Thursday 19 October 2017

Ireland had better start preparing for the reality of President Trump

Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses motorcyclists participating in the Rolling Thunder rally in Washington. Photo: Reuters
Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses motorcyclists participating in the Rolling Thunder rally in Washington. Photo: Reuters
David McWilliams

David McWilliams

Have a guess at who said the following. "I love getting even. I get screwed all the time. I go after people, and, you know what, people do not play around with me as much as they do with others. They know that if they do, they are in for a big fight. Always get even."

Yes, of course it was the man who could be the next President of the US, Donald Trump, in 'Think Big' one of his many best-selling tomes. It reveals the psychology of the man: he believes the world is out to get him, that people are inherently aggressive and that the key is to be always ready to fight.

The Trump campaign is a lot like the build-up to an MMA fight. It's an outrageous drama where insults are hurled, threats are issued and the candidate struts around with a "C'mon have a go, if you think you're hard enough" swagger. His opponent becomes the target, not the adversary; the foil, not the contestant; and, in an orgy of publicity-seeking, anything goes. Trump is news and news is Trump - and that matters.

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