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Trump: a racist bully, wrapped in The Star-Spangled Banner

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If you supported Donald Trump before the “grab them by the pussy” revelations then it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that it will not make a blind bit of difference to your feelings towards him. If it does change your perception of him, and the newly released sordid recording is the straw that broke the camel’s back, I would ask where on earth have you been for the last thirty years, and haven’t you been taking notice?

Straight off the bat, I am no fan of Hillary Clinton. My attack on Trump is not an endorsement of Clinton. They are both unsuitable for high office for different reasons. It just happens that Trump makes my teeth itch more than his opponent ever could.

The Oompa Loompa with a comb-over

Before delving into the dark world of Trump let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way.

Trump does not wear a wig, he just has an extremely bad haircut, grown at different lengths to be able to sweep over bald patches, which is then held in place by bobby-pins. It is described perfectly by Christopher Hitchens who said:

“he has worked out how to cover 90 per cent of his skull with 30 per cent of his hair.”

During an interview with Rolling Stone magazine in 2011, Trump described his daily grooming routine with the same clarity and brevity that underpins his political commentary:

“OK, what I do is, wash it with Head and Shoulders. I don’t dry it, though. I let it dry by itself. It takes about an hour. Then I read papers and things. I then comb my hair. Yes, I do use a comb. Do I comb it forward? No, I don’t comb it forward. I actually don’t have a bad hairline. When you think about it, it’s not bad. I mean, I get a lot of credit for comb-overs. But it’s not really a comb-over. It’s sort of a little forward and back. I’ve combed it the same way for years. Same thing, every time.”

While the ridiculous hair and accompanying orange foundation may make him a comedy figure to many, it masks and detracts from the more sinister aspects of his frankly revolting worldview and personality.

The bankrupt daddy’s boy

Trump likes to portray himself as a self-made man and a hot-shot businessman. The truth is somewhat different. Any fortune that Trump may have is built on a $1m loan from his father, and ultimately the $40m he later inherited. Trump’s father Fred, was a KKK supporting, racist slumlord. As the saying goes, ‘the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.’

For all Trump’s tall-tales of successful business deals all over the world, if he had just invested his father’s fortune in an S&P mutual fund, it would now be worth more than $8bn.

Trump has been declared bankrupt on four occasions. Oh wait, sorry, correction, his companies have been declared bankrupt on four occasions. When a business is a success it’s all about Trump. When it fails it is nothing to do with Trump. I see how that works. I doubt the people who lost their jobs directly or indirectly due to Trump not paying his debts will be concerned about semantics.

Trump uses smoke and mirrors to exaggerate his wealth, debts, and borrowing. His image and celebrity persona is built on the premise that he is a clever and successful businessman. The truth about his wealth has always been much more complex than the grand figures, the front, and the bullshit that is woven into the Trump myth.

The outright racist

The fact that Trump was able steamroll his way through the Republican primaries was no great surprise. His opponents, Bush, Rubio, and Cruz were mediocre at best, and it was evident very early on that Trump was going to secure the all important ‘Bubba’ vote, due in large part to his views on Mexico and his proposed wall.

Trump is a racist, plain and simple. He has always been a racist. He has targeted Native Americans, African Americans and Mexicans. Toadies such as Piers Morgan may claim that “Trump isn’t racist, you just don’t know him” but I’ll just go by the man’s words and deeds. He is an outright racist. I could not be any clearer.

If there was ever a man who would not want to be judged on who his supporters are it should be Trump. Imagine having David Duke, Ann Coulter, Sarah Palin, Pat Robertson, Nigel Farage, Nick Griffin and Katie Hopkins in your corner. To quote Obi-Wan Kenobi: “You will never see a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”

For most people, discovering that there are actual self-declared fascists backing you would be a sobering moment that should lead to some serious reflection on what you are doing with your life. But not Trump. He has no problem with fascists, nor does he try to distance himself from them or their endorsements.

The shrivelled-up man-child

Its astonishing to think that a man who is running to be the President of the United States felt the need to go on national television to proclaim that he does not have small hands or a small penis, just because his rival Marco Rubio made a quip. How fragile must Trump’s inflated ego be? He is a child in a man’s body.

Then again, it’s astonishing to think that a man who is running to be the President of the United States would refer to women as dogs, pigs, fat pigs, slobs, disgusting animals, and many other personal insults. In fact, in the last six months he has insulted 273 people and places. He shamefully mimicked and mocked a journalist with a disability, and had a Hispanic reporter strong-armed out of a press conference with a Trump staffer shouting “get out of my country” at him. For years he peddled a ridiculous and racist conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was not born in the United States, only owning up to the lie very recently.

His odious claim – on the first day of his campaign – that “Mexicans are rapists and drug dealers” was a clear ploy to whip up racial and cultural tension, and to appeal to the most base instincts of elements of the Republican electorate. So to was his plan to build a wall across the Mexican border, and his intention to ban all Muslims from entering the US “until we figure out what is going on”.

The sex-case wrapped in the US flag

His rallies drew comparisons with Hitler’s Nuremberg rally. Opponents were bullied, harassed, threatened and ejected by Trump staffers and over zealous supporters, often at the behest of Trump himself. The hate and implied threat of violence from those that rally around the demagogic Trump just see themselves as people who want to ‘make America great again’. They think they’re people who want to defend the ‘constitution’; yet there is a much more sinister undertone. As the author Sinclair Lewis once predicted:

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross”.

Trump is as unlikable as an individual could be. He is a bully, a racist, a misogynist, and a horrible sex-case. His views on pretty much everything make my flesh crawl. He is a vain, entitled man-child that has never grown up, because he has never had to.

Due to having money, Trump has probably never had to hear ‘no’ from anyone since becoming an adult. He surrounds himself with an entourage of lickspittles and yes-men, who do his bidding without complaint, who kiss his arse and inflate his hideous ego.

The next US President?

He is a racist; an open, brazen one. He always has been a racist; his words tell you that he is racist. What more evidence could you possibly require?

Despite his continuing insistence that he is “really smart”, he is anything but. He waffles his way through questions with bluff and bullshit, which his supporters lap-up without criticism. He makes ‘Dubya’ Bush and Reagan look like Albert Einstein.

The Trump family fortune was built on racist landlordism and exploitation. His business career has been a lie, riddled with expensive white-elephants, bankruptcies, job losses, and huge borrowing that he presents as wealth creation and success.

In just over a month’s time Donald Trump could be the next President of the United States. God fucking help us all.

 

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