Editor’s Note: after two nightmarish weeks that can be best described as fast and feckless, the Trump administration finally ran into it’s first buzz saw in the form of a temporary Federal Court order suspending the swine emperor’s cruel and irresponsible Muslim ban. Things are objectively getting pretty crazy right now in America and as a result, I’ve worked hard to set aside more time to catch up on our Brotherhood of Evil Mutants series examining the nightmare neo-feudalist, fundie-fascist government The Donald appears to be assembling.
I’m working on another essay about American fascism as well, but there’s still quite a few can’t miss names in the Trump government we haven’t meme’d yet and today I’d like to lead off with a guy who’s built-in conflicts of interest and status as an evil corporate overlord should automatically disqualify him for his new role as US Secretary of State; Rex Tillerson:
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Perhaps the most frustrating thing about exposing Rex Tillerson to the world is the seemingly tranquil, almost banal quality to his particular brand of evil; at least on a surface level and when compared with terrifying fascists like Bannon and ridiculously unqualified fundies like DeVos. This unfortunately overlooks that as the primary directing force behind an oil & gas multi-national that’s undoubtedly more powerful than most countries on earth; Tillerson is undeniably responsible for more death, destruction and evil than virtually anyone else on this list so far – and that body count is still rising as the climate continues to change; long before Rex signs off on a single war as Trump’s chief diplomat.
This assumption that Rex is somehow a “normal” choice for Trump, even by comparison, also ignores the fact that Tillerson’s continued, extremely friendly relationship with a corporation like Exxon Mobil creates a tangled conflict of interest scenario that offers pretty much the exact same opportunities for abuse and self-enrichment Republicans (rightfully) criticized Hillary Clinton and the William J Clinton Foundation for.
Finally, while I’m still pretty certain that conspiracy theories about Russian Hackers altering the election are basically catnip for delusional neoliberal bloggers who simply cannot accept that Hillary Clinton was a terrible candidate who ran a terrible campaign for President; if anything short of hard evidence were going to change my mind, it would almost certainly be the disturbingly cozy relationship between our new Secretary of State and Russian President Vladimir Putin:
- Nina Illingworth
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