Posts Tagged: Donald Trump

If Biden calls MAGA Republicans semi-fascists, why can’t we call the Perussuomalaiset the same?

Like many analysts, US President Joe Biden’s “semi-fascism” remark did not go far enough. He should have just dropped the word semi and called them fascists. Taking into account how much the US democracy is in peril, shouldn’t it be time to call out the enemies by their real names? The MAGA Republicans, who have

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Avoid turning Finland into a United States

In a thousand years, if there’s History, America will be remembered as a nasty little Country. Full of Pricks… Allen Ginsberg, Epilogue from “The Fall of America poems of these states 1965-1971” Following the dysfunctionality and cultural war raging in US politics, any sensible person can conclude that the present situation is due to several

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The PS and its enablers are the wrecking balls of Finland’s social welfare democracy

I can’t believe what you say, because I see what you do. James Baldwin If some scholars sound the alarm bells that democracy in the United States could turn into a right-wing dictatorship that has the potential of sparking a civil war. How should Finland prepare for such an eventuality? Writes Thomas Homer-Dixon, a Canadian

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The Finnish Perussuomalaiset who declared their love to Donald Trump and other autocrats

In English, we have an expression, a horse’s ass. A horse’s ass is a person who is stupid and looks like a horse’s ass after their statement. Sometimes, a comment that makes you look like a horse’s ass may appear to be months later.  The Perussuomalaiset (PS)* is Finland’s party that adores former President Donald Trump.

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Halla-aho, Purra, Tavio, Niikko and all of you PS politicians: Trump’s stench will linger

THIS STORY WAS UPDATED TOPLINE It is quite extraordinary that the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* continues to play down and deflect criticism for their admiration and support for outgoing US President Donald Trump whose most recent crimes included actively inciting a mob to violently assault the legislative branch of government to overturn the election he lost by

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Toista minun jälkeeni: persut eivät kannata Trumpia, eivät ole…

Herra jestas! Jos ette usko, toistakaa minun jälkeeni: Perust eivät kannata Trumpia. Persut eivät käyttää MAGA lippiksiä. Persut eivät ole radikaali oikeistolainen puolue. Persut eivät kannata rasismia. Persut eivät te yhteistyötä natsien kanssa. Persut eivät usko, että kristalliyö voisi toistua (A. Schwarzenegger on väärässä). Persut uskovat holokaustiin eivätkä kutsuu sitä “holo-hölina.” Persut eivät ole populisteja.

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Why radical-right populism will fail in Finland

TOPLINE After the historic election of the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party in 2011, when it won 39 seats in parliament from 5 previously, two international events have kept in check the PS’ rise: the bloody 22/7 events that left seventy-seven dead in Norway, and Wednesday’s storming of the Capitol building in Washington. After the historical rise

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A warning to Finland from Washington

TOPLINE One of the big questions to arise from the Capitol storming on Wednesday by hordes of President Donald Trump followers is if the same could happen in Finland and other European capitals. The dust from the Capitol building’s storming by Trump hordes is still settling on a political landscape that appears threatening. Whatever your

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Migrant Tales (24.12.2020): Ask the Perussuomalaiset if they still “love” US President Donald Trump

THE STORY WAS UPDATED TOPLINE Considering the Trump-fueled terrorism in Washington Wednesday, I ask once again the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party the following question: Do you still “love” President Donald Trump? KEY BACKGROUND With the Trump presidency making its rambunctious exit after four years of chaos and moral decay, our attention should shift to Finland. Do

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A danger to democracy

If there is one matter that US President Donald Trump’s self-coup has evidenced, it is the fragility of our democracy. This is also the case in Finland with the Perussuomalaiset (PS)*, a pro-Trump radical right party that openly supports Trump. Some factors unite Finland with the United States. Finns have – incorrectly – said in

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November 7, 2020: A day that ended an infamous administration

The US presidential election’s long-anticipated result bore fruit on Saturday with Joe Biden projected as Pennsylvania’s winner and getting him over the 270 electoral threshold defeating incumbent Donald Trump. Four years of political capriciousness and reckless buffoonery by Trump came to an end. It has been a terrible and exhausting four years following a man

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US elections: Will November 3, 2020, be a day of continued infamy or new hope?

Four years ago, I wrote about the surprise US presidential election, which elected Donald Trump. I compared the election outcome to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous words after the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. He said that the surprise attack on December 7, 1942, was “a date that will live in infamy.” Four years

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Reija Härkönen: Pölhöpopulistien puheet

Donald Trumpin vaalipuheesta v. 2020: At no time before have voters faced a clearer choice between two parties, two visions, two philosophies, or two agendas. This election will decide if we save the American dream or whether we allow a socialist agenda to demolish our cherished destiny. It will decide whether we rapidly create millions

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Weird Tweets from Finnish politicians: MEP Laura Huhtasaari’s praise of Trump

MEP Laura Huhtasaari is a white supremacist politician from Finland. Her tweets are schizophrenic: for English readers, she has one message and for her Finnish followers another. What would people who can’t read Finnish think about her tweets in that language? In Finnish-language tweets, Huhtasaari commonly praises US President Donald Trump, and Hungary’s strongman, Viktor

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Are Donald Trump and his critics interested in #BlackLivesMatter, social equality, and change?

