On Trump's Victory: JVP (also) Declares War On Trump
21 November 2016
By Gilad Atzmon
It occurred to me in recent years that the act of being Progressive is not a
political position but rather a mental state.
The incapacity of the entire American progressive and Left establishment to
foresee Trump's landslide victory suggests that we are dealing with people who
Just three days ahead of the presidential elections, the Huffington Post
pathetically criticised star pollster Nate Silver of ''Unskewing Polls in
Trump's direction,'' for suggesting that Trump victory was realistic. Ryan
Grim wrote: ''HuffPost Pollster is giving Clinton a 98 percent chance of
winning, and The New York Times' model at The Upshot puts her chances at 85
There is one outlier, however, that is causing waves of panic among Democrats
around the country and injecting Trump backers with the hope that their guy
might pull this thing off after all. Nate Silver's 538 model gives Donald
Trump a heart-stopping 35% chance of winning as of this weekend.''
The Huffington Post goes as far as accusing Silver of''making a mockery of the
very forecasting industry that he popularized.''
In perspectives, Nate Silver and his 538 were obviously spot on. The
Huffington Post and The New York Times were totally off the mark. Is it a
How is it possible that the Democratic Party, the mainstream media and Wall
Street have managed to totally miss the level of anger that unites the
American masses. These questions go far beyond polling strategy or the science
of statistics. We are dealing with a state of being aloof on the verge of
Left and progressive thinking is shaped like a dream. It tells us what the
world ought to be. Progressives often seem to forget what the world really is
and what its people are really like. Hillary Clinton and her campaign, just
like the New York Times and The Huffington Post, were in a state of denial.
Boasting in righteous hubris, they failed to read the map.
But this shouldn't take us by a complete surprise. Detachment wasn't invented
by Clinton and her team. Detachment and alienation are ingrained in
progressive thought. To be a progressive is to believe that some of the
'other' people are simply a bunch ofunaware 'reactionaries.' Progressive
thought is the secular manifestation of 'chosenness'. It is inherently Jewish,
a fact that explains why Hillary Clinton's top five donors were Jewish
Since beingprogressive is a form of supremacy. I would go as far as suggesting
that progressives' antagonism towards 'white supremacy', is at large, a form
of projection. the progressive attributes to 'Whiteness' his own
Americans vs. Identitarians
On election day, we learned that the Democratic Party was hanging on a thread,
hoping to be saved by Florida's 'Hispanic vote.' Clinton's political future
depended upon the hope that Trump had managed to upset enough Latinos. This
peculiar development in which a national party is dependent on group politics
shouldn't take us by surprise anymore
The 2016 American presidential election divided America into two camps: The
Americans on one side and the Identitarians on the other. The Americans are
those who see themselves primarily as American patriots. They are driven by
rootedness and heritage. For them, the promise to make 'America great again'
confirms that utopia is nostalgia and that the progressive reality is nothing
short of dystopia. The Identitarians, on the other hand, are those who
subscribe to progressive sectarian politics. They see themselves primarily as
LGBTQ, Latino, Black, Jews, Women, and so on. Their bond with the American
national or patriotic ethos is secondary and often non-existent. The future of
the Democratic party, in its current form, depends upon the hope that American
subscriptions to sectarian ideologies will gradually increase and, as a
result, will eventually strengthen the context of identity or group politics.
The progressive agenda banks on the divestiture of the national and patriotic
ethos. Needless to mention that half of America voted for Clinton. Hence, this
political agenda is far from being farfetched or delusional.
But the Identitarian agenda backfired. It was only a question of time before
the so-called 'whites' or 'rednecks' grasped that their backs have been
pressed to the wall. They also started to act and think as an identitarian
political sector. Hillary Clinton calling Trump's voters a ''basket of
deplorables'' was a clear sign for white poor Americans that Hillary wasn't
exactly their ally. However, Hillary was far from being alone. Almost every
Jewish writer within the American press didn't miss the opportunity to
attribute the ''White Supremacist'' label to Trump's voters. For Cheryl
Greenberg, Trump's popularity was ''the final gasping of white supremacy.''
For Talking Points Memo's Josh Marshall, Trump's closing ad was packed with
''anti-Semitic dog whistles, anti-Semitic tropes, and anti-Semitic
vocabulary.'' For Marshall and Goldberg, half of the American people were dogs
obeying their master's whistle.
It shouldn't take us by surprise that half of the American people would
eventually react. They became weary of Jewish progressives like Marshall and
Goldberg seeing them as dogs and white supremacists. The time was ripe for a
So is the revolution here? I'm not holding my breath. The people who crowned
Trump are certainly exhausted. They are ready for a change. Can Trump
introduce such a change? No one knows. He is certainly going to keep us
JVP (also) declares war on
Following is an email sent by JVP's Executive Director Rebecca Vilkomerson to
her crowd of peace loving Hebrews. The JVPs are totally shocked by Trump's
victory. They must be completely detached from the American people and their
democratic choice. Seemingly, even Hilary Clinton showed more courtesy than
this AZZ merchant.
The email I expected to send would have talked about taking President-elect
Hillary Clinton to task on human rights and human dignity in Israel/Palestine.
But today is a different day. It is a frightening time where our communities
have only ourselves to hold onto. And even with President-elect Trump,
propelled into office by a wave of racist, sexist, hateful, anti-Muslim,
anti-Jewish, anti-immigrant sentiment, I am feeling more grateful than ever
for the power and community of Jewish Voice for Peace.
I know that some of the wisest, most experienced, most determined people on
earth are walking around today, feeling a similar way.
I know that in the next weeks and months we will link arms and build power and
face this challenge here, while continuing our work alongside our Palestinian
allies and friends facing death, detention, bombs, exile, apartheid, and
demolition of their homes.
So, even though this is a bleak and uncertain time, you should know, as I do,
that you aren't alone and we haven't lost because we are just starting to
build and win.