Donald Trump, “America’s Zhirinovsky?”

Donald Trump recently made a comment about Megyn Kelly. “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes,” Trump told CNN’s Don Lemon on Friday night. “Blood coming out of her wherever.” I think that was a vulgar attempt at humor. And a stupid thing to say for someone who’s trying to run for president.

The Washington Post reported that weeks before Trump announced his candidacy he had a phone conversation with Bill Clinton. No one on the Left seems to mind that Bill Clinton has a friendly relationship with “the bigot” Trump, which I guess shouldn’t surprise anyone considering all the other indiscretions he’s gotten away with. Some have speculated that Clinton encouraged Trump to run in order to sabotage the Republican primaries and make Republicans look bad.

Leftist ideologues certainly wouldn’t like it. Any attention to immigration or the concept of political correctness is bad in their eyes. But Bill Clinton is not necessarily a leftist ideologue. For his wife’s political interests the strategy makes sense. I think Donald Trump is unlikely to win the nomination. But he will bring attention to the gap in views between the base and whoever the nominee turns out to be. Even more conservative Republicans will stay home, helping Clinton to win the election. It will be even better, for Clinton, if Trump runs as a third party candidate.

What about Donald Trump? What are his motivations? The man is obviously smart, he went to Wharton. I think the man is simply a troll, with all that entails. Trolls can be smart, plenty of them are. If he really cared about stopping immigration he would be talking about that instead of this nonsense with Megyn Kelly.

Which brings me to the example of Vladimir Zhirinovsky. Zhirinovksy is a Russian politician known for making inflammatory and trollish statements. From Wikipedia:

Zhirinovsky is well known for his boasts pertaining to other countries, having expressed a desire to reunite countries of the ex-Soviet “near abroad” with Russia to within the Russia’s borders of 1900 (including Finland and Poland). He has advocated forcibly retaking Alaska from the United States (which would then become “a great place to put theUkrainians“), turning Kazakhstan into “Russia’s back yard”, and provoking wars between the clans and the nations of the former Soviet Union and occupying what will remain of it when the wars are over.[31] Zhirinovsky, who encourages separatism within the Russian minority in the Baltic countries,[17] endorsed the forcible re-occupation of these countries and said nuclear waste should be dumped there.[31][32]

In 1999, at the start of the Second Chechen War, Zhirinovsky, an ardent supporter of the first war in Chechnya in the mid-1990s, advocated hitting some Chechen villages withtactical nuclear weapons.[33] He has also advocated using nuclear weapons and naval blockade-imposed starvation in the event of a Russian war against Japan.[31] In 2008, during the resulting political row between the United Kingdom and Russia, he suggested dropping nuclear bombs over the Atlantic Ocean in an effort to flood Britain.[17]

Zhirinovsky hailed what he described as “the democratic process” in Iraq under Saddam Hussein, whom he supported strongly. The friendship dated from at least the Persian Gulf War in 1991, during which time Zhirinovsky sent several armed volunteers from the “Falcons of Zhirinovsky” group to support the Iraqi president. Allegations have dogged Zhirinovsky closely since the fall of Baghdad that he personally profited from illicit oil sales as part of the Oil-for Food scandal, a charge investigated in 2005 by the Independent Inquiry Committee into the Oil-for-Food Programme (Volcker Commission) and the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI).[34] He is also close to theSerbian nationalist leader and war crimes suspect Vojislav Šešelj.[31]

Zhirinovksy is no enemy of Putin, he is widely considered to be Putin’s stooge and part of a “controlled opposition.” Zhirinovsky distracts from serious right wing opposition and his rhetoric and behavior repels those of intelligence, tarring the Russian far right with anti-intellectualism and extremism.

Might Trump be filling a similar role in the United States? His candidacy distracts from serious anti-immigration parties like the Constitution Party and the American Freedom Party.* And his comments, while entertaining to people like me, are going to repel intelligent but not politically ideological people who understandably don’t want their country’s Presidential election to descend to the level of a giant joke.

*I’m not endorsing either party!

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5 Responses to Donald Trump, “America’s Zhirinovsky?”

  1. guest says:

    From the market ticker: Trump Is STILL Right

    “Do you have evidence that he meant “twat”? Because that’s what you’re all thinking, isn’t it?

    And if not, and you are putting words in Trump’s mouth (and you are), exactly who is the misogynist?

    Cut the crap: My first thought when the original cite about “blood coming out of her eyes” was berzerker-style rage.

    That, incidentally, is entirely consistent with what Megyn Kelly did, when you get down to it. She tried to play the social justice women card under intentionally false pretense and got it immediately thrown back in her face.”

    We could label the whole GOP as the Zhirinovsky wing of the symbiotic power structure…

    Don’t Criticize the GOP for Performing Its Function Henry Dampier says:

    “The purpose of the GOP is to run interference for the left to make it easier for said institutional left to administer the state, and through its administration of the state, the rest of the society. Criticizing the GOP for performing its function is confused — there’s no other role for it to play, considering its non-representation in important institutions like government bureaucracies and, more importantly, universities.

    The GOP functions to contain discontent among the population, to channel it into useless issues, and to tell people what they’re allowed to believe and express without provoking social opprobrium and legal consequences.”

    Found via Isegoria.

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  2. john Roberts says:

    Poor Jason, another cuckservative.

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    • jasonbayz says:

      Bill O’Reilly: Now, the 15 million illegal aliens already in the United States, what do you do with them?

      Donald Trump: I think right now you’re going to have to do something. It’s hard to generalize, but you’re going to have to look at the individual people, see how they’ve done, see how productive they’ve been, see what their references are, and then make a decision.

      Bill O’Reilly: All right, on a case-by-case—going to take a long time and a lot of people.

      Donald Trump: A long time, but you know, you have some great, productive people that came. You have to give them a path. You have 20 million, 30 million, nobody knows what it is. It used to be 11 million. Now, today I hear it’s 11, but I don’t think it’s 11. I actually heard you probably have 30 million. You have to give them a path, and you have to make it possible for them to succeed. You have to do that.

      For all means vote for Trump. I intend to, if he stays in long enough, as a protest vote. But don’t make the mistake of assuming that just because someone is “hated” by the Left that that person is on your side. That’s an argument that cuckservatives have been using for ages.

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  3. aleksandr iliev says:

    Trump is sort of an american zhirinovsky… though less intelligent, with a much bigger bank account … watching americans respond to trump i imagine is related to frustrated germans voting for hitler before ww2.

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