Anger, fear and hate stalk the US and its 2016 presidential election

Trump's angry tirades against the "establishment", left wing media and the international bankers wanting to undermine the US sovereignty by defeating him are making his supporters angry.

Written by Ujjal Dosanjh | Published:October 17, 2016 4:17 pm
Donald Trump, Republicans, Hillary Clinton, Democrats, US elections US elections 2016, US presidential elections, American president, world news, Indian Express Donald Trump of the Republican Party (GOP), is proposing to “ban all Muslims from entering the country” until the government knows “what the hell is going on?” (AP Photo)

The US democracy being one of the oldest and most iconic is always trading on the Statue of Liberty and all it stands for as well as the all important narrative of the “American dream”: Lincoln’s journey from the log cabin to the White House and the millions of “rags to riches” stories of immigrants from all parts of the world. It has always prided itself on being open to “huddled masses yearning to breathe free…poor…the homeless…” from all corners of the world.

For the first time in living memory, the presidential candidate of a major party, Donald Trump of the Republican Party (GOP), is proposing to “ban all Muslims from entering the country” until the government knows “what the hell is going on?” He has also pledged to build a wall on its Southern border to keep the Mexicans out of the US, whom he accuses of being “criminals, rapists and murderers”. The 2016 campaign has all the ingredients of a spellbinding movie: sex, money, demagoguery, threats of violence, lies and corruption.

At the time of this writing, nine women have accused Trump of sexual assaults and inappropriate non-consensual sexual conduct. Trump has responded by calling them liars despite their allegations, unrelated to each others’, mirroring his own claims caught on a hot mike as to what he did with women – with impunity – because he was “a star”. Trump has also reached back into the ancient sewer of allegations of sexual impropriety against Bill Clinton. There has been so much sex talk, and it seems unending, that the 2016 election could easily be called sexlection.

Now Trump is claiming the election is rigged. He maintains there is a conspiracy between the Clintons, the Left wing media and international finance. At his rallies his supporters talk openly about revolution, rebellion and assassinations. Several months ago, contemplating a loss at the hands of Clinton, Trump had confessed there was nothing he could do if it happened except “the Second Amendment people could do something…”–referring to the overzealous gunslingers of the gun rights lobby, clearly implying the possibility of a Clinton assassination.

Trump continues to endlessly trumpet misogyny, racism, hate, violence and conspiracy theories. With all the talk of revolution, rebellion and assassinations among his supporters, a deep fear stalks the US: How will his overzealous and frenzied supporters react to a Trump loss that seems certain–despite Hillary too being a flawed candidate–unless Hillary self destructs? Would they riot at his election loss as he once threatened they would if he didn’t get the GOP nomination?

Trump’s angry tirades against the “establishment”, left wing media and the international bankers wanting to undermine the US sovereignty by defeating him are making his supporters angry. They have been known to boo the media and paint Nazi Swastikas on the media signs at the press tables at the Trump rallies. It was the GOP’s refusal to reject the extremist right wing Tea Party crowd and their hateful antics in the last eight years–that included questioning the faith and place of birth of the first black president–that wrought Trump. Trump continues to drum up unnecessary fear, anger and hate in a segment of the GOP supporters.

Thus anger, fear and hate stalk the US and its presidential election. The vast majority of the GOP leadership slumbers on in silence–in acquiescence–as Trump threatens the peace and harmony of the American Republic. The GOP must repudiate Trump and the hate, fear and anger he preaches.

Views expressed by the author are personal.