Donald Trump began his run for candidacy last year and for awhile it seemed to be a publicity stunt. As the months add on and we enter a new year with the elections just around the corner, we’ve seen that Trump’s run for presidency is anything but a game. Given his openly bigoted rhetoric, populist stances, and ambiguous strive to, “Make America Great Again”; it’s no surprise that the Left decries him as being a humiliation to the image of American politics. The true blight on the face of American politics runs much deeper than Donald Trump, it’s found in the overwhelming support he has gained by the people as well as the corrupted nature of our political establishment.
Donning a yellow star to emulate how Jewish prisoners were labeled under the Nazi regime in Germany, 56 year-old Rose Hamid took a silent stand of protest during a Donald Trump rally in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The silent protest as explained by Rose Hamid, after being forced out of the rally, was in response to Trump’s hateful and ignorant rhetoric against Muslim people. Most specifically when Trump began discussing Syrian refugees.
In a CNN interview with Don Lemon after the rally, Rose Hamid stated her reason for attending the event was to bring understanding to the people.
“I have this sincere belief that if people get to know each other one-on-one that they’ll stop being afraid of each other and we’ll be able to get rid of all this hate in the world, literally.”
Thirty minutes into the rally she had already gained some attention from the people around her who treated her kindly and spoke with her. Things turned sour when she took her stand once Trump began speaking on Syrian refugees. Mob mentality, the fervor of the rally, and the bigoted proclamations culminated together to create a hostile environment of what was a grand display of unmitigated stupidity.
Immediately following Rose Hamid’s ejection from the event and to quell the flurry of idiocy, Trump made a remark, the irony of which went right over his head.
“We do have a real problem. There is such a level of hatred that you can’t even believe it. There’s a hatred, a deep seated hatred. We have to find out where it is coming from and what can we do about it.”
Seconds later, the crowd breaks into another torrent of the penchant chants of someone who wants to speak but has nothing to say, “USA USA USA USA”. The disgusting display is an example of Trump’s call to hatred against minorities and appealing to the interests of bigots, egging them on into their childish fits while putting his hands up and saying, “I dunno! Wasn’t me!”
It was you Trump, while the United States of America does still suffer from deep seated racism and bigotry, it’s not helping the cause by rallying up the emotions of those people for your own political gains. I don’t buy that Donald Trump actually believes half the empty-headed populist statements that he’s espousing, but his supporters take it all to heart.
“It’s not hatred on our behalf, there is hatred against us that is unbelievable. It’s their hatred, it’s not our hatred.”
Which seems like a reasonable statement after your constituents kick out a woman from the rally for being a Muslim and shouting down to her asking if she has a bomb, right? Trump might not be a huge racist, but his voters are. While Rose Hamid was incredibly kind when speaking of the bigots who ousted her, drawing on the point that most of them have no idea what they’re saying, we need to hold Trump to the flames for his increasing incitement of racial and religious division. Issues like this play right into the hands of politicians/business people like himself which will spout any populist nonsense so long as they can get the vote and deter the people from looking at the real crises that plague the U.S.
When it comes to the issue of an ailing economy, we can blame China. When it comes to the job market, we can blame Mexicans. When it comes to our post-9/11 racism towards anyone who looks or sounds “Muslim”, we can blame the “terrorist” refugees. There’s a continuous shift not only by Donald Trump but all the political candidates about where to place the blame. You only have to look in the mirror U.S., the problem resides domestically.
If Donald Trump wishes to proclaim that he’s not a politician but a businessman running for president, treat him as such. Consider why industrialization left the United States of America and why companies or Donald Trump would have any serious incentive to bring it back to the U.S. if he’s elected. It’s the game of capitalism, to move to the cheapest country and exploit the work force until it’s not considered monetarily beneficial to do so.
Industry can run to China and India, then run to Africa to exploit the people there, but it will never return to the U.S. like it was, certainly not in these conditions. Under capitalism, you will never have those jobs back, there’s simply no incentive, unless the people are willing to severely take a step down from the present living conditions and expectations. Trump likes to harp on about how Mexican politicians are keenly stealing industry from the U.S. ignoring the stark poverty that the Mexican people live under. As it seems right now, Americans are in a limbo. Just a bit too far spoiled from the trickle down of benefits from supporting an imperialistic regime while not quite poor enough to get their jobs back. There’s only one way to break this present cycle and it’s certainly not through ballots. A great surge of hatred is springing up in the U.S. and on its’ head sits a flimsy toupee.