Op-Ed: Trump’s sickening demagoguery is catching up with him
It’s getting to be tiresome, and that’s a good thing. I am talking about would be President Donald Trump’s non-stop shenanigans and stupidities. Despite the media fascination with the arrogant showman, except for his Republican supporters, his opera buffa act is reaching the point of exhaustion.
It is a good thing because more and more people—potential voters who might have been undecided before—are seeing him for what he really is: an offensive blowhard with nothing to offer the country or the American people. As if to dispel any doubts about his capacity for becoming a terrible danger to the U.S. and to the world, Trump met on Wednesday with no less a sinister character than Henry Kissinger (who by the way, is a very good friend of Clinton’s) to ask for advice about his foreign policy.
Despite his endless self-promotion, the ignorance, the emptiness and the shocking bigotry of his “Make America Great Again” slogan and his long list of absurd schemes are becoming increasingly obvious.
Trump’s recent refusal to release his tax returns -- “It’s none of your business,” he told ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos—is not helping him or his party attract more voters either. Not surprisingly, many people have begun to ask what is the self-proclaimed savior of America hiding.
To some the former entertainer may seem unbeatable after effectively capturing the Republican nomination, but keep in mind that primary and general elections are two completely different games. Come November, the GOP presumptive nominee will find himself facing not only Republican devotees but a much wider electorate of, at least, 129 million voters, the number of people that voted in 2012.
While the primary electorate is overwhelmingly white, those going to the polls in November are much more diverse, and many of them are repulsed by the mindless mogul’s extreme positions.
“You would have to be crazy to vote for him,” my African-American barber told me while cutting my hair on Tuesday. “He thinks he is funny, but he is not. He hates us and we hate him back.” By “us,” my barber clarified, he meant not only African-Americans, but Hispanics, women and all immigrants.
That is, precisely, the GOP’s problem. The sickening demagoguery of Trump’s promises to massively round up 11 million undocumented immigrants and deport them, forbid all Muslims to enter the U.S., build a wall at the South border and have Mexicans pay for it, bring back torture as a valid method of interrogation, punish women for having an abortion, and even changing libel laws as to silence critics of the rich and powerful --all of them ideas designed to appeal to the racist and the ignorant—have effectively killed any chance Republicans could have had of winning more young voters and women, not to mention Latinos and blacks.
And without them, Trump, or anybody else for that matter, cannot get elected.
Ironically, Hillary Clinton should be grateful to “the Donald”. Not an inspiring politician herself, the probable Democratic presidential candidate is bound to benefit from millions of votes from people who don’t like or trust her, but dislike and mistrust the bigoted billionaire even more.
Certainly not a happy time for the country.