Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly did not go well.
Just a day after making a complete jackass of himself by bragging about himself and Trump Tower, Trump spoke once again at the United Nations on Tuesday and was totally humiliated when his expectation for applause was met with silence.
First, Trump embarrassed himself by referring to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un as “Rocket Man,” and urged the nations of the world to put themselves first instead of what is best for the entire planet.
“I will always put America first, just as you should put your countries first,” Trump began.
“Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,” Trump continued. “The United States is ready, willing and able — but hopefully this will not be necessary.”
Seriously. Trump literally just threatened war at the United Nations, an organization dedicated to preventing war and keeping the peace.
But then Trump embarrassed himself even more by moving on to address Venezuela.
“I ask every country represented here today to be prepared to do more to address this very real crisis,” Trump said. “We call for the full restoration of democracy and political freedoms in Venezuela.”
Trump received applause for these remarks. But then he decided to attack socialism.
“The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented,” Trump declared.
Trump then paused because he was expecting great applause, but he was left humiliated and disappointed when all he received is silence followed by what can only be described as a weak golf clap from a few members of the assembly.
Clearly, this wasn’t the reaction Trump was looking for and you can see it on his face. Once again, he embarrassed himself and America on the international stage.
Here’s the video via YouTube.
Trump’s mistake here is that he attacked socialism as a whole. Many developed nations around the world, especially many of our European allies, practice democratic socialism. Socialism itself is not the problem in Venezuela. It’s the fact that their government is a dictatorship and their economy relied primarily on oil production. Venezuela’s previous leader, Hugo Chavez, implemented successful social programs that were paid for by the oil boom in his country, a boom that resulted in a $1 trillion boost to his treasury. In other words, Venezuela put all their eggs in one basket. It also didn’t help that Venezuela spent all that money instead of holding some back for the bad times.
And it all fell apart when oil prices dropped. The current leader, Nicolás Maduro, has tightened his grip on power, stripping citizens of their rights and suspending democracy.
Democratic socialism did not cause Venezuela’s problems all by itself. The private sector can still flourish and a strong middle class can rise. Ultimately, democratic socialism initially succeeded in Venezuela. But Venezuela’s leaders overspent and instituted their social programs too fast instead of gradually.
But Donald Trump wants everyone to believe that only capitalism is the way to go. Never mind the fact that billionaires like himself have bought Congress and the Supreme Court and are busy assaulting democracy at every turn. Trump himself aspires to be a dictator. The middle class and the poor in this country are struggling. Trump won’t make things better by doubling down on capitalism. It will only make things worse. We already have democratic socialist policies in this country that have proven successful. Social Security and Medicare have stood the test of time. The only threats to the continued success of these programs are right-wing lawmakers determined to hand them over to Wall Street or kill them by refusing to make the wealthy pay their fair share in payroll taxes.
Nations in Europe like Denmark and Sweden, have successful democratic socialist systems. The key to that success has been mixing it with regulated capitalism, which includes protected worker rights.
In short, democratic socialism and capitalism can flourish together. The only thing stopping it from happening here is the greed of wealthy individuals like Donald Trump.
Trump expected world leaders to applaud his attack on socialism. But he only insulted them instead.
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