I think Donald Trump, for all his money, is funny looking. Too funny to be dangerous. In his brief time as President of the United States, he has displayed incredible stupidity, agreed. But he has, also, a certain deluded sense of patriotism. He is a narcissistic nationalist, if you will, but to be honest, he fills me with no outrage or anger. Simply an anxious amusement. There could be two factors owing to this- I don’t live in America, nor am I an American citizen; and coming from a country of interesting firsts, very little surprises me.
He seems to have converted statesmanship, to business dealings (again, no surprise there) but what he has done, by pinpointing minorities as he has by the ‘Muslim ban’, is something no responsible leader would possibly do.
Setting the sad stories of estranged relatives aside, the precedent that has been set is a dangerous one; one that thankfully many in America have acknowledged. Considering the power he now wields, what really stands out is how much discrepancy there is in his profile and his actions. He is clearly smart, judging by how he has built his vast fortune; yet he just says and does things which make you wonder who his PR manager is.
He has a beautiful wife; but he treats her like rubbish.
He married an immigrant; but he doesn’t want any more of them in his country.
He clearly fears Muslims; but not enough not to do business with them.
America has seemingly handed her nuclear button to an overgrown child, and no one seems to be babysitting. Despite the considerable and vehement protests across the United States, it remains to be seen whether or in how long he is impeached. Its unlikely he can continue by alienating himself from the world.
As preposterous as this is, having the world’s largest superpower going through brain drain, what stands out clearest is how Americans have reacted to minority profiling. From chanting at airports, to signs outside restaurants, it is fascinating indeed to see ‘what democracy looks like’.
Let us not be fooled, however, by the agitation of a many few, after all, this same democracy got Donald Trump elected on the basis of a rhetoric completely filled with hate, bigotry and ignorance in the first place.
Realistically, sitting in my comfortable living room halfway across the world, it is all well and good for me to be observing and surmising the fiasco in the US of A; his bursts of verbal and Twitter diarrhea may be laughable but they are dangerous, even to me. The world is a global village; no man is an island; and so on and so forth.
The impact of the United States immigration ban and how it affects refugees from war-torn countries is no laughing matter, nor can it be ignored that many Muslims and other minorities will likely find America now to be a hostile host. With all these factors involved, it’s difficult to remain amused or removed, after all.
I still don’t know what I think about what I think about Donald Trump. What I do think, however, is that Obama was clairvoyant when he reassured us, “It’s not the end of the world until it’s the end of the world.”