J.C. Planas: Donald Trump is the socialist
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J.C. Planas
'If Joe Biden was going to usher socialism... none of us would be here.'

As Donald Trump Jr. leads a “Fighters Against Socialism” bus tour through Florida on behalf of his father’s reelection campaign, former Republican Rep. J.C. Planas declared that President Donald Trump is the one acting like a socialist dictator, not Joe Biden.

“The truth, is Donald Trump is a socialist because he has done things that are anti-capitalist,” said Planas, who represented Miami in the House of Representatives from 2002-10.

“When you use the government to go after people you hate, this is the divisiveness that leads to totalitarianism in all the world. If you look at the history of the world, it is always people like Donald Trump who have brought dictatorial regimes upon countries,” Planas charged.

Planas, a Cuban American, spoke in a Zoom press call early Sunday afternoon as a response from the Biden campaign to the Trump campaign’s bus tour to Tampa, Orlando, and Coconut Creek. Planas and others including fellow Cuban American Tampa Councilman Luis Viera, railed against the ongoing claims by the Trump campaign that Biden and Democrats are socialists, or are being directed by socialists.

Their response: Biden is the mainstream politician while Trump is the one foisting radical politics, divisiveness, and totalitarian efforts onto America.

“This is why not only myself but thousands of Republicans have come out to support Joe Biden for president,” Planas said.

“If Joe Biden was going to usher socialism, if Joe Biden was some Trojan horse for the liberal agenda, none of us would be here. [Former Ohio Gov,] John Kasich wouldn’t be here. The Lincoln Project wouldn’t exist. We wouldn’t have all these alumni of [President George] Bush 43, we wouldn’t have all these individuals who have served in both parties in military and intelligence services coming out to support Joe Biden,” Planas continued. “Joe Biden is the one who is going to unite this extremely divided country.”

Carlos Quijada, a U.S. Navy veteran whose family fled Venezuela during the regime of Hugo Chávez, said assertions that Biden represents socialism is a disservice to the causes of Venezuelan refugees and others who fled socialist totalitarian states.

He recalled seeing how Chávez had polarized Venezuela’s society, “and I’m seeing that happening in this country. Again. And it pains me to see that,” he said.

“He’s trying to scare America,” Elena McCullough, a Dominican and retired U.S. Coast Guard officer said of Trump. “He owns this chaos, yet proudly calls himself a law and order President…. President Trump continues to fan the flames of division and encourage chaos.”

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


  • Nick Kautz

    October 11, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    Sorry , the left has already used up their “no, you are” card too many times in the last few months. Not buying it.

  • tjb

    October 11, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    Lets label what Trump is attempting to become: A dictator. A few traits of a dictator.

    A} Systematic efforts to intimidate the media.
    B} Politicizing the civil service, military, National Guard, or the domestic security agencies.
    C) Using state power to reward corporate backers and punish opponents
    D) Demonizing the opposition
    E} Stacking the Supreme Court
    F} Fearmongering.

    Looks like he is trying to destroy democracy.

  • Sonja Fitch

    October 11, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    Unless Trump dies Trump lies ! Trump is the worst president ever! There
    Is no Republican Party! There is only the goptrump cult sociopaths! Vote Democrat up and down ballot!

  • Ocean Joe

    October 11, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    Nick, the “no you are” card belongs on the playground, along with calling your opponents ‘monster’ or “Pocahantas” or “Sleepy Joe” or “Crooked Hillary” or “Lyin Ted” or “Lil Marco” or “Cryin Chuck” or “Losers and suckers (who didnt claim bone spurs)” or “weak low energy Jeb! (that was fair)” or making fun of the crippled reporter, or calling any news you dont like “fake” or in other words acting like white trash when you are president of the United States.

    Anyway, hats off to you if you can stomach watching him do four more years of this to our country.

  • James Robert Miles

    October 11, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    Obviously another dump conservative who wouldn’t know socialism if it bit him on the a$$! Here in America, socialism is everywhere. The post office, fire department, police department, libraries, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid etc. are ALL forms of socialism! Just don’t tell the GOP as they think of socialism as the “bogeymen” As usual, they don’t have a clue and neither do their sucker and loser followers! Trump is a socialist like Hitler was a jew!

  • Skip “JP” Savola

    October 11, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    JC Planas, for us that know him, consider him a joke. He is considered the worse legislator that has ever come out of Miami Dade County. For him to make any type of statement regarding politics is laughable. He was waste of 8 years for his constituents.

  • Pedro

    October 12, 2020 at 7:58 am

    I agree with J.C. Planas. Well-stated! We must defeat Trump and all his cowardly enablers, starting with Lindsey Graham, in November. Vote them all out!

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