12 November 2016 ~ 0 Comentarios

Why Trump won

By Carlos Alberto Montaner

trumpganoWhy did almost 60 million Americans vote for Donald Trump and made him the next president of the United States? That needs explaining.

We’re talking about a multimillionaire, a very skillful negotiator who has never been accused of philanthropy, a presumed tax evader, disrespectful with women, whom he grabs by the pudenda without asking for permission, and with the disabled, whom he mocks, and with Hispanics, or with everyone who opposes or detests him. A fellow devoid of filters who fires from the hip without weighing the consequences of his words.

Here are the eight main reasons, and none of them has anything to do with Hillary Clinton’s negligent e-mails or with the lies attributed to her. People don’t usually vote for these reasons, same as Trump was not rejected by a bit more than half the electorate because of the women who accused him of having molested them. Those are rationalizations of the vote, cerebral justifications, but not the hidden reasons, almost all of them linked to emotional issues or personal interests.

First, they voted for him because he is an Alpha male, as ethologists classify the leaders of a pack. Trump was born to command. He oozes authority. He walks and gestures like a boss. That generalship, as it used to be called, becomes a feeling of security among ordinary citizens. If the United States were not a democracy, he would be called the Duce, the Führer, or the Great Helmsman. He belongs to the lineage of the great caudillos.

Second, because he was a famous personage, a product of the telly, and we live in “the civilization of spectacles,” as Mario Vargas Llosa titled his remarkable essay. Nothing attracts the attention of the average American more than the famous denizens of “the idiot box.”

Third, because he’s a magnificent communicator who generates headlines. “Talk about me, even if badly, but talk.” He’s intuitively gifted to nourish the press with a sharp observation, a scandalous phrase, or a defiant comment. Nine hundred newspapers attacked him and only one defended him. No matter. The only thing that counted was celebrity.

Fourth, because he realized that his best nursery for voters was the least educated working class in rural areas, a people frustrated and cast aside when the industrial era gave way to the era of knowledge. Trump lend them his voice and filled them with illusion.

Fifth, because he knew how to created a nationalistic tale about victims and victimizers, in which his voters were honest workers who suffered the alienating abuses of globalization.

Sometimes the Chinese were the victimizers, using an artificially devalued currency with which they sold cheap the fruit of their labors. In other instances, it was the perfidious Mexicans, who not only sent their worst people (rapists and criminals) to the United States but also took advantage of American naiveté to swindle their workers with the Free Trade Agreements. Trump, the master in the art of the deal, would repeal or replace those agreements.

Sixth, because Trump, 70, with three successive wives and a glamorous family, was the quintessence of the successful patriarch in a society (like almost all societies) that has not overcome that phase of the evolution of the species.

It is true that American women vote and are elected since 1920 (fifty years after black males) but at this stage of the game, almost a century later, no woman has reached the White House and barely 5 percent of them direct the country’s major companies. Tits are no ticket to the top.

Seventh, because machismo and sexism, derived from patriarchy, demand from women a behavior different from men. What would have happened to Hillary if she had produced a genital biography like Bill’s or Donald’s? Or if she had discussed the size and depth of her vagina the way Trump did about his glorious penis? She would have been shot at dawn.

Eighth, because the Democrats had spent eight years in government and that generates fatigue in a substantial part of the electorate. Obama came to power promising change, while Hillary associated her campaign with continuity. That’s not attractive.

True, Obama will leave the White House with a 54 percent of sympathy, but at the same time 70 percent of society have a pessimistic view of the future and it’s well known that that state of mind leads to opposition and melancholy. Trump promised change. It was a leap into the past, but it was change.

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