START BUILDING YOUR NUCLEAR FALLOUT SHELTERS

I’ve been keeping an eye on all things Trump online (see here and here). Below is a quirky selection of some of the more recent quotes, images, and clips I’ve found related to The Donald. But first, a few of my own thoughts…

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Start building your nuclear fallout shelters because the Trump Train marches on. With Trump now the presumptive Republican nominee get on board or get out of the way because God alone knows where this train will stop. Will it derail at the Republican convention or will it choo-choo victoriously all the way to Washington?

Despite the fact that Trump continues to test the limits of basic human decency, despite the fact that John Oliver called Trump a “sentient circus peanut” and “an ill-fitting suit full of chickens coming home to roost”, despite the fact that Trevor Noah called Trump a “self-financed jack-o’-lantern” and a “racist sunset”, despite the fact that on BBC’s Newsnight Jo Klein called Trump a “master of disaster” and David Frum said Trump was “obviously fraudulent”, despite the fact that Ron Fournier said Trump is “a bigoted, sexist, divisive, vainglorious fan of political violence”, despite the fact that Jon Stewart called him “a man-baby” who “has the physical countenance of a man and a baby’s temperament and hands”, despite the fact that Trump is the ultimate Churchillian riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a political enigma, despite all this and more, Trumpelstiltskin has somehow secured the votes of millions of Americans in state after state. The following quote from the movie Reds (1981) aptly comes to mind: “Voting is the opium of the masses in this country.”

Political analysts are still trying to figure out how we are where are. Nobody is quite sure why voters have decided to embrace the irrationality of Trump. Is it a last ditched battle cry of white Americans who now see themselves as the minority? Are cornered white Christians, fearing their downfall, now showing their true colours as they fight for survival? This may be somewhat true because, at this present moment in time, the majority of under 5 year olds in the States are non-white.

My wife said something interesting about Trump supporters: their racist, anti-semitic, homophobic feelings must have always been there, hidden, suppressed, but now they have an outlet in the form of Trump. The recent movie Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) had a line that made me think why so many white people may be voting Trump: “That’s how it starts, the fever, the rage, the feeling of powerlessness. It turns good men cruel.”

If it is true that you get the politicians you deserve then embattled white voters need to know that Trump is a living, breathing, walking, talking, bull-shitting, fear-mongering representation of the worst aspects of America’s collective ego. His supporters are forever strong in their fanaticism, refusing to surrender to the logic of common good and common decency. Seth Meyers recently said that “debating Trump supporters is like trying to untangle headphones in a tornado.”

Trump is a joke gone too far, a joke gone rogue as nobody knows how to bring it back. No one knows when the punchline will be delivered, perhaps at the Republican convention which, because of Trump, will now be a big, orange, loud, and frightening one-man show.

America continues having a collective nervous breakdown with Trump Pied Piping us all towards the inevitable apocalypse, and should the four horseman appear I hope one of them is Mexican, one is a Muslim, one is gay, and one is Black, all riding disabled Arabian horses, and all wearing cloaks made in China. One can but hope…

Anyways, enough of my ranting, here are the views of others. Enjoy!


Donald Trump’s central belief is Donald Trump…

Trump has a black and white view on all aspects of life, the universe, and everything. With foreign policy, for example, Trump has a win-lose approach: for America to win someone else must lose, and if someone else wins then by default America loses. His policy announcements so far have been very basic step 1 thinking, with no thought given at all to steps 2, 3, and beyond. In fact, Trump was asked who his best foreign policy advisor was, to which he replied:

“I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain, and I’ve said a lot of things…I know what I’m doing, and I listen to a lot of people, I talk to a lot of people, and at the appropriate time I’ll tell you who the people are…But I speak to a lot of people, but my primary consultant is myself, and I have a good instinct for this stuff.”


We now have an anti-Trump dating website called Maple Match


Ricky Gervais says American voters get what they deserve…

It’s funny, comedians tell a joke and they get in trouble; Donald Trump says a terrible thing and means it, and he gets elected. I get it, though, Trump hit a vein. He hit the peak of political correctness, and he’s an antidote to all that. People are tired of being told they can’t say things, so he’s suddenly this poster boy for saying what’s on your mind, however terrible it is. And it’s going to go the other way. Trump’s going to get in, and suddenly there’s going to be 32 Jon Stewarts. It’s cyclical; people build their different armies.

