Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Donald Trump’s Victory has laid bare Western Hypocrisy

Donald Trump pulled what has been described as one of the most stunning upsets in the US political history. Against all odds, from opinion polls and experts, the business tycoon who has never held any political position defeated his long time friend-cum-nemesis, Hillary Clinton with 306 of the Electoral College votes compared to Clinton’s 232.

The results did not only come to shock the world but have also, in their weirdness, revealed the hypocritical nature of the West, a civilization that has considered itself a master of democracy – dispensing it throughout the world, even at a point of a gun and an irreversible social upheaval.

Trump won on a strong xenophobic, anti-immigration stance, and outright sexism, racism and Islamophobia. Drawing from his campaign, Trump intends to ban Muslims from flying into the US ‘because they are terrorist and ISIS sympathizers’. He is also against women’s rights to choice over their lives. He preaches against homosexuality, a stance taken by other leaders in Africa such as Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni.

The US President-elect also plans to build a 2000-miles wall running from the West to the East Cost on the US-Mexico border because he considers ‘Mexicans who migrate to the US as rapists, drug dealers and criminals’. His position on Black people is unflattering as it is heartbreaking.

With all these promises, a ‘Love Trumps Hate’ slogan was adopted. UK politicians came close to banning him following a petition signed by 570,000 people. Despite not voting on the motion, UKparliamentarians denounced and described him as a 'buffoon, demagogue and wazzock'.

But after gaining more electoral votes to win the nomination, politicians from around the world are now biting their lips, rescinding their threats by congratulating the president-elect for his victory and a ‘hard fought campaign’.

UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, who had previously criticized Trump by calling his views as nonsense, congratulated Mr. Trump and assured him that Britain and the US will continue in their "enduring and special relationship" under his presidency.

She said: "I look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, building on these ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead.".
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson who had previously said that "the only reason I wouldn't go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump", also tweeted his congratulations saying he was "much looking forward to working with Trumps administration”.

Likewise, the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, offered the US president-elect a “close cooperation” in a phone call immediately following Trump's election victory.  Unlike May, Merkel clarified that her support is on the basis of “democracy, freedom, respect for the rule of law and the dignity of men, regardless of origin, skin colour, religion, gender or sexual orientation” which she said links the two countries.

President Francois Hollande of France promised to engage “without delay” the new American administration in the fight against terrorism and on economic relations. These are the main issues.

Several other politicians congratulated Trump for his victory, committing to a stronger partnership with the US during his term in office. While the trans-Atlantic Alliance militia bloc, NATO, announced this week that it is "looking forward" to working with the Trump administration.

The message these politicians are sending to Trump is that nothing will change in the manner the US and Western countries operate even with a renowned sexist, racist and bigot (just to mention a few appalling accolades he has to his name) at the helm of leadership.

Now, reverse the tables and imagine Trump as leader of a country in Africa, say Zimbabwe’s Mugabe or Sudan’s al Bashir considering that he also plans to bomb other Muslim countries to defeat countries which is likely to result in millions of civilians annihilated. . There is no doubt that aid could have been suspended; and indiscriminate sanctions implemented.

Malawi experienced the wrath of the West when two gay men were jailed for 14 years (I am pro-gay and I personally believe no country should have laws that sets how adults have sex). When Zimbabwe ordered White people to leave Zimbabwe, he paid a hefty price, that he has survived this long is a miracle and very few understand.

The biggest question is why are these Western Countries not putting in place sanctions against the US?

It is clear that he won because of his campaign promises and the 60 million people who voted for him expect the promises to be fulfilled. Is it Racism or Colonialism, that Western countries find it okay to work with a Robert Mugabe, even a worst evil, as long as he is White?

This same question can be raised against Brexit, a vote that saw the UK leave the EU so it could take control of its borders and stop ‘muslims’ as well as take control of its laws.

Compare the reaction of the West and other International Organizations on African countries that are leaving the ICC so as to settle their issues in-house. How will the West respond in a few months or years from now when other politicians in other countries adopt a Trump/Brexit stance that: xenophobia, racism, sexism, homophobia and Islamophobia are a winning card?

Surely, such politicians will expect relationships with the West not to be affected. They would expect congratulatory messages and phone calls. A Trump victory will have other governments ponder whether it is important to invest in climate change or renewable energy?

Clearly what is happening in the West should revitalize people, particularly in Africa, to oppose the West, either for double standards or showing that it is just okay to hate and staple on values of social justice. We need to stand up and guard human rights; and if it means Africa leading in this fight, then be it for the so-called world leaders have illustrated that they can’t be entrusted as before.

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