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Will Trump return USA to its WASP heritage?
Till 1950s the establishment in the USA was largely characterised as WASP. The acronym stood for White (wealthy) Anglo Saxon Protestants! These descendants of European Pilgrims and Founding Fathers wielded great influence in every walk of life. They were proud of their Protestant work ethic and tended to settle in areas around what is referred to as New England, on the East Coast. Their universities and schools belong to the elitist Ivy League.

The WASP fortress was breached, when John F. Kennedy, an Irish Catholic American became the President of United States in 1961. Waves of Irish had fled Ireland during the Great Potato Famine of mid-19th century. Kennedy's ancestors also arrived as famine struck immigrants.

The WASP fortress was further struck down, when Barack Obama a Kenyan-American, who studied in Ivy League Harvard Law School, became President of United States.

Even today, the Republican Party is regarded as the last bastion of America's WASP elite. To generalise, they represent rich, white conservative Protestants, and they are urbane! When in 1970s Republican President Nixon, at the height of the Watergate scandal uttered a profanity in public, he was promptly pulled up and asked to mind his manners! 'Listen, Mr. Nixon! We are appalled', screamed the Tribune.

A WASP under all circumstances was supposed to maintain his grace and elan!

Those who had been following the race for nominations in the Republican Party would have noticed that his party, the Republicans had continued to discount Trump. Cocking a snook at them, Trump won and is now the President. Contrary to the image of the WASPs, Trump though filthy rich and Protestant is loud, uncouth and swaggering. His display of wealth is vulgar.

A commentator wonders: 'What would editors say of Trump's bragging about his anatomy in a televised debate? A gentleman simply doesn't mention his privates in public. Nor does he boast about his wealth. Trump has no such reticence. "Part of the beauty about me is that I'm very rich," he had said.

Trump as the 45th President does not fit in the mould of any of his illustrious predecessors.

Republicans regret, that this might be the twilight of the heydays of WASPs. Trump keeps not only the whole world guessing, but he keeps his own party also guessing. Before his inauguration, he had declared that he was distancing himself from all his businesses.

Later, he announced the list of Muslim nations which are terror stained and whose citizens cannot enter United States. But he left out Pakistan conveniently, as he has business interests in that country. Labeling falsehoods as 'post Truth' and quoting fake news, he is treading a path no president has taken before. What next?

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