For some time, Donald Trump presented himself as an enigma because of the popularity he has garnered despite radical rallies and unclear policies. He promotes racism & divisions amongst communities. Donald Trump claims that he intends to control immigration by building a wall around America. And more surprisingly, he expects Mexico to pay for the cost of this wall. The potential ban on Muslims entering the US if Donald Trump became President has accumulated a lot of support for the Trump campaign.
In the beginning, the idea of Donald Trump as a candidate was laughable and no one took his campaign seriously. However, there is a real concern now as he is the only candidate for the Republicans. Donald Trump’s unexpected rise to popularity is due to his status as a successful businessman, and his belief that America needs to become great again. However, it remains unclear what his policies for the economy are and what it is that he believes will turn America into a great nation again.
It is difficult to measure the term “great”. Trump is taking undue advantage of selling vague ideas and plans to the American public. Due to this, it is arguable that he is solidifying racist stereotypes and gaining extremist voters. In many ways, Trump is making headlines and accomplishing the aim of remaining in the limelight.
There appears to be some sympathy with the American populace; which is that the presidential candidates are below par. Many have chosen Trump as the only remaining resort. This is mainly due to Trump’s prejudices and politically incorrect, racist opinions which appeal to the masses.
There is a question I am unable to decipher about Trump. What does he represent? Is he selling xenophobia to the American voters; which he is applying towards the Mexicans and Muslims? Or is he selling something else; something more sneaky; which is not so visible to the naked eye? His ideas and approaches are those of a tyrant; he wishes to use nuclear weapons on anyone who stands against him. His arguments are more focused on defaming his opponents’ characters and insulting their wives rather than in providing answers on policies.
There is a lot of information available on Trump; from his father to his children. What is concerning is the number of times Trump makes U-turns on his initial reactions/responses and openly denies the truth without facing any consequences. Trump; in my opinion, is selling false patriotism and xenophobia. He is employing old tactics of ‘divide and rule’; and what a shame it is to admit that he is successful in such an endeavour.
It is due to his riches and influence that he is not held accountable for his words or his actions. This is highly concerning for the future of America and the rigid mind-set that is revolutionising in the hearts of the people.
Some people believe that Trump does not mean what he says; that his extremist views and biases are just a way for him to gain the limelight. It is difficult to digest that such a man, despite being a successful shrewd businessman could have rallies which target the minorities. Nevertheless, his statements are given the benefit of the doubt, for no other reason than the need to excuse his rotten prejudices and to overlook his agenda. It would be shocking to imagine that the future candidates for the United States presidency could be racist or promote xenophobia.
From what I understand, Trump’s popularity can be credited to his target audience whom he knows well, who want America to be “great” again, who are highly patriotic and who have conceptualised a common enemy: The IS and by association, the Muslim community. This is clearly visible in Trump’s promotion of propagating terror attacks and validating a temporary ban on Muslims. What’s more, Trump has clear policies that are easy to understand by the masses. Trump is ruthless in his attack on Obama’s nationality, and this in turn promotes his own identity and brand, which is seen as American, strong, successful and great. He has portrayed himself as a brand ambassador for America and is attracting votes through these tactics. Moreover, when he is asked to comment on his atrocious beliefs towards Muslims, he states he is protecting them.
As the only remaining candidate of the Republican Party, Trump is now changing his strategy. The resigning of the other two Republican candidates is suspicious; as the field is now open and clear for Trump to do as he pleases. What was involved in achieving this, why have the two contenders left the race midway? It is of some consolation that the Republicans are divided on the subject of Donald Trump, and it would be interesting to see how Donald Trump intends to bring the party together.
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