The Rise of Trump
It started on a bright morning in New York back in 2015. The cameras were gathered round and the vast room had dim but focussed lighting. And what better to focus on than the man of the tower himself? He stood boldly in front of the eyes of billions of people, with whom he was not regarded in any particularly loving way – I suppose it could be said there was a rather overwhelming apathy towards him. But that didn’t faze him one bit. In fact, he rather liked it! As he looked at the cameras, he knew that the American flag was flying behind him and that gave him the spirit to do it. He delivered his historic speech with power, commitment and above all, honesty. To “Make America Great Again” was his aim and Donald J. Trump was his name.
The first challenge for any presidential candidate is always gaining the support of the party. Because you cannot win without at least a few senior officials backing you – that’s for sure! Not in Donald’s mind. He wasn’t in it for the big money. He wasn’t in it for the fame. He wasn’t in it to further his own career. He already had all those things! No, he was in it for the American people. And it was the American people that were going to win it for him, not the rich, selfish donors or the lying politicians who detested his utter honesty. This all became very clear in the Republican party debates where Trump’s total recklessness and lack of consideration for his opponents shone through his bold, unafraid eyes. As he stood on the podium, he once again pictured the American flag flying proudly and gave it his best. Rather remarkably, he managed to not only debate the other 9 candidates, but picked a fight with two of the three moderators. As he put across his points, his eyes glared into the other candidates’ and filled their thoughts with a deep sense of fear of his dedication to his cause. Maybe this is what caused their utter incompetence, or maybe that was just there anyway.
While those with an understanding of economics were supporting one of the 17 republican party candidates, there were those who had yet to grasp basic concepts of taxation and market competition, otherwise known as democrats. There were 5 in total, but nobody really speaks of 3 of them, so I shan’t either. The final 2 were Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. I will start with the latter – a man who had been the senator for Vermont for 9 years. He had a rather miserable attitude of life but his extraordinarily large ears created an air of bliss which excused this fact quite comfortably. Some would say that this air of bliss sits about halfway between the two ears, but that’s another story for another time. He was similar to Trump in some respects – he was used to media, he wanted to radically change the political system and did not like Hillary Clinton. The major difference was that he was a bit of a weirdo. His voice groaned much like the way a child’s bike groans when it hasn’t been used for the last 10 years and his charisma flowed out of him more through his passionate hand gestures than his loud political opinions. Ah, political opinions – let’s talk about those! Bernie is a passionate believer that those with wealth have not worked hard for it and are not in any way deserving of this wealth, despite owning three homes all worth more than $1,000,000. I suppose that proves his theory is at least right in a few scenarios. He supports a 50% tax rate on the richest in society, scrapping tuition fees, scrapping competition in healthcare and extreme economic protectionism. Now make of this what you will but it’s clear that his borderline-extremist socialism would probably work for those who do not wish to work or fail to aspire to anything more than the minimum wage. But it will be bad for business, anyone with any form of wealth and those who work in education, healthcare, border control or the economic industry. And then we have Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and wife of former president Bill Clinton. With the backing of the big banks, the multinational companies and the whole of the Democratic party’s elite, it was clear that she would win from the outset. Which is probably why she performed so badly and never got round to getting better at it. Her pleasant smile and (surprisingly) non-groaning voice certainly made her likable and she said exactly what she thought the American people wanted to hear. So, as one might have expected, she won quite spectacularly.
As you may have already guessed, Donald Trump won the republic party’s nomination, which put him up against Hillary Clinton herself. But she didn’t intimidate him one bit. In fact, he thought she’d be easy to beat – he knew her past was far worse than his own and this would surely win it for him. You see, the events of the upcoming election very much go back to the days when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state under Obama, where she decided that going to the effort of using the email server that the white house had provided for her would be a waste of time. Instead, she thought she’d set up her own mail server at her house and send all of her emails from a personal email address – what could go wrong? Well, as you would imagine, this played right into Trump’s hands at the debates. Humbly walking towards the podium, he saw the declaration of independence written on the formidable blue wall and suddenly remembered something a good friend once told his supporters. That good friend is a man who ran a similar fight against the establishment but in Britain – a true patriot who believed in the people of his country – Nigel Farage. And the one thing he wanted more than all else was independence. He famously spoke at a Trump rally and said “Anything is possible if enough decent people are prepared stand up against the establishment”. No truer words had the businessman ever heard. He told himself that in these three debates he would inspire the ordinary folk, the working folk, the decent folk and the only way of doing that was being everything other than a politician. He wanted to lower taxes, take a salary of $0 and remove 2 laws for every single one he made. But aside from all this, his attitude was new – it was one of boisterous trouble-making. He wanted to catch Clinton out on every one of her lies and do it in a way she’d never expect. This laddish narrative was not shown anywhere more than what is probably one the most historic exchanges in political history. Hillary Clinton glared at Trump as he continued making bold statements and breaking every convention in the book and decided that she would try to rise above him by saying “You know, I’m glad that somebody with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of our judicial system”, to which Donald replied “Because you’d be in jail” and that wiped the smile from her face.
From that moment on it was clear in his mind that he would win, even if nobody else saw it. And on November 8th, election day, his odds of winning were 9/4 on Ladbrokes, the same as Brexit’s was on June 23rd. As the Democrat party built a fake glass ceiling and programmed it to smash in the morning – representing the first female president, Trump just relaxed in the knowledge that tomorrow would be a long but happy day. As the results came in, the media, business and the Democrats were shocked and unprepared. But not Donald, he knew he would win and he did just that. As he delivered his Reagan-like victory speech, he felt a sense of pure happiness, unlike any other. And do you want to know the best thing? They had to evacuate the Democrats’ event because the glass ceiling still smashed and they didn’t want anyone to know!