I think it's pretty uncontroversial to say that, in the mind of the average American liberal, Donald Trump is basically the worst person since Hitler. But it wasn't just my libtard parents who felt that way; everyone from liberal politicians (and even some conservative ones like Bush and McCain) to the mainstream media to the FBI had it out for him. The question is: Why? Obviously, we as communists recognize Trump as a bourgeois, imperialist, reactionary force, but that can't be why he generated so much seething (since the aforementioned "establishment" groups have been happy to cheer on other bourgeois, imperialist, reactionary politicians). So what was different about the orange man? I've seen a few theories, but I haven't been completely persuaded by any of them.
>He was too rude
This argument is basically that the ruling class likes to maintain a decorous appearance to establish its legitimacy, and Trump blew that appearance apart with his wild comments (especially on Twitter). However, I just don't feel like a lack of decorum can explain the total shitstorm around him.
>He wasn't imperialist enough for them
People who say this point out that Trump didn't start any new wars, unlike the last few presidents, and that he was (compared to other American politicians) friendly with Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un, and they therefore argue that he didn't satisfy the imperialist aims of the ruling class. However, this ignores that he continued all the wars the US was already involved in and raised tensions with Iran, Venezuela, and China. Trump was far from a non-imperialist; just look at the people he surrounded himself with (Pompeo, Bolton, etc.).
>He was too unpredictable
This is, I think, a better version of the previous argument. Trump often wildly vacillated on assorted policies. This might make the ruling class see him as too unpredictable and uncontrollable. However, at the end of the day, as I said above, Trump was still a bourgeois imperialist.
>It was just theater
Basically, this argument says that all the establishment outrage about Trump was just a way to keep the masses distracted. But if that's the case, why Trump? And why do they seem so relieved now that Biden's in office?
>He put kids in cages (or whatever other bad thing he did that week)Post too long. Click here to view the full text.