Disclaimer: In this section we don’t introspect, instead we turn a blind eye to our own sad state of affairs and enjoy the spectacle of other countries.
I just cannot wrap my head around the sheer stupidity and ignorance of people. It has been almost 4 years since Trump came to power, the same year when Modi decided to cleanse the Indian economy of Black Money, but it still feels like yesterday when the entire world watched the Trumps take over the White House. The result came as a shock – the predictions and early voting pointed to a Hillary victory, but the Clinton clan was unsuccessful in reclaiming the presidential throne. Social media and the rising numbers of uneducated Americans were blamed. Why would someone in their right mind vote for Donald Trump? The reasons can be many but for a succinct answer refer to the opening sentence of this para.
In the last four years, there has been a progression in the intensity of the remarks made against Trump. To see media houses and celebrities publicly degrading their leader came as a shock to me. A shock that lasted only for a couple of weeks. In 2016, the day after the result was announced, Obama tactfully acknowledged Trump as the new president and congratulated him on the win. Within a few months, the world watched the Obamas welcoming the Trumps to the White House. An overconfident Donald strutting ahead to meet the ever-graceful Michelle and Barack, leaving his wife behind – a mark of a true gentleman.
Trump is many things, but a gentleman he is not. He has been called a clown, a misogynist, a bully, a liar and a lot more and sometimes all those together – a big, lying, misogynistic clown! The hilarious bit is that it’s all true. We are living in a phetasy – where reality becomes parody and parody becomes reality. Donald Trump as the president of the United States of America is the perfect example of this. I have nothing against Trump. I look to him as a source of entertainment. By gazing at the distant shores, I can deftly avert my eyes from the political mess ongoing in my country. I am aware of the glass house analogy and I choose to ignore it. Isn’t picking on others’ shortcomings the in thing these days?
So, going back to the stupidity of people. Irrespective of caste, colour and citizenship, people are dum-witted everywhere. In the last couple of weeks my Insta feed is full of Hollywood celebrities urging, coaxing, begging people to vote. I swear, next we’ll see them handing out the latest iPhones to get people to exercise their most important and basic right – the right to vote! I don’t know how it works in other countries – does it require equal amounts of cajoling and pleading? In India, the voting circus is not much different. We are a step ahead of America on this one. We not only have celebrities posting sombre selfies with a passionate message saluting the great nation, but we also have politicians hand out wads of cash to sway the population of a village to cast vote in their favour – a true example of democracy.
Reflecting upon the last few years of Trump’s leadership, there are perhaps many instances that may come to your mind. But for someone like me who keeps away from the world of politics – I can only think of a mispronounced hot beverage and the iconic red tie. I blame stubby fingers for the former (after a point even autocorrect doesn’t give a damn) and the latter was perhaps picked up from ‘colour psychology for dummies’. Because what is the best way to convey dominance, strength and leadership? Of course, it is to fill your wardrobe with hues of red.
In the Trump-Biden showdown, I have no opinion on who will emerge victorious. If the debate was any reflection then both the contenders were an equal disgrace to the position they are vying for. However, as it happens in most such cases one managed to stand out like a sore thumb, more than the other. As billions of live audience cringed in disbelief at the fate of their nation, it became an entertainment for the citizens of other nations – the ones not so lucky to be living the ‘ultimate dream’.
Unfortunately, this year we won’t get the full theatrics and drama that accompanies the election results. A large percentage of the US population are expected to vote by mail, given coronavirus concerns. But eventually, the results will be declared and we will know when we know.