Imagine Trump winning the nomination. Then imagine Trump winning the presidency. Then imagine Trump policy being put into action. If you are not a fan of Trump, after this little exercise you are probably going through the same Five Stages of Trump that the GOP establishment has been going through for a whole year; denial, anger, bargaining, depression and finally, reluctantly, acceptance. After making a killing during the Acela Primary, self-proclaimed presumptive nominee Donald Trump gave his first major foreign policy speech in order to put to rest any lingering doubts or fears that his opponents may have about his objectives, qualifications or beliefs. Spoiler alert: epic fail.
It’s not just that Trump has no political background or congressional experience, or that he has no verbal filter and uses discriminatory language, or that his policies are wildly unconventional, or that he’s an outsider and is unpredictable; it’s that he’s all of these things at once that has so sharply divided his supporters and everyone else. Reminder: POTUS gets a situation room, nuclear codes and responsibility for 320 million people, so the person who gets the job should be one whom the majority of the country feels is the most suitable. But then America isn’t just responsible for itself, it has alliances and agreements in countries all around the world, and many leaders have expressed concern about what they have observed. The isolationist, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-trade, “America First” rhetoric from the presidential candidate could help to create more enemies in a time where allies are sorely needed.
With Cruz’s bungling of his own campaign messages, poor strategic choices (Carly Fiorina, really?) and his failure to convince voters and the Republican establishment that he is an electable alternative to Trump, the Donald is now only a few states away from becoming the Republican nominee for president. As his delegate numbers have gotten considerably higher and the odds of a contested convention have gotten considerably longer, this speech could be a window into the future of what a Trump presidency would look like in the flesh. Predicting a Trump presidency could be jumping the gun, but at this stage the possibility of it should at least be considered, and the question of what to do about it should be easy to answer: holding Trump more accountable right now for his words and actions is not only necessary for America’s sanity, but also for its survival.
All this imagining leaving you feeling a little insane? Movie for your mood: Girl, Interrupted