Jeremy Scahill is one of the best journalists around and on a recent appearance on Bill Maher’s show, he talked about what he sees as extremely dangerous trends in recent US politics and that all of the current candidates Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders share culpability in varying degrees in creating them.
Ralph Nader also weighed in on the current state of politics.
A lifelong critic of the mainstream media, Nader sees this election season as bringing out its worst instincts, goading viewers into “that kind of vacuous, wild, charge-counter-charge, slur-and-slander that brings them high ratings and high advertising rates.”
But in an interview with U.S. News, Nader expressed more positive thoughts about Trump’s candidacy than Clinton’s.
The liberal activist says Trump has brought some important issues to the fore.
“He’s questioned the trade agreements. He’s done some challenging of Wall Street – I don’t know how authentic that is. He said he’s against the carried interest racket, for hedge funds. He’s funded himself and therefore attacked special interest money, which is very important,” Nader says. “But he’s lowered the level of political debate to unheard-of depths of salacious, slanderous and vacuousness, garnished with massive self-boosterism and repetition.”
“And that’s not good, because that brought a lot of money into the media and that’s the kind of debates they’re going to want to goad.”
Nonetheless, he says Sanders’ candidacy was meaningful because it simultaneously pressured and exposed Clinton.
“I think he made very few mistakes. He raised a lot of money, so he was viable, from small contributions. He didn’t back down on his record of 35 years. He wasn’t given enough debates … he couldn’t do anything about closed primaries. And he couldn’t do anything about the superdelegates. But he almost won and he would’ve won,” Nader says. “He would’ve defeated Trump easily, much more easily than [Clinton] would’ve defeated him. He doesn’t produce gaffes. He’s very consistent and he’s scandal-free. What politician 35 years in office is scandal-free?”