their eyes. Unlike Obama who took a partisan view not to go to the memorial service for a Supreme Court Justice judge Trump stands up for the country and means what he says. What ever happened to Obamas claims he wanted to united the country and not play party politics ?

    Yesterday was a magic occasion when the Pope decided to interfere with domestic policies and had to be put down by Trump. I’ve lost count of the times I have seen the christian clergy suck up to social issues or Islam rather than condemning the causes both in the UK and USA and swipes aimed by the Pope at Trump have backfired badly. I noticed Trump this time used a script for his response and he nailed it right on the button by saying the Pope would expect support from him if the Vatican was under attack by ISIS. Clerics like the Pope in the Vatican or the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace in London, have a wall to protect them so why shouldn’t Americans have a wall and in the UK’s case, use the channel as a big moat.

    Last night I watched an interview over this ‘spat’ with a regular Fox contributor, a Presbyterian Preacher and a catholic priest. Predictable the the first two backed Trump and correctly said that the Pope shouldn’t interfere with national security. The priest predictably tried every which way to support the Pope until Hannity raised the issues over Catholic pedophiles. Game over, lost the argument 1-0 to Trump again.

    If the Catholic church is so concerned with inequality and the poor where were Pope Francis’s comments about drugs & killings in Mexico which he was visiting, where are his objections to whats happening in Venezuela, where are his objections to real barbarity around the world with ISIS ? Its the same every friggin time, the progressives berate people trying to protect us whilst excusing the sc**bags of the world.

    I’,m sure many today are shaking their heads in disbelief that Trump had the nerve to come back to the Pope and politiely tell him where to shove it and the inevitable one or two percentage point rises in the polls but he’s just saying what all sane people think. Most of us don’t give a s*** how much Christopher Buckley shudders at the thought of Trump and if he ends up like someone with Parkinsons Disease through Trump, the better we’ll like it. Face it progressives, the worm has turned and you better get used to the sea change that’s happening right now and the inevitable purging of enforced political correctness, diversity and multiculturalism from our society.

    No one, not even the Pope will be allowed to make crass inane comments and get a free pass, that time has gone !

    • 100

      Continuing along the “where were the Pope’s objections to” line– where were his objections to the fact that Mexico has deported more people back to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras in the recent years than we have to Mexico! So everyone – including Mexico – is allowed to consider the interests of their own citizens except the United States? It isn’t right. Of COURSE Mexico does not want a wall. If they couldn’t export their poorest, least educated and most violent, they would find themselves in a conundrum where they would have to provide education for their own children, healthcare, food, housing, all of the things which they currently except America to do instead. Why would they want to do this if we so willingly do it for them? Why has every other nation in the world been able to legislate out of their governments the ridiculous loopholes that allow for the INSANITY known as “birthright citizenship”. Only Canada still has this provision, which naturally does not cause them a problem.

      I’m not a racist, a xenophobe nor a bigot, and certainly I do not oppose immigration altogether. But the answer to all of Latin America’s problems cannot simply be for everyone to move to the States.

      • WTF

        That’s the hypocrisy of progressives, they never apply the same standards to other countries and always excuse issues, problems and ‘crimes of preference’ that tend to come from one or other ethnic groups. I’ve many times profiled groups including white people with specific types of crimes because that is exactly what happens in real life.

        In the UK & USA there’s that long used expression “white collar crime”, as part of the white community where the crime of ‘preference’ for that specific group tends to be financial criminal activities and the odd bank job from time to time. Drug related shooting deaths are the preserve of colored people for the most part in the UK & US and gang rapes all across Europe are usually Muslim men. As you say, Mexico seems almost like ‘bandit’ country from the reports we read and it seems to be drugs & guns over the border. Mexico certainly deports pro rata more than most countries and has very harsh sentencing for those it catches but its basically a corrupt country so crime rates never drop.

