WHAT DONALD TRUMP’S FIRST TWEETS SINCE NOV 9 TELL US!

Since November 9, when Republican Donald Trump started tweeting (@realDonaldTrump) again after his landslide (and stunning) victory in the US Presidential polls defeating the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton with a wide margin of the electoral college vote (even if Hillary Clinton emerged as the winner of the popular vote), he has tweeted 14 times.

And if we see into these tweets – they tell us how the next phase is going to be in the life of the US President Elect Donald Trump – till January 20 next year when Donald Trump will be sworn in.

And it doesn’t look good.

His first and second tweets (since November 9) were normal – saying ‘happy 241st birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps!’ and – and how his first meeting with Obamas was fantastic.

But his third and fourth tweets were aimed at media and the protests raging against him.

In one tweet, he says them professional protesters and blames media of inciting them. And he doesn’t look to do some course correction in the next tweet when he refers to them as a ‘small group of protesters’. Yes, he says that they (the protesters) have passion for their great country and they (including Trump) will come together but he clearly tries to show them as marginal players while we all know the protesters are not just a ‘small group’. Spontaneous anti-Trump protests have broken out in many US states and even in other countries.

His fifth and sixth tweet since November 9 (November 10 is a no tweet day) are again normal business like – about his team in the government and expressing gratitude on the Veterans Day.

His only tweet on November 12 is again aimed at normalizing an abnormal situation – a divided US society – saying ‘we will unite and we will win, win, win!’ That attitude is a must for him and he needs to practice it honestly if he, indeed, has to see a united America – because the truth is – his election has bitterly divided the US.

And today it looks like about visiting the old foes (and old values again).

Three of his seven tweets today (so far) are about NY Times – that how the publication ‘is losing thousands of subscribers because of its very poor and highly inaccurate coverage of the “Trump phenomena”- that ‘NY Times sent a letter to their subscribers apologizing for their BAD coverage of me. I wonder if it will change – doubt it?’ – and that ‘NY Times states today that DJT believes “more countries should acquire nuclear weapons.” How dishonest are they. I never said this!’

These three tweets and the earlier one blaming media for inciting anti-Trump protests show we should rule out a near future thaw – given the way Trump’s campaign has been – he didn’t believe in climate crisis; he believed in racial domination; he despised immigrants; he liked dictators like Vladimir Putin; he spoke against Muslims; he promoted populism at the cost of logic like his liberal nuclear doctrine or his anti-outsourcing rant and many more – all ingredients to make any media anti-Trump if Trump doesn’t work to change that.

The signals so far have been mixed.

Though before this hour, he had not said anything outrageous after winning the polls – like he used to do every other day during the campaign phase – and has indicated a ‘softened’ approach to Obamacare, something that he had said he would disband – he just sounded absurd again when he said in an interview that he would soon ‘deport 3 million immigrants’ and the US-Mexican border will be ‘partly fenced’.

These tweets indicate, together with his policy decisions like these, tell us that the days ahead are going to be tumultuous in the US.

If Trump would continue with his absurd but populist ultra-nationalist agenda of expelling immigrants (and fencing borders and so on), he will rightly be questioned by media and it will certainly propel the anti-Trump protesters who are quite a sizeable chunk (and are growing) to do more against the Republican President.

His other four tweets of the day are about thanking people and announcing his upcoming TV interaction.

©SantoshChaubey

DISTURBING SIGNALS FROM 2016 US ELECTION

Glass ceiling: The world’s most successful democracy was closest to undo one of its historical wrongs – by electing its first female president – but the glass ceiling remained intact on this front – and what is ironical is that the US has elected a president who has had a life of making misogynistic and sexist remarks. Now the US will have to wait for at least another four years if it has to correct that ‘historical social anomaly’.

A divided nation: The world had never seen society in the US so divided, at least in decades, since the days of segregation and counterculture. Okay, there is always this division – a group chooses this, the other one goes for that – but this all is at an electoral level. What is happening in the US after Donald Trump’s victory is suggestive of deep fissures in the US society. There have been violent protests in many states and though its over 24 hours, they are only going up.

No Obama mention: Though Donald Trump delivered a graceful victory speech beginning it with the words of thanks for Hillary Clinton who had called him to accept the poll outcome, he didn’t mention Barack Obama even once – like some words for his predecessor who led his country for eight years before him. Though Obama and Trump have had differences and Barack Obama candidly accept it, he did call Donald Trump to congratulate him immediately after the final results came in. And we all know, going by the life lived by Obama and Trump so far, Obama is a towering person compared to Trump.

A growing chasm with more than ever have-nots in the US: It is being said that the class who felt left out by the political elite of the US who rules the power corridors of Washington – the blue collar workers, people of small town and rural America who still feel the pain to manage their lives and families after the 2008 global economic crisis went en masse to elect Trump – even registered Democrats – even those who had voted for Obama in the previous two presidential polls. This poll outcome shows that all is not well and the US is no more that model of society that the world looked up to. Okay, there are other reasons and groups who have voted for Trump as well but a Trump victory propelled by have-nots of America (by American standards) tells us that disparity is rapidly growing there.

A fear psychosis that is pushing people to check immigration options to other countries: There are plenty of reports that many in the US are scramming to check immigration websites of countries like Canada or New Zealand.

