InternationalVOLUME 15 ISSUE # 21

Trump in the eyes of Western media

There is no doubt about it that US President Donald Trump will be remembered in the annals of American history as an inept, undemocratic, violence provoker, exacerbator of social unrest and the supporter of white supremacism. With his bad political, economic and social policies, Trump has already led the American empire towards utter collapse and failure. After the killing of George Floyd, a black man, by the American police, Trump has failed to handle the situation successfully. With his incendiary tweets and bad speech, Trump has inflamed more hatred, racism and created division among the American people. The speech, which Trump delivered after spending the weekend hiding in a bunker and firing off incendiary tweets, clearly manifests that he has declared war on the US people just to save his own partisan interests.

After the speech, Ron Wyden, a Democratic senator for Oregon, tweeted: “The fascist speech Donald Trump just delivered verged on a declaration of war against American citizens. I fear for our country tonight and will not stop defending America against Trump’s assault.” Kamala Harris, a Democratic senator for California, told the MSNBC network: “These are not the words of a president. They are the words of a dictator.”

David Smith writes in the Guardian: The darkness of his tone was also true to his instincts. His authoritarian tendencies include a love of military parades, putting his name on buildings, hiring family members, staging populist rallies, berating the media and threatening to “lock up” political opponents. He thrives on conflict. Joe Lockhart, a former White House press secretary, tweeted: “I lived through MLK and Bobby being assassinated, our cities burning, Watergate, 9/11 and other national tragedies. I’ve never been so frightened for our country as I am tonight. Trump has to go now.”

It is a fact that Trump loves war. In his Iowa campaign rally in 2015, Trump declared, “I’ve had a lot of wars of my own. I’m really good at war. I love war.” Melvin Goodman, a former CIA analyst and author of Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA and National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism, writes in Counterpunch: “Donald Trump has been at war for the past three and a half years as president of the United States. But he is waging his war against US institutions and norms. His recent attack on the nation’s Inspectors General has compromised the government’s ability to conduct oversight and accountability. His attacks on the treaties and accords of arms control and disarmament have weakened our national security. His pardon of a war criminal who was convicted by the US military has undermined the Pentagon’s command and control for unconscionable conduct. But Trump’s statements and actions in the wake of the killing of George Floyd have raised Trump’s war on democracy and governance to a new and dangerous level. Trump’s failure to develop a coherent national strategy to deal with a real “war,” the pandemic, ensures that he will not be able to develop a compassionate strategy for dealing with a crisis in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. The fundamental problem is that Trump is Trump; he is not capable of dealing with a crisis. For Trump, every crisis is a personal crisis, and his malignant narcissism and paranoia creates incoherence and confusion. The very nature of our republic is at risk as a result”.

History shows that the state of America has never been able to protect black Americans. Carol Anderson writes in the Guardian: “In 1919, the state failed to protect black Americans. A century later, it’s still failing. There is something so wounded in American society that basic commitment to justice is not part of the operating code.” In his colourful life, Trump has always evaded accountability. But, in this case, he is subject to face accountability in the coming elections. David Von Drehle writes in the Washington Post: “In his long and colorful life, the one thing he (Trump) has never experienced is accountability. Through bankruptcies and divorces, through busted friendships and cratered companies, through fabrications and prevarications, there has never been a problem he couldn’t turn his back on. So he’s an easy mark for the advisers who tell him to run like an outsider from inside the White House. Yet the presidency is not like a bankrupt casino or a second wife. It’s a stewardship that belongs to the American public, and over the course of an entire term the public forms a pretty strong opinion about how well it’s being handled. In poll after poll, voters have been telling Trump for quite some time that they don’t like the way he governs — even when they like certain results. Right now, they don’t even like the results. Trump loves secret plans and magical solutions. Remember his plan for ending North Korea’s nuclear program? And his plan for bringing China to heel? His plan for a wall paid for by Mexico? His promise that the coronavirus would magically disappear? Remember “I alone can fix it”? For the first time in his life, he’s accountable.”

Many thinkers and journalists are of the views that Trump is a weak man who has turned America into a pariah. According to Max Boot writes in the Washington Post: “Nearly two months ago, a headline in that venerable British newspaper the Guardian proclaimed: “US’s global reputation hits rock-bottom over Trump’s coronavirus response.” Now I’m wondering what’s lower than rock bottom? Because that’s where we are today after President Trump’s response to the demonstrations that have swept the United States. Trump’s inability to fight a pandemic that has killed more people in the United States than in any other country revealed that our government is dysfunctional and incompetent. Trump is, as journalist Windsor Mann notes, “a weak man posing as a strongman.” The bone-spur commando cowered from protesters in the White House bunker while unleashing salvo after salvo of blood-curdling threats to shoot looters and to unleash “the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons.” The world is watching, and it is appalled by what it sees. Trump has often said that he would stop the world from laughing at us. Mission accomplished. Instead of laughing, the world is weeping at what we have become.”

Some writers believe that Trump is inciting a civil war in America. Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize winner, writes in the New York Times: “Donald Trump, far from trying to calm the nation, is pouring gasoline on the fire; he seems very close to trying to incite a civil war. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that America as we know it is on the brink. How did we get here? The core story of US politics over the past four decades is that wealthy elites weaponized white racism to gain political power, which they used to pursue policies that enriched the already wealthy at workers’ expense. Until Trump’s rise it was possible — barely — for people to deny this reality with a straight face. At this point, however, it requires willful blindness not to see what’s going on. Even before the coronavirus plunged us into depression, Trump had failed to deliver major employment growth in coal mining or manufacturing. And farmers, who supported Trump by large margins in 2016, have suffered huge losses thanks to his trade wars. So what has Trump really offered to the white working class that makes up most of his base? Basically, he has provided affirmation and cover for racial hostility.”

In short, Trump is not feeling any hesitation to invoke a civil war and incite racial hatred for protecting his partisan interests.