Behold, here comes the Emperor on the aisle!
“Thou should clap or depart!” - roared the Emperor- Trump, as he climbed the rostrum at a presidential rally held in South Carolina, December 2015.
The hall did reverberate with “Trump, Trump” but the slogan was reiteration towards – “marking Trump’s presence” and “declining Muslim presence”.
The Muslim aura was Rose Hamid, who came in hijab and blue t-shirt which read “Salam, I come in peace!”
She was not alone; she was accompanied by Marty Rosenbluth - a Jewish, Immigration Attorney, who was attending for the third time Trump’s presidential rally.
Rose Hamid and Rosenbluth – both stood up in the crowd “silently”, wearing star shaped yellow badges, to “retrospectively” remind the Emperor about how the yellow badges were forcibly worn by the Jews in The Nazi regime.
The image of a Muslim woman being abused and ejected from a political rally sends a chilling message to American Muslims and to all those who value our nation’s traditions of religious diversity and civic participation” said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
But, alas, Rose Hamid was ejected out of the rally – who protested by stamping upon the Emperor’s arrogance “Behold, I am “not” Trump!”
Trump do not want to share his billionaire empire with the common man, but want to give a white cap to blue collars – with slogan “Make America Great Again” and Prove your Christianity.
On one side, the Emperor seeks mandate – on the bank of religion, whereas, contrarily he makes mistakes in quoting bible.
Recently at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia – Trump delivered his speech in woven words to create an image of his candidacy as supportive of conservative Christians.
But Trump outplayed himself - by citing the name mentioned in the New Testament book in wrong context!
“Two Corinthians, right?” asked Trump in a maladroit way, what Bible-studying Christians would read as “Second Corinthians.”
A few students from the audience, sitting in the auditorium corrected him by saying “Second Corinthians” – and some laughed nervously.
But moments, later, Trump had them back on his side – by pledging to be the kind of US President who would govern with an eye towards defending religious liberty.
“We are going to protect Christianity, he said, promising not to be politically correct!
A rhetorical, campaign statement, pointing out to his opponents who think they are “politically correct” – is used by Trump to inflate his own political incorrectness.
The fight over Iowa caucus is no less than a battle for the emperor – where the weapons of words are hit on the opponents’ loophole.
Trump referred to Ted Cruz as “Anchor Baby”, after declaring that he was right about the US not granting automatic citizenship to children born in the country.
The real estate mogul frequently claims that if parents immigrate to the US illegally, their children do not have US citizenship.
The emperor’s arrogance, does not end on war of words only, it also goes in boycotting media debates.
Last year in August 2015, Trump had a feud with Fox News anchor, Megyn Kelly over referring to “her temper, as red, oozing from everywhere” – to a response when Kelly questioned Trump’s derogatory remarks for women.
Consequently, the Thursday night FOX News GOP debate was skipped by Trump – and he built his small empire in the nest of a fundraiser for wounded military veterans at Drake University.
Addressing the Sunday show at CBS’s “Face the Nation”- a question was put forward that a recent Washington Post poll showed seven out of ten voters have a high level of anxiety about the real estate mogul.
Trump said to host John Dickerson “well, look, I’m a strong guy and I admit - I am unpredictable which is causing voters’ anxiety.” He proudly, added that to be unpredictable would hide the reality from the enemies and in this way, wars could be won.
On a Sunday’s morning show at ABC “This Week” – Trump called Cruz “a total liar” and defended himself to opposing the Obamacare plan. Cruz supposedly, referred to him as a billionaire businessman who supports a health care system similar to Obamacare.
To win people’s heart and gain their votes – you need to come with concrete health policies, not just a denial to others. Trump has the wealth to buy hospitals but lack political leadership to lead them. It is easy to say at a presidential rally “I will not leave you alone dying on the streets of America” - but at the end of the day, Americans need to know the logical map of their education, health facilities and employment stability which shall make America great again in real sense.
Trump has even annoyed the leading singers with his “I attitude” and an aura of doing things, at others’ emotions. He used James bond tunes without permission in his rallies and Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler has asked Trump to stop using their music.
Attorneys for Tyler sent a cease letter to Trump’s campaign committee, referring that “Trump did not have our client’s permission to use Dream On or any of Tyler’s other songs”- which send false impression that they are endorsing Trump’s presidential bid.
Just before, the Iowa caucus, Adele came out fuming asking Trump to stop pinching her tunes for his presidential campaign and use her songs in the rallies. “Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” her spokesman said.
The swing voters who came in the precinct Iowa caucuses – were drawn towards Marco Rubio. So Trump’s own mandate was cropped and added to the count of Rubio – primarily as one GOP voter said “Trump can make towers from his money, but to build a nation needs humbleness”.
The person with the “I attitude – can never make an everlasting impact in the history of a nation where Abraham Lincoln said “If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem!”
Trump’s deadly confidence about his popularity seeing a new level of “favorable” record has been stumped in the Iowa GOP caucus.
Op ed piece written by: KANWAL ABIDI
*Political Analyst and Journalist