Trump’s Mantra: Feeding High On Fear Of People


With everything going on in the world, there is a collective collapse of humanity, and I am sure many of us can have noticed the downfall of mankind. Few instances revive our faith, but many dwindle it. However, nothing scares me more than a leader running the country with such inhuman thoughts and insensitivity. Over the past 14 months, Donald Trump has emerged as the Republic nominee for President of United States. With no political experience in hand, he indeed has emerged as a leader, whether we like it or not.

He has formulated a new kind of platform; a platform he is standing firmly on- a political platform, one that, in an almost total rejection of conservative orthodoxy, is anti-free trade, isolationist and doesn’t really seem to care that much about the size of the government.

Trumpism is not defined by any set of policies or an ideology. It is not handcuffed to coherence or consistency. Trumpism is a personality-fueled movement that has proven, against the smart money’s predictions, to be in tune with the frustrations of a significant slice of the electorate. His view on Islam, immigrants, and branding of Mexican immigrants as murderers or rapists is something that we all disagree upon and something many fear too. There’s a reason he has found massive support for his campaign- just like Modi, he is riding high on the fear of the people. He has cleverly used the fear of the people and has given shape to his campaign, thus a very good marketing scheme.

However, the concept bought by Trump, infamously called Trumpism, is finding a lot of takers. Trumpism resonates in an anxious era, and with a segment of voters who have given up on Washington, and the ideologies it presents. Trump masters in conspiratorial thinking, which undeniably, is the cesspool of conservative populism. Thus, gaining fans worldwide.

Why be modern and open-minded, when one can just crawl back into the safety of our old roots?

Trumpism is linked to the person Donald Trump but its roots run much deeper, intertwining contemporary and traditional political trends in such a way that makes it both uniquely American and of the 21st century. Trumpism appeals to a large group of anti-intellectual, conspiracy minded and alienated malcontents.

Attacks by the mainstream media, his political opponents, and even bona-fide Conservatives only serve the narrative that Trumpism threatens the established power structure, further framing Trump as the savior of the disenfranchised. He gave voice to the unheard orthodoxy pleas of the nation, the voice that got lost in the journey of modernism, development, empowerment and general equity.

Questioning the birth right of Obama, and carrying with racial slurs, he garnered ample of support, despite its lameness. Let’s forget the nation, his allure couldn’t be fanned down by few people in our country, who were quick to brand him as the ‘Savior’, a force that would save them from a religion that has found many haters in our country. Trump is a force saving people from the radicalization of Islam, a force that saves them from ISIS, and also, what some secretly hope, a force that would just banish Islam from United States, and slowly from the world.

No matter what happens in the U.S. on Election Day, November 8, 2016, and whatever the outcome, the Donald Trump phenomenon is here to stay. Trump may win or not, Trumpism will stay alive in the minds of people for a long time.

Islamophobia, racism, misogyny, bigotry, xenophobia, and of course, vulgarity are like some of the cherries on the ostentatious Trump cake, reeking of Trumpism and nothing else. All these components come together, to what we are adhering to, and what we should all fight for and fear as well- Trumpism.  

Trumpism is here to stay, but will the Trump that is unequivocally present in most of us also stay? Are we harboring a Trump inside us, despite its flaws?

Yugansha Malhotra

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