The New Axis of Evil – A Trump, Putin and Le Pen Threesome…?

Today Marie Le Pen, leader of the French far right party, the National Front, was spotted drinking coffee in the restaurant below Trump Tower.

She may or may not have been there to see Trump, said her spokesperson. Right. Do you really think she just happened by for a cup of American joe?

Le Pen and Trump are in cahoots. Maybe planning a little global political intrigue? Or perhaps just a mutual self-admiration hook-up?  Maybe a three way with Putin?

The New Axis of Evil?

The term “axis of evil” was coined by David Frum and first uttered by Bush II in his 2002 State of the Union. He was referring to Iran, Iraq, and North Korea which share a number of vile characteristics like sponsoring terrorism, seeking nuclear weapons, massive human rights violations, intolerance of basic freedoms, no free press, massive corruption, and etc., etc. Bush saw them as a menace to world peace, common enemies of the United States, and a rallying call for the War on Terror.

Iran, Iraq and North Korea, turns out, were more paper dragons, albeit still quote dangerous. The policies of Putin, Trump and Le Pen? A truly existential threat to Western Civilization, one which could throw social, political and environmental advances in America back decades.

It’s hard to even know where to start…. I offer just a few imminent common threats from the New Axis of Evil.

Trade and Economics….Trump will kill the Trans-Pacific Partnership, threatens the same for NAFTA, and yells 35% tax on any country accepting private US foreign direct investment (Trump branded products exempted)!  Le Pen ….for her, globalization is another kind of totalitarianism, calls for a toughening of import duties to protect French manufacturers, and wants massive government investment in French re-industrialisation. Putin… Russia has a 6% to 15% corporate tax, none if you are his hunting buddy.

Climate Change…. Trump probably doesn’t care much about the environment unless it the wind messing up his comb over, but he conveniently calls climate change a hoax as it suits his current needs. Le Pen and Putin don’t necessarily deny climate change, but won’t do a thing about it unless it’s to the benefit of France or Russia. This is called Eco Nationalism. It could also be called: we will “fuck the environment” or “drown the Maldivians if they are so stupid to live on an island.” if it is in our national interest policy.  Le Pen was also heard to say “I am not sure that human activity is the principal origin of this phenomenon.”

Human Rights…. Mr. Trump still favors “traditional marriage…. Le Pen…. her National Front promotes “traditional family values”, especially parenthood, and would overturn French gay marriage and gay adoption laws. Putin…. staunchly defends Russia’s anti-gay law and calls gays pedophiles. Russia, he says, needs to “cleanse” itself of homosexuality” (a little projection going on there?). All three “leaders” are frequently accused of racism and xenophobia.

Immigration… Trump will build a wall, ban Muslims, and supports extreme vetting of immigrants…. Le Pen… among other equally harsh measures, would ban spouses from joining their partners even if living legally in France. Her campaign team put out a statement calling for the “eradication of bacterial immigration,” claiming that migration was causing an “alarming presence of contagious diseases”.… Putin… who wants to immigrate to Russia?

Justice and Security…. Trump favors torture, and nominated Dan Coats, the outspoken supporter of domestic spy programs, Guantanamo Bay, etc. as his national intelligence director …. Le Pen…. wants to give police greater power to tap phones and Internet communications, while creating 40,000 new prison places. Putin….well, he put three 20 something girls in jail for singing raunchy and not very good protest songs… need I say more? Don’t even talk about torture, he tortures small countries like cats do mice.

Modus Operandi….The three politicians share a common modus operandi, that of seizing upon virulent supporters and their violent acts in word or deed, to increase their political influence. Remember Trump and the Black Lives Matter activist protests in Alabama? “Absolutely disgusting,” he said of them, they ought to be “roughed up.”

The threat of brute force is always there.“Stoking fear and anxiety while only passively condoning but not discouraging violence is how dangerous far-right movements begin” says Barrett Holmes Pinter, describes “the modus operandi of the resurgent far-right movements that are sweeping across Europe.”

The Axis Group Hug

We all know of the bromance between Vlad and Donny (this despite their views on homosexuality). But it seems Marie is hot on them as well, and they on her.

Le Pen on Putin…. (I) admired Vladimir Putin as much as German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Putin on Le Pen….  A French investigative journal found the Kleptocrats of Vlad’s inner circle gave Marie’s National Front a $50 million loan…  wait… wait…. for the National Front’s election campaign!

Le Pen on Trump –  Le Pen’s partner, George “Guido” Lombardi is an old friend of Trump’s and actually lives in Trump Tower. Guido was an active supporter of “Citizens for Trump”. More ominously, Guido is leader of the anti-Islamic North Atlantic League, which “warns “Judeo-Christian civilization” is under attack from Islam, the media and a “cultural assault.”

Trump on Le Pen…. Well she’s in the building, non?

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