Trump presidency: A bad example of leadership?

How could the American people elect an anti-semite, anti-Muslim, anti-latinos, anti-women president?

Why would the Americans choose a president that is anti-immigration, anti-Nato, anti-Europe, anti-UN institutions? One that favors building walls, and throw out nonwhite American convicts, as well as cut US funding for efforts aimed at saving our planet.

When the US people elect a president that is clearly a bully, a sexist, a racist and a narcisit; a man happy to brag about sexual harassment, and one happy to call everyone who disagrees with him a liar, what message has the electorate sent to society and people in the wider world?

Above all it seems that they chose an anti-establishment (so to speak) and anti-system, anti-tolerance secondhand car salesman to say the least.

By choosing Trump, Americans would like to believe they have used him to voice their protest at a US system that needs a review. They seem to have finally had enough of leaders that say what they don't mean.

They are saying no to empty media rhetoric and media trained politicians and their brushed up policy ideas vacant of immediate impact on people lives

The electorate, by choosing Trump, chose to say no to American establishment, no to faith, yes to economic fears, and yes to populist, short term, spur of the moment bursts

Mohamed Chebarro



They seem to be questioning the partnership between States and financial institutions that have reached new heights and dangerous levels in the past three decades. They seem to have had enough of a family of elite, enmeshed in interest group agenda that does not resemble the electorate or it’s concerns.

They seem to have caved into fear, and rejected faith in US leadership, politicians, economic prowess and faith in the capitalist system in the digitalized, open bordered globalized world.

Trump might not address any of the above problems in his four-year term or even double that period. Trump himself was the product of betting on markets, growing his business empire using the shadowy political and financial system that for 19 months he said he opposed.

Lacking vision and leadership

Trump will lead America in this turbulent and interconnected world and could surprise according to some isolationist pro-Trump groups and individuals.

Trump in my view - like his predecessor President Obama - will go down in history as the 45th president of the US that lacked vision and leadership. He is another one that will fail to control an aging American distorted American power.

It seems that he, like President Obama, will be unable to fathom a world post the fall of the Berlin Wall's many fault lines and the speedy globalization that followed. In an increasingly interconnected world, in a digital age where a reality TV show star can rise to become a president but doubt he could deliver leadership.

The electorate, by choosing Trump, chose to say no to American establishment, no to faith, yes to economic fears, and yes to populist, short term, spur of the moment bursts.

In rejecting Clinton also the electorate once again demonstrated that it is still far from ready to accept a woman commander in chief. An issue that must have startled mothers not only in the US but sisters and daughters across the globe. A victory for Trump is another lost opportunity for the world and specially women.

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Mohamed Chebarro is currently an Al Arabiya TV News Program Editor. He is also an award winning journalist, roving war reporter and commentator. He covered most regional conflicts in the 90s for MBC news and later headed Al Arabiya’s bureau in Beirut and London. His twitter handle is @mochebaro.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50
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