Trump was an honest American. Biden just lies
Trump was at least honest about one thing. He was quite openly awful and cruel, and America is an awful and cruel country. Joe Biden just lies about it. Biden puts on what Hannah Arendt calls "the mask of hypocrisy." Biden makes America fake again.
Still Killing Muslims
When Trump was openly racist against Muslims, he was being an honest American. America has been invading, bombing, killing, torturing, and spying on Muslims for my entire adult life. These racist attacks on Muslims continue under every President. Trump just said the quiet part out loud. Biden does the same racist shit. He even continued Trump's Muslim ban. Biden just makes American racism quiet again.
Still Hating China
When Trump openly attacked China, he was being an honest Americant. America is deeply threatened by a non-white country becoming powerful. While Trump ginned up a crass and conspiracy driven Cold War 2, Biden is happily fighting it. He's openly investigating lab leak conspiracy theories (and finding nothing), spreading anti-vax information about Chinese vaccines, and even continuing Trump's trade war. Biden just makes American hatred respectable again.
Still Killing With COVID
When Trump just ignored and denied COVID, he was being an honest American. America first ignored and laughed at AIDS and then monopolized the drugs for profit, killing millions. Americans don't even have public healthcare themselves. Trump was at least honest about not giving a fuck.
Biden acknowledged the existence of COVID, acquiescing to some bare reality, but he didn't alter America's basic operating level of ignorance and greed. Biden embargoed basic supplies, made toothless statements about lifting patents, and didn't deliver on the meagre pledges he made. America exported more vaccine hesitancy than vaccines. They preserved more private profits than public health. Biden just made American self-aggrandizing again.
Still Melting The Planet
When Trump pulled out of the Paris Accords and laughed at Climate Change, he was again being honest. The usual American policy is to bullshit and keep smoking the climate anyways. Trump at least said what America does.
Biden, on the other hand, made a bunch of noises about climate change and then kept changing the climate. He approved the most new fossil fuel drilling in decades. He has encouraged even more oil pumping. His infrastructure bill is not transformative, it will make the catastrophe worse, just slightly slower. Climate change is a big problem requiring big changes. Biden is just changing the branding. Like everything else he does, he's just making America fake again.
To paraphrase Dr. Dre, Biden's still representing corporate gangsters all across the world. He's still bombing Muslims with those dro-drones, girl. He's still taking his time to profit from disease, and he's still got hate for the streets. It's the same old hypocrisy. And I haven't even got to all of his domestic policy betrayals, which are basically every one he made.
Hannah Arendt—writing about pre-Nazi Germany, etc—wrote that honestly evil fascists at least offered a relief from the "pious banalities" of the bullshitting bourgeoisie. She said that the speeches of people like Trump were "were actually the attitudes and convictions of the bourgeoisie cleansed of hypocrisy."
Biden, returns, ultimately to this grand old tradition of elite bullshit. It's the final bonfire of the vanities in pre-Nazi America. Pretending to be good just before things completely go to shit. Biden is good at making statements but not at taking action. He's good at saying the right words while still doing the wrong thing. His administration just places the last death mask of hypocrisy on America's rotting corpse.
America, founded in 1619, with tax breaks in 1776, and basic democracy in the 1960s. Advertised as full of promise but ultimately full of shit. The land of the free, full of the enslaved. Of the people, controlled by the few. The keepers of global peace, through war. The leaders of the world, straight off a climate cliff.
Biden didn't stop the ugliness of the Trump era. Trump was in fact, just America, fully expressed. Biden just brought back American hypocrisy. While Trump was honestly MAGA, Biden is dishonestly MAFA. He's made America fake again. The last great delusion before the fall.
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