By Kenias Mafukidze
The logical impossibility of the implications of the article entitled ‘Mad billionaire breaks up Republican party’ by my namesake, Brother Ken Mufuka, initially had me intrigued and then a bit perplexed. Upon recovery, it got me thinking about the implications on the rest of the world in general and Africa, in particular, of a Donald Trump presidency.
At the end of the article one point is clear. Brother Mufuka is clearly no fan of Mitt Romney. That is the easy part.
The harder, and perhaps more intriguing part of the article is that it is not clear what Mufuka’s views are on Trump. Big Trump is clearly running away with the Republican Party nominations. Like him or not, Trump’s message is somehow resonating with a lot of Americans within the Republican party.
They are now drawn to him like flies to light during a dark night. Even award-winning, soft spoken, little understood Doctor Ben Carson has since joined the Trump train even after being the recipient of the typical Trump verbal vitriol. This Trump mom-entum/“phenomenon” is clearly to the shock of the whole world, myself included.
How can Trump triumph given the high levels of both verbal and physical violence in his talk and at his rallies? How can a man who incites so much division and anger within the American society have such a following?
Even the Republican party godfathers are taken aback and have had to back off a hurried embrace of Trump.
Romney was the poisoned arrow who was sent to start an assault on Trump’s momentum and hopefully stop him from winning the Republican party nominee. Too little too late, if you ask me.
President Barack Obama and indeed most people regarded Trump with ridicule as they considered him obnoxious, politically incorrect and hence clearly unelectable. His campaign starved of policy gravitas, looked so much a hype and destined for an early premature death. Boy, how we all got it wrong!
So in part Mufuka is clearly also shocked and has commenced his arduous journey through the seven stages of grief. His article exhibited that he has just graduated from shock and is in the denial mode.
Most people, even within the Republican party have since gone past these stages and past depression and are slowly settling in to accept the indigestible possibility that Trump might not only be the Republican party nominee. He might even ascend to the United States presidency!
Here are the issues that my brother Mufuka, myself and other thinkers must start processing.
1. In reality isn’t the affinity Americans are showing to Trump simply a glimpse of their hitherto well-hidden annoyance with women, blacks, Africans, Muslims and the rest of the world? All constituencies who have been attacked by Trump and his supporters.
2. Is it inconceivable that perhaps Trump is not inventing a new narrative. It could be just that his message resonates with the latent, deeply buried and closely guarded feelings by Americans that their space is being invaded by the world. This invasion is manifested even by the fact that a black President has been allowed into the innermost chamber of country: The White House? Look at how the Americans have created a gridlock just to try and obstruct Obama from achieving anything. Even after Obama successfully turned the economy he is getting no acceptance of the fact let alone recognition. The Republican party is in denial over the success of a black presidency. They can’t afford to have this fact acknowledged in history. As Trump puts it, he will just tell it as it is with no attempt at political correctness. He says Americans are angry! This, to him, explains why at his rallies they can beat up protestors, mostly blacks.
3. Is it not time we accept and possibly thank Trump for finally telling us the brutal truth of exactly how the bulk of the Americans view the rest of the world?
Let’s face it, on the surface, Trump represents all the things that we find repulsive and not worthy of respect. Only that we thought we were together with the Americans on sharing these values.
This fantasy was put to test when Trump lifted the skirt on what was really hidden in the hearts of a vast number of Americans. The clock was ticking and they have in this election a choice to make. They must decide on continued faking harmony and congruency with the world or really go for defending their supremacist view.
Trump represents their best opportunity for them to assign someone to the Oval Office who can bully everyone using his media clout. With Trump up in the giddy heights of the Oval Office, they can then systematically start peeling back layers of privileges “lost” in the last century. They will repeal Obamacare, they will ban Muslims, and they will build a wall against Mexico. In fact, the end game is to obliterate from the face of the earth any evidence of an error they perceive they made. That error being putting a black man in the Oval Office.
4. Is it not a reality that in Trump the Republicans had to choose between who they are in private and who they are in reality! Trump and his sidekick Carson have for their part admitted Trump himself is dual-faced.
In this regard, the Republican party’s choice is loud and clear. They have shown steadfast allegiance to who they really are and this cannot be embodied any better than Trump. Donald’s message, including the misogynistic tendencies alluded to by Brother Mufuka, is really deeply what the Republics base is all about! Donald just has had the courage to hugely come out in the open.
5. Is the world surprised? Damn right it is. Are the Republican godfathers surprised? Damn right they are. However, the surprise of the Republican godfathers is actually frustration and disappointment. It is disappointment that Trump is making public their innermost privately shared disrespect of anything un-American as defined in their narrow exclusionist definition.
So to Brother Mufuka I say, maybe Trump is not breaking up the US Republican party, but simply exposing who exactly they are and what they represent? Furthermore, it is clear that whatever they represent is at odds with long-held views of political correctness.
So Mufuka, it’s not logically possible for Trump to win nomination and then break the party. The two are technically, mutually and ideologically exclusive. If Trump wins the nomination then he becomes the new Republican party!
So the question which will only be answered in the general election is: Is Trump’s view the Republican party view or is it the predominant American view? It is clear that with Trump in power, the Mexican wall is not the last wall Trump will build, its simply the first of many. There would be a wall against blacks, against Muslims, against Africans, misogyny etc.
In many ways, the Mexicans are lucky that their wall will be physical and therefore easier to deal with. The walls Trump wants to build against blacks and Africans will be mental. Now, these last are close to perpetuity and are virtually impossible to destroy once erected.
So Trump is not merely an American headache. He is a global headache and certainly an African one. Africa needs to start processing the far-reaching impact of a Trump presidency!
Kenias Mafukidze is a strategic and development analyst.
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