What would a Trump presidency mean?

Published: July 22, 2016

It’s official. Donald Trump, as of July 19, 2016, is the Republication nominee for President of the United States. PHOTO: AFP

It’s official. Donald Trump, as of July 19, 2016, is the Republication nominee for President of the United States. How could this combo of successful businessman, womaniser, and charismatic reality show TV star edge so close to the highest office in the United States? 

This same man built his 2012 presidential run by challenging Obama’s citizenship, claiming he was really a Muslim born in Kenya, he’s synonymous with the Trump University scandal, his “generous contributions” to charity, when fact checked (by the Washington Post) prove false, and he will not release his tax returns.

Trump 2016 has not swallowed magic beans. He promises similar nonsense, to build a wall on the Mexican border, bring back water boarding, and ban Muslims, all the while lacking a coherent plan regarding economy, tax policy, international relations, constitutional law, or any of the prerequisites necessary to lead a nation.

How bad is Trump?

If the GOP somehow reincarnated and ran Abraham Lincoln, the liberal media might still brand him a racist unfit for the presidency, so the fact they are anti-Republican is no surprise. But Trump is a gift that keeps on giving. He polarises everyone, including the last 2008 and 2012 Republican candidates for president, Mitt Romney and John McCain. Consider the National Review, founded by conservative icon William F Buckley Jr, and their “Conservatives Against Trump” narrative. Jonah Goldberg writes,

“I’m losing the will to rebut Donald Trump’s ‘arguments’ because he really doesn’t make any.”

Spot on analysis continues from Jason Riley at the Wall Street Journal:

“The problem is Donald Trump. Some political incorrectness is refreshing after seven years of Mr Obama, but Mr Trump’s attempts to stretch the definition aren’t working.”

True. We cherish free speech and don’t want the government deciding what is or isn’t offensive, but this does not mean we embrace the bigotry of Trump’s demagoguery (or that of the Westboro Baptist Church).

Add the Washington Post’s George Will:

“If Trump is nominated, the GOP must keep him out of the White House.”

And Jennifer Rubin, who aptly describes Trump’s lacunae:

“The virtual absence of anything resembling an economic agenda suggests Trump has no clue what he will do.”

Then enter David Brooks of the New York Times:

“Donald Trump is epically unprepared to be president. He has no realistic policies, no advisers, no capacity to learn. His vast narcissism makes him a closed fortress. He doesn’t know what he doesn’t know and he’s uninterested in finding out.”

Exactly.

Can more profound analysis exist? How can we question his substantive policies when he has none?

CNN, meanwhile, reports that GOP women have mobilised behind Clinton. Far right Ted Cruz, speaking July 20th at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, failed to endorse their nominee.

So how has Trump garnered support?

This mystery is of Area 51 magnitude.

The United States has always dealt with racial tension, international conflicts, and economic nadirs, but we’ve never had a bozo like Trump.

The unpopularity of Clinton does not explain it. The rise and push back against the regressive left aka Social Justice Warriors cannot explain Trump. Unemployment cannot explain Trump. The real threat of terror cannot explain Trump. If fomenting prejudice against Muslims explains Trump’s popularity, then shame. The United States needs to work with our Muslim allies, overseas and domestically, to help solve the legitimate threat of groups like al Qaeda, the Taliban, and Daesh. There has never been a candidate less qualified to navigate this than Trump. Nevertheless, at least a third of the United States will vote for Trump in 2016.

What would a Trump presidency mean?

Aside from trying to appoint his sycophants into positions of power, we have no idea. Yes, the US would survive because the legislature and judiciary would check his executive incompetence. But this is no consolation. At least we have reason to be optimistic. Trump, unlike in the primary, has never been a frontrunner for president. He has little chance of converting anyone or gaining momentum despite his opponent, the divisive Hillary Clinton.

So how do we lessen further Trump’s chances?

Avoid this year’s Ralph Nader (who helped Bush defeat Gore), the anti-Vaxxer Jill Stein. The best shot remains Clinton, but if you cannot stomach Hillary, consider the fiscally conservative but socially liberal Gary Johnson, who had two successful terms as Republican governor of New Mexico. Be comforted that Johnson, unlike Stein, pulls from the Republican base, and though Johnson may not have a chance of winning, he could hand key states like Utah to Clinton.

