Donald Trump is a demagogue masquerading as a demiurge. He claims altruism for certain sects of Americans but really the only thing that he represents is atavism: he is the embodiment of every narcissistic megalomaniac throughout history. He is incapable of empathy and spits in the face of rationality. He is driven by his caprices and is dangerously dismissive of his critics never acknowledging his shortcomings or failures. He displaces blame the way a bowling ball in a bathtub displaces water—the one true Teflon Don. He lashes out at those who oppose him with disproportionately vituperative vitriol—behavior unbecoming of any politician let alone one who seeks to hold the most exalted position in the United States.
People seem surprised by the fact that he has amassed such a disconcertingly large following. Really? Think about the folks who are genuinely supporting him. I'm not talking about the people who view him as the lesser of two evils--the ones who view Hillary Clinton as morally bankrupt and untrustworthy and who disagreed vehemently with Bernie Sanders' policies and purviews. I'm talking about the rest, the vast majority of whom claim that Obama has either ruined this country or that he is the worst president in history. There is no actual, factual evidence that backs this up (it behooves them to Google the name Herbert Hoover with regards to the latter) and, when this is pointed out, they quietly descend into a spiral of nonsensical rhetoric. They allow their emotions and prejudices to overwhelm their good sense and to guide them towards a path of likely destruction.
And people wonder why these folks are supporting a man like Donald Trump?
Whether they will admit it or not, they hate the fact that there is a black man in the White House. They despise Hillary Clinton because she is, in large part, affiliated with that man. They are, in their eyes, disenfranchised—victims in a society that has attempted to move beyond the whitewashed traditions that have dominated the American narrative until the 21st century. They can’t understand why so many people are supportive of immigrants and minorities—statuses that their own Caucasian ancestors likely once held at one point or another in their personal histories. They feel betrayed, they feel angry, and now they have a voice that will scream for them.
The problem though is that they are failing to extrapolate beyond the near present. They have elevated the demagogue into a demigod. They have put their faith into a man who promises them the world without seeing how utterly impossible the fulfillment of those promises will be. They see only vicious righteousness—a return to form in the guise of another white man just like them. They are conveniently ignoring the fact that the vast majority of the people they once supported in their respective political party abhor that party’s candidate and have assimilated because of some sick sense of inevitability.
What Trump’s most ardent supporters are neglecting to consider is their own culpability in what’s to come. The most bigoted among them are likely envisioning a wealth of change on the horizon—revisions and alterations that will benefit THEM and their kind; what they are missing though is the very obvious fact that Trump seeks only to remake our country in HIS image and to satisfy HIS whims. His supporters have fallaciously convinced themselves that Trump’s goals and desires are the same as their own.
It’s true that, in large part, Trump’s potential actions as president will appease them. There are many white Americans who are angry beyond explanation—hurt beyond words with wounds nearly two decades deep. They despise people of color—brown folks from across the world who, in their eyes, try on a daily basis to blow up their country and destroy their way of life—black folks from within their own borders who are, in their eyes again, waging war against the police and who are spitting upon the very seeds of their solemn, sacred patriotism by besmirching the national anthem.
If given the chance, these Americans would drop a nuclear weapon on the Middle East to, in their eyes, make the Muslim problem go away. Part of them was damaged fifteen years ago on 9/11 and they’ve never recovered from it. They pined for Hammurabian retribution—blood taken to avenge the blood spilled on our soil and, subconsciously, they know that they will see that revenge realized if Trump wins the presidency.
Yes, Trump can and likely will take actions against these people in one way or another. This will feel like a silent victory for the bigots in our country but the problem is that they haven’t looked BEYOND that—haven’t considered what would come next. Superficially, they fancy themselves isolationists much like Trump: they don’t NEED the rest of the world because the rest of the world is inferior to them. These people cannot appreciate the importance of diversity and heterogeneity not merely in developing their own individual identities but in shaping our collective one as a nation. They shun such interactions electing instead to remain within the safe harbors of their Caucasian enclaves. In truth, they are hoping to turn the United States as a WHOLE into such a place…and yet they fail to consider the ramifications of such an occurrence.
Trump won’t merely impinge upon our so-called inalienable rights—he will eradicate them. Free speech, as in any despotic dictatorship, will cease to exist. Think I’m exaggerating? How farfetched does it sound that he will block things like Facebook and Twitter simply because too many people are saying negative things about him? Do the bigots think that he’ll find a way to single out the accounts of only Muslims, Mexicans, and those troublesome, persnickety colored folks? It’ll be an abrupt awakening if they do.
Sure, there are changes that can be made to immigration policy that would prevent or even repel certain groups from living in our country…but what makes these bigots think that Trump will stop there? What if a prominent, Irish Catholic figure proves publicly critical of him? What if Trump leans on history and points out how Catholics, at various points and places in time, were viewed as the undesirables? How early Irish settlers were used for slave labor because that was their appropriate lot in life? How are these folks going to feel when they’re suddenly exiled because of THEIR ethnic and cultural background?
And what about when the Vatican decries his actions as crimes against humanity? How devout do you think Trump is? Do you think his faith his stronger than his own exaggerated sense of self-worth? Think it’s a stretch for him to declare himself your Christian god’s one true son? Conflating himself as the father, the son, AND the holy spirit? Banning Christianity or even all religion during his power trip?
We were approaching a global breaking point back in 2008. That election was nothing short of spectacular and it served to prove the importance of not merely the United States as a nation but more the ideas and ideals that it embodies. The world held its breath wondering if we would allow the perpetuation of the old way of things despite a global cry for change; as a nation, we heeded that call and managed to uphold the beliefs that have enabled us to be the envy of many nations while eliciting the enmity of many others.
The world is watching again. The question is, do we have the collective courage to do the right thing once again, even when our neighbors, our friends—our FAMILY might oppose us?
This goes beyond politics. I don’t trust ANY politicians—not Hillary, not Obama, not Kerry, or any of the Bushes. I don't think that Clinton or Sanders would make an adequate president much like I didn't think any of the other Republican hopefuls would. They are all inherently untrustworthy; EVERYONE has a price and no one is above succumbing to the combination of professional and financial pressure that can be applied from all sorts of places and in all manner of ways nowadays.
But Trump isn’t a politician. He is a specious sycophant—a solipsistic sophist masquerading as a savior. More than that, he is a threat to the most successful sociopolitical experiment in history. Even if he fails to win the presidency, we still face a slew of potentially deleterious situations—fallout from his fanatical followers that could result in something as drastic as an assassination attempt on the new president or even an all out civil war. The worst might still be yet to come whether Trump is president or not but the only way we can come close to ensuring our enduring existence as the United States of America is if we rise up, together, and make damn sure that he fails in his bid.