The Rise of Donald Trump: Terrifying Moment in American Politics

ln_68featDonald Trump held a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he merrily repeated a woman in the crowd. She called Ted Cruz a pussy. A day after that, Donald Trump won the New Hampshire primary in a landslide.

The immaturity of the moment was clearly visible, the glee Trump took in his „She said it, I didn’t” game. I mean, isn’t this a little too childish for someone his age? The media, which has grown being used to covering Trump as a sideshow, loved the moment along with him: it was funny! However, there is more than that. It was the front runner for the Republican nomination for president, showing off the demagogue’s instinct for amplifying the angriest voice in the mob.

150827102252-donald-trump-july-10-2015-super-169Watching Trump is tremendously enjoyable. He’s red-faced, hilarious, angry, discursive, unpredictable and real. He speaks without filter and tweets with reckless abandon. He is a phenomenon and America’s most skilled political entertainer who puts the greatest show that we have ever seen.

Watching him is so fun and easy that it is easy to lose sight of how terrifying it really is.

He is the most dangerous candidate for president in memory. He pairs terrible ideas with an alarming temperament; he’s a racist, a sexist and a demagogue. Moreover, he is also a narcissist, a bully and a dilettante. He constantly lies and he is doing it so fluently that it is hard to know if he even realizes that he is lying.

Trump is in serious contentation to win the presidential nomination. His triumph in a general election is unlikely, but far from impossible. He’s not a joke and definitely not a clown. He is someone who could soon be making decisions of war and peace, who would decide which regulations are enforced and which are lifted. Moreover, he would be responsible for nominating Supreme Court justices and representing America in the community of nations. This is NOT political entertainment. This IS politics.

His path to power has been unnerving. His business is licensing out his own name as a symbol of opulence. He has endured bankruptcies and scandal by bragging his way out of them. He rose to prominence in the Republican Party as a leader of the birther movement. Oh and, did you know that he climbed to the top of he polls in this election by calling Mexicans rapists and killers? Not to mention the fact that he defended a poor debate performance by accusing Megyn Kelly of being on her period.

He also responded to rival Ted Cruz’s surge by calling for a travel ban on Muslims. When two of his supporters attacked a homeless man and said they did it because “Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported.”, Trump brushed off the complaints that he’s inspiring violence by saying that his supporters are “very passionate”.

Regarding Trump’s success, it represents and unerring instinct for harnessing anger, resentment and fear. His view of the economy is entirely zero-sum.

“We’re going to make America great again, but we’re going to do it the old-fashioned way. We’re going to beat China, Japan, beat Mexico at trade. We’re going to beat all of these countries that are taking so much of our money away from us on a daily basis. It’s not going to happen anymore.” he said in his New Hampshire victory speech

When America’s rage shows, he responds with even more rage. As the journalist Molly Ball observed, “All the other candidates say ‘Americans are angry, and I understand.’ Trump says, ‘I’M angry.’”

Trump does not offer solutions as much as he offers villains. His message isn’t so much that he’ll help you as he’ll hurt them.

Trump also has another gift, one that gets less attention but is perhaps more important than others: his complete lack of shame. It is easy to underestimate how important shame is in American politics. However, shame is our most powerful restraint on politicians who would find success through demagoguery. Most people feel shame when they are exposed as liars, when their behavior is thought cruel or when respected people in their circle condemn their actions. Trump does not! He has the reality television star’s ability to operate completely without shame, which permits him to operate entirely without any kind of restraint. It is the single scariest facet of his personality. It is the one thing that allows him to go where others won’t, to say what others can’t and do what others wouldn’t.

He is not here to make friends. But the reason reality television villains always say they’re not here to make friends is because it sets them apart, makes them fun to watch.

“I’m not here to make friends. I’m not bound by the social conventions of normal people. The rest of us are here to make friends, and it makes us boring, gentle, kind.” Trump said

When MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough asked Trump about his affection for Vladimir Putin, who “kills journalists, political opponents and invades countries,” Trump replied: “He’s running his country, and at least he’s a leader, unlike what we have in this country.”

Later, he clarified that he doesn’t actually condone killing journalists, but, he warned the crowd, “I do hate them.”

It is a fact that if you put the American political system in a room with Trump for long enough, we slowly lose track of how noxious he is, or we at least run out of ways to keep repeating it.






What is your view on Trump’s character and his actions? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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  1. Trump would make the best president we ever had.Trump he will stand up for American. He will stand up for the people. He won’t pull the rug out.