        The birth right citizenship loop hole seems to be one which the founding fathers got wrong or the supreme courts misinterpreted it. It had moral and compassionate reasons but give a progressive an inch and they’ll abuse it. IMO birthright citizenship now should simply be based on one or other parents citizenship (single and dual) and that should be the end of it. There should be a route for applying for another citizenship just as my American wife also has UK citizenship and I’ll be trying a similar route once my green card residence meets the time requirements for US citizenship. To me, residency and citizenship is not a right but a privilege and if you can meet the criteria, have no criminal records and can support yourself, it should be viewed favorably.

        For immigration in general, everyone should meet strenuous positive vetting process’s for criminal or terrorist activities and if you can’t satisfy that requirement, you don’t get off first base. Next comes a full medical check for third world communicable diseases, again if you don’t pass, you’re out of luck. After that spouses should be given priority providing they are not a cost to their new host country followed by people with special skills that a American company cannot source locally.

        Refugees (with capped limits) are a special case where positive vetting still has to be used as a consequence of recent terrorist attacks but if a person can genuinely show they are at risk and are being persecuted like say the christian Yazidis, they should be allowed special consideration.

        Beyond that, whilst the unemployment levels are too high in ones country, I see no moral reason to allow in or even process fit young men like the million or so trying to get into Europe right now. As you put it, its not racist or xenophobic to exclude known threats into your country or community or even non refugees but whilst the west keeps taking in economic migrants, these other countries will never solve their own problems. In fact, the message that Merkel, Juncker or Obama put out just encourages migrants to take risks and getting killed trying to get to the west and even worse, some of these migrants are in key jobs like health care where we are actually depriving these third world countries of badly needed nurses or doctors.

        It is a fact that this faux compassion dished out by progressives at our expense causes far too many new problems and solves little, but they refuse to accept this let alone debate it.

        • Jacobi

          We all agree that genuine refugees should get appropriate sanction until they can return. That does raise the question of agreed definition of refugee.
          The problem in Europe(and UK) is the fit young men who are religious immigrants with intent, whether they come willingly, or under pressure, self-financed or loan-financed. Intent is there in many cases, say 50% plus. If they reach communities/caliphates, that percentage will grow. the locals already there will ensure that.
          We have in Europe, the USA is different, a very real danger. This is not yet understood or admitted to and there is no emerging consensus as yet on how to deal with it – unlike the Muslim religious immigrant movement which has an admittedly indirect but nevertheless distinct strategic force which knows exactly what its objectives are.

  • WTF

    Contributors like Buckley with their close association to the elite establishment only survive because of their symbiotic relationship with them. Its a bit like dung beetle and its symbiotic link to animal dung as without it, it will die. Unfortunately unlike dung beetles who actually clean up a pile of dung, these writers just create even more ‘dung’ !

  • WTF

    This article is like dejas vous, socialists keep repeating their same social engineering programs expecting to get a better result the next time but it still ends up like cr** no matter how many times they try. Similarly progressives like the writer here keep writing anti Trump articles expecting to ‘de-throne’ him and all it ever does is solidify Trumps position. King Canute never learned how to hold back the sea and nothing you are saying will change the sea of public opinion supporting Trump. Only inconvenient truths could hurt Trump now but sadly for you, you can’t find any and your lies are ludicrously pathetic !

    • trobrianders

      Elections across the western world are referendums on failed socialist/progressive elites. That’s why they’re so rattled. Deep down they know the game is up.

  • Child_of_Thatcher

    Mr Buckley, people like you are the cancer and Trump is the cure. You can’t get it because you are an out of touch elite.

    • Rbeastlondon

      Good point. This guy admits that the Republican Party does not represent the people who have been voting or it. I hope Trump and Sanders win so that the current political elites are well and truly shafted.

      ‘. they don’t have degrees…’

      • trobrianders

        Quite correct. The Loonyversity degree has been the single greatest threat to the continent that defined Reason to the world.

