Banana republic watch



Yesterday we saw Trump ask whether it might be better if the election were delayed.

Today we have another example, from the FT:

What would happen if President Donald Trump took his rhetoric about “making China pay” for Covid-19 to its logical conclusion? Leading Republicans like senator Lindsey Graham say the US should consider cancelling the $1tn-plus China holds in US Treasury obligations to seek reparation.

I suppose that none of this will actually happen, at least for now. Even so, it can’t be a good sign when our political leaders are talking like authoritarian populists in Latin America. (This Trumpista is also worried.)

We were told that we couldn’t let in immigrants from Latin America because they’d corrupt our political system. So why is our anti-immigrant party the one that is hell bent on copying the worst of Latin America?