Trump not fit to be US president
- Donald Trump under fire after thinly veiled threat to rival Hillary Clinton
- Clinton wants to remove second amendment right to bear arms
- Trump comments resemble ISIS' call to action to loners and malcontents
- Belief that Trump can be shackled not borne out by Hitler precedent
- Republican nominee simply not fit to become US president
Every time he opens it, he puts his foot in it. Photo: iStock
By Martin O'Rourke
Do we honestly need any more evidence that Republican candidate Donald Trump is simply not fit for a role as pivotal and responsible as president of the United States of America?
His thinly veiled threat to Hillary Clinton that she might face an assassination attempt if she moves to abolish the second amendment if victorious in November shows him up for the gutter-infested and yet highly-dangerous imbecile that he is.
Let's be clear here. He's rambled on in the past in deeply offensive terms about Muslims, Mexicans, the Chinese, and Europeans as well as his own rivals for the Republican nomination but this is on another level altogether.
Inciting people to take the law into their own hands as he did on Tuesday is beyond deeply irresponsible. In a highly charged global environment where terror or the fear of terror holds sway in so many parts of the world, Trump has lit the fire for someone to take action that would have unspeakable consequences for the US and likely beyond.
Is his call any different from that of ISIS' recruitment of a seeming never-ending army of malcontents and loners through the western world to disrupt, paralyse and indeed even annihilate ordinary citizens in the name of a zealous cause?
Look at the words he uses specifically. "If she [Clinton] gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the second amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day.”
Clumsy? That looks like a difficult conclusion to draw. That last line in particular — "that will be a horrible day" — smacks of someone who fully understands the implications of what he is saying and wants that thought to hang in the air, infiltrating the mind of someone potentially driven enough to act upon the sentiment.
In a country where John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Ronald Reagan survived an attempt and where the fractious dividing line over gun ownership gets ever deeper embroiled in controversy by the latest mass slaughter of innocents or by elements throughout the police force that seems incapable of seeing young, black men as anything other than criminals, it is a call to pure hatred.
In the world of markets, should we care? After all, the dollar will presumably continue to thrive as the globe's currency of choice and the US economy is still some way ahead of a really serious challenge from China even if Saxo Bank chief economist Steen Jakobsen asserts that the day of reckoning is coming.
But the very real possibility that the US electorate might put this man in charge of the nuclear button in November should give cause for us all to shudder. This is not the World Wrestling Entertainment ring.
It was said in 1933 that Adolf Hitler, once in power, would be shackled by the forces of conservatism that would smother his radicalism and enable the regime to pick off the perceived real enemies of the state, namely international Bolshevism.
We all know how that ended.
Likewise, can we honestly predict what would happen under a Trump presidency? There is every chance that we could end up in a scenario where, frankly, markets might be the least of our concerns.
All rationality seems to suggest that Trump has to fail given his propensity for foot-in-mouth syndrome. Yet, with a frankly unpopular rival in Clinton, he still has a chance. Let's hope that prospect dwindles as we head towards November 8.
Did he really say that? Photo: iStock
Martin O'Rourke is managing editor at Saxo Bank