What is it with Donald Trump? Could he really be the new leader of the USA, and as a consequence, the world? Pulse intern Alexandra Akwoviah looks at his quick rise in US politics.
Opinion: Republicans are known worldwide for their conservative stance on affairs.
But presidential candidate Donald Trump for many is seen as the radical and abrasive of all GOPs. Others comments pale in comparison to his. The Republican candidate is always in the headlines for his outrageous and offensive comments.
This week he is in the news again, and it’s unsurprising that it’s nothing short of jaw dropping.
Donald Trump winning the US presidency is considered one of the top 10 risks facing the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit(EIU). The research firm looking at the impact and probability in determining its global risk assessment warns that he could disrupt the global economy and heighten political and security risks in the US, the BBC reported.
Trump takes his place in the list of global issues facing the world.
He is rated as riskier than Britain leaving the European Union or an armed clash in the South China Sea.
However, the economic problems of China and Russia’s intervention in Syria ranks higher.
He is on the same scale as the rising threat of jihadi terrorism destabilising the global economy according to the EIU
How can one man possibly cause so much damage if he becomes president?
The answer is simple. The main reason for all the media attention on the presidential journey of Donald Trump is because of the position of the USA as a world superpower.
His steady progress and victories has filled the world with trepidation and kept the world at the edge of its seats.
Why should the domestic affairs fill the entire world with this much concern? Because of the position the USA holds on the world stage - it being a superpower and all. The end of the Cold War resulted in the US been declared triumphant and brought about the emergence of the era of a unipolar world.
The world looks to the US to be the pacesetter in affairs. Though in theory, power changes may occur in the global system, but that does not seem to be happening any time soon. China, the main opposition to the US role as a superpower has been faced with some challenges, like stagnant economic growth, so a change in global domination is likely on hold, for now.
What does that mean for a Trump-led US?
The future is not set in stone and we can’t predict, but what if Trump actually wins?
Did anyone imagine he would come this far? It has been speculated that the Republicans just wanted him to be a center of attraction, nothing more. With his vast experience in the entertainment industry he would be the perfect choice for that task. That seems to have blown up in their face as he seems to rolling down the hill with massive momentum. His victories have baffled media and political analysts.
Though the EIU predicts that if he does win the Republican ticket, he is most unlikely to win against Hillary who is his most likely Democratic contender.
This prediction does not inspire in me any confidence. In the 2015 article by the Guardian newspaper: ‘Here's why Donald Trump won't win the Republican presidential nomination’ the odds were against Trump as comparison was done between him and the 2008 Republican nominating race, Rudy Giuliani who fared better in the early polling than Trump. He lost because of his personality which was “thrice-married, formerly pro-choice, kind of rude person from New York,” the same as Trump.
Political analyst had made predictions at the start of the Republican race but Trump astounded them and the world with his massive victories in Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, Mississippi and Michigan and he seems to be gaining ground in the other states. There seems to be no stopping him.
That brings us to the most baffling questions; why can’t Republican voters see this?
It seems like a ‘him’ against the world scenario. He’s been called racist, a bigot, a threat, a joke and immature –the list goes on and on. These views however do not reflect in the polls.
Surprising isn’t it? He generally lacks knowledge of world systems and power politics.
He is crude and vague in his campaign promises and the crowd loves him.
I have been trying to wrap my mind around why this is so. This guy says he will build a big wall and make Mexico pay for it and with jabs at China a "currency manipulator" he calls them.
He even advocated for the killing of families of terrorists and the invasion of Syria to wipe out IS (and acquire its oil) and the ban of all Muslim travel.
I personally do not see the appeal. Maybe we are missing something that the voters see? It might be because he seems like a breath of fresh air from the other politicians. There is no one like Trump. Or he resonates with the views of the voters? Maybe it’s his air of confidence - after all he is an accomplished business man. I might be able to see it from this angle.
For now the candidacy is hinged on what the Republican party members want, then the American voters will have a much greater burden.
They are responsible for electing the leader of the world. I dare to think of Donald Trump as president and what that would mean for the world.
Countries are not taking him seriously because he has not won - yet. The future might be a difficult pill -if not outrageously bitter to swallow but it seems we have to prepare ourselves for the worst.
A Trump-led America would be the undoing of all diplomatic ties that have taken decades to forge as strong opposition has already been made. And he is not even the president!
In the end, it all boils down to the ordinary American voter.
But take note that the choice made has repercussions for the world and can make or unmake the world as we know it.