Donald Trumped: Why pull the plug?

Talking about ‘the Mexicans’, he’s said “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” 

Talking about ‘the Muslims’, he has called for a “total and complete shutdown.”

Talking about African-Americans, or ‘the blacks’, he’s said “laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It’s not anything they can control.”, and just in case that statement had you wondering - “There’s no such thing as racism anymore. We’ve had a black president…If ‘Black Lives Matter’, then go back to Africa…”

Talking about duping the state by evading tax payments, he’s said “that makes me smart’.

Talking about Kristen Stewart, he’s said she’s “like a dog” and that her partner could “do much better!”

Talking about Arianna Huffington, he’s said she is “unattractive both inside and out”, and that he fully understands “why her former husband left her for a man.”

Talking about Gail Collins, he’s said that she has “the face of a dog.”

Talking about Ghazala Khan, the mother of a fallen Muslim US soldier, he’s said “She had nothing to say. She probably…wasn’t allowed to have anything to say.”

Talking about Katy Tur, he’s called her “Little Katy”, who is a “third-rate reporter” and “should be fired.”

Talking about Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, he’s called her “Miss Piggy”, “Miss Housekeeping” and an “eating machine”.

He’s even received an endorsement from the KKK, who he’s refused to disavow.

Not much more needs to be said. Then again, perhaps it does… 

None of these horrific things sparked any outrage resonating from the Republican party as an institution, or from a considerable predominance of individual donors and supporters of the Trump campaign. However, in the wake of the presidential candidate’s obnoxious comments made on a leaked video tape - describing groping, harassing and generally objectifying women as a whole, things suddenly began to change. As soon as a blanket statement was made about all women, as an inclusive and generalised group, then donors repealed their support and halted their financial backing of Trump’s campaign.

Reince Priebus, chairman of the RNC (Republican National Committee), instructed party officials to redirect funds away from Donald Trump, saying “No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner.” This is despite the fact that in the past, many women have actually been talked about ‘in this manner’, it’s just that they were specifically named as individuals. Might this spontaneous growing of a conscience have something to do with the fact that women make up around 50% of the population (and electorate)?

Perhaps the minorities previously victimised by Trump’s ham-fisted, spam-brained prejudice and tactlessness don’t carry enough clout, or representation, to be significant. And so, while their discrimination is viewed as “unfortunate”, it’s worthy of by and large a slap on the wrist at most. These incidents, and the malevolent attitudes they are rooted in, were seemingly not remarkable enough for one to denounce Donald Trump and his campaign, or cause donors to reconsider their contribution towards the proliferation of such ideas.

In fact, there wasn’t even much of a slap on the wrist, which might have manifested itself through an official castigation or even a public condemnation - but neither really ever happened. This might suggest that even now, when the donations and support have finally been pulled, it is only as a result of reasons pertaining to reputational risk. Therefore, these superficially remedial actions could just be to avoid tainting people’s external, public image - as opposed to rising from internal, personal reservations, rooted in genuine morality and scrupulousness.

Frankly, it is ominous, disconcerting and saddening to witness what seems to be such a stark lack of objective moral strength or direction. Surely, these people should have come out and spoken sooner, cut off their funding sooner, and thereby accentuated the extent to which Trump is essentially a rogue extremist.

Why was the ostracisation and threatening of individual women specifically, Muslims, African-Americans, Mexicans, Syrians, and immigrants in general, not enough to pull the plug? 

This situation, and the events preceding it, say a lot, not just about Trump, who himself doesn’t exactly necessitate much inference to conclude that he’s a questionable character, with objectionable views. But it also conveys a great deal about his campaign at large; the Republican party itself, his donors, his supporters - and thereby, a considerable proportion of the American public.

For so many wrongdoings to be overlooked before any action was taken against Trump’s inflammatory campaign, brings out the true colours of a great deal of modern politics, and in fact, the acceptance of the general sentiment that “anything goes” in the global political atmosphere.

It reflects the need for a sea-change in the nature of our world, purportedly led by the United States; the “greatest nation on Earth” and the “leader of the free world’ – maybe it’s time to reconsider the credentials required for this status, and redefine greatness.

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