Noam Chomsky spoke about the impending Donald Trump Presidency over the Thanksgiving Holiday. The iconic liberal thinker basically blamed indifference and the people who did not vote for an election outcome which he clearly deplores.
The comments were made in an appearance on Al Jazeera’s program “Up Front” hosted by Mehdi Hasan. Of course Noam Chomsky would appear on that controversial news network.
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The Professor emeritus from MIT was no fan of Hillary Clinton’s during the elections, but took the position that a Clinton Presidency would clearly be better for America’s liberal left than a Trump one. As such, he has little sympathy for people who voted for neither one.
“How did Trump and Clinton compare? I think they’re very different. I didn’t like Clinton at all, but her positions are much better than Trump’s on every issue I can think of, ” said Noam Chomsky. During the elections he called on the far left in America to vote for Hillary Clinton even if they despised her because in doing so they would be voting “against the greater evil.”
Noam Chomsky may agree with the Bernie Sanders supporters who said that the Democrats are just as much servants of Wall Street as Republicans, but he sees that party as the lesser of two evils. “Every Republican candidate is either a climate change denier or a skeptic who says we can’t do it. What they are saying is, ‘Let’s destroy the world.’ Is that worth voting against? Yeah, ” he said.
“If Clinton had won – she had some progressive programs, ” he added. “The left could have been organized to keeping her feet to the fire and pushing them through. What it will be doing now is protecting rights that have already been achieved from being destroyed. That’s completely regressive.”
Noam Chomsky also went to the extreme by comparing people who now talk about giving Donald Trump a chance and say that he will at least change the way that the government does business as usual to what people said about Adolph Hitler in Germany in 1933. “It was the same point people said about Hitler. He’ll shake up the system in bad ways.”
Comparisons to Hitler are considered beyond the realm of honest critiques of Donald Trump by most observers. But Noam Chomsky would not be Noam Chomsky if he did not play by his own rules and say things to outrage the mainstream in America.