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Get ready for the big Trump show

By Kipkoech Tanui | Published Fri, November 11th 2016 at 00:00, Updated November 10th 2016 at 23:07 GMT +3

Blacks have four dubious distinctions according to Donald Trump, the President-elect of the world’s sole superpower– the United States of America.

Africans are lazy fools. Africans like sex and are good at love-making. Africans are also thieves, and for good measure he said, especially Kenyans.

You may have seen the newspaper cutting doing the rounds on the digital sphere, reporting him in Indianapolis last year October: “African-Americans are lazy. The best they can do is gallivanting around ghettoes, lamenting how they are discriminated.”

He then said he would deport all of them, led by Kenyans, for whom he has given a stronger prescription of hate because of their affinity to his predecessor, Barack Obama, the son of a Kenyan father.

“From the government to the Opposition, they only qualify to be used as case study wherever bad examples are required. How do you even trust even those who have run to hide here in the United States, hiding behind education?’’ asked the vitriolic and bad-mouthed leader.

Mr Trump is a specialist in objectification of women. And you heard him say where he likes to grope them.

This is what this former television personality and property mogul had to say of his own daughter: “I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

American families, who teach their children to frown at bigotry, pride, arrogance and foul behaviour face a huge dilemma.

On his opponent, yet another proof that Americans in this election were limited by choice because of her elitist and privileged past but buoyed by the fact that she could easily have become the first woman President of the US, Mr Trump said: “The only card (Hillary Clinton) has is the woman’s card. She’s got nothing else to offer and frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 per cent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card, and the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her.”

But this clownish leader who campaigned on the platform of reclaiming America’s alleged lost glory (you understand how white supremacy and racism work) also does not like immigrants, and for good measure, the Mexicans and Africans.

Yet this is a country that fashioned itself as the icon of democracy and the ‘free world’, it is itself a cocktail of immigrants, the blacks having been ferried and millions died in the Atlantic Ocean, as slaves in hand and foot chains.

He also does not like Muslims and he even said he will have the relatives of ISIS terrorists killed on their behalf.

Yeah, Americans chose the King of Islamophobia and Xenophobia. A racist with moral disrepute. An uncouth and insulting leader.

That is their choice but then this has consequences in how the World will henceforth view this great nation.

And there are several things to observe from this election.

One is the triumph of the silent majority, who did not share their disaffection with pollsters and media so as not to be seen as racist, but who as pundits have concluded, hate politicians and are nostalgic about the America of the past where white racism galvanised the white race and gave them a sense of pride and belonging.

The Trump Card worked by stirring this fire inside the belly of the whites, which was torpedoed to greater height by the American’s own reluctance to pick a woman just as the Germans, British and other European states and a few African and Asian states have done.

But whereas we may condemn this divide-and-rule strategy, we should not forget that we too practice this in Kenya, through incitement of one tribe against the other, forming parties that in principle are a coalition of tribes.

That is why we have that mongrel we like to disown but which is right at the heart of our politics; the tyranny of numbers.

So as the world absorbs the impact of the US election outcome, with a polarised America already disintegrating beyond its blue and red stripes, it is also important to take counsel from the popular saying that a country gets a leader it deserves.

The argument goes that we pick leaders on the basis of what values we have ourselves and which then, they radiate.

A thief, for example, will have no qualms picking a corrupt leader because to them, that is a smart career move and all that they have missed is the opportunity.

That is what Mr Trump went for, stoking the hidden pride and fears that are not spoken in public but that in reality exist.

The issues of abortion, foreign policy, war on terror, health and education plan, the developing world and aid, among other aspects of the presidential campaign took the back seat.

That is why he could afford in his victory speech to declare: “We shall work with nations willing to get along with us.”

Get along and enjoy the show as Trump plays up emotions and regret the fact that America picked a black president with Kenyan blood.


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