Why ABC’s Chris Ullman’s Trump bashing is lazy and gutless
By E.F Nicholson
There is a video doing the rounds on social media of Australian journalist Chris Uhlmann giving a damming assessment of Trump’s presence at the G20. It’s getting the usual gushing remarks on social media, as it’s now in vogue to attack Trump’s presidency and personality.
For the record, there are ample things to attack and I think president Trump is a total disaster for humanity, total disaster. His cabinet appointments and his overall mindset represent a hard corporate coup of US government. So I’m anything but pro-Trump. What I find so galling with these types of smack-downs on Trump is they are completely superficial and spineless. Trump is the unpolished and crass face of American empire. Yet nothing has changed under Trump, it’s just accelerated humanities race to the precipice. Yet this fact gets airbrushed out in these type of two minute sound bites.
So forgetting Chris Uhlmann unhinged and baseless theory of cultural Marxism infecting Australia (I wish) or his blaming renewable energy on the cause of South Australia’s black outs, let’s go through what he has to say. In Chris Uhlmann piece he claims a number of things. He states Trump has
“no desire and no capacity to lead the world”
Little bit of mind reading there as Chris Uhlmann lets us know he’s looked deep into Donald’s heart and seen without a doubt there is in fact no desire to lead the world. Also I didn’t know the US president was meant to “lead the world”, I assumed he was just meant to lead the US. Yet Trump as a world leader is doing a fine job of what all previous US presidents have done before him, which is to put US interests before anything else. Trump just seems to be doing it with less panache. Come on, he was a character in a WWE story line playing himself, so what do you expect. We then get
Trump is “the biggest threat to the values of the west”.
This is the most interesting comment and revealing of Chris Uhlmann overall mindset. As Chris leaves out the fact the West most of the time is a threat to the values of rest of the world, namely the value of remaining not bombed to death. Yet what are the values Trump’s policies and presidency is threatening? What are in fact “Western Values”? As when he talks of threats to the values of the west, is he talking about value of human life? The dignity of poor people? The sacredness of our environment? All problems showing up as escalating global warming and growing structural violence and income inequality? I don’t think so. It seems he is talking about the west’s full spectrum dominance all regions across the world. As he goes on to state
“Where was the G20 statement condemning North Korea which would have put pressure on China and Russia? Other leaders expected it, they were prepared to back it, but it never came.”
He then goes on to say
Trump was obsessed with “burnishing his celebrity” and had “diminished” his own nation to the benefit of Russia and China.
Exactly how he has done this doesn’t get explained. I would agree with part of the statement, he has diminished his nation but not to the benefit of China and Russia, rather for the benefit of corporate America of which Trump is the ugly and cartoonish figure head of.
Then we get more of his lamenting of the good old days when the likes of Obama ruled US Empire with coolness and poise, as he claims
“We learned that Donald Trump has pressed fast-forward on the decline of the United States as a global leader. He managed to isolate his nation, to confuse and alienate his allies and to diminish America.
“[He is] a man who barks out bile in 140 characters, who wastes his precious days as president at war with the west’s institutions like the judiciary, independent government agencies and the free press.”
It’s here we see what’s so limited and empty in Chris Uhlmann assessment. Trumps crudeness and lack of being statesmen in easy to attack and it’s hard not to think he is equating “global leader” with Trump not being hawk enough. As “global leader” is just media speak for bombing, invading and dominating wherever you choose. What’s worse Trump is doing that very thing in escalating the US’s involvement in Yemen, Iraq and Syria but obviously not enough for Chris Uhlmann
As it’s a safe bet to attack Trump the person, rather than attack the system Trump empowers. As Trump is just the US Empire with the breaks off and the speakers up full blast, playing White Snake. It’s “mucho ugly” but it always was. It’s also leaves out the fact Trump is a Frankenstein creation of the very media Chris Uhlmann speaks on behalf of. The ratings bump the Trump freakshow gave the media, in turn gave him billions of free advertising and he has them to thank.
So I’m all for a good old Trump bashing but unless it’s done in conjunction to the systems and centres of power he represents, it’s just another predictable script of WWE commentator bad mouthing today’s convenient baddy wrestler. Chris Uhlmann’s two minute take down is boring, insipid and vain, much like the President he critiques.