As the final embers of the election protests and media whining are flaming out and Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s recount fizzles, liberals are turning their attention to President-elect Donald Trump.
They seem to be slow recognizing that they lost the election and that Trump will be inaugurated next month. But that does not mean they plan to stop fighting.
On this week’s “Off Message” podcast on Politico, Media Matters’ founder David Brock told host Glenn Thrush that the first step is to oppose Donald Trump, noting that this is the approach the Republicans took when Barack Obama took office.
We’re in a bad situation in the Democratic Party. Hillary Clinton’s loss has exposed the lack of Democratic power in this country at all levels And so it’s been stressful. But I haven’t been disoriented during this period.
I have been very focused. I believe that what we are facing is a threat to our system of government. I think Trump has autocratic tendencies. I think he is setting up a kleptocracy.
We need voices of the opposition. We won the popular vote, we ought to act like it. And so, I think the strategy is — it’s pretty simple. The strategy is to keep Trump unpopular.
Brock asserted that we may be “on the road to something other than democracy. He even noted that the term “protofascist” is being tossed around.
“I’m setting up my groups to resist and oppose Trump,” Brock continued. “I announced this week in a press call that we’re going to have a Trump war room and American bridge that includes setting up a world class vetting operation,” for Trump’s nominees. “We’ll be giving that information to the Senate.”
In a break from the Democratic play book, Brock did put some of the blame for Clinton’s loss on her own campaign. He argued that they should not have defended Clinton’s email use. Instead, they should have refused to defend it and moved on. But Brock’s criticism was not limited to the campaign. He also argued that the press and the way Trump interacted with the press was partly to blame.
“Donald Trump intimidated the press and bullied the press. I’m not saying you have to intimidate and bully, but you have to be tough. The press are animals and they need to be treated that way,” said Brock.
Listen to Brock’s conversation with Thrush here.