  • OmnipotentWizard

    Trump (at the immigration desk): Are you a Muslim?
    Terrorist: No
    Trump: Welcome to the USA

    • trobrianders

      You have to misrepresent Trump because you have no answer to him. He wants a moratorium on immigration from states like Syria and Libya and Pakistan etc. Most people agree with him. Only idiot socialists such as yourself want to import people who you know will vote Left.

      • OmnipotentWizard

        Trump: Build a wall between out two countries.
        President of Mexico: No
        Trump: Please
        President of Mexico: No
        Trump: Pretty Please
        President of Mexico: No
        Trump: But I’ll look a fool if you don’t….

        • trobrianders

          Hilarious. Your comedy sketch is almost as funny as the lefty comedians that are never off the TV

          • OmnipotentWizard

            Originality is not your strong point is it?

          • trobrianders

            Says the dullest member of the herd.

          • Caviar luvvie

            As original as shouting down anybody and everybody with ‘waycist’.

        • lojolondon

          If you can’t imagine the president of the USA able to make Mexico manage their border then you probably lack perspective. I would vote for Trump just to see that happen, and set an example for Europe and the world. I guess we can expect an apology then, Troll?

          • Shona

            In actual fact a wall is in Mexico’s interest. The Narcos are completely destabilising the state there.

        • Bilderberg Chairman

          Let me fix that for you…

          Trump: Build a wall between out two countries.
          President of Mexico: No
          Trump: we’re building the wall for you and will bill you directly
          President of Mexico: And how will you make us do that?
          Trump: All your money and gold is in our banks – sit and spin!

          • OmnipotentWizard

            Quite right – it doesn’t matter that that would open the door to any country seizing the assets of any other country and the complete destruction of the Global Economy.

            If anyone ever suggests you enter politics then for all our sake please say no.

          • Bilderberg Chairman

            You are shockingly naive if you think countries do not seize the assets of other nations every single day – you sir are FAR too naive for a milk round – let alone politics.

          • OmnipotentWizard

            The US lives by Global Capitalism. It is what it does very well. It absolutely depends on the WTO, the World Bank, etc. functioning correctly. If it breaks the rules because it can then the whole system could fail and the US (and the UK) will become a lot poorer.

            Wizard Rule 64: A rude response is no substitute for a sound argument.

        • Caviar luvvie

          There are over 80 walls in place today that separate countries.
          A sovereign nation does not have to ask for permission to build a wall, its’ any countries’ right, and they’re kinda legal, you muppet.

          • OmnipotentWizard

            But Numpty Trumpty said he was going to get Mexico to pay/build it. All those workers the cross backwards and forwards across the border each day for work wouldn’t be able to and the economy of the US would suffer greatly.

            Ten hour wait at the border crossing anyone?

          • Shona

            There’s one between Britain and France, does our esteemed journo suggest it be removed?

        • Cyril Sneer

          It just gets deeper.

          Do you go on the road doing ‘talks’?

          • OmnipotentWizard

            I’m glad you like it. Try this one:

            Q. What would you get if you tried to cross a Trump with a gorilla?
            A. Nothing – gorillas are too choosy.

          • Cyril Sneer

            It’s comforting to see that you still have nothing of worth to say.

          • OmnipotentWizard

            What about:

            Numpty Trumpy asked for a wall
            Numpty Trumpy looked a great fool
            All his discourses
            And all of his ken
            Couldn’t make Numpty look sane again.

        • Shona

          All he needs to do is slap a tax on Western Union.

    • Caviar luvvie

      Muslim leaders (just pick any) at immigration desk: ‘Are you my brother/sister?’
      Muslim ‘Yes’
      Muslim leaders ‘Ok, here’s some gas/tanks/missiles/machine guns. Now phack off and keep killing each other and everybody else’

      • OmnipotentWizard

        The article is about Trump – please stay on topic.

        • Caviar luvvie

          Ok: ***TRUMP 2016***

    • Cyril Sneer

      Wow that was deep.

      Ever thought of a career in garbage disposal?

      • OmnipotentWizard

        Are you suggesting Numpty Trumpty is garbage?

