With plenty of help, Donald Trump is hoping to frame the 2020 election as a choice between “socialism” and four more years of whatever “Trumpism” is.
“Socialist” is a word that has different meanings in different times and places. As he gears up for the next election, Donald Trump has decided to use “socialism/socialist” as a catchall scare term for anything he opposes and for anyone who doesn’t support him.
In his State of the Union address, the president spake thus: “Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.” He gave no details on what that meant.
In gushing the day after the speech, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin upped the ante by suggesting that America, at some unspecified time and manner, had been a socialist country but, as he pledged on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” show: “We’re not going back to socialism. We’re going on an economic plan for America that works.“
Meanwhile, the TeaPublican goobers who put Trump in office will parrot “Socialism!!” at every turn . . . without a clue as to what they are talking about.