In U.S. Elections, Insanity May Be a Trump Card
The Guardian ponders
|The next U.S. President?|
whether Donald Trump might be the most bizarre Presidential candidate ever.
Speaking at an event called The Reagan Revolution: From Ronald to Donald, Trump made his pitch to an audience of Nevada Republican bigwigs and curious onlookers in one of the key early-voting states in the nomination process. In the casino’s ballroom, which featured an ice statue of himself, Trump gave a virtuoso performance that was full of braggadocio and littered with expletives. “Our leaders are stupid, they are stupid people,” he said, before referring to the Chinese government as “motherfuckers” against whom he’d raise trade tariffs.
Despite such a performance – and perhaps because of it – there is no doubt that Trump has injected a remarkable shot of adrenaline into the stilted Republican search for a nominee to take on Barack Obama next year. One perhaps should have expected no less from the flamboyant figure who is a household name in America not for his politics, but his TV show The Apprentice and his catchphrase, “You’re fired!”
I know Democrats who’re hoping Trump will get the Republican nomination, and Republicans who’re worried that he will, and, judging from The Guardian
report, that seems to be the general mood. I think they all might be underestimating the stupidity and childishness of the United States.
No doubt about it - Trump is a freak show. But that isn’t necessarily a handicap to his election chances. If the people Obama has betrayed stay away from the polls, and the racists and blamemongers and the frightened and angry people who worship Sarah Palin and Ayn Rand turn out, I think it’s by no means impossible that Trump could end up in the White House. In this country, where 25% of the people don’t believe the President is a U.S. citizen, and 18% aren’t sure
(because, of course, black people are so pampered and overprivileged that one would get an easy ride to the Presidency), insanity may well prevail.