        • Cyril Sneer

          I think he’s been great so far.

          My fave is when he points out all the special interests and lobbyists that have stolen the front rows.

          Or perhaps when Trump speaks thousands come to hear him. Which is far more than what any other candidate can muster.

          I can see why the establishment hate him – he is a real threat to them and could very well break this criminal Bush Clinton monopoly.

          Good news for the planet.

  • OmnipotentWizard

    Trump, Corbyn, Farage…. Why are there so many comedy politicians about at the moment?

    • trobrianders

      Tell us all about your socialist heroes then

      • OmnipotentWizard

        You did notice I had Corbyn in my list of clowns – didn’t you know he was a socialist?

        • trobrianders

          Corbyn isn’t a socialist. He’s a nutter. Only the mentally ill take him seriously

          • OmnipotentWizard

            Quite right trob – anyone you disagree with is obviously not thinking for themselves.

            Health warning: post may contain sarcasm.

          • trobrianders

            So you like and respect the herd of lefty comedians who parrot the same lies?

          • OmnipotentWizard

            lies (n) – anything trobrianders doesn’t agree with

        • TheJustCity

          It’s because nominally sensible educated politicians following a liberal-left utopianist blueprint, have created a chaotic clown show and sold it to us as a functioning society.

          Instead of someone who, with steady gaze, temperate manner, and measured speech tells you of his egregious plans which are antithetical to freedom and equality and are operationally antithetical to and undermine classical liberal values, who elicits unconditional respect and avows to submit to menacing and backward cultures and ideologies, playing golf while storm clouds gather on the horizon, you may as well have a genuine fool who between his slapstick routines, elucidates many powerful and vital truths. (Truths which. though conspicuous, had been becoming forbidden from discussion. A forbiddance his enlightened counterparts in the old world have enacted in law.)

      • Bilderberg Chairman

        He’s clearly a “Chino” – Conservative in name only. The UK “right” like the rest of the world’s equivalent, has been infiltrated with ultra-liberal globalists intent on ensuring that the only choice is between “Yay open borders” and “We can’t do anything to stop these damn migrants”. George Soros et al fund both.

  • Patrick Roy

    Bush birthed Obama birthed Trump. The people have reacted. At least it will be entertaining.

    • trobrianders

      Technology in advance of morality. Man’s oldest problem – John Fowles.
      All today’s political upheavals are a function of technological change.

  • Bilderberg Chairman

    Listening to Rhinos lament about Trump is like listening to concentration camp guards complaining how ungrateful their guests are. The fact is simple – the establishment is absolutely finished and they are simply the last to realise it. America needs another member of the Bush-Clinton Crime syndicate as president like it needs 10 millions new muslim migrants

    • SocietasDraconistrarumlit1

      I just wish someone could convince me that Trump, the Clintons, and the Bush families were not all part of the same crime syndicate.

  • OmnipotentWizard

    Trump is doing the job that Corbyn is in the UK – giving everyone a good laugh and making sure the the other party wins.

  • twinscrew

    Well Buckley, you certainly do not speak for me, after writing this garbage I would expect an extradition order for you and your missus as soon as Donald becomes president.

  • orsonhinds

    Sheesh, this kind of nasty, one-eyed bilge makes you want Trump to win by a landslide just so nauseatingly patronising, smug, Bush-loving Washington insiders will be puking into their multiple Martinis every day for eight years.

    More likely that will be a symptom of cirrhosis than stage two cancer. But that’s the thing about cirrhosis isn’t it? Generally speaking, you bring it on yourself.

  • liamjq

    I think I can speak for TheDonald and his legions of fans when I say..”who gives a +×÷= what you think”!

