Trump is a dan­ger­ous fool, but is Hil­lary any bet­ter?

Nairobi Law Monthly - - Briefing -

You see, Trump has been brazen in his cam­paign, ex­cit­ing sup­port­ers while con­found­ing crit­ics and the lib­er­als alike. His rhetoric has rubbed many the wrong way and Ru­bio’s loss was a ma­jor set­back for the clique of Repub­li­cans try­ing to stop Trump, whose pop­ulist anti-im­mi­grant and anti-mus­lim stance, they fear, will split the party.

Trump is on record dis­parag­ing the mi­grant com­mu­ni­ties, more so the Lati­nos and the mi­grant Africans. His threat to stop Mus­lims from mov­ing to the US, his threat to de­port Africans and his un­re­lent­ing call to build a wall along the bor­der of the US and “our good neigh­bours the Mex­i­cans” has caused loud mur­murs and much ten­sion be­tween the two coun­tries.

the US is deemed great be­cause of its unique­ness. No na­tion on the globe boasts of the multi-cul­tural plu­ral­ism that the US does. Jews, Ger­mans, Ir­ish, Rus­sians, Africans, Lati­nos, Arabs all call it home. And be­cause of their di­ver­sity and tal­ents in var­i­ous spheres, fused to­gether over the ages and backed by a work­ing sys­tem and suc­ces­sive regimes which have been all too keen to get the best of what they have, Amer­ica has stood head and shoul­der above other na­tions so much so that when it sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold.

And now mat­ters have been made more dif­fi­cult that with the loom­ing de­par­ture of Barack Obama from his White House ad­dress. The “fine gen­tle­man of pol­i­tics” may be suc­ceeded by a rather rash, bareknuckle con­ser­va­tive in Trump, who may jeop­ar­dise the US-G7 re­la­tions, Us­mex­ico ties and, of course the Us-africa re­la­tions.

Obama, be­fore his as­cen­sion to the Oval Of­fice, made it clear that he would take a more lib­eral-diplo­matic prong ap­proach in deal­ing with word is­sues, par­tic­u­larly the threat of nu­clear weapons emerg­ing from dis­con­tented coun­tries like North Korea, as well as the eco­nomic threat his country faced from a re-emer­gent China. Un­like Obama, Trump is brazen, com­bat­ive and wants mat­ters ad­dressed im­me­di­ately and mil­i­tar­ily. His com­bat­ive ap­proach and over­bear­ing de­meanour, it is feared, could not only make the US lose tra­di­tional al­lies but also leave it ex­posed both in­ter­nally and ex­ter­nally.

In the 21st cen­tury, the re-emer­gence of an arms race fu­elled by North Korea’s red­boen­lalil­don­tru­am­ndp. in­se­cu­rity and driven by ter­ror­ist groups such as ISIS in the Far East, Al-shabaab in East Africa and Boko Haram in West Africa re­quires a mul­ti­pronged ap­proach to deal with. The lead­er­ship on this will come from the most pow­er­ful man on the earth – the US Pres­i­dent– who must con­vince all na­tions to work to­gether.


How­ever, with the Repub­li­cans not too com­fort­able with Trump lead­ing the charge, it ap­pears it could be too late to avoid him from earn­ing the party’s nod to face off with Hil­lary Clin­ton. And which­ever way it goes, the Amer­i­can peo­ple, and, of course, the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, will usher in ei­ther an es­tab­lished Demo­cratic in­sider in Clin­ton as the new tenant at White House or the gloat­ing and show­boat­ing Trump. Ei­ther way, his­tory


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