What Will We Remember About the “Trump Era”?
Although Donald Trump had previously assured everyone that all the talk about his plans for a third presidential term was just a joke, on the eve of the elections, not for the first time he voiced this idea. At the same time, he emphasized that, given the way he was treated during his presidency, after his re-election, he was entitled to have four more years in the White House.
However, no matter how hard Donald Trump clings to his chair in the Oval Office, he will still have to leave. And neither his high publicly declared self-esteem nor even attempts to nominate him as a possible Nobel Laureate will help him to linger.
A year ago, in response to an editorial in Christianity Today calling for removing the president from power, Donald Trump called the magazine “a left-wing rag” and said: “I have done more for Christianity than Jesus.” However, this year, speaking to his supporters in North Carolina on October 16, President Trump revealed who he considers more famous than himself. “The other day, someone told me: “You are the most famous person in the world.” I answered: “No, not me.” I was asked: “Who is more famous?” I said: “Jesus Christ,” quoted the American president’s words on his Twitter journalist Aaron Rupar, having published a video from Trump’s election rally.
On October 26, 2020, American artist David Datuna depicted Donald Trump as a “saint” with an empty book in his hands that appeared in downtown Manhattan. As conceived by its author, the picture shows that the politician, in reality, does not defend any ideas. “The work demonstrates the duality of reality and puts it in the foreground. The reality is unusual: we have a self-proclaimed saint who preaches “nothing,” each day pulling us deeper and deeper into his selfish emptiness of the golden calf. It’s time to turn this page,” said the artist himself about this picture.
The Independent noted that Trump also compared himself with human rights activist Martin Luther King to praise his socio-economic achievements.
To please Trump in his dreams of world fame, the Norwegians nominated him for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. More precisely, this was done by the Norwegian MP, chairman of the Norwegian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Christian Tybring-Jedde. It is noteworthy that in 2018, the Progress Party of Norway already tried to nominate Trump for this world award “for his contribution to solving the problem of nuclear disarmament on the Korean Peninsula.” Still, something did not come together (or rather, final nuclear disarmament did not happen there), and therefore Prime Minister of Ethiopia received the award. In 2020, the Norwegians again offered to present Trump with the prize, this time for “having achieved an agreement on the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.” Trump’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien faithfully echoed the same idea.
However, Fox News very lucidly explained why the Nobel Peace Prize would go to the well-known comic book character Alf rather than Trump.
Well, what do other politicians and the media think of Trump? – Here are just a few of them:
The Egyptian outlet Sasapost, for example, in contrast to the merits of the US President expressed by the Norwegian MP, points to the four most dangerous decisions of Trump, which may not in the best way change the future of the unstable Middle East in decades to come:
- the assassination of Soleimani – the second person in power in Iran;
- withdrawal from the nuclear agreement with Iran;
- rejection of the Kurds – America’s best friends in Syria;
- “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,” calling it one of the most dangerous decisions, adding that Donald Trump took many other fatal steps that shook the world.
The American magazine The Atlantic drew particular attention to the scandal that erupted in the United States about the growing hostility of national military towards Trump caused by his repeated disparaging comments about military personnel’s mental abilities and requests that seriously injured veterans should not participate in military parades. Especially outraged the military circles and their many relatives were by Trump’s words that the Americans who died in the war are “losers” and “fools”!
Therefore, hardly surprising is MSNBC’s assessment of Donald Trump’s activities: during his four years in office, he proved himself to be a global expert on destruction, he pulled out of several international agreements, many of which were in the primary interests of the United States.
The former head of the White House, Barack Obama, made a similar assessment by stressing in a published interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais that Donald Trump had caused severe damage to the United States and the rest of the world.
In unison with him, in an interview with Die Zeit, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed his conviction that the departure of the head of the White House, Donald Trump, is a “happy event” for Europe. “Now it will be possible to stop the further erosion of multilateralism and the weakening of international organizations … And, speaking openly, I do not think NATO would have survived another four years of Trump.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed his satisfaction with US President Donald Trump’s defeat in the presidential election, saying on November 25: “Praise be to Allah that the Americans and the whole world got rid of Trump.”
And Joe Biden, in an exclusive interview with the New York Times, said that he was proud of not letting Trump stay in the White House for another four years. He calls Trump’s epoch “ugly.”
The American publication TIME, evaluating Trump’s activities, expressed that he could go to jail for his sins when he is no longer President.
And the Japanese Newsweek, answering the question: What awaits Trump after the defeat – a pardon, arrest, or maybe emigration? Notes that the Democrats will probably sue him. You can blame him in many ways. Trump may even have to emigrate.
At the same time, ABC News adds that although Trump did not escape all legal problems during his presidency, his immunity served as a good shield for him. However, having lost his post with a defeat in the elections, the businessman will be forced to face a new reality and a whole series of existing lawsuits and investigations, which he will have to deal with as an ordinary citizen.
At this point, The Independent recalls Donald Trump’s statements a couple of weeks before the election that he could move to another country in case of defeat. Indeed, this can be not only Scotland or Canada, but even Russia, China, or North Korea, with whose leaders, according to the US President himself, “he has many things in common.”
But it is unlikely that Trump will be made welcome with open arms, as he “annoyed” so many. And it is not for nothing that Berlin’s Madame Tussauds museum has already rearranged the figure of US President Donald Trump into a copy of a dumpster, thereby expressing the majority opinion about this 45th US President and his inglorious “reign.”