Trump’s Presidential campaign is riddled with embarrassments, scandals and failures. In all three Presidential Debates, his performance was abysmal and predictable. Shortly after the video footage from 2005 in which he claimed he said he could, “grab them by the pussy,” numerous women who had been sexually harassed and assaulted by him came forward.
On October 19, 2016, Vanity Fair reported a breakdown in communication between Trump and longtime friend and ally former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes. Though rumors abound that Donald Trump may found his own television network, Trump TV, this venture could be inhibited without Ailes’ support, given Trump’s debt load having increased throughout his Presidential campaign. Of course, given his numerous business failures, it’s hard to imagine that Trump TV would be successful over the long term.
On October 20, 2016, at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a fundraiser hosted by the New York Catholic Diocese for the benefit of underprivileged children, Donald Trump took a bunch of cheap shots at Hillary Clinton. Though he had the gall to say, “Hillary isn’t laughing as much of the rest of us,” the truth is, the crowd, mostly consisting of priests and other Catholic Church officials, booed. That same day, RealClearPolitics showed Hillary leading by 6.3 percentage points.
Though Trump’s defeat in the 2016 election seems more inevitable with each passing day, approximately 42 percent of voters polled are still with him for now. Not only does it stand to reason that their loyalty will outlive the election, if their candidate loses, many of them, particularly the fanatics and the bigots, will become angrier and therefore more radicalized and possibly more violent. For example, one diehard Trump supporter, Jim Moseley, a retired salesman from Greenville, South Carolina who calls himself a Christian, asserts that he is preparing for a race war after the Presidential Election and recently declared via Facebook:
“Liberals will have targets on their backs, as their behaviors are pretty much evident … race wars will begin as well, as your skin color will be your uniform!”
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, another Trump supporter named Dan Bowman threatened to assassinate Hillary Clinton, believing it to be his patriotic duty.
More disturbing yet, some of these bigots have children, and their offspring has taken up the bigotry. A survey of approximately 2,000 K-12 schoolteachers conducted by the Southern Poverty Law Center and published in April 2016 found that more than half the teachers polled noticed an increase in belligerent political discussions. Additionally, more than two-thirds of the teachers reported that immigrant students, students with foreign-born parents and Muslim students are afraid of the consequences for them and their families if Trump became President. More than one third of these teachers have also seen an increase in bigotry against immigrants and Muslims.
Although Trump is on track to lose big league, as he would say, and the Republican Party’s brand continues to suffer for his antics, the evil he perpetuates will unfortunately continue long after he is no longer relevant and likely will outlive even himself. As soon as a demagogue fades away, others wait to take his place, and with some kids and teenagers picking up Trump’s bad habits, all bets are off in terms of when it will happen or how venomous the rhetoric will be.
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