It seems like an eternity since June 16th 2015. That was the day that Donald J. Trump descended in an escalator to a podium where he announced his entrance into the presidential race. The world chortled as we stared at a man who looks like a Roald Dahl character tell us that he wanted to become the leader of the free world, and we all wondered, at least I did, if he would name his hair as his running mate.
Trump took advantage of that time to describe Mexican immigrants as criminals, rapists and some of them as good people (is he not merciful?). And we laughed. The world in unison threw aside Trump as a comedy character. Much like the candidates you see who are actually 2 people in a donkey suit who want free hay for all.
We laughed a little less when he said there should be a ban on Muslims entering the US until “our leaders can figure out what the hell is going on”. And what was going on? A refugee exodus from the Middle East the likes of which hasn’t been seen since World War 2. An effort to escape tyranny and poverty and create a better life for themselves and their families.
We laughed even less as he so astutely implied that Fox News host Megyn Kelly was on her period when she asked him a question about things that he had said about women. Oh sorry, things he had said about Rosie O’Donnell and Rosie O’Donnell only.
We laughed even less when he did an impersonation of a disabled journalist on stage.
And even less when he said that he would like to punch protester in the face.
Now is the time to stop the laughing altogether, because ladies and gentleman, he’s winning.
Trump has taken 3 of the 4 primaries we’ve seen on the Republican side. That is no laughing matter. This man is looking more and more like he will represent the Republican party at this year’s election, unless the public stands up and does something.
Trump’s plan to build a wall, a brilliant wall, across the Mexican-American border and make Mexico pay for it has gained traction, and lots of it, with supporters, regardless of the fact that he has never said how or why he will make them pay. Trump’s repeated description of how he will destroy ISIS and be incredibly strong in the Middle East and with China has again yielded little to no specificity.
And that is how he can be beaten. If Trump is forced, by the public and by the media to answer specific questions about his plans, his strategies and his policies, he will falter. And he will crumble.
I don’t think that most people understand the danger of Trump if he were to become President. A man with a hair-trigger temper such as his with access to nuclear weaponry? No thanks, especially when that man isn’t full clear about the nuclear capability in that country, as Trump has shown in his debate explanation of the nuclear triad. He also has a fondness for Vladimir Putin, who described him as very talented. On MSNBC, Trump told Joe Scarborough “[Putin’s] running his country, at least he’s a leader. Unlike what we have in this country.” after Scarborough asked him how he feels about Putin killing journalists and political opponents.
The definition of a demagogue is someone who seeks support by appealing to the desires of the public, rather than using rational argument. That is what we have with Trump, he appeals to the basest instinct of the fearful, and the prejudiced, telling them that they’re right. Because no candidate has before. Trump’s winning strategy is to make the unintelligent seem intelligent and the intelligent seem wrong. And let’s be perfectly honest here, he cares not for the people of the US, he cares not for the people of the global community, and he certainly cares not for the people of the Middle East, this man cares about one thing. Donald Trump.
There are some exceptionally big questions that we must answer within ourselves if we wish to stop this man from reaching the highest office. If we don’t the world will become a much stranger place, where public officials will oft be described as pussies, walls will be built at the expense of someone else, racial tension will run high and a man who looks like a beetroot covered in dead grass will be the President of the United States.
Oh, what the Martians would think.