In some way, we might all be a little bit responsible for Donald Trump. It could be that he’s just the clown holding up the mirror to the rest of us.
Trump will be the next president of the USA for the same reason that Eddie McGuire is already the president of the Collingwood Football Club, Nathan Tinkler got fat on coal and sporting clubs, Wayne Carey remains on our television screens, Clive Palmer was elected to federal parliament and Shane Warne now looks like a lesbian Thunderbird. Seduced by their overwhelming desire for attention and the startling hollowness of their gigantic egos we continue to empower them.
By we, I mean men, and women too. Mummy’s boys have proven to be almost as historically dangerous to families and societies throughout the world as those men who’ve lacked decent male role models. The fathers of women who voted for Trump have a lot to answer for.
That people are flabbergasted by the rise to power of a prehistorically vacuous and cruel alpha-male is most surprising. Bill Cosby would have liked his chances against Hillary Clinton.
Australians critical of America should remember they only recently elected a nationally acknowledged caveman in Tony Abbott to high office. Also that the deliberate and proud pig Mark Latham once came close too.
Australia’s parliament still contains enough sexists, racists and homophobes for a man like Trump to rub his tiny hands together in glee. Australians are in no position to be hurling rocks across the Pacific Ocean.
America may have great difficulty dealing with its damaged psychology, but so too does Australia. The pile of inhumane and abhorrent policies swept under the carpet of both nations continues to cause many people considerable harm.
Trump’s victory is a win for every man who has ever thought it their right to manhandle a woman. Make no mistake, there are men like him everywhere. Strip clubs and gymnasiums are full of them. As are nightclubs – these dangerous predators trawl dance-floors, often alone (a quick tip for ladies: if you ever meet a man in a nightclub or pub who is by himself, treat him the same way you would if you just caught him doing a shit in your toaster.) Our television screens are filled with men who have repeatedly proven themselves unfit to be in positions of public influence. These power-hungry, controlling cretins reside in offices, building sites and homes throughout the country.
Many of these men are charming and charismatic – two words beginning with the letter ‘C’ that I’m eternally grateful I’ve never been called. I’m yet to personally meet a charming and charismatic man whom I’d trust or believe solely on the basis of his charm or charisma. Almost all who encountered him swear that Ted Bundy was charming and charismatic. I’ll settle for decent.
Decent men don’t crave power. It comes to some of them naturally. The narcissists, sociopaths, badly damaged and grossly insecure are the ones that crave the false validation of power, then the opulence, violence and womanising that often accompanies it. It’s hard to understand let alone defeat a man who wants what you don’t want. It’s even harder to understand or defeat people who hate when you don’t hate.
Trump is what America and the world deserve. He’s not about left and right. People who continue to wholeheartedly align themselves with these so-called ‘teams’ are merely barrackers, as if politics is some sort of sport, though for nerds, albeit with more serious ramifications.
Strangely, no one I’ve spoken to recently has admitted they’d vote for Donald Trump (not even my American friends who were actually allowed to vote). Yet, plenty of people I’ve spoken to in my travels around the country recently are proudly; anti-Muslim, anti-immigration, racist, homophobic, self-interested and sexist. Reconciling that with a an apparent and belligerent disapproval of Trump is difficult. Still, perhaps once you can join those starkly misaligned dots, you’ll understand why the male ego in its most pathetic form has once again prevailed and why Donald Trump is the President-Elect of the United States of America.