The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Trump Investigation:
Weapon of Mass Distraction

Jan 21, 2019

It seems like every other day a new revelation comes out about Trump’s corruption. The FBI investigated if he was a Russian agent. He had his lawyer, Michael Cohen, pay a tech company to manipulate polling data to make him look like he had more support than he really had in the early stages of the 2016 election campaign. Buzzfeed reported that he told Cohen to lie to Congress, though the lead investigator into Trump’s ties to Russia disputed the details of this claim.

The water may be up to Trump’s neck, but it’s not yet clear if it will go up over his head. Either way, this political soap opera focuses everyone’s attention on Trump and whether or not he can be impeached.

This decision will not just hang on what Trump did or did not do with Russia or the 2016 election – it will come down to whether or not enough of the capitalist class decides that Trump is a big enough problem for their interests that he should be removed.

From a working class perspective, Trump’s racist, anti-worker, anti-immigrant, misogynist politics are more than enough to prove that he is our enemy. His tax breaks for billionaires continued the attacks on public services. His continuation of imperialist policies, including trade and war, prove that he is an enemy of the working class on the level of the world.

Even if Trump is removed, all of our problems will remain. Trump wants workers to think that our problems come from immigrants and from other countries. The Democrats want us to think all our problems come from Trump. Neither is true.

It might be satisfying to see this pompous jerk get his comeuppance, but if Trump is removed from office, nothing much will change for the working class. The monied classes have gotten comfortable transferring wealth to Wall Street with little resistance from the population. We can only stop this by counting on our own forces, and organizing a fight to take the money back.