In order to maintain his popularity among the white working class in the U.S., President Donald Trump could stage a terrorist attack, prominent linguist and political scientist Noam Chomsky suggested in a recent interview calling Trump a “con man.”
"In order to maintain his popularity, the Trump administration will have to try to find some means of rallying the support and changing the discourse from the policies that they are carrying out, which are basically a wrecking ball to something else," Chomsky said in an interview with AlterNet's Jan Frel Monday.
“I think that we shouldn’t put aside the possibility that there would be some kind of staged or alleged terrorist act, which can change the country instantly,”
Chomsky said the white working class, who voted Trump into office, will eventually “recognize, and in fact, much of the rural population will come to recognize, that the promises are built on sand. There is nothing there.”
He said that Trump will resort to tactics he used during his campaign, mainly the scapegoating of Muslims and immigrants, blaming them for his administration's inability to deliver on the jobs promises.
The famous academic further touched on the foreign policies of the Trump administration, saying they are not a huge change from former President Barack Obama's policies, but “a more violent and aggressive version of them.”
He spoke of how Trump has relaxed rules on drone strikes, transferred more authority to the pentagon, and sent more troops to Syria and Iraq. Just days ago reports suggested that more than 200 civilians were killed in a U.S. strike in Iraq.