AMONG the plethora of scandals that rocked Donald Trump’s election campaign and ultimate claiming of the United States presidency, on the back of herding conservative, racist and even anti-establishment elements into a coalition, which swept aside Hillary Clinton, was a recording that surfaced shortly before the poll in November 2016.
If Trump’s feelings about women did not arouse judgement on what kind of man America and the world was dealing with, then nothing would.
In the audio, recorded in 2005, at the height of his TV stardom as a result of his reality show, The Apprentice, Trump was heard saying, “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful – I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait,” Trump said. “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the p***y. You can do anything.”
Ironically, when listening further to the recording, Trump might have considered the most embarrassing part to be that his pursuit of a married woman was unsuccessful. In his books, he frequently depicted himself as sexually irresistible, claiming that all of the women on The Apprentice flirted with him, and saying that married women had thrown themselves at him.
Around 49.6 percent of the world’s population is female, with a total female population of over 3.7 billion, so if Trump had no scruples about insulting half the globe, what chance did Mexicans, blacks or anyone else have against his tirades. He was elected anyway.
Fast forward to 2018 and Trump was once again doing what he does best, during a closed doors meeting with lawmakers, in which he said, “Why do we want all these people from ‘shithole countries’ coming here?”
It was apparently when the issue of Haitians immigrating to America was raised that Trump began to ask why the US would want people from Haiti, El Salvador and more Africans, and added that the US should get more people from countries like Norway.
Trump has since apparently denied making the off-colour remark, describing the language he used only as “tough”.
One’s normal reaction, when confronted by a potty-mouth spewing vile and disgusting comments, would be to ignore, especially if the person’s opinion does not carry any weight in your life.
But the Trump menace is different, in that he is a blustering bully, who is at the helm of a superpower nation, which is unscrupulous in the way it advances its hegemony in the world.
Global and African outage has followed, while many have taken to social media to defend their “shithole” continent.
What is lacking is a united front of action that will teach this tangerine terror a lesson for the ages.
The government of Botswana has led the way, by saying it had summoned the US ambassador to “express its displeasure” over Trump’s reported comments, which it views as “highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist”.
The government said it had also asked the United States to “clarify if Botswana is regarded as a ‘shithole’ country.” But it is simply not enough for the African Union Commission to say it is alarmed, while contextualising how our ancestors arrived in chains, to work in cotton plantations and other industries, build America for free. It is not enough to say that Trump’s statements fly in the face of all accepted behaviour and practice. What is needed is a continental-wide reaction that sends a clear message to Trump and his ilk. Let us send his diplomatic missions back to America to consult with their leader, so that they can return with a explanation that has been garnered first-hand about what was said and what was meant.
And let Africa also begin to make progress in terms of finding alternative trading partners for the goods and services it procures from the Trump-led US. As in the case of apartheid South Africa in the 1980s, this is the only language that global bullies and pariahs understand.
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