  • Torybushhug

    The liberal establishment on the wrong side of change. Trump, Boris, Farage, Wilders, these are today’s progressives

  • Lina R

    Trump resonates with millions of Americans because he stands up for America, speaks his mind and is not bought by special interest groups. He understands his country’s dire econominic situation (particularly for blue collar workers), the need to control immigration and defeat ISIS. He is also the only potential leader I have heard who says it’s important to get rid of North Korea’s dictator (the world’s nasiest regime). Many Americans are worried and Trump articulates that in a very simple way. The more the illiberal elite sneer at him, the more I imagine he will pick up votes.

  • Frank Natoli

    This European rending of garments over Trump is very funny. Europeans positively LOVED Obama. A higher percentage of Europeans had a positive view of Obama than Americans did. And Trump is entirely a creature of Obama. Absent Obama and Trump would still be the guy on the TV show who once a week says “you’re fired”. It is everything Obama has done for the last seven years that has triggered the reverse Obama which is Trump.
    FYI, I support Ted Cruz, a true Constitutional Conservative. But ordinary Americans, who in the majority preferred Obama in 2008 and 2012, now appear to prefer Trump.
    Did Spectator run any articles like this one when Obama was running in 2008? No? Why is that?

    • MrJones

      It’s the media. They filter info from the US to herd voters in the direction they want.

    • Shona

      That’s the guy bankrolled by his wife at Goldman Sachs who’s not an NBC?

  • Bilderberg Chairman

    The majority of Brits I speak to admire Trump – despite the relentless 24/7 media hate campaign. If the establishment hates Trump this much then what’s not to love about him.

    • aspeckofboggart

      Trump can’t act establishment like Reagan did.

      • gillardgone

        Ahhh Ronold Reagan he was a great bloke and president.

        • aspeckofboggart

          The thing that I remember about Ronald Reagan was his callousness during the HIV epidemic. Sorry.

    • OmnipotentWizard

      “The majority of Brits I speak to admire Trump…” You do need to get out more.

      • gillardgone

        Yep they let you out.

  • MrJones

    For 30+ years the political and media class have said mass immigration, offshoring and debt-based consumption were the route to prosperity.

    It should be obvious now they were wrong. Some were simply lying for the benefit of the corporate oligarchy who paid them while the rest fell for the lies.

    What mass immigration does is lower wages while increasing housing costs which squeezes disposable income, ultimately to zero, and as disposable income is squeezed the economy seizes up as no-one has any spending money.

    It is really simple.

    Mass immigration aka cheap labour is only good for the oligarchs but they’ve managed to con lots of stupid liberals into thinking giving billionaires lots more cheap labour is a virtuous act.

    Go Trump.

  • MrJones

    Mexico has a wall on their southern border. Jus sayin.

    • Tad_Porter

      If Trump gets elected, the Canadians are the ones who’ll need a wall on their southern border.

      • Cyril Sneer

        After 25 years of Bush Clinton monopoly I’d say the Canadians should’ve put up a wall a long time ago.

  • SonOfaGun

    Neo-conservative era Spectator ought to be half price, to match it’s half arsed conservatism.

  • SocietasDraconistrarumlit1

    This isn’t the first time a billionaire showed up, split the votes, and got a Clinton elected. Anyone remember Ross Perot?

    • gillardgone

      Hillary is in charge of the zipper files, or was that emails.

      • Sue Smith

        Eeeeeew.

    • gillardgone

      Never thought a Perot would stand, who’s a pretty boy.

  • OmnipotentWizard

    Numpty Trumpy asked for a wall
    Numpty Trumpy looked a great fool
    All his discourses
    And all of his ken
    Could make Numpty look sane again.

    • gillardgone

      Omnipotent Wizard
      What a strange name
      Managed a rhyme that made him look sane
      But then he checked
      He found he was a Corbyn follower

      • OmnipotentWizard

        Corbyn is just as daft as Trump and Farage – so many comedy politicians around at the moment.

        • Sue Smith

          But what else would you expect in a world gone mad the way it has?

          • OmnipotentWizard

            I look at it a different way. The Conservatives(UK) and the Democrat (US) have been successful enough that the opposition parties have little chance of displacing them. Under these circumstances the opposition party “go mad” for one term. Labour (UK) and the Republicans (US) will get thrashed at the next election and then have to reinvent themselves.