  2. Mr. trump expresses the way a huge number of the American public feels, but were afraid of making themselves known because it could incur the wrath of our government and you could be put on a list. Many believe someone else is now running things on our world, not ordinary people.

    The problem is that we also don’t have a clue about what Mr. Trump will do once he gets into office. We put our best hopes forward that he will make our country really great again, but we may not be happy with the way he will do it. We think he will do it the way we want and according to the pictures we have in our heads of how it should go, but he may strike deals that really hurt many, and don’t help a lot of us, and there will be nothing we can do about it. How do we know he isn’t really working for the world’s elite. He’s in their financial category.

    Hillary Clinton talks about helping us, but she didn’t help those people in Benghazi, and their lives depended on her help. The trouble is that most of our politicians have been drinking the koolade for a long time and can’t be trusted. They are mostly working together to destroy our constitution, which will leave us in serious danger and eliminate freedom not only from our country, but from probably the whole world.

    Is this a serious election? Probably the most serious one we’ve ever had. Christians believe we are at the end of the world, and that Jesus will be coming soon. And it’s going to get a lot worse before He comes if that is so.
    May God help us all.

  3. Trump is a loose cannon who has done more harm to the republican party than can ever be repaired. The really frightening thing is that America will wake up and not vote for him as President which will only leave something as bad or worse. HILLARY CLINTON I never thought I would live to see the day when no worthy person would be in the position to become President of this great country but such is the case.Trump is definitely not presidental material.

  4. The American elite and the American public needs a shake-up – a guy like Donald Trump might just be that guy.
    He is bombastic and yes, a lose cannon at times, but how else would he be able to wake some somnambulists?
    Hitler made some inciting speeches which rallied the downtrodden and demoralized Germans to his side. He revived Germany to the most admired Nation after the rape of the Allies after WW I and the Weimar Republic until the Allied warmongers pushed him into WW II. Will Trump know enough history to steer America into the right direction and be able to rid the country of the evil power elite and Military-Industrial-Complex that has sucked the blood out of its citizens and caused war and destruction in the world?
    Donald, I wish you all the best to become a president for the PEOPLE.

  5. Trump has exactly the same kind of charisma that Adolph Hitler had. He may or may not have read The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind, by Gustave Le Bon, as Hitler did, but he is using the hates and fears of the American people and the weaknesses that lay in their subconscious mind to hypnotize and fanatize them. The phenomenon is well explained in Gustave Le Bon ‘s book. Just like Hitler did, he is talking and appealing directly to the crowd. A crowd is not the sum of the individuals in it. A crowd is irrational and its members lose their individuality and can do things that an independent individual would be too decent to dare to do. A parallel can be made with the situation in Germany before the rise of Hitler to power:
    1) The Germans hated the Jews who were properous while the vast majority of the people were suffering. So Hitler chose them as scapegoats.
    1a) In the United States of America, a vast majority of people hate the bankers and have suffered because of them. There is an abundant supply of hate that needs to be used. Trump is deflecting the hate against the bankers (including the Jewish bankers). He is channeling it against the Muslims and the Mexicans. He would not attack the rich, since he is one of them, and many naive poor Americans slill believe that they will become rich.
    2) The government in Gemany was weak and inefficient, and it failed to protect the ordinary people.
    2a) The government of the United States is weak and inefficient and it protects the rich and the bankers, but it does not protect the ordinary people.

    More similarities could be found between pre-war Germany and present days United States.

    3) Adolph Hitler provoked a societal flood of hate that engulfed the German people. The Germans wanted revenge, and they could not listen to the voice of reason.
    3a) Donald Trump is provoking a societal flood of hate, and the Americans want revenge and they will not listen to the voice of reason.

    If Donald Trump does not become the president in the coming election, he will become the president in the next one.

  6. We really need powerful leader to create a new power with a new direction. Th career Polititians are completely inept . They are also blind and deaf to what the American poor people need to get out of the present situation. Theses Career Polititians have been destroying sistematically the Country. Do they realize that we have been at war for the last 25 years? That we continue bleeding daily and sacrificing our men and women in an useless war. Do we have any idea of how much money we have spent in theses wars. Charity should start by home. We have very poor people in USA that don’ t see the light at the end of the tunnel. Help them! They are Americans ! Theses and many other issues are at stake, This Country needs a total recall of the bad, inefficient, useless present Polititians. Mr. Donald J. Trump definitely is not one of them. No wander why he is hated by the wannabe Presidents. They have spent many million dollars trying to destroy Mr. Trump , instead of presenting ideas and viable concepts to straighten the Country! What a waist of money and time using bad strategy, wrong ideas , erroneous concepts


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