Making sense of Trump

These 24 hours are the gloomiest hours for fellow Americans. After an exhausting year of presidential race, hoping to not have a Gumshoos (Picture below) as the dubbed “free world” president, falls apart. I remember yesterday seeing a lot of heartbroken Clinton supporters and people filling the street as a form of protest, in the wake of the result of US election.

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Gumshoos, newest Pokemon, resident of Alola. Does it triggers your mind?

This “political earthquake”–as mentioned by several media–so to speak, is really impacting not only Americans, but the world–and digital world.

People are either flabbergasted, dumbfounded, or scared upon knowing that this “joke” can climb a ladder, fight against all odds, and actually win the throne over the renowned Hillary Clinton. If you are a religious viewer of Late Night shows, you probably (or should be) shocked, too.

I am one of those Late Night viewers, though not that religious, but I could see how all of those mocking turns into a sudden shock. James Corden gave a monologue, Conan O’ Brien, too. Stephen Colbert even gave fellow Americans some soothing words and comedy minutes before the announcement. As if that’s not enough, stock prices dropped, people are freaking out on YouTube, despair comments like “we should stick together” or words of encouragement like “Republicans and Democrats should unite as one” decorates the whole atmosphere gloom. Even Canada’s immigration website is crashing due to a high visit number there. It’s almost like we’re watching a big countdown timer, counting down to doomsday.

Funny was the word that popped up in my mind when I saw how big the vote gap between both candidates was. I mean, all these months I’ve been fed with the idea of Hillary Clinton having a strong support from the establishments, the celebs, the–anything. That alone should be enough to create a public discourse that Hillary was the best candidate. Though controversies surround her.

But God forbid Hillary. For the second time.

People will be asking “why do bad things happens to good people?” or anything with the same tone.

To be frank, I am not in my capacity to write comprehensively about US Election. I might be an international relations scholar, but this election is not in my range.

However, seeing things from bird’s eye gave me a big picture of how things work. This may sound like a conspiracy, but having learned about postmodernism and power-knowledge nexus helps me to see the strings of power, though I’m not sure enough it is accurate or not.

Donald Trump may sound like a nightmare shaped human, complete with blonde-dry spaghetti that looked like a hair, plus a snide remarks about everything that exists. It’s just a complete nightmare.

Logically, people would choose Clinton over a political freshman Trump. That’s because Clinton would likely to manage the US well rather than the freshman. Almost no-brainer. Come on, people with good logic will surely chose Clinton over Trump–at least that’s what logical people see.

Unfortunately, things are not always logical. If so, we would not believe Harry Potter and friends; relationships are going to be very mathematical; friendships are going to be based on game theory or profit-loss ratio.

Some things happen beyond rational. Ever think about why fish, toad, spider rain happened? If you think by logic, the reason must be because there’s a tornado–or a plane carrying loads of fishes, and all. That’s acceptable. However, there are also things that happen outside our thinking capacity.

Might sound religious–but again these things could happen.

On paper. A lot of medias have demonize Trump. Like what I said above, Late Night shows gave clear example of how this demonizing occurred. Hosts are mocking Trump that he has small hands; messy hair; bigotry, and all. Those images are baton-passed by a lot of people and social medias like YouTube, etc. That creates a public sphere of opinion that agrees about how bad Trump is.

How that happened is beyond my reach. I could say that–echoing youtube comments–these Late Night shows TV gave a support to Clinton in exchange of something, I don’t know. So you got that, bad image of Trump. Everyone already think that Trump is not eligible to be a president.

If media is the one to blame, why Trump said the spiteful and hateful remarks? one might ask.

The answer is clearly simple. How the hell, in any kinds of mathematical possibility, a political freshman could stand against a two-time presidential candidate, a wife of an ex-president, a former secretary of state, and a political expert? Studying? That’s too late. Being as nice as Bernie Sanders? You can see how he end up.

So the best shortcut to get attention from the people is to create controversy over things that might be agreed by the people. Shutdown Muslims? Deport Mexicans? Check. Sadly that indicates people with xenophobia are still a lot. But that’s probably the only way Trump could win.

However, in his victory speech, Trump said this:

“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division; have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.It’s time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.”

For someone who created pandemonium for months, this remark was somehow shocking (in a good way). That might be only for the euphoria, but who knows he really change after all those spiteful remarks?

People will still hate him because of this created-nightmare. He can only change the perception when he actually do something to the US.

Like Pokemon Go, we first expect that Pokemon Go would be an all-out Pokemon game that live up to the fans’ expectation of how a real-life Pokemon game would be. Turns out, it’s a disappointment.

In this case, Hillary could be the Pokemon Go, and Trump could be the actual Pokemon game fans have been waiting for.

 

 

 

 

 

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