The 45th President of the United States, will be, a megalomaniac, money worshipping, mendacious misogynist, or he will be, Donald J Trump. Do not be surprised, if it is the latter. There is every possibility, that the same anti-establishment fervour, that brought about Brexit, hands the keys for the White House, to the cartoonish clown with the crazy comb-over. Many wish to resist this, insisting that if the choice facing American’s, is indeed, selecting the lesser of two evils, then it has to be Hillary. The alternative, they’ll tell you, would be too catastrophic to comprehend. Some would say, if Hillary Clinton is the problem, Donald J Trump is most definitely not, the solution.
How it came to this, is a question for another day. A more pressing concern, is whether or not, whoever wins, will prove to be as disastrous a President as their detractors, would have us believe. Somewhere, when you strip away the public persona, peoples perceptions and exchange the heat of the campaign for the cold light of day, there are two real, flesh and blood human beings. Are there not? The question is then, just how close the characters of the two human beings in question, are to their caricatures?
Can Hillary Clinton, really be as cold, calculating, corrupt and crooked as her countless critics say she is? Or is it, that subtle sexism, is seeing to it that she held to a higher standard than her male opponent? Love her, or loathe her, it does appear as if the last forty, or even fifty years, have for her, all been about this moment. But why, should such ruthless, single mindedness, be held against her? In that way, she is no different from her husband, or Tony Blair, or any other career politician, successful or otherwise, for that matter. Surely, Presidents and Prime Ministers need a certain steeliness, to see them through?
Similarly, could it be, that for all his bullish bravado, and offensive oafishness, Donald Trump is simply saying what he thinks needs to be said, if he is to get elected? Might President Trump, be more of a pragmatist? Does he really intend to build a wall, and have the Mexicans pay for it, and even if he does, is it at all practicable? If he becomes President, Trump might well seek, to shake up the establishment. He can expect to be met, with no less than intransigence and inertia. If the United States’ system of checks and balances, ensures that none of the three branches of government, has too much power, it also often robs them of enough power, to get anything meaningful done at all.
To state the obvious, there are Republicans who will never, ever vote for Hillary Clinton, and there are probably just as many Democrats who will just not vote for Donald Trump. To do so, rightly or wrongly, goes against every fibre of their being. Partisanship, will play it’s part. It will not however, make the difference. It is perhaps those Republican’s who cannot bring themselves to vote For Trump, and those Democrats that will not vote for Clinton, who ultimately decide the outcome of this election.
In a weeks time, the rhetoric will give way to reality. All the stupid, distasteful things, the next President of the United States did, or said, in the past, will become ever so slightly less important than that, which they do or say, in the future.