Storms and a “buffalo man” over the Capitol mark the end of a turbulent presidency. Before this, usually Trump himself was in the headlines. Above all, he highlighted social fault lines.
All this has happened before. Donald Trump transports life from the ’80s to the present with pomp and show, self-marketing and credit. To the public, Construction Lion from New York has long been an absurd, but sometimes amusing mix of fictional Wall Street manager Gordon Gekko and stars featured in the TV format “Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous.” Der Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous) celebrated its prosperity.
survived two impeachment proceedings
It was an honor that Trump made an appearance at the 1983 premiere. From 2004 to 2015 he got his own TV reality show “The Apprentice”. Then came June 6, 2015, the day the shiny “dealmaker” announced that he wanted to run in the 2016 presidential election. Certainly a turning point for him personally; In fact there were some continuities here as well.
The slogan “Make America Great Again” was used by President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1989. Sexual indulgence was already a problem for “philosophers” John F. Kennedy (1961–1963) or Bill Clinton (1993–2001), who nearly stumbled upon an affair with intern Monica Lewinsky. Richard “Tricky Dicky” Nixon, who resigned in 1974 over the Watergate affair, was also good at dirty maneuvers. What was new was that as the 45th US President, Trump combined all these qualities into one person – and at the same time survived two impeachments.
Born 75 years ago on June 14, 1946, in New York, the son of a dishonest and hard-hearted building contractor with German and a clichéd spouse of Scottish descent, went out to build a wall against migrants on the border with Mexico . Instead, like a wrecking ball, he tore the façades, behind which had opened the abyss of the Western way of life. Trump’s biographer Michael D’Antonio summed up, “What’s hidden in him is obvious.” “What is less certain can be found in oneself.”
Under Trump, conservatism turned into an empty shell. He completely ruins his party, the Republicans. From Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to AFD parliamentary group leader Alexander Gouland – in their world and in their world – the rule of law or values such as political decency, fairness and truth are no longer very popular. .
challenge the churches
Evangelicals, a traditionally influential group of voters with a traditional family image, saluted a president who clearly embodied the complete opposite. Catholic American bishops recently discussed whether the current incumbent, Catholic Joe Biden, could receive communion despite his liberal stance on abortion. Compared to Biden’s predecessor, a “non-denominational Christian” and brazenly arrogant, the same bishop behaved much more cautiously when he took office—perhaps also because Trump, not deftly mindless, took on the question of the so-called lifeguard. represented the situation. Why abortion?
Trump ignored environmental protection and climate change as much as he could. In doing so, he also helped whitewash the hypocrisy of other industrialized nations, who preach stability but live happily beyond their means. Beyond that, there seems to be a natural right to an SUV and cheap schnitzel for everyone. Trump generally avoided scientific advice and conclusions, for example in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic; His main competency was in the area of ”alternative facts”.
Media persons – on TV and on social media
The media also allowed itself to be taken away from this illusion. He eagerly turned Trump’s most absurd tweets into sensationalism – and thus contributed to the greater blurring of the distinction between facts and opinion in public debate.
“you are fired!” – “you are fired!” Many critics may have thought of the cult following from “The Apprentice” when Trump was ousted from office in 2019. But heirs like right-wing Senator Josh Hawley, 41, are already scratching their feet. And Trump himself talks about a new movement on his homepage – “Make America great again” under the famous slogan. It is the job of the society to question the very structures that made personalities like him great.
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