It was only recently that I realized that Trump actually could become president. I should have realized sooner. Think about it: We live a world where there are warnings on bottles of bleach — we have to tell people not to drink bleach. In that world, Trump can be president. And in a sense, you get what you deserve. That’s democracy, baby! It’s just a really odd thing to have this man who’s meant to be the most powerful man in the world act like a Twitter troll. – Ricky Gervais


…but Gervais does has a brilliant plan for trumping Trump…


Pankaj Mishra says Muslims should be thankful to Trump…

Donald Trump has violated almost every rule of political and social decorum in recent months. His inflammatory rhetoric now resonates across the world, finding echoes among Hindu supremacists in India and far-right politicians in Europe. Trump and his vociferous supporters seem to be setting up rancorous conflicts within and between societies.

In the process, however, Trump has made a little-acknowledged, and even vigorously denied, phenomenon seem incontrovertible: Islamophobia, the prejudice that blames an ancient religion for the crimes of some present-day murderers and fanatics, and makes a diverse population of 1.5 billion people look suspect in the eyes of the rest. – Pankaj Mishra


Moustafa Bayoumi shares similar sentiments…

While his campaign traffics in violence and threats, Trump doesn’t scare me. His corrosive comments on Muslims and Mexicans will only bring Muslims and Mexicans, and everyone else, closer together…

Muslims and Latinos are already actively seeking to register more voters than ever, and expect Muslim voter registration to really take off in June, during Ramadan, when Islamic centres will be full of congregants. Latino voter registration is already skyrocketing.

Even more fundamentally is the organising energy I see from young Muslim Americans and so many others determined not to let their country be taken over by radical haters. What I’ve never seen – and don’t expect to see – are Muslims cowering in fear of Trump. He may never have expected it, but Trump is helping to build the strongest, most multicultural, multifaith, and multi-ethnic America we have ever had. So, thank you, Donald. You really are making America great. – Moustafa Bayoumi


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Seth Meyers doesn’t know how we got here…

This should be a serious moment of introspection for the Republicans. How did they get to the point where they’re handing their nomination to a race-baiting, xenophobic serial liar who peddles conspiracy theories and thinks the National Enquirer is a real newspaper? – Seth Meyers


…but Bill Maher knows it’s not the fault of the liberals…


Obama reminds Trump (and the rest of us) about the seriousness of being president…


As expected, the Hitler comparisons still continue…

I think of Trump as Hitler without the warmth. – Gilbert Gottfried

He’s an unconscious fascist, less like Hitler the careful schemer, more like Adolf’s mentor Mussolini, who cobbled together a little bit from the socialist left and a lot from the nationalist right, winged it as he noted which lines got the most applause, and repeated those. – Ted Rall

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…as does the feud between rapper Mac Miller and The Donald…


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Finally, Peter Wehner on Trumpism being far from Christian…

In “The Republic,” Plato writes of Thrasymachus debating Socrates over the meaning of justice. Thrasymachus, a cynical Sophist, insists that justice has no intrinsic meaning but is merely a pretty word for what is in the interest of the stronger party. Life is a competition to get more money and more power; that is what defines success. “Injustice, if it is on a large enough scale, is stronger, freer, and more masterly than justice,” he argues.

Almost four centuries later, a carpenter from Nazareth offered a very different philosophy. When you see a wounded traveler on the road to Jericho, Jesus taught, you should not pass him by. “Truly I say to you,” he said in Matthew, “to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of mine, even the least of them, you did it to me.”

At its core, Christianity teaches that everyone, no matter at what station or in what season in life, has inherent dignity and worth. “Follow justice and justice alone,” Deuteronomy says, “so that you may live and possess the land the Lord your God is giving you.” The attitude of Thrasymachus is foreign to biblical Christianity. So is Trumpism. In embracing it, evangelical Christians are doing incalculable damage to their witness. – Peter Wehner

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