In anticipation of the upcoming US presidential election in November, 2020 there are many who purport to envisage Trump’s re-election for a second term following his scrape through the Electoral College in 2016. One such person is Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Cay Johnston:
“Though he is not a criminal like Gotti, Trump’s unsinkable reputation shows he is a Teflon Don for our own era. Deceptions, lies and near-treasonous acts of disloyalty such as saying he trusts Vladimir Putin over American intelligence agencies merely slide off him.“
I don’t agree with Johnston’s seemingly insightful analysis. More generally I adamantly oppose the likelihood of Trump’s re-election. Living as I have done throughout Trump’s presidential career in the United States of America for six months of the year amid the Florida hotbed of Republican voters, I have unwittingly garnered an insight into American voters which I believe commonly escapes the view and perception of outsiders. There are so many unjustified prejudices against Americans which contaminate their predictability. I hasten to add that in the summer of 2016 I wrote an article published in the Millstone News regarding Trump’s possibility of election. But his erstwhile persuasion has been exhausted in my opinion. In essence Trump’s so-called allure or non-stick scandal no longer amuse Americans of any stripe or status. He is now seen as an incompetent and dangerous president and a repetitive entertainer at best.
Unquestionably Trump attracts the muck rackers, the tabloids and cable TV. Why should he not? He’s a certified clown. The fact that his act is a pretence is irrelevant to his popularity as a news item. Trump makes for good press. However I have learned the painful reflections cast by Trump upon the American population.
There are two features which in my opinion predict the outcome of the next election. Neither of these features involves Coronavirus or the economy (the two elements which pundits so regularly proclaim as the nemesis or saviour of Trump). Instead the fodder of the American population are the realities of decline (health, education and infrastructure) and humanity (race and togetherness). Anyone who imagines we will escape the multiplicity and singularity of the Star Wars cocktail bar is mistaken!
Trump’s plaintive call to Make America Great Again is an outdated innuendo at best. Americans know what will make it great again and it is not within the scope of Trump (lascivious conduct, trashy language, unintelligent observations, walls, national isolation, withdrawal from global committees, international personality insults, immigration denial, obsequious associates or greedy politicians). Already his standard platform performances are becoming hackneyed and downright embarrassing. Americans – when not crying in their beer – have awoken to a nightmare which is currently uncontrollable.
Americans are not all the reputed “Ugly American” of Hollywood and literature. With some exception the majority of Americans whom we encountered in the United States of America over the past four years have expressed their unqualified horror and embarrassment surrounding the conduct of their President. There is no doubt in my mind where they will cast their vote or whether they will vote. The people whom we have met who favour Trump are generally less committed; their theses are by today’s standards reprehensible or at the very least distasteful. I say this not with anger but amazement. The fact of the matter is that limited education continues to insinuate much of the older population of America. But the days of their narrow views are numbered – not just because they are unpopular but more importantly because they are backward and destructive of all interests for advancement and well-being.
Finally the same rules of thought apply to Trump as to anything else. If Trump is seen as a clown, a psycho, an actor, a liar and an idiot, then perhaps we should stop being surprised that he has to go! The show is over!