A Post-Election Strategy for the U.S. Progressive Movement

Posted Oct. 19, 2016

MP3 Interview with Bill Fletcher Jr., author, activist and a former president of TransAfrica Forum, past vice president for International Trade Union Development Programs at the AFL-CIO, conducted by Scott Harris

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The assertion that the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign is one of the most grotesque and bizarre political contests in recent American history is one of few points of agreement among an increasingly polarized electorate. And according to public opinion polls, the two candidates vying for the White House are the most unpopular political figures seen in at least 30 years.

Apart from the earlier personal insults hurled by GOP nominee Donald Trump against his Republican rivals in the primary campaign, the more recent release of a videotape of the billionaire real estate mogul bragging how he sexually assaults women was followed by at least 10 women who came forward to accuse Trump of similar attacks. However, with much of the media focus on the allegations of sexual misconduct by Trump, and his campaign’s counter-attack targeting Bill Clinton’s behavior in the 1990s, there’s very little discussion of substantive issues important to most voters.

One disturbing aspect of the campaign that is too often overlooked, is Trump’s blatant appeal to racial hatred, xenophobia and misogyny. Frightening to many political observers is the white supremacist and other so-called alt-right racist groups that have been attracted to and energized by the Trump campaign. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Bill Fletcher Jr., a former president of TransAfrica Forum, past vice president for International Trade Union Development Programs at the AFL-CIO and an editorial board member of BlackCommentator.com. Here, he discusses his concerns about the demons unleashed in the 2016 campaign, and effective strategies he proposes for the progressive movement after the Nov. 8 election.

For more information, see commentary by Bill Fletcher Jr. at billfletcherjr.com.

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