Politics, Made Simple.
Trump has been called lots of things, but what will his legacy look like? Will he be remembered as The Messiah? The first person to bring 300 Big Macs into the White House? Or maybe as the first person to be both a President and a producer of fragrances?
Who knows. Probably all of the above.
But that would be missing the overarching theme of his presidency; making politics simple (again).
While the rest of the world has been using words such as ‘checks and balances’ and ‘diffusion of power’ to create complex government institutions that no one understands, Donald has made sure everyone can follow.
Take Greenland. A country that enjoyed some needed attention after the Wall Street Journal mentioned Trump wanted to buy all 2.1 million sq. Km of it. Why? Geo-strategic reasons, there is lots of oil and a great name for a golf course. It could also be that Trump got alarmed when he heard Greenland was home to a Nuuk.
When he heard it wasn’t for sale, the decision was obvious. No need to visit Denmark anymore, it’s a pointless place anyway.
Natural disasters too can be simplified. After Trump expressed his dissatisfaction with Puerto Ricans over the fact that another storm was heading their way -how selfish!- he floated the idea of bombing the storm. Why keep sending money to a place where there are storms every year? Just nuke it.
Pictures in the press of you and a paedophile? No, never heard of the guy. North Korean nuclear threat? Easy. Just insult the fat man. Stop global warming? Keep your fridge open. Clothes not drying quick enough? Pour some petrol over them and set it alight.
Complicated politics simply doesn’t hold a candle to it.
Simple politics could be the answer – although no one has yet tried to nuke a hurricane, so no way of being sure – and it’s definitely contagious.
Don’t like migrants? Buy a dog and build a fence says Dutch politician Thierry Baudet.
Is your NHS underfunded? Blame it on an institution that has nothing to do with healthcare provision and enter a negotiating procedure that causes your currency to lose half its value, doesn’t appear to yield a result that pleases a majority and then ask a 93-year-old to cancel parliament.
Took a while, but they got there in the end.