Unfortunately Trump matters to us all.
I mean, at this point, the title of this piece is just superfluous. The list of Trump’s offences against reason, civility and custom are long and well documented. For what is literally more than half of my 3 year old son’s life, this person has been spouting disgusting and dangerous invective. All means justify the ends in his attempt to reach the most powerful position in the world. It’s been like watching Voldemort come to life, except the stakes are unutterably high for everyone. Of course, the danger of his proximity to the Presidency matters most to Americans. However, given the hegemony of the USA, it matters to the rest of us too.
He exhausts my WTF reflex.
So many times, I have been literally unable to believe what I hear him say. This person calls Mexican immigrants rapists. He suggests that the parents of a dead war hero are part of a Muslim fifth column. Trump calls for a ban on Muslims entering the USA. He calls dictators like Putin and Assad “smart”. Then he threatens to dismantle NATO. He calls women dogs, fat pigs and slobs and says they should be punished for having abortions. Trump brags about grabbing beautiful women by the pussy, kissing them without consent. When he’s accused of doing exactly that by 9 different women, he says the women accusing him “…wouldn’t be my first choice”, and “…have you seen her? I don’t think so.” He accuses them of lying and conspiring with Clinton to bring him down.
Trump holds us all in contempt.
He encourages violence at his rallies. When he is rightfully called to account for this disgusting behaviour he blames the Clinton campaign. He tried to say today in the third Presidential debate that those causing violence at his rallies are plants. That the protesters at his rallies were planted there by Clinton and that they instigated the violence that occurred. We’ve all heard him say “I’d like to punch him in the face” when talking about a protestor being escorted out of his rally. There is footage of him venally reminiscing about the “good ole days” when civil rights activists were brutally beaten. We’ve all seen his supporters doing the punching. Who does he think he’s fooling?
Have we finally reached Peak Trump?
Of course there’s more- his gross comments about his own daughter. His attempts to indict Hillary Clinton based on her husband’s trade deal (NAFTA) and his infidelity. Birtherism. Threatening to jail his opponent should he win; encouraging his supporters to shout “Lock her up! Lock her up!” at his
Nuremberg campaign rallies. It’s fucking endless. But today we came to the piece de resistance. The creme de la crappertastic creme. The dark, poisonous cherry on this dangerous shitful sundae of a campaign. As they say in certain nightclubs at about 3am: “WE HAVE PEAKED!!”.
Recently Trump has been trucking in the sort of conspiracy theories that only truly insane anti-semites and utter fucking morons propagate. From Time:
“This election will determine whether we are a free nation, or whether we have only the illusion of democracy, but are in fact controlled by a small handful of global special interests rigging the system,” Trump said. “And our system is rigged. This is reality.”
This is a very old anti-semitic canard recycled for Trumpian purpose. It has it’s origins in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which is a debunked anti-Semitic text written by virulently anti-semitic Russians. It purports to be the minutes of a meeting of a cabal of Jewish Elders bent on world domination. Of course, Hitler and Henry Ford were very fond. Trump adviser and insane lunatic Alex Jones, who last week said “I been told this by high-up folks, and they tell me Obama and Hillary both smell like sulphur…” is also a massive fan.
Obviously he can smell defeat looming and fears going down in history for what he is, which is a massive loser. So he’s been laying the groundwork for this conspiracy theory amongst his base for some time. Trump constantly casts aspersions on Hillary’s legitimacy as a candidate, embedding the “Crooked Hillary” caricature in the consciousness. Chris Christie, a craven surrogate at the Republican National Convention, subjected Clinton to some kind of absurd mock trial in absentia. She was of course found guilty and the world was treated to the foul spectacle of his supporters chanting “Lock her up! Lock her up!”
You absolute and utter disgrace.
However, today, a candidate for the Presidency of the most powerful nation on Earth was asked whether he would respect the outcome of this election were he to lose. He said, and I quote, “I’ll keep you in suspense.”
Even a cursory student of history knows that this is an ominous turn of events. You don’t have to be a history professor or a student of politics to understand the danger inherent in his position. The peaceable transition of power is fundamental to democracy and he is threatening to refuse to accommodate the election result; he is openly threatening insurrection if he loses. Frankly, this is chilling and should terrify anyone who appreciates the superpower of the world functioning as a democracy that obeys the rule of law.
So, this may seem redundant at this point, this may be gilding the Trumpian lily (impossible if you’ve seen his buildings) but for all of the above I condemn you, Trump. You are a danger and a disgusting human being. But for the insurrectionist undermining of the democracy of the global superpower? For that, you are an absolute fucking disgrace. May your name be anathema to all who come after you, may you be thoroughly and comprehensively repudiated and may you crawl away after your defeat in the ignominy and shame that you deserve.