Thanks to the United States, Latin America has suffered human rights abuses, poverty, exploitation, and a long line of dictators. The latest coup we saw in that part of the world was in Bolivia when Jeanine Áñez usurped power and named herself president. I lived under a ruthless dictatorship in Argentina. Memories from those times

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Donald Trump’s law-and-order crusade and cemetery silent and gagged streets

I have often thought that if a rational Fascist dictatorship were to exist, then it would choose the American system. Noam Chomsky US President Donald Trump has threatened to employ the army to end nationwide riots that have engulfed his administration and the nation, The Guardian reports. “Today, I have strongly recommended to every governor

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The Coronavirus Revolution is unfolding

“We are nonviolent with people who are nonviolent with us.”— Malcolm X “I can’t breathe.” — George Floyd What is the Coronavirus Revolution? Covid-19 + mass unemployment + balooning social inequality + racist self-serving US president = CORONAVIRUS REVOLUTION. Social movements, like the one we are seeing in the United States today, are sparked by

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How does the Perussuomalaiset party resemble the coronavirus or vice versa?

Here are some symptoms of the coronavirus: fever, dry cough, sore throat, tiredness, headaches, loss of taste, and smell. Here are some symptoms of the PS virus: racism, Islamophobia, bigotry, climate denial, conspiracy theories, mediocracy, pro-Putin, and incompetence. Like Covid-19, which fools and infects healthy cells, the PS virus also enters and infects institutions like

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President Trump flirts with a World War if he doesn’t win reelection in November

What is the worse matter about the coronavirus pandemic? Social distancing? Or US President Donald Trump? In my opinion, President Trump and his shoddy leadership and outright lies are far worse than the coronavirus pandemic. His latest lie was contradicting his country’s own intelligence on the origin of the coronavirus. Mark my words: Trump is

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Bringing people from “shithole countries”

Is U.S. President Donald Trump a racist? Some are still having a difficult time figuring this out because racism is fueled by toxic doses of denial. Trump’s recent outburst, bringing people from “shithole countries,” not only exposes the president’s racist worldview but the history and legacy of racism in the United States.   

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US President Donald Trump’s Finnish “tolkun” moment and his mixed response to far-right violence

Three people died in the wake of a demonstration by white supremacists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members clashed Saturday with anti-racism activists when the white nationalists planned a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The demonstration saw a car being deliberately driven into a crowd of people who killed one person and left at least 19 others injured.  

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Thank US President Donald Trump for being the best far-right, populist and conservative political repellent in Europe

US President Donald Trump has been an eerie blessing to the world. Thanks to his erratic and unstable leadership style, everything that Trump touches he breaks. He has proven to be the best political repellent against far right, populist-conservative forces breathing down Europe’s neck.

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Trump’s USAmerica and populist parties in Europe have given us a choice: democracy or demagoguery

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to chat with Wouter Van Bellingen, the first black deputy mayor of Belgium and prominent civil rights activist against causes like Black Pete. Some of the topics we touched upon were the future of Europe in light of the rise of the far right populist parties and the start of President Donald Trump’s mandate in the White House.

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US president-elect Trump’s racism and insults towards minorities ensure that he’ll fail as the so-called leader of the “free world”

One of the things about racists and bigots is that they underestimate those that they insult and/or oppress. US President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign, and his latest announcement that he will deport 3 million undocumented “criminal” migrants is a good example of how the president-elect belittles.

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Will Donald Trump breathe new life into a doomed party called the Perussuomalaiset?

Donald Trump’s election victory has emboldened our own group of populists, racists, and bigots in Finland who pray what happened in the United States will breathe new life into a political disaster called the Perussuomalaiset (PS)*. There are many reasons why copying and pasting populist rhetoric in the United States won’t work in Finland.

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(Racism Review) Our post-truth culture: institutional and individual consequences

This presidential election has become the perfect storm of “post-truth” politics and racism. It is reflected by the fact that an unqualified “know-nothing” like Trump could be nominated as the Republican presidential candidate. Trump’s disregard for ethics, extreme egoism, and racist solutions to complex policy problems, which include banning all Muslims, building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, and bombing our enemies into the stone age, will have institutional and individual consequences if he is elected as the next president.

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Juha Sipilä and Petteri Orpo: The sad Finnish tale of spineless politicians

In the United States, a lot of Republican politicians who should know better still haven’t withdrawn their support for Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump despite his ultranationalistic, racist and misogynistic comments. The latest row involves Trump insulting the parents of Captain Humayun Khan, a Muslim who was killed in Iraq.

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