With all the tactical proficiency of a biblical serpent, Donald Trump has fought a campaign laced with bigotry and division, untruths and populist sympathies. His anti-Mexican, anti-Islamic stance has had mass appeal to those fed up to the back teeth with established American politics and who, seeking someone to lead them out and away from what they perceive as a corrupt system, see Trump as the man to do it.
His appeal has been garnered by his own myth-making. Not only does he have an innate sense of how to 'read' an audience before 'pitching' to them but manages to invest belief into those he seeks to win over. This has seen him first courting the extreme right, before tempering his views, having won their vote, the better to battle Hilary Clinton. Now, he is suggesting he would take a more measured approach with Muslims. On the evidence of his manipulations, it is difficult to fully understand what his principles are or if indeed he has any. After all, he has stood over the years for the Democrats, the Reform Party, as an Independent and now a Republican. It also should be remembered Trumps Grandparents were German immigrants so his vilifying of migrants smacks of hypocrisy.
“Donald J Trump is calling for a complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”
"They’re sending us not their finest people. And it’s people from countries other than Mexico also. We have drug dealers coming across, we have rapists, we have killers, we have murderers. I mean, it’s common sense. What do you think they’re going to send us their best people, their finest people? The answer is no.”
"I would build a wall like nobody can build a wall. And nobody comes in illegally anymore. … I would have Mexico pay for it. Believe me. They will pay for it because they have really ripped this country off. They have really ripped this country off. They have really taken advantage of us both economically and at the border. They will pay for that fence."
This odious diatribe given at rallies unseen since the days of Nazi Nuremberg 1939 had people being whipped up into a near frenzy of xenophobic fury. Where tolerance took flight in fear of the arcane intolerance manifesting itself via the voice and message of this one man, this Donald J. Trump. Then, faster than a Cobra's strike, Mister Trump changed his mind.
"I’m changing. I’m changing. We need highly skilled people in this country, and if we can’t do it, we’ll get them in. But, and we do need in Silicon Valley, we absolutely have to have. So, we do need highly skilled, and one of the biggest problems we have is people go to the best colleges. They’ll go to Harvard, they’ll go to Stanford, they’ll go to Wharton, as soon as they’re finished they’ll get shoved out. They want to stay in this country. They want to stay here desperately, they’re not able to stay here. For that purpose, we absolutely have to be able to keep the brain power in this country."
In all fairness, he did change it back again. Almost as soon as he'd changed it the first time round. Why’d he change it in the first place? To appeal to moderates even if moderation is a word missing in his lexicon. He needed to get centrists on-side, those who might vote Hilary Clinton.
At this point in time, he has not succeeded. He is not winning in the polls. In reality, they are running a very tight race with little between the two candidates. Clinton is marginally ahead yet reeling under the abuse Trump is throwing her way. He fights like a New York alley cat his claws primed and directed to hit where it hurts. Much of it has to do with Hilary Clinton's husband, yet even more, to do with herself, her own political life with the E-mail scandal and her accepting cash from Goldman Sachs. Hilary Clinton is damaged goods. This makes her an easy target for someone as ruthless as Trump. Of course, polls can be both misleading and wrong. But polls do not have the monopoly on being wrong. Donald Trump invented being wrong.
Trump on ISIS
"I would bring back waterboarding, and I'd bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding,"
"You bomb the hell out of them, and then you encircle it, and then you go in,"
"I would say that the eggheads that came up with this international law should turn on their television and watch CNN right now, because I'm looking at scenes on CNN right now as I'm speaking to you that are absolutely atrocious and I would be willing to bet, when I am seeing all of the bodies laying all over the floor, including young, beautiful children laying dead on the floor, I would say if they watched that, maybe, just maybe they'll approve of waterboarding and other things."
I like his measured approach. The way in which he digests the problem thinks on it for a second or so figures out the pros and cons before giving his considered opinion. I mean, after all, who wants a lunatic that shoots from the hip then asks questions later?
He was the star on American TV in a show called 'The Apprentice.' The show began broadcasting in 2004 in the States and then was copied over to the UK. The American show featured Donald Trump. The British show, Alan Sugar. There is one huge difference between the two men, apart from their politics that is, Alan Sugar has never had a business go bust. Trump has had many. Alan Sugar is worth One point five billion pounds and yes, his return accounts prove that fact, which equates to around Two billion one hundred and ninety-three million dollars. Bear those figures in mind.
Trump tells us he has funded his own campaign but seems reluctant to fund it any further. This could be due to his exaggerated claims about his personal wealth and that he is now eating up his own money. He says his net worth is in the region of ten billion dollars yet Forbes, in 2015, suggested it was only four and a half billion whereas Bloomberg calculates it at only two point nine. Not so rich after all hence his reluctance to spend that which must now be sorely depleted.
Donald Trump is a man who seeks power for the sake of having it. He does not seek to improve fellow Americans lot in life but rather to make a profit from them. He cares little if anything at all about the environment. He describes climate change as a 'total hoax.'
"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."
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For Donald Trump, business comes first with margins being measured only in the P and O of a corporate spreadsheet.
You may wonder what business it is of mine as a UK citizen to write about a man, a potential candidate for the Presidency of America, who seemingly has little to do with me or the land I live in. The answer to that is it has everything to me with me along with every other British citizen, with every citizen in the world. The biggest danger humankind faces is that of climate change and the next President of the United States is in complete denial of their existence. He intends to reject the Paris Climate Conferences call for speedy resolutions to the impending dangers posed by climate change. The power of America is such that should he win the presidency the effect of his policies would impact on us all on a global scale.
"Any regulation that's outdated, unnecessary, bad for workers or contrary to the national interest will be scrapped and scrapped completely,"
Tom Steyer, a billionaire environmental activist had this to say...
"Trump's energy policies would accelerate climate change, protect corporate polluters who profit from poisoning our air and water, and block the transition to clean energy that is necessary to strengthen our economy and protect our climate and health,"
Even if environmentalists are wrong, and I do not for one minute think they are, but for arguments sake they were that still doesn't mean we should go about our lives risking personal health or planetary well-being all for the sake of filling your automobile with gas.
Mister Trump is an opportunist. Not only that but a highly dangerous man living in highly dangerous times. He is of the extreme right and potentially of a greater threat to humanity than Hitler and Stalin combined. Since the 2008 financial crash, we have seen a global rise in right-wing politics. France with the National Front, Greece with Golden Dawn. Imagine if the most powerful nation ever seen on earth were to go down that road? We'd all be screwed.
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