Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 8:57 AM

Trump Affirms His American Dystopia with Orwellian Newspeak

Posted by Anthony L. Hall

On Tuesday, during a speech before the Veterans of Foreign Wars, President Trump issued his “most essential command”:

Don’t believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news. … Just remember, what you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.

(CNN, July 25, 2018)

In other words, even though we all saw him kissing Putin’s ass in Helsinki, Trump wants us to believe he was actually kicking it.

But “newspeak” has become so popular, even the average high-school student could be forgiven for thinking that Trump was spewing lines from George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984, which includes the following:

The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears.

No doubt this is why mainstream and social media reacted with paroxysms of disbelief … and dread.

For me, though, Trump merely vindicated the Orwellian analogies I’ve been making since day one of his presidential campaign. After all, he has never shown any compunction about turning truth on its head.

The far more concerning phenomenon has been the way so many erstwhile sensible people have taken leave of their senses to not just buy into his newspeak but propagate it as truth to boot.

In fact, here in part is how I presaged this descent into American dystopia in “Trump’s ‘Law and Order’ Doublespeak Has RNC Raving and Roiling,” July 21, 2016:


It has become as pointless as it is redundant to denounce the big lies that characterize Donald Trump’s black-swan presidential campaign. …

His campaign motto seems to be: Deny, deny, deny until a lie becomes the truth!

Except that his campaign lies even when the truth is plain for all to see. Therefore, voters should consider what lies a Trump presidency would propagate when the cover-up would be virtually guaranteed behind closed doors at the White House.

Frankly, far from law and order, everything about Trump’s life and campaign portends fraud and disorder. More to the point, his ‘Make America Great Again’ schtick suggests that he wants to emulate the halcyon presidency of Richard Milhous Nixon — complete with all of the petty slights and dirty tricks.

The Orwellian way the RNC turned truth on its head last night warrants dishonorable mention. …

Only this explains delegates for the purported law-and-order party chanting, ‘Lock her up!’ and ‘Hillary for Prison!’ – without any regard for legal due process. (Send her to Room 101 in the Ministry of Love?) …

It’s a wonder this delirium did not inspire these Inner Party wannabes to start chanting the doublespeak slogans:

War is Peace

Freedom is Slavery

Ignorance is Strength

Meanwhile, Big Brother Trump lorded over this consummation of mind control via a huge-screen video link, from atop his gilded tower in the New York metropolis – most of which he has these delegates convinced he built … from scratch.

Of course, he knew he had them months ago when he boasted that he could shoot someone in the middle of famed 5th Avenue, and these gullible fools would still support him. …

Alas, no member of the Never-Trump Brotherhood ran in and hurled a hammer at the screen to short-circuit his bloviating newspeak.


Actually, nothing attests to the groupthink that now defines the Republican Party quite like its members – who once championed national security, fiscal responsibility, and moral character as articles of faith, now hailing this president – who personifies reckless disregard for all three.

In this Orwellian context, I defer to “The Message for Today in Orwell’s ‘1984’” to explain their transformation of consciousness:

The large mass of [Republicans] do not find in themselves the need to think independently, to question or to investigate what they have been taught. [Republican leaders] have sold their inalienable right to think freely for security and a semblance of [political] well-being.

(New York Times, January 1, 1984)

But I have found a more persuasive explanation in the Biblical context, which I wrote about in “Evangelicals Supporting Trump like Israelites Worshipping Golden Calf,” January 20, 2016.

Still, not since Adolf Hitler has a leader used Big Brother rhetoric as reflexively and effectively as Trump does. Here in part is how I decried this phenomenon on the occasion of his inauguration in “Women Worldwide March against Trump,” January 23, 2017:


His ‘despicable display’ is just the umpteenth reason why we should be afraid that this insecure buffoon is now the most powerful man in the world. …

I mean, if Trump would use the solemn space of the CIA’s Memorial Wall to try to convince us that the size of his ‘crowd’ was bigger than Obama’s, imagine what portends.

It’s bad enough that this new president is a pathological liar. But it’s certifiably dangerous that he and his spin doctors seem intent on continually challenging us to believe the lie we hear instead of the truth we see. And it’s self-evident that it does not matter to Trump if that lie is about a matter as petty as his crowd size or as grave as his collusion with foreign enemies – like Putin’s Russia. …

He probably also thought it better to have the media running down this rabbit hole than analyzing his dystopian inaugural speech, which paid homage the American isolationism that led to World War I, discarding the American exceptionalism that has prevented another such conflagration for over 65 years.


Be afraid, be very afraid. Believe me!

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