Donald Trump is the leader of a new authoritarian movement, based on hate, prejudice and xenophobia. Nothing would be more harmful to the idea of the West and world peace than if he were to be elected president. George W. Bush’s America would seem like a place of logic and reason if compared. Donald Trump recently spoke about American football. No other game more fully represents his country’s character. The sport is about capturing territory, and players need to be tough and fearless to win. A player who is afraid of being tackled by someone from the opposing team while running is a loser already. “I don’t even watch it as much anymore,” Trump told a crowd of his supporters in Reno, Nevada. “The whole game is all screwed up.”
A growing number of studies analyze possible devastating consequences of the many tackles in the game, in which players try to stop their opponents by throwing themselves at them head-first: brain trauma, depression, suicide. New rules have been created, and there are now stiffer penalties for the most glaring fouls.
On the stage in Reno, Trump said he missed “what used to be considered a great tackle, a violent head-on tackle.” He slammed his fists together and repeated himself, vulgarly pursing his lips as he said the word “violent.” “You used to see these tackles and it was incredible to watch, right?”
And today? “Bing! Flag!” Trump shouted. “The referees, they want to all throw flags so their wives see them at home.”
“Football has become soft,” he said, repeating the sentence as if it were a key theory on the state of the nation. “Football has become soft like our country has become soft!” As he held up his index finger, the crowd cheered and people held signs up in the air that read: “The silent majority stands with Trump.”
Believe me, I’ll change things. And again, we’re going to be so respected. I don’t want to use the word ‘feared,'” he at once reiterated to the audience. But that is precisely what Trump wants: to be feared.
Trump Wants A Ruthless America
“Believe me, I’ll change things. And again, we’re going to be so respected. I don’t want to use the word ‘feared,'” he at once reiterated to the audience. But that is precisely what Trump wants: to be feared. His bid for the White House, long mocked from its inception, is a fight for a ruthless, brutal America. Behind his campaign slogan “Make America great again!” is the vision of a country that no longer cares about international treaties, ethnic minorities or established standards of decency.
Trump wants to attack his (or America’s) opponents with a brutal front assault again. The 69-year-old embodies a new harshness and brutality, and both a physical and emotional crudeness. Trump has launched an uprising of the indecent, one that is now much bigger than he himself, a popular movement of white, conservative America that after eight years under ConLiberal President Barack Obama, yearns for a leader who will usher in the counter-revolution.
Former Obama campaign manager David Axelrod wrote recently that Trump’s success is based on the same principle as the campaign victories of his former boss. In fact, he added, he had explained this recipe for success to Obama himself when he first ran for president: When a president leaves office after eight years, voters tend to prefer a candidate who is as different as possible from the incumbent, in terms of politics, character and habits.