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By Gilbert Tsala Ekani, US Africa News. Updated 2016-04-19
Donald Trump is a multibillionaire. It is not known if he has read the French writer who wrote that “behind every fortune lies a crime.”
Perhaps he would think of it as just an unhappy quote from a jealous man who never knew how to make money. In the past, Trump had the impulse to try for the US presidency, but he soon gave up. This time he went for it and we thought the Trump balloon would deflate as usual. When he waved around the idea of his candidacy, people no doubt laughingly advised him to keep doing what he knows: counting his billions. The man persevered. He soared in the polls, and, taking advantage of hesitation in the Republican camp, he now finds himself quite the heavy favorite. Republicans have all the levers of power in the United States: the greatest number of governors, and the majority in the House of Representatives. They enjoy complicating Democratic President Obama’s life.
When Trump announced his desire to be president, he said that, already wealthy, he would be incorruptible. He added that he would lead America the way he manages his business. That’s all very well, except that we rarely see a rich person throwing their money down the drain. They always want more, proof that they are never really satisfied. Mr. Trump has not needed to raise money for his election campaign, as he pays out of pocket. It is estimated that since the beginning of his campaign, he has spent at the least 10 billion CFA francs, which is hardly anything at his level. He certainly has not come up with good policies, but he has formulas that sell. Mexicans? He will send them home. Moreover, to make sure they don’t come back, he said would build a wall between Mexico and the United States, a speech that irritated the Pope Francis. The pontiff replied that a man who builds walls is not a good Christian. Trump laughed and reminded the pope that the Vatican is full of walls and that the Pope uses an armored car, the "pope mobile".
As for President Barack Obama’s policies? A calamity, according to Trump. He will hasten to undo them if he is elected US president. Trump did not say it aloud, but must wonder how it was possible to elect a black man to the White House. Mr. Trump does not like immigrants who "come here to eat the bread of true Americans and take their jobs.” He doesn’t like either Hispanics or blacks, and dreams of barring Muslims from entering the United States. He has an explanation: Muslims hate the United States. Mr. Trump has the Republican Establishment against him, and all the other contenders for the nomination, yet he sits atop the polls. No one knows how to stop him. It was believed that his candidacy was just a joke; now it has become serious. And disturbing. Each of his rallies shows his ability to wield words like a bludgeon to get laughs and voters on his side. Like when an opponent said that Trump had small hands, and Trump repudiated him, adding, “If they are small, something else must be small. I guarantee you there is no problem. I guarantee." One feared the worst. He would show them.
Those who dare protest the Trump rallies are heckled and insulted by the candidate, who threatens to settle things with his fists. It is not clear whether that would displease the real estate tycoon, who is considered bloodthirsty. Republicans, at least some of them, are not proud of Trump, who has already divided their camp. Instead of continuing the interminable primaries that constantly reinforce Trump, perhaps they should instead organize a boxing match with his opponents. The Democrats would rub their hands with glee. All polls indicate that the Democratic candidate will make mincemeat of Trump. But beware of polls. Trump has learned to be a spoiler. What is certain is that if Mr. Trump is elected President of the United States, a third world war could be on the horizon. Perhaps he imagines he can succeed where Hitler failed. And it seems that Trump has some affinity with the Führer that is not merely an act.