By Michael Rowan
Trump claims repeatedly that Joe Biden is the same as Chavez, when in fact Donald is. Here’s the evidence:WHAT THEY DID:
Both Trump and Chavez were disruptors of established systems in their countries.
Both were outsiders out to radically change the system.
Both strengthened the imperial powers of their presidencies which were beyond the law.
Both created a bubble of sycophants who toadied to their every command without question.
Both intimidated, suppressed, suborned or prosecuted the Congress or National Assembly, the Judiciaries, and previously independent institutions such as central banks and election commissions.
Both fired or prosecuted independent investigators of their governments.
Both ignored or rewrote the constitution so they could do whatever they wanted.
Both conspired to rig elections and cover-up the crime with assistance from foreign government powers.
Both ordered military and police forces to act against their personal lists of enemies.
Both required absolute political loyalty from all who served in their governments.
Both publicly rewarded loyal constituencies with government services and denied such services to opposition constituencies.
Both demonized protesters and opposition voters as “traitors” and “corrupt.”
Both denounced independent news media as “enemies of the state.”
Both threatened law-abiding protestors with military power and arrest without due process.
Both made money deals with foreign powers in secret, corrupt self-dealing.
Both broke relations with democratic and free states in favor of autocratic and repressed states. Both hid the self-enrichment of the president and his cronies with government powers.
Both were originally elected by promising to help the working class and poor but neither delivered on the promise: net poverty increased in their tenures. WHO THEY ARE:
Both Chavez and Trump are cultural populists and opportunists who erupted against establishments for presumed past wrongs.
Both are natural, manipulative TV “stars” but know nothing about government or democracy.
Neither would they take advice from those who possessed useful knowledge and intelligence.
Both were talented con-men who could amuse TV audiences spinning out distracting tales spiced with big lies.
Both rejected science, knowledge and experience and are charmed by magic of their own making.
One believed in his irrational, impulsive instincts. The other believed in Santeria rituals.
One believed the economy could grow by putting chicken coops on the rooves of shacks.
The other believed that swallowing toxic bleach disinfectant could cure a Covid19 patient.
Both believed in constant verbal warfare, to dominate over the submissive, to win over the losers, and to divide and conquer every day.
Both believed life is a conspiracy. No one can be trusted but yourself.
“Only I can fix it,” one said. “My revolution or death,” the other said.
Both experienced childhoods of neglect, dysfunction, and fear.
Chavez was abandoned by his parents and wanted to prove publicly he could be loved.
Trump modeled himself on his father, a sociopath ruling a dysfunctional family where there was “Too Much (Money) and Not Enough (Love)” – the title of Mary Trump’s book just released.
Both were diagnosed as narcissists and sociopaths with no empathy for troubled humans (losers).
Both used fear and threats to relate to others, and never love or genuine respect for others.
Both fired, ridiculed and humiliated allies, associates and friends publicly, but they were just doing their jobs.
Neither could take an ounce of constructive criticism but both could furiously dump a ton of trouble on a critic.
Both read little, understood less, but could talk on TV or Twitter in fragments of sentences for hours on end about everything that distracted his troubled brain.
Both were repetitive, incomplete and illogical telling stories that started with conclusions, showed little reasoning, and garnered fans that cheered every word before it was spoken.
Both loved their audiences only if they kept tuning in loyally and producing those TV ratings.
Both loved rallies where everyone would fawn over, toady before, and heap gushing praise upon the “Commandante” as Chavez liked to be called, or “Sir” as Trump liked to call himself:
“He said to me, ‘Sir, how did you do that, Sir, you are amazing’ when I aced the intelligence test, no one had ever done that before,” Trump said last month. Millions have done that before. It wasn’t an intelligence test as Trump implies; it was a standard test for dementia.
Both launched surprise attacks that branded enemies forever as losers.
Both could lie 10 to 20 times a day while projecting their mendacity onto opponents in order to define, brand, stereotype and exterminate them.
Both aggrandized great wealth and openly bragged about it while how they acquired the wealth was kept secret.
Both loved ostentatious consumption, waste, and trophy women who were props for the conqueror.
Both sought revenge against an establishment that had created them not victimized them.
Neither knew what to do to govern but both knew how to rile up the animal instincts of man (as opposed to woman, black, immigrant, Muslim, Hispanic, etcetera).
Both ran political TV campaigns and rallies every day and governed very rarely.
Both were expected to pivot to become presidential but neither ever did.
Both were misogynists, racists, xenophobic, and opportunistic know-nothings who could stir feelings of resentment, rage and revenge in an enraptured, biased audience – their favorite time.
Both evoked fatal flaws in their country’s democracy, culture and economy, leaving both countries weaker, divided and in shambles. Biden is not even on this map.Michael Rowan is an author and political consultant who has advised presidential candidates throughout Latin America, including Governor Manuel Rosales in Venezuela, President Jaime Paz Zamora of Bolivia and President Oscar Arias of Costa Rica. In the U.S., he has advised winning candidates in 26 states. He has been an award winning columnist for El Universal, The Daily Journal -- predecessor to LAHT -- and the Latin American Herald Tribune since the 1990s. He is the author, with Douglas Schoen, of The Threat Closer to Home - Hugo Chavez and the War Against America and the just released How to Prevent Trump from Doing to America What Chavez Did to Venezuela, published by Amazon Books.