There is nothing good, hopeful or exciting about President Donald J. Trump. His antics, behavior and recent appointees are all unbecoming of a president. What good is there in him to elevate him to the presidency of the United States of America?
Since becoming president unexpectedly, he has brought the extreme-right into his circle of intimate advisors. Rudy Giuliani, who has a long history of public and private misconducts, Stephen Bannon, a white nationalist, Sarah Palin, an accidental lightweight vice-presidential candidate, US Senator Jeff Sessions, a known lone-wolf in the United States Senate, New Jersey’s Chris Christie, in the midst of a serious scandal in his home state and Myron Ebell, a climate change denier who been tapped the president-elects top advisor on the environment.
Ivana Trump, the President-Elect’s first wife, is launching a bid to become America’s top diplomat to Czech Republic, and the President-Elect is asking for top-secret security clearances for his own children and their partners. Is this what Americans chose as their president? The effect of Trump is spilling to other parts of the world.
Joining Trump and Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, Holland and Austria are on the brink of electing populist politicians with little ideas and big slogans. In the worlds of Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s Front National Party, the mainstream fringe of France politics, “Donald Trump made possible what was presented as completely impossible”.
There were many things broken, and imperfect about Hillary Clinton, but she was exceptionally qualified to be America’s 45th and the first woman president. She started her career as a smart young lawyer in the midst of a historic Richard Nixon scandal, became a corporate lawyer, a children’s advocate with the Children’s Defense Fund, the first lady of Arkansas and the United States, an advocate of education, health and women’s rights, an equal co-president with her husband, a Senator from New York and the third female Secretary of State.
Hillary was shielded from talking policy and answering important enquiries about her past-conducts, by far, her candidacy gave substance to what was otherwise a personality not an idea-campaign. I will certainly miss the Hillary Clinton presidency that will never be.
Trump appealed to the white working-class by helping them embrace the misogyny, bigotry and racism in themselves. It became easy, through him, to blame their neighbors for their own shortcomings and status in life. In Ohio and Michigan, he promised to bring back American jobs from Mexico, neglecting to explain why, as a businessman, he chose to send his businesses to those countries. He promised to deport illegal Mexicans and build a wall to separate his nation while failing to explain why his companies continue to hire illegal immigrants.
Hate and ignorance became the Trump campaign and won by managing to bring the fringe to the mainstream and empower the Ku Klux Klan segment of the American society. His becoming president has the same effect as the Irish artist, Bono, winning the Glamour Women of the Year Award, Barack Obama becoming a Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 2009, or Marisa Tomei, winning an Oscar for her performance in My Cousin Vinny. Shouldn’t the qualified be awarded what is deserved?
Trump joins a long list of populist politicians who were elected while citizens decided to vote to protest in the ballot box, hoped for change and instead produced wrong results where there is no-buyer’s remorse. The Schwarzeneggers and Venturas continue to win and become wrong mainstream political actors.
The United States seems to have changed in a week. A black veteran was refused service at a fast-food-joint by a manager, with help of a Trump supporter, of his militarily service because “he was in Germany during World War II and we did not see people like you over there. They would not allow blacks’. The veteran reflected how “the election has changed the hearts and changed the motives of people.”
John Weaver, a Republican reflected how – “The racist, fascist extreme right is represented footsteps form oval office”. “Be very vigilant, America”, he added. The world is hurt, confused and very vigilant with Trumps America.