Trump’s world view is real reason to worry

Eve Cassidy (second left) with her sister Saoirse and Anne Feeney from Glenamaddy – joined by Prof Tom Cosgrove of UL’s School of Engineering – after she received a cheque for €4,000 from engineering firm Arup under a new scholarship and awards programme in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Limerick.
Eve Cassidy (second left) with her sister Saoirse and Anne Feeney from Glenamaddy – joined by Prof Tom Cosgrove of UL’s School of Engineering – after she received a cheque for €4,000 from engineering firm Arup under a new scholarship and awards programme in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Limerick.

A Different View with Dave O’Connell

You won’t find too many to argue with the assertion that Donald Trump is a misogynistic moron with sexist, racist and fascist traits to boot.

His comments on women and how to proposition them were reprehensible – but so too were his more public pronouncements on Mexicans, Muslims and anyone who didn’t full fit his twisted notion of the American dream.

On the other hand, not even his most ardent supporters is voting for him because they see him as a paragon of virtue or the Husband of the Year.

Everybody who knew anything at all about him knew he had an eye – and, as it turns out, a paw – for the ladies, and an agricultural way of stalking his prey.

The Donald is an unreconstructed male who has been through more than this share of marriages. He also has a type; tall, blonde, young, and ideally – not to mention ironically – from a land a long way from the United States.

In fairness, this was one area of his life where he refused to discriminate – because the litany of females currently lining up to label themselves as victims of the groper come from all creeds and cultures.

This sort of behaviour is nothing to joke about of course; it is always reprehensible and inexcusable – but a small part of you must wonder why anyone would wait until there’s an avalanche of complaints before revealing their 30 year old nightmare.

It also makes those ‘Women for Trump’ posters now look more like an advertising campaign than a political statement.

The truth is that Trump is rich, arrogant, opinionated and perhaps even a danger to the rest of the world – but this none of these things qualify as revelations.

He’s a caricature, a cartoon character with his big orange head and toilet brush hair, and a welcome for himself that not even his most blinkered supporters could hope to match.

From a perspective on this side of the Atlantic at least, he appears to know nothing about politics or economics, but that lack of knowledge will never hold him back from expressing his views.

He’s not big on solving the debt crisis or health care or homelessness or tackling the gun lobby – his vision begins and ends with building a big wall, expelling all foreigners, sending his Presidential opponent to prison and, with nothing more taxing than a wave of his little hand, bringing back the good times for all.

Subjected to the scrutiny of your average six year old, you’d quickly find that he hasn’t the remotest clue what he’s talking about – but in a nation desperate for a better shake of the tree, sometimes the headline is all that mattered.

Trump has promised to deliver, and the fact that he hasn’t the first clue how he’d do it doesn’t seem to bother his followers one iota.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.