Donald Trump – The text book definition of a demagogue

Can’t get more cliche than this really. The guy people are all talking about has played his cards close to his chest….until now. Things are seemingly getting out of hand and the Tea Party’s Machiavellian flag bearer was falling out with a section of his following but has taken measures to stop the rot. Donald Trump is xenophobic whether his followers believe this or not. But all the same, he is getting away with it every now and then. He shoots himself in the foot then does a sub-ten sprint. The poor judgement has been as spectacular as his ability to win the Republican nomination, swatting aside people who are more establishment-esque and more experienced.

Well, here it is, he dislikes “foreigners” who he believes perpetuate terrorism. He may deny this but building a wall to keep away the Mexicans is a figurative as well as literal gesture of how he views the whole immigration concept. Let us not forget that USA was built and continues to be built on the backs of the same minorities he berates. A very large number of people who are citizens became citizens because their grand parents or parents IMMIGRATED into the country. Whether they were Europeans, Asians or Africans, they are all foreigners.

Now a good number of conservatively inclined portion of the population perceives the immigrants as leeches who are conveniently in the country to take advantage of Welfare. Besides that, they believe that it is the immigrants who are at fault for the horrific acts of terrorism that are going on. Trump is appealing to this group. Other than the tough talking and grandstanding, he has not delineated a significant plan on how he will handle the background checks on people who are moving in. Needless to say, the checks will be skewed towards a people from certain parts of the world. If he is so strict on immigration and foreigners “pouring in” why not build his wall on the US-Canadian border. When he goes about banging on about immigration and the Mexican border, he seems to completely ignore the fact that guns are killing people on a daily basis. But Oh No! It is not terrorism if it is done by a Caucasian Male with “a mental health problem.” It isn’t terrorism if it is done by a white male and it is taken as a health problem. If it is done by someone with an Arabic name, it is terrorism and these Muslims need to be shipped back to wherever they came from.

Then he goes on to say that he will increase the military budget to defend the country from “the increasing threat from outside.” He is convincing gullible people that offense is the best defense but the budget is already significantly higher than any other nation in the world not to mention the infrastructure and nuclear war heads in their possession dwarfs other countries’.

One veteran, during the recent meet-up between military veterans and presidential aspirants, claimed that while Hillary Clinton was queried on the emails, Trump got away with making conflicting claims and didn’t really outline any plans to make the lives of the veterans better. He may make it to the White House but, no offense, he is not fit for office. It is a high stakes job that needs someone a bit more diplomatic. Maybe this tough guy act is all about securing the Oval Office, which Trump plans to ditch and be more diplomatic. But anyway, at the moment, he is acting like a demagogue.

 

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