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Trump’s fascist triumph

guestThe unthinkable has happened: Trump has been elected the next president of the United States.

The Americans have chosen as the leader of the most powerful country in the world  a pathologically lying, narcissistic, bigoted, racist, mentally unstable, unhinged reality TV star who has boasted of assaulting women; who would kill the innocent family members of terrorists; who thinks global nuclear proliferation is a great thing; who has insulted women, Muslims, Hispanics, African Americans, veterans, people with disabilities, journalists and the parents of a dead soldier; who is the first president-elect not to have released his tax returns in forty years; who is the first to take over the White House with over thousands of lawsuits and dozens of bankruptcies under his belt;  and who is  the first to declare he would not accept the results of the election unless it went his way.

Americans, you deserve what you got. He said he could shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue, New York, in broad daylight, and you would still vote for him.  He obviously knew his people better than we did. But the rest of world, which is in shock and awe, should not feel smug. What a Trump presidency does will affect us all. There are two ways to view the coming apocalypse: an optimistic one and a pessimistic one.

The optimistic scenario is to imagine that Trump is just another fraud and con man who has preyed on the  gullible, ‘low-information’ voters of the US, and now that he is taking charge of the levers of power, he will, in cahoots with the Republican-controlled Congress, try to feather his nest by using the power of the presidency to enlarge his family empire, while allowing the same Republican establishment/elites that he railed against during the campaign to run the country in the interests of the ‘one per cent’, while destroying the Democratic machine by coming up with new ideas of voter repression nationwide, and while stacking the Supreme Court  with Justices who will empower the super wealthy and  take away the rights of women and other minorities. 

Under this scenario, the main victims are American women and people of colour. The rest of the world can breathe a sigh of relief.

The pessimistic scenario, however, is one in which Trump, in fact, is hell bent on pursuing the fascist agenda that he announced with his entry into the campaign, and which created his core base of white supremacists and the extreme  right. It is this core of white racists and bigots that Trump lured out of the shadows and brought into the mainstream of American politics. He ignores them at his peril.

If theirs is his agenda, he will forcibly deport millions of people, build an expensive wall along the border with Mexico that the American taxpayer will have to finance, start trade wars with China, dismantle existing trade agreements, and maybe even withdraw from the World Trade Organization. 

This will create economic havoc in the US and across the world (the present situation is creepily reminiscent of Germany in the 1920s and 30s, where Hitler was originally dismissed as a pathetic clown by the elites who totally underestimated the appeal of an authoritarian megalomaniac – ‘I alone can fix it’ – to masses of ignorant people with a burning sense of economic grievance).

Trump, faced with economic chaos of his own making, will find a scapegoat, as Hitler did with the Jews, and will turn his white supremacist supporters against people of colour within the US. The next step, as Hitler discovered in his ‘Make Germany Great Again’ campaign, is to wage war, including nuclear weapons, against any country that does not unequivocally support Trump.

And, of course, Trump’s victory will empower other authoritarian ‘populists’ across the world. Watch and see how they come out of the shadows and multiply.

I do not know which scenario will prevail. If I were younger, I would be building a fall-out shelter up here in St John. However, I will tend my garden and wait peacefully in my old age for the end times.

But trust me, Barbados will not remain unscathed from the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. So don’t make any long term plans, keep your head down, and mind your own business.

(Dr Peter Laurie is a former Barbados ambassador to the United States, retired permanent secretary and head of the Foreign Service)

 

11 Responses to Trump’s fascist triumph

  1. Alex Alleyne November 11, 2016 at 10:21 am

    The voters has spoken. “Free and fair” elections. Freest Country in the world, Richest Country in the world ?. Most powerful / military country in the world, best schools for higher learning in the world . Strongest currency in the world,,,,etc.

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  2. Dan Vaughn
    Dan Vaughn November 11, 2016 at 10:22 am

    He’s xnot my choice but at least he told the truth.Don’t some prime ministers and senators promise a lot and gives u zilch, heartache , lies and deceit

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    • Richard Johnston November 11, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      The truth about the US paying 78% of NATO’s costs (lie)? The truth about Hillary Clinton planning to raise everybody’s taxes (lie)? The truth about her email server being “the biggest thing since Watergate (lie)? Talk is cheap.

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  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce November 11, 2016 at 11:04 am
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  4. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole November 11, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Agreed!

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  5. Mazie Taylor
    Mazie Taylor November 11, 2016 at 1:13 pm
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  6. jus me November 11, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    @ The Author.
    SAD SAD SAD.
    Then you sir , are apparently the ONLY person SICKER than TRUMP.
    May your End of Times be swift and painless.
    Clueless mindless drivel from a really sick individual.

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  7. jrsmith November 11, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    The fault with barbados you blame on our non productive political infrastructure .. you blame the failure of government after government who look after certain people in our society, we were good before and can be good again…..

    Our island is fill with big time criminal who is protected.. crooked politicians ,who only work in the interest of some people and do nothing for the people…
    Don’t blame the economic crisis or ( Climate change) (Brexit) or now the new (President) blame ourselves accepting what is offered , not comparing or challenging the political regime …
    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    We cannot go on in Barbados accepting what is being imposed on us by the political regime.. why (Brexit ) happened , why (Trump) now happen ,,,,,, because people have had enough of nothing ,,,,,,, in return for the daily work showing nothing in-return………

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  8. jrsmith November 11, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    You can see the ignorance being displayed by the protesters our so call educated educators , who talk out of the wrong end of they bodies….
    The ( Republican Party ) now controls ,the (Senate) and (Congress) and the (Supreme Court ) is coming, are all these people racist and stupid……..

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  9. Sarifa Patel November 11, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Mr. LAURIE many will not agree with your article but you have put the nail to the coffin so to speak. Many americans will suffer but no one to blame but themselves. We were warned that a worse than Hitler was to come. Trump joining hands with Putin will usher in a man worse than Hitlet Putin and Trump.
    For the first time in Ametican history an illegal immigrant and a nudist porn star is now the First Lady.
    The days yo come will reveal the demonic forces that control Trump as you have never seen. So get pn your knees and pray. We may not live in America but we will be severely affected by the coming storms of racism etc like you have never seen it will be ten times worse than the holocaust. He will make isis look like angels.

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