The ‘Weak’ in Politics: #USElections Wrap up Dec 13th 2015

by | Sunday 13 December 2015

The ‘Weak’ in Politics as seen by Alexandra Tselios

 

I recently had dinner with a few friends who are from New York City and who were, for many months now, vocal Trump supporters. Over a drink they admitted to me that they no longer could publicly endorse his candidacy, however I suspect they still agreed with him on many issues. This is not uncommon, for a view or position to become so publicly appalling that those who it still resonates with will no longer admit it. What concerns me, is there will be a loud host of Trump fans who still support him publicly, but also a quiet rumbling of Americans who are fearful, and while they may not endorse or acknowledge Trump’s positions out loud, they will still vote for him at the polls. This unfortunately results in less debate, because many are unlikely to discuss what they truly believe or feel and in the end the public narratives are dictated by those who should not necessarily be leading the narrative in the first place.

Fear is still the major driving force for Trump fans, and I think as the noise of the elections become louder and closer to home, division is absolutely still there, albeit more subtle for some. I believe that while loudly many voters will say they disagree with Trump, behind closed doors they may not be so sure, because…well…fear and uncertainty. I call it ‘Trump Hate Lite‘.

With some saying Trump is destroying the Republican party, Ted Cruz has since soared in the polls becoming the current frontrunner for the Republican party in Iowa. I bet Trump didn’t see that coming, nor that pretty much all the World Leaders would turn on him, but somehow I assume Trump cares very little about all of this. He will truly only care when it impacts his businesses, and with recent reports saying developers in Istanbul are looking into cutting ties with him plus a $6 billion dollar golf development in Dubai being cancelled, that day is drawing closer.

Meanwhile, a Harvard Poll finds that Millennial voters are more likely to vote for Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump or Ben Carson. This is fairly typical of generation tired of career politicians, and who previously said ‘We will not be tricked‘; so while Trump and Carson both make extreme (and stupid) statements, they also are more likely to mean what they say – which is all Millennial’s want, they just want to know what they are dealing with when listening to a person.

And finally, Hillary Clinton scored big points after her recent appearance on the Seth Meyers show where she discussed gun control (“If you are too dangerous to fly in America, you ought to be too dangerous to buy a gun in America”) and declared that Trump is no longer funny. Even anti-Clinton supporters are likely to agree with her now.

The ‘Weak’ in Politics as seen by Roger Pugh

Heard at Jeb’s campaign HQ
“Why didn’t Trump go to the Paris Climate Summit?”
“Because he would have raised the temperature there by more than 2 degrees celsius”

Heard at Trump’s campaign HQ
“How will Ben Carson celebrate Christmas?”
“Just like any other birthday”

Heard in a Georgetown bar
“What action would Bernie Sanders take against terrorists?”
“He’d treat them just like capitalists”

Heard at Republican Party HQ
“What do you think would happen if Bill stuffed up Hillary’s campaign?”
“Planned Parenthood would have some more body parts to sell”

Heard in Congress
“What are Obama’s chances of saving the world at the Paris Summit?”
“About the same as Jeb’s of saving his arse at the Utah primary”