Triumph For Trump

Triumph For Trump

The American dream is a well-established ideal for every fellow American. It is a rather simplistic approach towards progress in all spheres for a nation and is defined as the ideal by which

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd after addressing a GOP fundraising event, Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015, in Birch Run, Mich. Trump attended the Lincoln Day Dinner of the Genesee and Saginaw county Republican parties. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

President-elect Donald Trump GOP fundraising event

equality of opportunity is available to any American, allowing the highest aspirations and goals to be achieved.

In that particular context, it is true that Donald Trump is a self-made businessman and has achieved remarkable success in his field of expertise and yet having benefited from such an inclusive ideal himself, he aggressively opposes ideas of inclusion in a nation whose very foundations were laid down by people who crossed the Atlantic and settled far away from home.

Republican and Democratic Candidates during Presidential Debate

Republican and Democratic Candidates during Presidential Debate

Mr. Trump’s ability to reach out to his potential voters even when aided with little or no tangible rational ideas for shaping policies towards economic prosperity and societal development is truly remarkable. He is perhaps the very definition of an effective orator if not a good one.

In his speech, Donald Trump drew attention to domestic issues such as illegal immigration, off shoring of American jobs, the U.S. National debt and Islamic terrorism and coined the slogan “Make America Great Again”. He proposes to add a new color for Black America by promoting business tax cuts, stopping “trade deficits,” ending illegal immigration, protections for “the African American church” and an “America First” foreign policy. Moreover, The Trump Organization also relied on the ‘Trump’ surname as a key part of its marketing strategy by campaigning with a hallmark.

His Democratic counterpart Hillary Clinton, a seasoned politician and former first lady, put up a tough competition but lost, mired in one political scandal after another. Her policies in comparison to her Republican rival were far more inclusive and rational. Yet, they lacked the quality of being popular among their beneficiaries. She conceded that the system was corrupted to the point of becoming obsolete if not improved from within, by staying inside and working with the system. Such an approach, although practical and simple, is essentially devoid of the colors of patriotic passions that tend to sway the common man towards the Democratic blues, leaving the voters unfazed by such lackluster showmanship.

'Make America Great Again'

‘Make America Great Again’

Clinton talked about taxing the rich, redistributing wealth but unlike Trump, she rarely talked about jobs. “America is already great” message didn’t carry far beyond against Trump’s message of “Make America great again”. This is exactly the kind of showmanship that Narendra Modi put up in the Indian General Elections of 2014 to rally the masses towards his cause, winning their hearts by telling them exactly what they wanted to hear. But what is so universal and influential in nature that can possibly sway any voter in any country irrespective of cultural, economic and demographic differences? It is proven scientifically that man is immediately influenced by words and sentences that seek to relieve them from their fears and anxieties, particularly the ones they do not normally acknowledge. So, Trump being as cunning as he is preyed upon such insecurities of the low and middle income white American population and amassed a gigantic support base. Such primal appeals included the power of partisan identity, the fear of the Others, a dominant racial majority that rose in fury against the idea that it was becoming political minority.

Donald TrumpOn November 1, 2016, the Wall Street Journal published that Trump would be a “dangerous, destructive” choice for president and which encouraged voters to vote for some other candidate. Despite being immensely unpopular for his crass comments on women, his racist overtone and his penchant for being a rather comic showstopper, Donald Trump triumphed in the end as he won the Presidential elections on November 9, 2016. Perhaps Mrs. Clinton was ethically more appropriate but decency doesn’t matter when promised of radical change.

Such primal appeals included the power of partisan identity, the fear of the Others, a dominant racial majority that rose in fury against the idea that it was becoming political minority.

Very recently, The Time magazine photographed Trump as the ‘The Person of the Year’; ironically some controversy was asserted that the “M” in “TIME” was deliberately placed to form the devil’s horns on Trump’s head. A scarce sarcasm still surrounds the statement that the ‘President of the United States’ is addressed as the ‘President of the divided states of America’.

-Subhankar Bose (2k15)
Aayushi Khanduri (2k16)

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