Personally I think he’s a pig: big, orange, clever and dangerous.
But he has generated thoughts and movement and stirred outrage – which I am glad to see.
My first thought is: why do so many find solace in his offerings?
My second thought relates to the stridency of the relatively newly anointed disadvantaged groups, particularly black people and women – that’s what I want to take a dab at.
As historical barriers are removed and cultural confines lifted, black people and women have stepped forward and taken the lead in many enterprises.
Numbering their advances and expecting some sort of parity with historically more numerous white males in leadership roles is not a justifiable measure, it’s a political club to be wielded by the strident.
This very stridency may explain some of the support for Trump: people who feel threatened by the increasing anti-discrimination actions, which frequently enshrine the premise that if a person feels unfairly discriminated against, then that feeling is de facto discrimination.
What has happened of course, is that the stridency of those recently empowered groups has increased and there has been a new cohesion and legitimacy attached to their causes.
Protests in such large numbers such as the women’s anti-Trump marches have thrown up some bitter antagonism seen in blog- attacks on the lack of harassment experienced by the mainly white women marchers compared to past protests by black people.
Talk about losing the plot!
The orange Donald will relish the in-fighting between the two biggest discrimination claimant groups.