The statue of liberty may not weep because she is used to the wretched and the poor slinking past her but the 11 million undocumented illegals, mostly from across the border — Mexico — watched their hopes of a stay (in more ways than one) shot down this morning by presidential hopeful Donald Trump.
The man, who parodies the presidency and yet has a way of manipulating half truths to create a volatile combination with the same qualities that made him a billionaire, ensured rapt attention on two fronts and revved up his sagging campaign.
For one, he whacked the ball out of the park with the bases loaded when he took immigration as an issue and reiterated his aggressive stance against it. The way Trump went about it was Machiavellian. He built up the suspense allowing the media to paint him as a vacillating, shilly-shallying ‘going soft on his main plank’ ditherer until even his ardent supporters began having doubts. Did Donald Trump have feet of clay? Trump played them all.
Having built the tension to a peak he then added a cherry on the top by jetting off to Mexico to meet President Pena Nieto. The not so popular Mexican leader told Trump in a face-to-face meeting in Mexico City that Mexico would not pay for the wall but looked pretty much beaten at the press conference — like no way he would last fifteen rounds.
Riding on that financial rejection which must have come as no surprise to Trump, the magnate Republican candidate, now had the country enthralled. Had he gone to Mexico to make peace? Was this the whipped woos everyone had backed for saying it like it is?
The stage set to perfection, Trump went directly to Phoenix, Arizona and came on stage with all guns blazing. It was high noon, high drama and a very cleverly designed strategic move to put some air back into the final sprint. Trump was fighting fit and the brawl has only just begun.
If he wins, and let me tell you that having introduced to the American public the unholy trinity of fear, suspicion and a target to blame, Trump’s screechy symphony played on these notes could easily get him into shouting distance of Hillary Clinton whose campaign has the feel of a party where someone sat on the cake.
Watch Trump’s numbers climbing again.
Be afraid, he has said. Americans love circling the wagons. Be suspicious of those who are not like you, he has said.
Board the windows keep your powder dry. That alien is the reason we are not great. Let’s get rid of him/her. Independence Day 3 and 4 ad infinitum, Will Smith. There is something so Fourth Reich about it. And in small town America it will resonate.
While the attack on the Muslim community came a little more guardedly by specifically naming Syria and Libya from a yet undisclosed ‘list’ gives you an idea of how ‘flexible’ or ‘comprehensive’ that list is...as well as being open to interpretation by Homeland Security which will have Hitlerian powers if Trump gets into the White House.
No great lover of south Asia, he will reduce outsourcing drastically. What he might not touch is the Indian student influx into universities because that is big money and to his training and his mind the bottom line counts. Besides which, Indians are not criminally inclined (as compared to Mexicans in Trump's warped mind) even though Indians themselves might find the atmosphere hostile and stressful.
Look at this statement: "I will establish a deportation task force" to identify criminals subject to deportation and would triple the number of border patrol agents.
Perhaps lady liberty could begin searching for her tissue box.
Do you hear the sound of the jackboots?
Knock knock, who is there.
Gestapo, open the door and get into the truck.
Watch Donald Trump's full speech at Arizona:
First Published On : Sep 1, 2016 13:46 IST