Donald Trump doesn’t give a shit about animals, but of he would be a better president for the animals than would anyone other than Bernie Sanders.
The very worst for the animals would be Hillary Clinton or Ted Cruz. Both are corporatists, both are owned by and controlled by Wall Street and Big Agriculture. Neither would cross their financial base with demands to end wild horse roundups, killing wildlife for cattle ranchers, or forcing the slaughter industries to slow their production lines. Neither would oppose subsidies to the meat, egg, and dairy industries. Both would appoint Big Ag operatives to run the Departments of Agriculture and Interior.
Not so Bernie Sanders nor Donald Trump, as neither is indebted to Big Ag.
That single fact alone is ample justification to reject Clinton in favor of either. It means that animal activists would have the possibility of impacting policies under President Sanders or President Trump. Under Hillary we would have no more effect than we have had influencing President Obama.
I support Bernie Sanders for president, as he is the only leftist in the race. If he is nominated, I believe he will be the next president of the United States.
But if Bernie is not nominated, I will be supporting Donald Trump.
Why? Because the animals will fair better under Trump than under Clinton.
Hillary is the status quo. And the status quo is a nightmare for animals.
She has indicated she will continue Obama’s policies. All of them? Wild horse roundups, the killing of wildlife for the cattle ranchers, the drone strikes that kill innocent civilians, the appointing of industry executives and lobbyists to regulatory positions within the government which oversee their very industries, the sell out of the environment to Royal Dutch Shell, the massive deportations of undocumented Hispanics? And the Trans Pacific Partnership?
Trump and Sanders oppose the TPP. Hillary has favored NAFTA, trade deals with China, Korea, and Viet Nam. She called the TPP the “gold standard” of trade agreements until Sanders entered the race against her. Then she decided that there were “problems” with it, not specifying what they are or what she will do about them.
Trade agreements make it easier and more profitable to kill animals. They encourage and reward live export. They make it cheaper to produce corpses. They override US cruelty standards, such as they are. They make it impossible for the US to ban the import of even the most horribly exploited and slaughtered creatures.
And trade agreements cost the lives of hundreds of millions of animals annually!
The differences between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are fundamental, and profound. And on trade, Sanders voters are much closer to Donald Trump than they are to Hillary Clinton.
Which is why trade will be the penultimate issue in the general elections, and why Donald Trump would be my candidate if Bernie is not nominated.
Until Donald Trump, the GOP was the party of free trade agreements, military adventurism, cutting capital gains taxes, corporate welfare, tax loopholes, trickle-down economics, super pacs, and lobbyist influence in campaigns and government.
Trump has ignored establishment orthodoxy and repudiated establishment priorities.
Trump has been able to take his message condemning military intervention and perpetual war to the people without the need to raise campaign money from the arms manufacturers, munitions lobbyists, warship builders, and the aircraft industry.
Trump has been able to fight trade agreements like NAFTA and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) because he does not need bribes from multinational corporations, Wall Street, and banking lobbyists.
Trump is too rich to be bribed and doesn’t need to steal.
The political establishment is consumed with angst at the prospect that Sanders or Trump, or both, might be nominated by their respective parties. As Trump is currently the clear leader to win his party’s nomination, most of the fire is directed at him.
We see the political talking heads decrying Trump as a racist, a misogynist, a fascist, etc. We see orchestrated attacks on Trump’s rallies, super PACS are spending billions of dollars in an attempt to force a brokered Republican convention. All orchestrated by those who will lose power and influence if Trump is nominated.
Animal activists must not be distracted from our goal of improving the lives of animals and preventing as much cruelty and death as we can. We must ignore the hysteria and the rhetoric being created by the very enemies of animals whom we are fighting.
Trump is not the issue. The issue is what is best for the animals. I care about the animals who will be saved if he is elected. And the ones who will die if Hillary is.
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