While I’m sure leftists are comparing Trump to the homicidal genius in the Batman drama, they’re the ones playing the Joker’s role.
This won’t be accepted because Donald Trump is considered “uncool.” But that’s why he fits the Batman. Remember, Batman was hated by many of the police and city leaders as he fought criminals. That’s Donald Trump versus the Republican establishment. The movie audience knows to side with Batman but “inside” the movie, he’s an outcast.
But what about the criminal underworld in Gotham City? In response to Batman’s victories they became insane in the person of the Joker.
I’ve cued up the Joker’s statement to Batman (in the movie, The Dark Knight) that the mob bosses want to go back to the way things were before Batman appeared:
Donald Trump has changed things forever and that means the criminals that remain are a new breed: Democratic socialists.
The Associated Press reports, “Democratic socialism surging in the age of Trump.”
A week ago, Maine Democrat Zak Ringelstein wasn’t quite ready to consider himself a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, even if he appreciated the organization’s values and endorsement in his bid to become a U.S. senator.
Three days later, he told The Associated Press it was time to join up. He’s now the only major-party Senate candidate in the nation to be a dues-paying democratic socialist.
Ringelstein’s leap is the latest evidence of a nationwide surge in the strength and popularity of an organization that, until recently, operated on the fringes of the liberal movement’s farthest left flank. As Donald Trump’s presidency stretches into its second year, democratic socialism has become a significant force in Democratic politics. Its rise comes as Democrats debate whether moving too far left will turn off voters.
“I stand with the democratic socialists, and I have decided to become a dues-paying member,” Ringelstein told AP. “It’s time to do what’s right, even if it’s not easy.”
There are 42 people running for offices at the federal, state and local levels this year with the formal endorsement of the Democratic Socialists of America, the organization says. They span 20 states, including Florida, Hawaii, Kansas and Michigan.
The most ambitious Democrats in Washington have been reluctant to embrace the label, even as they embrace the policies defining modern-day democratic socialism: Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage, free college tuition and the abolition of the federal department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Congress’ only self-identified democratic socialist, campaigned Friday with the movement’s newest star, New York City congressional candidate Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old former bartender who defeated one of the most powerful House Democrats last month.
Her victory fed a flame that was already beginning to burn brighter. The DSA’s paid membership has hovered around 6,000 in the years before Trump’s election, said Allie Cohn, a member of the group’s national political team.
Last week, its paid membership hit 45,000 nationwide.
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