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Loving To Hate Trump

Loving To Hate Trump

Friday 16 September, 2016
Trump trashing has become a national sport in Australia but A Hole questions whether there’s any more point to it than political correctness. It’s gradually starting to dawn on me and a few of my more enlightened commentator colleagues that no matter how much the Australian politically correct and morally outraged trash Trump it will […]
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A Hole Comments on FridayMashTrump trashing has become a national sport in Australia but A Hole questions whether there’s any more point to it than political correctness.

It’s gradually starting to dawn on me and a few of my more enlightened commentator colleagues that no matter how much the Australian politically correct and morally outraged trash Trump it will probably have less effect on the US Presidential Election than the impact of Sam Dastyari’s demise on the Chinese Politburo.

Whilst Trump’s policies are sending many Americans apoplectic they are also persuading many others to vote for him and that should give pause for thought rather than rushing in like Hillary and calling them ‘deplorables’.

The continuing anti-Trump tirades emanating from the ABC may be sufficient to guarantee Hillary a winning lead amongst the Q&A audience but they have no impact whatsoever on people who really count like white middle class American voters.

It may come as a shock to civil libertarians and refugee advocates around the world but the fact is that millions of intelligent and clear-thinking Americans are going to vote for Trump.

They genuinely believe Obama has been a plonker of a President who has weakened US influence abroad, allowed illegal immigrants to proliferate run riot and take jobs from US citizens, treated the $20 trillion debt like a nickel and dime problem, gone soft on terrorism, totally ignored the needs of the middle-class and presided over the most dire divisions in race and politics that the country has ever known.

While it can be argued that some of these claims are without merit there is some justification in the claim that Obama hasn’t really paid attention to the middle class and has done little or nothing to assuage their concerns.

On the other hand Trump shows every indication that he has listened.

Trump supporters are terrified that Hillary is the best prepared President in history to lead them further down the economic pathway pioneered by Greece. She shows no more promise of listening to their concerns than Bernie Sanders let alone Obama.

Trump is the inevitable sort of trauma that emerges when so many people are despised, disappointed and disillusioned by so many politicians for so long.

If Trump becomes US President it will be a real worry for countries like Australia who rely on close ties with the US for their trade and security. On the other hand it could be what many Americans are desperately seeking to help redress what they judge to be the unfair legacy left by the Obama Presidency.

It may be another example of democracy not being a perfect system but at least it’s capable of producing solutions like Trump rather than Maduro or Mugabe.

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As one of Australia’s leading social commentators A Hole is always conscious of the need to avoid making an arse of himself. His commentaries are frequently compared to the material on the walls of public toilets although they don’t remain in the public consciousness anything like as long.

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