My recent piece on the establishment’s floating of Oprah Winfrey as a possible challenger to Donald Trump in 2020 is already in January of 2018 getting some pushback from Democratic party loyalists who want to make sure that I will lend my voice to supporting whoever Trump’s opponent ends up being at the end of his first term, so allow me to clarify my position:
If the Democratic party tries to run a pro-establishment presidential candidate in 2020, I, Caitlin Johnstone, promise unequivocally and unconditionally that I will do every single thing in my power to sabotage their candidacy and make them lose the election. I do not care what Donald Trump has done by that time, I do not care how many establishment loyalists show up in my notifications trying to convince me to fall in line, and I do not care what special gender, race, ethnic background or sexual orientation that candidate happens to have. I don’t care if it’s a transgender Muslim eskimo with a Senate seat and their own talk show — I will do my very best to ruin them, and I will do my very best to recruit others like me to help.
My voice will be much larger and more influential by 2020. I’ve amassed a large and enthusiastic audience in a year and a quarter, and 2017 saw my Twitter following increase by over 1,000 percent. No matter how many smear campaigns get thrown at me, my output never falters and my audience never stops growing. I am unstoppable, and I am on my way up. I say this not to brag, but to threaten. For whatever it’s worth, to whomever happens to be listening: if the Democratic party doesn’t run a very solid anti-war, pro-environment, pro-economic justice candidate in the next presidential election, there is at least one very loud voice out here who will relentlessly dedicate all available resources to making sure that it hurts.
I will find every scrap of dirt I can find to help ruin your campaign. I will throw my support behind a third party candidate. I will shamelessly collaborate with conservatives. Everything legal and truthful that I can do to bring you down, I will do. You cannot manipulate me onto any other path. I will not compromise, and I will not stop. You have my most solemn word on that.
I encourage everyone to join me in making this threat whenever you feel ready. America has become the central nesting space for an unelected power establishment which is threatening the existence of our entire species with ecocidal neoliberal policies and a neoconservative new cold war, and the Democratic establishment has been actively facilitating both. It is every human being’s imperative to fight these things tooth and claw lest we go the way of the dinosaur, and that means making threats and making good on them if they try to call our bluff. No matter how they try to spin it, another four years of a president who says rude things on Twitter is not worse than human extinction. Especially when he’s advancing more or less the same policies as Obama.
The only way to get change is to force it, and the only way to force it is to make enforceable threats. This is a threat that I am happy to make, and will have plenty of fun enforcing if it comes to that. I’m fine either way.
I will be sharing this article on my social media platforms periodically just to keep everyone’s eye on the ball. I’m only one person, and the President of the United States is just one role in a vast power establishment, but I can do my part to shove as hard as I can on any loose gears that I see in the machine for the good of our planet and our species. Please join me.
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