Legendary intellectual Noam Chomsky has given a dire warning in an interview with Alternet. After Trumpcare’s humiliating defeat on Friday, Donald Trump will be grasping for ways to rally support for his unpopular and toxic agenda.
Chomsky discusses how Trump’s key voter base is going to quickly become disenchanted with the President, especially after realizing that his failed health bill would have directly harmed them in order to line the pockets of the wealthy.
Then, Chomsky considers a disturbing possibility: Trump might use a false flag terror attack to justify his bigoted fear mongering. Trump benefited during his campaign from demonizing Muslims and inventing baseless terrorist threats. The best thing that could happen for Trump’s popularity would be a terror attack that justifies his most extreme statements.
“I think that sooner or later the white working-class constituency will recognize, and in fact, much of the rural population will come to recognize, that the promises are built on sand. There is nothing there.
“And then what happens becomes significant. In order to maintain his popularity, the Trump administration will have to try to find some means of rallying the support and changing the discourse from the policies that they are carrying out, which are basically a wrecking ball to something else. Maybe scapegoating, saying, ‘Well, I’m sorry, I can’t bring your jobs back because these bad people are preventing it.’ And the typical scapegoating goes to vulnerable people: immigrants, terrorists, Muslims and elitists, whoever it may be. And that can turn out to be very ugly.
“I think that we shouldn’t put aside the possibility that there would be some kind of staged or alleged terrorist act, which can change the country instantly.”
We sincerely hope that Chomsky’s words will be forgotten in history, not remembered as the foretelling of an American tragedy. With Trump, all we know is to expect the unexpected.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.