By Mohamed Zefzaf
By Mohamed Zefzaf
“Donald Trump boiled his decadent campaign down to one theme…” Thus began a searing New York Times editorial published on October 10, 2016. The word decadent is an apt description for Donald Trump, and what passes as his political campaign.
His well-documented venom knows no bound. Nothing will stop this man because his vision of the world is so dark, so self-serving, that even if he loses this election, there’s a good chance he will say that he won, that the election was rigged, stolen from him.
“I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election-if I win ” Trump told his supporters in one of his recent rally. In his mind, he cannot lose, so his morbid show must go on, and just as the reality star that he is, he promises to keep the entire world “in suspense” as to whether he will accept the elections results, should he lose.
Donald Trump lives in his own reality. To him this electoral campaign is an endless unfolding of one scandal after another-a reality show where the word reality is abused. In his vapid promises and slogans, we can hear the echoes of a confidence artist who has no greater motives than his own self-interest.
Having followed American elections since the days of Ronald Reagan, I have never seen anything like this dangerous descent into political voyeurism-this freak show, unbecoming in one of the oldest democracy in the world. Former Secretary of state Colin Powel said it best when he described Donald Trump as a “disaster, a national embarrassment.”
During the second presidential debate held at Washington ST. Louis University in Missouri on October 9, 2016, Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton a “devil.” Really? Where do you go from here when someone calls you a devil? For Secretary Hillary Clinton, a woman, a grandmother, it must be a surreal experience to be insulted and judged by this man, this Trump, this inspector of beauty contest, who treats women like objects, and ranks them on a scale from a one to ten.
President Obama, a father of two daughters, commented about Trump’s latest revelation, expressing how Donald trump is “Demeaning women, degrading women, but also minorities, immigrants, people of other faiths, mocking the disabled, insulting our troops, insulting our veterans.”
President Obama adds further that this “…tells you that he’s insecure enough that he pumps himself up by putting other people down. Not a character trait that I would advise for somebody in the Oval Office.” Mr. Obama is a thoughtful man and not prone to hyperbole. His comments reflect the sentiments of countless men across the world.
Either for money, fame, recognition, or a combination of all, his sad coterie of advisers, admirers, and sycophants, defend him in this decorum-less, train-wreck of a political season. The result we are witnessing is this unseemly spectacle where a great democracy has been dragged down to new lows.
During the second presidential debate, Trump spoke of President Abraham Lincoln. Perhaps the sage Lincoln had met someone like Trump when he said, “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
Trump, a hedonist par excellence, has savaged the political system. By virtue of his class-less abhorrent behavior, complete lack of self-awareness, outré remarks about a variety of issues and people, Donald Trump has polluted the electoral process with an ugly sense of decadence unknown in American politics.
After this long nightmare of an election, a national shower would be de rigueur.