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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2641

Donald Trump’s Unstoppable March towards the White House

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…

Having clinched the Republican nomination for the forthcoming presidential election in November, Donald Trump has set his sight firmly on the ultimate political trophy – the White House. With an enviable form of self-belief, Mr Trump is already acting, talking and of course, behaving like the president of the most powerful nation on the planet, much to the delight of his adoring fans across the United States.

His tumultuous march, punctuated by a long list of unorthodox quips, controversies and bold statements, at times pushed the very party that he represents to a dark corner with a few exit points; the fractured opposition that emerged to undermine him just evaporated to political oblivion as fast as they first appeared.

In the light of the inevitable finale, the majority of the Republican hierarchy, if not all, which often bore the brunt of Mr Trump’s fury over the far-from-straight-forward selection process, seem to have made up their minds to brace themselves to live with the disagreeable outcome.

As expected in political situations of this kind, there are signs that some have slowly started the silent migration to the Trump camp, while rekindling the old adage: many kiss the hand that wish to cut off.

When Mr Trump was reaching the summit of the nomination process, many thought he would act presidential while toning down his speeches and certain references that he habitually makes; there were even talks of appointing media-savvy communicators to handle the PR front.

Much to the disappointment of those who wish Mr Trump to be different in the light of his victory in winning the nomination, the latter does not show any sign of changing his ways to appease certain strata of the contemporary American society.

In short, Mr Trump is still his own man: he speaks his mind and doesn’t seem to be caring about the consequences of his references. If he is insulted by TV ads by his rivals, he hits back – and often inventing nicknames for them, which he later keeps repeating until they are indelibly registered in the national psyche.

Mr Trumph’s remarkable success, from absolute political novice to a political-pop-star, has already made the conventional political theories – and those who follow them to the letter – irreversibly redundant. With his extraordinary campaign, Mr Trump proves that the strong instinct coupled with plain-talking can catapult a determined individual into a high achiever of political goals in a very short period of time.

In 2008, when Mr Barack Obama suddenly became a global political icon, it could easily be attributed to his gift of oratory. Mr Trump, however, is not known for grand political rhetoric. Nor is he famous for making poetic policy speeches. Yet, the American audience, judging by rapidly-changing poll numbers, which yearn to listen to Mr Trump’s message, seems to be growing by the day.

With his theme, making America great again, Mr Trump r’s rallying cry seems to be steadily propagating through the porous periphery of the Republican Party, while winning the independent voters who sit on the fence of political divide. Mr Trump’s narrow national lead over Hilary Clinton – for the first time during the campaign – can only be accounted for by taking this factor into account.

It can only get worse for Mrs Clinton, who is already mired in an e-mail controversy involving a private email server: if the intense animosity between Mrs Clinton and Berny Sanders do not die down when either of them wins the nomination, some supporters may end up in supporting Mr Trump – as the lesser of two evils, from their point of view, of course.

Mr Trump’s ascent to the throne of the Free World may not be good news for the long term allies, though: Mr Trump’s no-holds-barred, major foreign policy has always been that of America first slogan and he shows no sign of deviating from it; he doesn’t want America to be world’s policeman and will not be bothered to read the riot act for those who don’t follow America’s line in nurturing democratic values and human rights; he is not a fan of NATO and consider it as a relic from the past; he admires President Putin, doesn’t hide the mutual respect for each other and time and again makes it clear he wants to work with Russia, a massive PR blow to NATO, which sees Russia as the bogeyman again the West.

All in all, Mr Trump’s unique success so far while defying every single political pundit, is a fairly reliable indication that he may make it all the way to the White House in November this year.

Although, his ability to living up to the expectations of the Americans, both of the working class and middle class, remains to be seen, his uninhibited nature when it comes to calling a spade a spade, may change the American political culture beyond recognition, especially when every single aspiring politician starts mimicking him.

- Asian Tribune -

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