A complicated and ignorant man

Trump probably rose to power as a reaction to real frustration with Obama’s policies

Turki Aldakhil
Turki Aldakhil
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It seems that the few days before the election of a US president can be seen as the hours which separate Hillary Clinton from entering the White House.

According to recent opinion polls, Clinton leads Donald Trump by many points. This is not due to something special about Clinton as much as it’s due to her bad competitor.

Trump is a strange character who, whenever he commits a mistake, rises from it only to fall into another.
Cases against him range from molestation allegations to insulting minorities and they do not end with statements that are hostile to Muslims, Mexicans and women.

However, Trump going this far is a phenomenon which must be studied. He probably rose to power as a reaction to real frustration with Obama’s policies. It is not only Obama’s rivals who felt this frustration as even his supporters who voted for him, including many African-Americans, have also felt it.

Truth be told, Trump’s primary rival has been himself. He’s been the major enemy of his own campaign. Trump’s ignorance has not been simple and has been complicated. A simple ignorant man is he who acknowledges his ignorance while the complicated ignorant man is one who is not aware of his ignorance.

This article was first published in Okaz on Oct. 29, 2016.

Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.

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