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What the Trump phenomenon means for America
The 2016 presidential election is going to be a watershed for America. If Hillary Clinton wins, it will be the first time that the country will have a female president. And if Trump wins, it will also be the first time that America will have a president who has the IQ of a ten year old and the temperament of a bully. Plus sundry other shortcomings that are too numerous to enumerate here.

The very fact that America could throw up someone like Trump as a serious contender for the president is something that's straight out of the theatre of the absurd. There's either something seriously wrong about the electoral system of the US or the American people themselves who seem to have endorsed a candidate who talks like a kid, lies like a kid and is known for his misogyny, xenophobia, racism, and sometimes plain stupidity, going by the idiotic statements he makes sometimes.

Trump's slogan may be 'Make America Great Again,' but it's pretty obvious by now that his win will achieve exactly the opposite.

America has a certain standing in the world. It is the only superpower today, what with the fall of the Soviet Union. It is known for its great universities, its culture of meritocracy, soft power, and not least its vibrant democracy and the ideals it is built upon.

With Trump in charge, especially when the world is at a boil, with conflicts in various parts of the world and the refugee crisis, the consequences are mind-boggling. Here is a person who shoots off his mouth at the smallest opportunity, who has very little knowledge of the specificities of the problems confronting America and the world, wielding the reins of the most powerful nation in the world. And he also has the dubious distinction of having taken political discourse in America to the lowest possible level.

Foreign leaders and diplomats have been quaking in their shoes ever since Trump won the Republican nomination. And this is a person who is not acceptable even to some of his own partymen!

Of course, Trump has a loyal following which is as insular, parochial and xenophobic as he is. They want to keep immigrants out, keep women in their place (probably the kitchen) relax gun control laws, throw out Muslims and Mexicans and anyone else who is not white. The hypocrisy is appalling!

America is a country of immigrants who stole the land and its resources from the people who were its original inhabitants. If Trump and his ilk have any self-respect they should return the land to them instead of inveighing against immigrants!

America is facing many problems today – loss of jobs, terrorism, the refugee crisis and so on. The ship of state needs a steady hand to guide it out of the storm. Trump at the helm is the worst possible thing that can happen right now. America will become the butt of worldwide ridicule (it's well on its way now).

Besides, it is high time that the White House played host to a female President. Much smaller countries have a better record in this respect. Whatever her faults, compared to Trump, Hillary is the goddess Minerva herself.

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