As you probably have gathered, Donald Trump is not a popular man at the moment.
After the businessman, running for the Republican presidential nomination, suggested that all Muslims immigrants be barred from stepping onto US shores “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” the floodgates really have opened. Everyone from prince to pauper is up in arms against it, with plenty of discussion on social media. Trump seems to have crossed the line once again, having crossed many other lines previously with comments towards Mexican immigrants.
But thinking too hard about poll data is a distraction – think instead of the distress of thousands of Muslims, both immigrants and American citizens, as they see how many Republican voters think Trump is speaking good sense. The arson attack against a California mosque is one incident in a spate of anti-Muslim actions that has been reported across the United States.
Trump’s popularity is going up among Republican voters. More and more of the electorate are siding with his notions, with some citing Trump as the man who will voice the dirty truths that other people are too afraid to voice. But what has been noticed across the board, in the offices of The Guardian, The Independent, The New Statesman and elsewhere is that every spotlight seems to be shining on Donald Trump. None of the things coming out of the other candidates’ mouths are being covered in the mainstream media – it’s all Trump, Trump, Trump. Not only has Trump stolen the show, he’s also made other candidates seem mediocre, in both capability and political convictions, in comparison.
Yes, the man is a sort of political enigma. A household name across America as a successful entrepreneur, a few years ago Donald Trump would not describe himself as a Republican; yet it is for the Republicans that he is standing now. His campaign is funded by his own business empire rather than donations from supporters. The suit, the hair and the catty scowl are his trademarks. But Donald Trump is not unique – Ben Carson has just as a little political experience. Trump is an ageing businessman and Carson is a retired neurosurgeon. Carly Fiorina, another candidate, also has a business background.
The wash of criticisms against Donald Trump’s latest case of verbal and political diarrhoea are all well and good, but in light of the things that other prominent Republicans have said, Trump’s “complete and total ban” on foreign Muslims entering the country is just golden chalice of a treasure trove of goodies. Trump deserves the response but so do his fellow nominees. If Trump should be banned from coming to the United Kingdom, then so should some of the other Republican hopefuls.