Donald Trump recently spoke about American football. No other game more fully embodies this country’s character. The sport is about capturing territory, and players need to be tough and fearless to win. A player who is afraid of being tackled by someone from the opposing team while running has already lost the game. “I don’t even watch it as much anymore,” Trump told a crowd of his supporters in Reno, Nevada. “The whole game is all screwed up.”
On the stage in Reno, Trump said he missed “what used to be considered a great tackle, a violent head-on tackle.” He slammed his fists together and repeated himself, vulgarly pursing his lips as he said the word “violent.” “You used to see these tackles and it was incredible to watch, right?”
And today? “Flag!” Trump shouted. “The referees, they want to all throw flags so their wives see them at home.”
“Football has become soft,” he said, repeating the sentence as if it were a key hypothesis on the state of the nation. “Football has become soft like our country has become soft!” As he held up his index finger, the crowd cheered and people held signs up in the air that read: “The silent majority stands with Trump.”
Trump Wants A Ruthless America
“Believe me, I’ll change things. And again, we’re going to be so respected. I don’t want to use the word ‘feared,'” he told the audience. But that is precisely what Trump wants: to be feared. His bid for the White House, long ridiculed, is a fight for a ruthless, brutal America. Behind his campaign slogan “Make America great again!” is the vision of a country that no longer cares about international treaties, ethnic minorities or established standards of decency.
Trump wants to attack head first again. The 69 year old embodies a new harshness and brutality, and both a physical and emotional crudeness. Trump has launched an uprising of the indecent, one that is now much bigger than he himself, a popular movement of white, conservative America that after eight years under Democratic President Barack Obama, yearns for a leader who will usher in the counter-revolution.
Currently, America is running the risk of falling for a self-proclaimed leader with a low opinion of fundamental democratic values.
Trump takes every opportunity in this campaign to portray his country as a down-and-out weakling. According to his strategy, when a nation’s feeling of self-worth has hit rock bottom, it experiences a growing desire to overcome the “status quo” – and for a strong man at the top.
Trump is a unique figure. He is so wealthy that his campaign is almost entirely self-financed. Thanks to his colorful life as a New York real estate mogul and star of the reality TV show “The Apprentice,” he enters the presidential race with a celebrity factor like no other candidate before him.
But his most unique characteristic is his lack of scruples. When speaking about his amiable rival Jeb Bush, he has often said that Bush is such a “low-energy person” that no one can even look at him anymore without seeking signs of his lack of energy. Trump has repeatedly said that Marco Rubio, another Republican contender, “sweats a lot,” which, according to Trump, would be a little embarrassing for a president who has to negotiate with “strong leaders like Vladimir Putin.” He recently began claiming that his strongest rival at the moment, Ted Cruz, lacks the legal qualification to become president because he was born on Canadian soil. And last year he tweeted: “If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?” All of this profanity and unscrupulousness would have forced anyone else to resign. But for his millions of supporters, they are further evidence of Trump’s boldness and strength.
“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters, okay?,” Trump said at a rally in Iowa a week ago Saturday. He mimicked shooting a pistol with his finger and added: “It’s like, incredible!”
In the past, as a reality TV star, Trump had to come across as somewhat likeable, but now that he is playing the fascist, he suddenly resembles one, with his grim face, his pursed lips and the threatening and intimidating look in his eyes.
It’s no accident that Trump expresses great admiration for Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, who seems to impress him far more than politicians seeking to champion the values of democracy with their painstaking and often vain search for compromises.
“He is a nicer person than I am,” Trump said of the Russian president. “In terms of leadership, he’s getting an A.” The reason, according to Trump, is that Putin is “making mincemeat out of our president.”
Putin returned the compliment in December, when he said: “He’s a really brilliant and talented person, without any doubt. He is the absolute front-runner in the presidential race.” Trump, who judges people purely by whether or not they praise him, promptly shot back: “When people call you brilliant, it’s always good, especially when the person heads up Russia.”
Trump is calling for isolation in the form of protective tariffs, entry bans and border walls. He inflames tensions against ethnic minorities and offers anxious citizens the authoritarian vision of a strongman who will solve all problems on his own – while ignoring democratic conventions. Trump is presumably only the shrillest and most prominent embodiment of a trend that is becoming pervasive throughout the Western world.
The 2008 financial crisis, which caused parts of the US economy to unravel and deprived millions of Americans of their economic foundation, is the main reason many Americans are receptive to a man like Trump. The economy has been growing again since then, but many Americans feel they have been left alone with their concerns, and they feel disconnected and betrayed.
The current primary race underscores how much this frustration has already changed the country. It has enabled Bernie Sanders, an extreme leftist by American standards, to become a serious threat to Hillary Clinton. And it is preparing the ground for Trump’s campaign against all the elites, even though Trump himself has spent his entire life as a member of the country’s economic elite.
Many Americans, especially whites and those with relatively little education, are now more receptive than ever to audacious promises and simplistic solutions. But they are also receptive to a form of politics that blames immigrants and minorities for their own fate, and for the race-baiting that has been part of every authoritarian movement to date. Trump offers all of these things, and he offers them more skillfully, professionally and selfconfidently than all other candidates.
Almost every evening, Trump goads his supporters to shout down protesters or throw them out of his rallies. He often ridicules these individuals from the lectern. If one of them happens to be on the heavy side, he pokes fun at “that fat guy,” which fans interpret as a signal – that Trump won’t mind if they get a little physical with the protester.
When a TV host recently asked Trump, who was sitting with his back to his fans, whether he was serious when he said that he would also “take out” the wives and children of terrorists, Trump replied: “We have to be more vigilant, and we have to be much tougher.” The crowd behind him cheered. At a rally in Las Vegas a few weeks ago, his supporters attacked a black protester, while others shouted “shoot him,” “Sieg Heil” and “light the motherfucker on fire!”
These are the moments when it becomes clear how brutal Trump can be. Trump is changing the country and its people and the other candidates, faced with his poll numbers, are revising their own rhetoric. Trump emboldens people to do things they normally wouldn’t dare to do.”
What To Expect from a President Trump
What would America look like with a man like this at the helm? And what could the world expect from a President Trump? He has yet to present a comprehensive platform for his presidency. The constant questions about content annoy Trump, and he would prefer it if people would simply trust him. Trump often complains that it’s always the journalists who ask questions about his policies (how dare they). He claims voters don’t care very much about that sort of thing (really). Where others have strategy papers, Trump has his gut feeling. Nevertheless, something resembling an agenda can be deduced from his interviews and speeches.
If we take him at his word, the United States will soon be surrounded by a high wall. The country will only be able to engage in limited trade, because the tariffs will be so high. Eleven million immigrants will have left the United States in cloak-and-dagger operations. The days of the United States as a country of immigrants would be over, once and for all.
Those who have experienced this man’s temperament know just how thin-skinned and aggressive Trump can be when criticized or provoked, and how mercilessly and excessively he pursues revenge. One shudders to think what could happen if a man like that had his finger on the button of the largest nuclear arsenal in the world.
If there’s a basic idea behind Trump’s campaign, it’s his own leadership strength. “We will have so much winning if I get elected that you may get bored with winning,” Trump has pledged. “I have so much energy, it’s almost ridiculous.” He seems to want to govern in the same way that he became a billionaire – despite a few bankruptcies along the way.
Donald Trump is the leader of a new, hate-filled authoritarian movement. Nothing would be more harmful to the idea of the West and world peace than if Donald Trump were to be elected president. Compared to that, the America of George W. Bush would seem like a land of logic and reason in retrospect.
I am sad~!