Monday, November 7, 2016

The Donald Trump Effect Will Take Its Toll

Donald Trump during his electioneering

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A cartoon depicting presidential contenders Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

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Tomorrow, Tuesday – November 8, is the V-Day (Victory Day) in the long, arduous, and insult-hurling U.S. presidential election campaign. Either the Republican Party nominee Donald Trump or the Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton will win the election. 

Whether elected or not, volatile Donald Trump will have his effect on Americans and others in the world. 

If he is elected, his ego will grow so big that he, as if, will not walk on the ground. If he is not elected, he will definitely not concede so easily and agreeably. He already gave threats of post-election law-suits against some of his opponents. He will not fail to disturb the newly-elected president’s rule. On the other hand, some of his excited supporters will not sit down meekly either. 

What we have seen in the last one-and-a-half years’ electioneering, Donald Trump is made of completely different fibre, unseen in the history of the United States. The way he ran his business, being the centerpiece without almost listening to others or giving in to others, he cannot run U.S. presidential politics and diplomacy as usually expected from the President. He was so used to his own situation, in spite of having dozens of “fixers” around now, will he be able to be a truly U.S.-President-like? Not so easily.

In his electioneering, he proved himself time and again to be a racist, bigot, self-aggrandizer, polarizer, disrespecter, squabbler, fault-finder, overbearer, relentless nicknamer, demagogue, antagonizer, putdowner, non-empathizer, and whiner. He became famous for his brash and bullying tactics, impulsive and toxic words and behavior, racist-sexist uttering, constant disparaging comments, short attention span, unwillingness to learn, war-mongering threats, late-night revenge attacks through the social media, narcissistic mentality, blame shifting, media bashings, continuous mention of rigged government system, mimicking, raucous-loud-cursing posture, vindictiveness, sneering, bullhorning, constant badgering and whineful finger-pointing.

As a result, his own political party, Republican Party, almost disowned him, but relented at the last moment. Many of the party’s stalwarts publicly announced that they would not vote for him! Even his own running-mate and party’s vice presidential candidate Mike Pence could not publicly agree with many of Trump's theatrics and childish tantrums. Not only that, a section of the Americans and onlooking foreigners in other lands got “sick to their stomach” watching such a never-ending spectacle. 

What he is so used to for the last 60 years and what is ingrained in his thoughts and behavior for so long, will not fade away so easily right after the election day. If he is elected the president, he, in all probability, will continue to be same in his words and behavior. If this continues on, his seriously vexatious behavior will continue to have its effect on a section of the Americans and some of their counterparts abroad. These people will get disoriented, be fearful, get stressed and tension filled, be anxiety filled, and ultimately become adversely affected physically and mentally. This is what can be termed as “The Donald Trump Effect.”  This effect will definitely take its toll.

Now it is up to the Americans to choose their next President. About the election, Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865), who was a Republican and 16th President of the United States, said famously: “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”
(Updated on Nov. 9, 2016)

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