          • gillardgone

            I am afraid you are in for a great surprise.

          • Sue Smith

            It’s an interesting idea, but I disagree. I think Trump is symptomatic of the general malaise that has hit the American system. It has been infected with no increase in living standards for the middle classes and a kind of intellectual torpor which has allowed pc and other vile ideologies to thrive in this vacuum. People are absolutely fed up.

          • Sig Ruman

            Good start to the why.

        • gillardgone

          Hey that’s so funny ,blinkered but funny none the less, call me Dave has cosied up with Corbyn and sturgeon, bother pinko types of the worse kind.

          • OmnipotentWizard

            …and brought the UK out of recession faster than every other G7 country and created record employment levels.

        • tcjock

          How bout Farage, Galloway & Blo-Jo the clown (aka Boris Trump) leading the Outers???

  • Roger Hudson

    Trump is early stage diagnosis, Clinton is last minute ‘sorry, nothing can be done’.
    Clinton is a thousand times worse than Trump.
    I hope Sanders wins in November.

    • Sue Smith

      Clinton cannot keep her dog on the porch. End of story.

  • 2+2=4andalwayswill

    Oh please. ALL you deplore him for is his vulgarity. And pretending you don’t (mustn’t!) deplore his supporters for THEIR vulgarity is fooling no one. When you sneer at his fat fingers, bad hair and supposed incoherence, his supporters know you are talking about them too. Everyone knows you snobs are thinking “oh no, the Walmartians are voting! And they’re doing it wrong!”

    Quick, get rid of democracy, all the wrong sort of people are using it.

    • hobspawn

      That is the recurring sentiment of the patronising educated left. I remember when GWB won his second term. Some female pop musician was lamenting the calamity and she said “all these people came down out of the hills and voted for him!”

      Thank God for the redneck bible belt, the last bastion of civilisation on Earth.

      • 2+2=4andalwayswill

        Unfortunately, and depressingly, it’s also the patronising educated right.

        • hobspawn

          Nice try, but there is no educated right. Today, in the West, education means left.

          • 2+2=4andalwayswill

            Are you saying that no conservative has ever gone to university and gotten a degree? Because, you know, that’s demonstrably untrue.

  • Cyril Sneer

    Democracy eh, don’t you just hate it Mr Article Writer. Indeed you do, yes indeed you do.

    • OmnipotentWizard

      Will you also hate it when there is a Democrat win?

      • gillardgone

        Let’s hope Hillary manages to Zipp it.

        • OmnipotentWizard

          You must be joking – she’s a politician.

        • Terry Field

          She is nauseating; aself-obsessed, vote-buying, muslim-brotherhood promoting monster.

      • Cyril Sneer

        When?

        If.

  • TomFaggart

    Just hang in there you will get used to the idea. It will be like taking medicine for cancer. Soon you may be surprised with a real cure. It is certain that this country needs one!

  • OmnipotentWizard

    The Republican have given up on the presidency this time around. It will take one good thrashing before they can get rid of the right-wingers and try to regain the middle ground.

    • tcjock

      For years the GOP have been steadily infiltrated by Conservatives (not conservative- Republicans) but rabid right extremists.

      • OmnipotentWizard

        Yes – And they need the thrashing to bring them to their senses. The best thing that could happen is for Trump to be chosen as their candidate as that will make the thrashing even more complete.

  • Bill

    This article is in poor taste.

    I’m sure other cancer sufferers may agree with me.

  • fredimeyer

    He thinks he is a ‘writer’. But nothing of consequence is adduced. All he does is rehash what we know.

  • Sid Falco

    I’ll avoid this site until the repellent headline to this boring article written by a hereditary non-entity is bumped.

  • Cheddarcakes

    Type of garbage I would expect to read in the Guardian

  • Pioneer

    Trump has won big in Nevada.

