Robert Reich Calls For Wall Street Takeover to 'Save' Political System From Trump

Chris Menahan
May. 01, 2018

Former Occupy Wall Street supporter Robert Reich has called for Wall Street to occupy America to "save" our "political system" from President Trump.

Reich, who was labor secretary under Bill Clinton, writes in the SF Chronicle:
Congressional Republicans would be more willing to stand up to Donald Trump if their major financial backers — big business and Wall Street — had more backbone...

Today, big corporations and Wall Street essentially own the Republican Party...

...Which means the CEOs of America’s largest firms have the power to constrain the most dangerous, divisive and anti-democratic president ever to occupy the Oval Office.

So why don’t they?
...As the Republican Party moves toward Trump’s looniness — his xenophobia, isolationism, attacks on the media and on truth, conflicts of interest, anti-Muslim and racist provocations, climate-change denials, proposed cuts in Medicare and Medicaid, the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act, and the evisceration of the constitutional divide between church and state — [Jamie] Dimon and his ilk could come out big losers.

Let them try to sustain corporate profits as America slides toward authoritarianism. Let them try to maintain comfortable lifestyles as America descends into angry populist tribalism...

Today’s CEOs finance a larger part of our political system, yet they won’t take a stand to save it...
As one commentator said in a viral tweet, "It took liberals exactly ONE lost presidential election to go from 'America should occupy Wall St!' to 'Wall St. should occupy America!'"

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