“Donald Trump didn’t come out of nowhere”

Donald Trump is the product of years of political stunts, extremism and a wide variety of differing right-wing political stances that have caused big chasms in the Republican party.

I typically try to stay out of political discussions, mostly because the opportunity for meaningful, thought-provoking and intelligent discussion has all but evaporated these days and because as a British citizen, I am little more than a bystander in American politics.

On a broader note, I saw this video this morning of a speech that President Obama made, where he criticised the GOP for creating an environment in which Donald Trump could succeed, abandoning him at the eleventh hour because openly bragging about sexual assault is apparently one step too far, and then trying to benefit politically from ditching him.

He brings to light the fact that the GOP has promoted, fostered and cultivated such extreme and disparate positions that there is simply no unity in the party anymore. Donald Trump is the prime example of this, saying what his brain tells him to and then recanting, flip-flopping and swerving in response to popular consensus, rather than stating his honest views and sticking by them.

I think we have most likely seen the last of the GOP as we know it. The party is so fractured, and years of damage from dishonest tactics, in-fighting and turning a blind eye to science and proven fact (like the continued denial of global warming or the claim a woman’s body can automatically¬†“shut that whole thing down” if she gets pregnant after being “legitimately raped“) have created a headless chicken that can’t agree on where it stands.

I’m not giving into the belief that the country is doomed whether Americans vote one way or the other, but I am hopeful that Hillary wins if for no other reason than it means listening to less of Donald’s hateful rhetoric, sniffles, barbarism and misogyny, though sadly I imagine the questionable tactics and continued lack-of-action from the GOP will continue to plague American politics and hinder progress regardless.

Author: Dave

Dave is many things. Most importantly, he's a husband and a father to Ellie and Jack. Almost as important, he's British (though he lives in Florida). Following on from there, he's a WordPress developer and civil engineer, has an unhealthy love of hummus, is vegan, likes cider, wants to travel to Iceland and Japan, loves solving puzzles and is a realist.

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