  • Sue Smith

    Trump is no more or less offensive than the autocratic oligarchs who impose on all of us loss of freedom of speech through political correctness, gender and ethnic diversity without consulting the community, bullying through group-think and censoriousness and presiding over the collapse of western values. He occupies the other side of the same coin – a worthless currency if ever there was one.

    Meanwhile, Obama has so precious little to do he can be seen on social media dancing in the White House with a woman 100 years old or phoning women in the US on Mother’s Day to thank them for being mothers. I’m afraid he’s become a do-nothing parody of himself. I see he’s busy scrambling to create a legacy. But, it’s patently obvious he’s got nothing better to do. I don’t remember any past US Presidents with so much free time.

    I think we should issue an invitation to Obama for the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney next weekend. Yep, the big issues for sure.

    Few things in this world are as disingenuous as the leader of the free world ‘feeling your pain’. THAT’S NOT HIS JOB.

  • Jab

    I am at the point of not reading much news anymore and not voting but in the meantimes if the establishment are against something then I will just go in the opposite direction.Saves time and effort until we get proper journalism.

  • gillardgone

    An awfull analogy using cancer my pinko friend.

  • P 266

    Long live the majority voting system. Hooray.

  • mohdanga

    Go Trump!

    • OmnipotentWizard

      Many people have said that be he’s still here.

  • jack jones

    what a neo con piece of sh it this cnut of a journo is

  • Shona

    Trump is very popular with all demographics except rich people and the self serving media. Which are you? My goodness, the quality of the Spectator has gone down.

  • evad666

    Oh to be a fly on the wall at the first meeting of President Trump and the Rt Hon Comrade Corbyn.

  • Badger

    Jeez Mr Buckley, stay classy won’t you.

    • Dr Carrington

      Past that line this creep knows no shame. This blog should never have been published, the Spectator have gone below the line of decency. Several other newspapers are currently working hard in support of GOSH and the lives of children with terminal cancer diagnosis and the devastation on their families. There is a wealth of good support from celebrities, politicians and organisations. This rag and this disgusting excuse for a journalist are clearly on another plane. Shame on them!!!! Shame on them!!!

  • Dr Carrington

    Mr Buckley.
    1. Not sure this article is still festering on this site for so many weeks
    2 vile analogy from a very low base excuse for journalism. Have you been close to a cancer diagnosis? I doubt it with such a disgusting fre for all of the use. But rest assured, everyone at some stage in their lives will be touched by that horror disease. You obviously have yet to get there.
    3 terrminal hu;mble pie is what you will need to accept at some stage as Trump and moire to the point his growing support isn’t going away sunshine. You may want to retract your nasty rhetoric if you value future trips to the USA from 2017.
    4 maybe reflect a bit calm down and donate some of your I’ll gotten gains from articles like these to cancer research.

  • Cyril Sneer

    Why don’t you compare him to Hitler… the last refuge of the politically obsolete.

    • OmnipotentWizard

      You just did.

    • siphil

      Step forward Mr Godwin.

  • mikegre

    The media’s treatment of Trump reminds me of how the media initially treated Reagan.

  • Rob

    I hope Trump wins.

    • OmnipotentWizard

      Which will guarantee a democratic victory

  • WTF

    The only cancer affecting the west is that malignant type of political correctness, multiculturalism and diversity.

  • WTF

    The only suitable response here is that the Speccie readers would be much happier if only the authors mother had swallowed?

  • Larry

    The media believes its own propaganda. Funny to watch how perplexed they are when the public doesn’t. Trump is just as much an indictment of the media as he is to the ruling class elites.

  • Sig Ruman

    Skimmed this. Am I mistaken but didn’t the author support Obama? If corrected, I promise to read it thoroughly.

  • Stevie Mac

    This was a good analysis of the republican situation but its silly to call Sanders Lenin. He doesn’t want a communist revolution or to nationalise industry. He wants free (tax funded) healthcare and higher education. Is the American political establishment so far to the right that Sanders can be called a communist?

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