What do we need to defeat Trumpism? A bear trap and a Big Mac? If only were that easy. I’m Francesca Fiorentini, and in this episode of Newsbroke we’re looking at how to finally wake from this political nightmare come 2020. It’s going to mean learning from past mistakes and maybe even taking a page out of Trump’s book. Which should be pretty easy because it’s mostly just pictures. News broke is back. This season will be shorter but mightier, which is exactly what Trump told Stormy Daniels. Oh! Still got it. It’s been over a year since we’ve been off the internet or 666 trapped in Steven Millers episode of Black Mirror. And a lot has happened. We had the longest government shutdown ever, six indictments of Trump staffers, a very long report about obstruction of justice— It’s not totally clear because we have this new Attorney General who ironically really hates laws. Oh, we also have another accused sexual assaulter on the Supreme Court, systematic child abuse at the border and the White House has gone through more officials in a year than I have voo doo dolls, which means I’m behind. But there has been some good news: The midterm elections were a breath of fresh air in this Dutch oven of authoritarianism, a record number of voters turned out to elect the most diverse Congress in American history, which includes Alexandria Ocasio Cortes who has become a one-woman dunking machine on the powerful. “People are more concerned about helping oil companies than helping their own families? I don’t think so. I don’t think so.” I get tingles. This is my ASMR. the biggest ray of hope though: The biggest ray of hope though: 2020 could be Trump last year as president, and the teenage aliens who planted him on earth for their intergalactic prank video will collect him and be on their way. And to make sure it’s his last, we have to reckon with how hard we f[bleep]ed up in 2016, and not repeat the same mistakes. I mean Newsbroke straight up hired a mariachi band on election night to celebrate his defeat. That’s how wrong we got it. Some of it is out of our hands considering the federal government hasn’t done much to stop election interference, and the Electoral College is somehow still a thing. But we can do things like not fool ourselves into thinking beating him will be easy. Trump still has the support of 90% of Republicans and 96% of people who believe JFK Jr. Faked his death and became Qanon. Just so we’re clear, I’m talking about how to beat Trump—not how to govern. See, governing is the prize we get for beating him. It’s like winning a carnival game and taking home a goldfish named America that’s really hard to keep alive. To defeat him we also have to stop pretending Trump is our only problem. He’s our first one, sure. Trump is like our flair-up, but America’s had herpes for a while. And sure, we will settle for antiviral meds if it’s the only thing available, but we have to at least try and find the cure. The antidote to our country’s STI known as Trumpism. And to get an antidote you have to understand the disease and remember why Americans voted for the guy and why some might like him. [spits] Know racism—Byyyee Uh, for the NPR listeners, that’s economic anxiety. Yes. Absolutely racism, and we’ll delve more into that in episodes to come, but there are other things that Trump did that Democrats have to do: Be an outsider. Trump was a supposedly anti-establishment candidate who was supposedly going to drain the swamp, and supposedly it was water on the teleprompter that made him say the American Revolutionary Army took over airports. “And using GPS technology we finally took out Hitler—a very fine person.” All that was attractive to many Americans because most of us are distrustful of government. Blame Citizens United; blame the show veep; The reality is only 17% of Americans today believe the government will do what’s right. Even when Obama was in the White House that number was hovering around 20%. Anyone trying to go up against Trump on account of having political experience won’t work because Americans don’t like most politicians or government. It’s why author Marianne Williamson can even be on the democratic debate stage. That and the big crystal lobby. And while the GOP at this point could arguably be classified as a hate group, it’s not like voters trust Democrats either. As my comedy zaddy says, “The democrats haven’t done enough to show to people that government that can be effective for people can be efficient for people, and if you can’t do that then you’ve lost the right to make that change and someone’s going to come in and demagogue you.” Later that year we got demagogued. So if there is even a hint of swampiness in a candidate’s record, Trump will exploit it like he did with Clinton. His campaign’s Twitter account already railed against Cory Booker for receiving millions in Big Pharma money, and he’ll probably bring up Joe Biden’s support of the ’94 crime bill that led to mass incarceration, and of course, Amy Klobuchar eating her salad with a comb. Although, he might like that on like a… …sociopathic level. The Democrats have to be authentic— Trump was. I mean, you can be a total phony and still be authentic, like the trailer for cats. Those aren’t f[bleep]ing cats. And even when he’s pandering to racists, it only makes him sound more authentic. That’s why any campaign or candidate with a whiff of inauthenticity is going to wring extra hollow this time around. Like, speaking another