In recent months World-Outlook has published several articles on the various indictments of Donald Trump, expressing our views on the most effective ways to oppose the danger of Trumpism. The most recent was “Third Trump Indictment: What Is at Stake?” Several readers replied to the article. In response to one of them, we published the column “Confronting the Danger of Trumpism,” which also elicited replies. This is a compilation of all these comments, which we are sharing in the interest of encouraging further discussion and debate.
In response to the recent two-part article, “Trump Indictment: What Is at Stake?,” a reader argued that, given the state of working-class consciousness today, there is no choice other than to support the ruling class efforts to convict and jail Trump (and in the Georgia case, many of his collaborators). In this “Discussion with our readers” column, World-Outlook’s editors explain why they see things differently. “We do not join the campaign led by the Democratic Party to drum up popular support for convicting Trump — which inevitably aims to lead working people to see the Democrats (and those Republicans who support the prosecution) as the ‘defenders of democracy.’ Nor do we join those who call for dropping the charges against the former president.”
December 15, 2022— The U.S. midterm elections unfolded last month in the not-so-faint shadow of January 6, 2021. That day, a rightist mob of thousands, instigated by then President Donald Trump, stormed the U.S. Congress. It was a bloody but unsuccessful attempt — unprecedented in more than a century — to overturn the results of the 2020 elections. Trump and his allies endorsed, financed, and campaigned for hundreds of candidates, including many outspoken ultra-rightists who beat moderate Republicans in the primaries and represented the GOP in the November general election. A majority of these “election deniers” lost their bids for office in competitive races. This was a blow — at least temporarily — to those who promote or condone a form of dictatorial rule in which a “savior” is anointed to “rescue the nation” in perilous times. Such a regime, as World-Outlook has explained, would accurately be described as Bonapartist.