The class wars: The fact that Donald Trump won even if he openly talked against Muslims and immigrants and was seen as a divisive figure when it came to racial discrimination tells us that the US society is somewhere breaking down and it is needed to be healed immediately. What Trump did may be now a past from his campaign rhetoric but we should not forget that there were plenty of people in the US who saw an appealing person in Trump because of this rhetoric only. Also worrying is the pieces of analysis which say that this Trump victory is because Trump’s predecessor Obama was a black American in a country of predominantly white people. The growing incidents of attacks on black Americans support it. And when it comes to Hillary Clinton, we should not forget that before being anyone else, she was seen as a Democrat of the Washington circle who once worked with Barack Obama.

Hillary is still the popular choice: Now, in 2012, Donald Trump had tweeted to let the world know that how much he despised the electoral college. He had said, “The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.” Now it is this electoral college only that has given him the US presidency because Hillary Clinton is the winner of the popular vote. Going by a latest Forbes report, Hillary has got 59,926,386 popular votes, more than Trump’s 59,698,506 votes. That may not be much but statisically it places her on a high pedestal.

Disturbing! Isn’t it? Let’s hope that these signals get the required correctional measures (and the healing) soon.

©SantoshChaubey

WOULD THIS BE A DIFFERENT AMERICA? LET’S SEE.

Hillary Clinton just said that the US is more divided than they previously had thought. Well, she just lost the poll of her life because, in all probability, she is not going to stand in the presidential race again. She has had close calls – first in 2008 and now, in 2016. Then it was Barack Obama – a highly competent person who mesmerized not only America but the whole world.

Now it is Donald Trump – whom not only most in America but even most in the world were writing off.

So it hurts.

But like has been the US tradition, like Trump was graceful in his victory speech (even if we cannot give him any benefit of doubt because he was not ‘fully’ graceful), Hillary, though admitting the deep fissures in the US society, has gracefully extended him ‘an open mind and the chance to lead’.

Donald Trump was also graceful till this part – recognizing Hillary’s efforts, her career and her service to the nation. He began his speech with this point. But beyond that, though it was a balanced victory speech sans all the campaign rhetoric, it fell short of expectations.

Trump did not mention Barack Obama even once during his speech – someone who is going to succeed – someone who has been a popular president. Now we cannot say if it fits some pattern but logic cannot accept it.

So far Donald Trump has been known as wearing a reckless business attitude – a ‘profiteering from everything’ motto defines his existence – a life that has nothing credible to inspire people – a lifestyle that has been undoubtedly playboyish – a thinking process that reeks of sexism, class discrimination and racial domination.

So far, Donald Trump has been a character – he has been an actor – let’s see if he can now be the person that a US President needs to be.

We all know election campaign rhetoric and official rhetoric are entirely different. ‘Politics is nasty stuff’ – even Donald Trump accepted it in his victory speech.

If he realizes it and is going to follow it in his governance style, it will be good for America and the world.

For America, his election has deeply divided the US society. Clashes broke at many place, in many states after his victory became clear. Students organized protest rallies. There were incidents of arson and vandalism. Many US parents are worried that what they would tell to their children. Women are fearful of a president with a long history of anti-woman statements.

The world, too, has not taken it kindly. From world leaders to media outfits, they have shown displeasure and scepticism. It can be summed up in two expressesions – of the French President Francois Hollande who reacted on Trump’s election saying it has ‘opened a period of uncertainty’ – and of the UK daily The Telegraph’s report on the global reaction headlined ‘dear God, America what have you done?’.

Donald Trump has to change that if he has to have successful four years first. Second term or eight years, as he mentioned in his speech comes only after that.

©SantoshChaubey

TOMORROW IS THE GLOBAL D-DAY

So, it’s going to be the biggest electoral d-day of the globe tomorrow when the world’s most powerful and successful democracy, that is also the only superpower, will vote to elect its next president.

Though the world is increasingly becoming multipolar, it is still the US driven geopolitics when it comes to most international issues. And the US president is the most powerful person on the planet and it all depends on him.

Barack Obama, the 44th US President, is a man who is more inclined to focus on his domestic interests, reducing the footprint of active US intervention in global affairs, from Afghanistan to Iraq to Syria to Libya to Middle East countries. His efforts to mend ties with Iran and Cuba tell us his balanced approach here.

But that would not be the case always – in case a mercurial and controversial person assumes the 45th US Presidency – as no one is writing Donald Trump off – the Republican nominee.

There are very real chances that Donald Trump can win the polls. The final rounds of the pre-poll surveys are in and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, only holds a thin edge over Trump – Hillary’s 44.6 over Trump’s 42.4 – according to the Real Clear Politics index that gives us an average value of many polls.

And that is disturbing – until the final figures start percolating in – that show Hillary Clinton is going to go back to the White House.

Because of the person Donald Trump is – because of a reckless business attitude that he wears – because of a ‘profiteering from everything’ motto that defines his existence – because of a life that has nothing credible to inspire people – because of a lifestyle that has been undoubtedly playboyish – because of a thinking process that reeks of sexism, class discrimination and racial superiority.

And because it all reflects in the Presidential nominee Donald Trump!

So, if indeed Donald Trump wins, it will not be bad only for America but for the whole world. A man who openly endorses use of force, a man who openly reviles Muslims, immigrants and racial minorities and a man who hobnobs with dictators like Vladimir Putin can hardly be a good news – for America and for the world. 

Tomorrow will decide that.

Yes, there is always this remote possibility that Trump may emerge as a different, positive person from what he has been so far but we should not forget that it is only a ‘possibility’. 

©SantoshChaubey