All is not lost. Trump remains a long shot. And, as humorist Dave Barry says,

“I believe that a Trump presidency would probably be funnier, assuming you don’t care what happens to the nation.”

But, to those that care, let’s forgo entertainment and send Trump back to the tabloid celebrity status that befits him.

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Caleb Powell

Caleb Powell

The writer is the co-author, with David Shields, of I Think You're Totally Wrong: A Quarrel (Knopf), now a film starring Powell and Shields, and directed by and co-starring James Franco. He Tweets @sonofmizrahi (twitter.com/sonofmizrahi?lang=en)

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  • Ahmed

    Somehow I want this joker trump to win. Because after he wins and eats his words back, how interesting would that be to watch. Ban on muslims ! my foot. We’ll see how soon he retreats from his nonsensical propositions because banning muslims MUST also mean no trade with them otherwise that will purely be hypocrisy.

    Will America cut off trade links with Kuwait, Saudi Arab, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, Jordan, Turkey and whole of Africa including the purchase of OIL? Will they pull out all their military bases from these countries and around them? Regarding Pakisan, the maximum Trump will do is what Modi is doing which is mere hot air and political bashing.

    Americans are good people irrespective of what their governments and army do. They grow up among the people from the whole world. There are people from 100+ countries in almost every state of America. Good Americans know how to intelligently act to these racial retards but if somehow they get trapped by his disguise and mouthfulness, they will soon kick his A** after he wins.Recommend

  • Arun

    Difference between India and Pakistan, both democratic and republican presidential hopefuls in america, in their manifestoes, are talking of India as an Indo pacific power with which they want to maintain and improve on their relationships. However both of them feel Pakistan is the den of terrorists and pakistan needs to rid of its nuclear weapons as such toys are a great danger in the hands of illiterate, sodomising mullahs. Tough luck.Recommend

  • Parvez

    The focus seems to be on keeping Trump out of the White House……..to be fair, some thought and impartial analysis should be done on Hillary Clinton and maybe the findings may not be so rosey. Recommend

  • Mr Obvious

    It’s not that complicated. First – most people don’t like either Clinton or Trump. People want change which is how Obama got elected … and those people are very disappointed. Those same disappointed people aren’t too happy with Hillary who won’t bring any substantive change. Blue collar works feel betrayed by the Democrats who used to be the backbone of the party .. they are likely to vote for Trump. Even 15 percent of Sander reporters are expected to vote for Trump because they want change even if they have to hold their nose. Lastly – the media is obviously against Trump but most American’s don’t think much of the media just like they don’t think much of their elected leaders. As such – media pundits and polls aren’t going to determine the next President …. the disappointed silent majority might.Recommend

  • unbelievable2

    “Will America cut off trade links with Kuwait, Saudi Arab, UAE, Qatar,
    Bahrain, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, Jordan, Turkey and whole of Africa
    including the purchase of OIL? ”

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    The USA is now an exporter of oil … so rather than a consumer they are a competitor. BTW .. the world is drowning in oil and it’s going to get cheaper and more plentiful every day. Days of OPEC and oil driven economies are gone. Oil/gas finds are growing exponentially and the cost of solar is decreasing dramatically.

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    In short … USA trade with Muslim countries was primarily limited to oil .. and those days are gone.Recommend

  • quatro

    Spot on. Trump gets publicity for inflammatory statements – but if you look closer on policy issues he wants to protect his borders, avoid nation building/ regime change, and wants to stamp out IS rather than discuss it to death. That is considered a step up from Obama/Clinton by many.Recommend

  • Dipak Mehta

    Donald Trump as President of USA means you guys will never come out of Stone Age. Hillary means the same as Trump when it comes to Pakistan.Recommend

  • Bibloo

    That will also include what Trump calls “dot heads” because
    they hate Muslims, [specially Pakistanis] and want some kind
    of revenge for 1400 years of Muslim rule over them. When they
    should be thanking their conquerors for bringing culture and
    civilization to them.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Talk is not policy !!Recommend