language. “[in terrible accent]: La situación ahora es inaceptable. Este preisdente ha atacado, ha demonizado los inmigrantes. Es inaceptable y voy a cambiar este. is Spanish supposed to hurt? Or how about this recent tweet from the Democrats hawking their exclusive “Boy bye” 2020 smartphone wallpaper? because nothing says we’re serious about stopping authoritarianism in 2020 than a Beyonce lyric from 2016. At this point Democrats are more likely to tweet a peach emoji than impeach the president. Democrats must have a vision Trump’s got one. Sure. It’s the same vision David Duke has on edibles, but it’s a vision. He knows that America has real economic and racial fissures and he exploits them to push a vision of mass detention mass deportation and a redistribution of wealth to those who already have too much of it. At least he’s attempting to tackle our problems rather than pretending they don’t exist. Like Joe Biden, who often mistakes the flare up for the herpes, so to speak. And thinks that once Trump is gone Republicans will just be better. “The thing that will fundamentally change things is with Donald Trump of the White House. Not a joke. You will see an epiphany occur among many of my Republican friends.” An epiphany? This isn’t a Christmas Carol Mitch McConnell doesn’t have a change of heart; He raises Tiny Tim’s medical bills. Republicans had their epiphany. It came in bronzer. And the fact that Biden thinks everything can just go back back to the conditions that were ripe for Trump is alarming. If a candidate is compromised on their vision. It’ll be used against them as well. That’s why it’s concerning that Kamala Harris consistently flip-flops on whether she supports ending private insurance as a part of a medicare-for-all plan. “You don’t have to go through the process of going through an insurance company. Let’s eliminate all of that. Let’s move on. Let’s get rid of all the bureaucracy. Let’s get all of the waste.” [interviewer off camera] “Oh, not the insurance companies.” “No, that’s not what I meant.” “Who here would abolish their private health insurance in favor of a government-run plan?” “Question was would you give up your private insurance for that option and I said, yes.” Okay, okay stop. Whatever else that is, it is definitely gaslighting. “Listen, babe, when you say ‘will you come to my grandmother’s funeral?’ I heard ‘Do you love me?’ and I’ve been consistent in saying ‘Of course I don’t not love you.'” Trump has a base, and it’s considered a force. His base is his Frankenstein monster. He helped create it, and now it’s got a life of its own, and it wants a bride. Kellyanne was in fact rejected. The Democrats also need a base. They have the beginnings of one, but they don’t have a leadership that listens to it. What did Pelosi call a AOC’s Green New Deal? “The green dream?” That’s a sativa Mrs. Speaker. Going into 2020 we have to ask: What do old-guard Democrats have in their arsenal to confront this president head-on? “The president likes to have his poster that said the Mueller report took this many days cost this much money, this that and the other. Well, we have a corresponding competit—ah—contradictory chart. A chart? Oh God, we’re so fucked. There is only one thing to say to that: “I don’t think so. I don’t think so.” [sigh of relief] The fact that the right is so obsessed with the squad is because the squad isn’t afraid to fight back. It’s the Democrats’ turn to scare Republicans with their boldness. Republicans are already getting choked up about the leftward shift of the Dems “Socialism at a level we’ve never seen before and with a predictable result, correct?” “Look the debate that last [choking up] night” Hannity: “Take a sip of water.” “Sorry. One of the baby bats in my esophagus just hatched.” Ted Cruz—now the least interesting man in the world—does manage to choke out at this point: “Look the debate last night—The the the clown car is broken. There’s no brake and it only steered left. I say it was scary last night. What? Clown car? Everyone tripping over themselves to steer farther to an extreme scaring the other side? That’s the same thing we were saying about Trump and the rest of the Republicans in 2016, except we were right to be alarmed. Now it’s our turn to scare them—not with a medieval border wall, but free health care and absolving student debt. I know Michelle Obama said “When they go low, we go high,” but this administration doesn’t respond to shame. It gets off on it like a gibbon in a zoo: The more you shake your finger at it, the more chicks one back at you. There is no more center to placate, no moderate voter to win over and definitely no guidelines for electability. We’ve got 12 years to stop climate change and eight to stop Kylie Jenner. The only old meme we should still be using in 2020 is “ain’t nobody got time for that.” Everything is on the line. No pressure, but let’s not f[bleep] it up again, shall we? Thank you so much for watching Newsbroke. You guys made this happen: our second season. We’re back! For you! So, like and share and follow and subscribe and all of the things and all of the buttons on all of the platforms. Also, let me know who you think has what it takes to defeat Trump. Who has the qualities that we just mentioned? But please remember to keep it civil because you know, keep your eye on the trash monster in the Oval Office. Stay tuned for next week because we will be talking about reparations. It’s a doozy.