Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

There’s no shortage of evidence that the Trump administration colludes with enemies of democracy of every sort. (Photo: Mike Licht/Flickr/cc)

There’s no shortage of evidence that the Trump administration colludes with enemies of democracy of every sort. (Photo: Mike Licht/Flickr/cc)

Collusion in Plain Sight

It wouldn’t take a twenty-two month inquiry to find Trump conspiring with enemies of US democracy, if only the US media spent a fraction of the time they’ve spent covering Russia-gate looking at Trump’s relationship with killer corporations and hate groups

Laura Flanders

A collusion crisis. That’s what the money media are facing since the Attorney General released his summary of the Special Prosecutor’s report. Barr says Mueller says he found no proof of a Russia/Trump campaign conspiracy to subvert US democracy. Oh no! How are cable companies going to keep their ratings up with an audience that’s collusion-hooked?

The media has no reason to worry. There’s plenty of collusion in plain sight, and it wouldn’t take a twenty-two month inquiry to find Trump conspiring with enemies of US democracy, if only the US media spent a fraction of the time they’ve spent covering Russia-gate looking at Trump’s relationship with killer corporations and hate groups.

Let’s start with the Trump administration’s collusion with big business. After two deadly airplane crashes, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao admitted to Congress this week that, as a matter of routine, the administration largely leaves aviation employees at Boeing to regulate safety standards on Boeing aircraft like the (safety-switch-optional) 737 Max.

While polls show that the majority of Americans say protection of the environment should be a priority, the Trump administration colludes with industry lobbyists to do exactly the opposite, granting, for example, nearly all the items on a wishlist drawn up by the American Petroleum Institute within Trump’s first year in office.

The capture of government by private interests didn’t start with Trump, but under him, the process is all but complete. Collusion between the administration and corporations is expansive and systematic, no matter how any one votes.

Isn’t it collusion when an administration puts at least 41 fossil fuel industry flacks in jobs where they can strip public regulationss to boost private profits?

If it’s collusion when it’s with the Kremlin, why is it cronyism when the White House consorts with corporations to hijack the world’s most powerful public office to serve (undisclosed) private interests?

The capture of government by private interests didn’t start with Trump, but under him, the process is all but complete. Collusion between the administration and corporations is expansive and systematic, no matter how any one votes.

When it comes to elections, let’s not forget Trump’s collusion with thugs.

Fifty-five years after the Civil Rights Act, many Americans still struggle to exercise their vote. In the run up to the midterms, Trump’s Justice Department demanded millions of voter records in in obvious collusion with vote suppressors in North Carolina. Suppression shrinks turnout, and so does intimidation. A new study from the University of North Texas shows a staggering 226% rise in hate crimes in counties where Trump held rallies in 2016. Reports of hate crimes are up all over the country, apparently egged on by a President who boasts of assaulting women himself and refuses to condemn rallies by white supremacists.

In New York last week, in the preliminary hearing of a man accused of defacing the African American Burial Ground with graffiti that read “Kill” followed by a racist slur, the defense attorney simply compared his client’s actions to the President’s. When looked at side-by-side, his argument went, his client’s vandalism and hate speech were not only par for the course, but they were clearly the less serious threat.

Undermining elections? Obstructing justice? There’s no shortage of evidence that the Trump administration colludes with enemies of democracy of every sort. Sad to say, he’s not the first. But he could be the first to distract so many people, so long, so effectively, with a collusion chase that misses the obvious. Is it over yet?


Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.
Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders interviews forward-thinking people about the key questions of our time on The Laura Flanders Show, a nationally syndicated radio and television program also available as a podcast. A contributing writer to The Nation, Flanders is also the author of six books, including "Bushwomen: How They Won the White House for Their Man" (2005).  She is the recipient of a 2019 Izzy Award for excellence in independent journalism, the Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award for advancing women’s and girls’ visibility in media, and a 2020 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship for her reporting and advocacy for public media. lauraflanders.org

We've had enough. The 1% own and operate the corporate media. They are doing everything they can to defend the status quo, squash dissent and protect the wealthy and the powerful. The Common Dreams media model is different. We cover the news that matters to the 99%. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. Thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Can you chip in? We can't do it without you. Thank you.

Court Strikes Down Alabama GOP's Racist Congressional Map

"We deserve to be heard in our electoral process, rather than have our votes diluted using a map that purposefully cracks and packs Black communities," said a plaintiff in the case.

Jake Johnson ·


One Year In, Biden Fails to Boost C- Grade on Environment

The Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund assessment indicates the administration's action to deliver on environmental promises "desperately needs improvement."

Jessica Corbett ·


'A No-Brainer': Lawmakers Urge Pelosi to Hold Vote on Stock Trading Ban

"Perhaps this means some of our colleagues will miss out on lucrative investment opportunities," said House members in a bipartisan letter. "We don't care."

Jessica Corbett ·


Virginia Schools Sue Youngkin Mandate Making Masks Optional

The Republican governor wants to allow parents to decide whether their children should wear masks to school to mitigate Covid-19 transmission—guidance at least 58 school districts have no plans to follow.

Julia Conley ·


US Puts Troops on Standby as War Tensions Over Ukraine Mount

The U.K. threatens "lightning war" as military forces mobilize in eastern Europe.

Andrea Germanos ·

Support our work.

We are independent, non-profit, advertising-free and 100% reader supported.

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values.
Direct to your inbox.

Subscribe to our Newsletter.


Common Dreams, Inc. Founded 1997. Registered 501(c3) Non-Profit | Privacy Policy
Common Dreams Logo