The past Trumps the present
The election of Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, has stunned the international community.
Trump’s, 278-218 electoral majority has caused a ‘Brexit- style’ upset across the United States and across the world. As a result of this presidential succession many groups are now holding ‘Anti-Trump’ marches. Some have strongly cited that Trump is no better than the 4th or 5th president of the US due to his regressive policies and views.
This new presidency is shocking and concerning. Many struggle to imagine what the future will be like under a leadership which promotes ‘sexist’, ‘racist’ and ‘extremist’ ideology. America is regarded to be a progressive nation which values ideals of fairness and equality. This ‘victory’ takes a step backwards from these concepts. It creates division rather than unity – pushing many Americans even further away from the American ‘dream’.
Ultimately, a reversal of the concept of the modern ‘new American state’ has ensued with the election of Trump. The ex-realtor has succeeded in restoring the imperialist agenda of the ‘founding fathers’. Moreover, the new president has risen as the incarnate of US conservatism – holding firmly the promise of protecting ‘traditional’ values to re-declare ‘independence’.
Not only is the ‘victory’ potentially damaging for the US nation, but it threatens the status of the United States as a ‘global leader’. This threat is evident where we observe, Mr Trump’s stance on: women’s rights, ethnic minorities, the LGBT community, the economy, global trade, foreign policy and immigration.
Even when accused of rape by several women and a child, Trump’s misogynistic bravado did not let up. Consequently, he has angered many Women’s Rights campaigners and activists. In addition, he has unremorsefully mocked the professionalism of female politicians, whom he feels ‘lacks’ a ‘presidential look’.
Thus, Trump has reinstated ideas that women should be oppressed and denied equal access to jobs and many other opportunities – an anti-feminist doctrine which is largely regressive. Such regressive sentiments also threaten to revoke the Roe V Wake (1973) decision which permits a woman’s right to abortion.
An impenetrable wall
Trump’s nationalistic rhetoric has also excluded and demeaned ethnic minorities and immigrants. He has consistently – both before and after his campaign – made racist remarks about African-Americans, Latinos and other ethnic minority groups.
“Impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall. I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I build them very inexpensively, to keep out the “criminal aliens”, Trump said.
Moreover, he repeatedly refers to these groups with usage of ‘the’ and ‘aliens’. This communicates the idea that these groups are objects separate and subordinate to the rest of America.
Additionally, Trump failed to employ ‘the African-American’s’ during his time as business owner. Here Trump demonstrated a failure to execute Affirmative Action laws and combat racial discrimination. We can only imagine how far President Trump will go to combat racial discrimination suffered by the ‘lazy’ African Americans.
Trump’s nationalism has led him to ‘victory’. The rejection of the establishment and its liberalist values will change America as we know it.
TNT News Trishauna Stewart