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Andrew M. Mwenda is the founding Managing Editor of The Independent, Uganda’s premier current affairs newsmagazine. One of Foreign Policy magazine 's top 100 Global Thinkers, TED Speaker and Foreign aid Critic



Monday, February 13, 2017

Why I love Donald Trump



The new U.S president is a breath of fresh air into a political atmosphere polluted by liberal lies and hypocrisy

Over the last two weeks, the mass media in America and the Western world has been pounding President Donald Trump for imposing a travel ban on people traveling from seven Muslim majority countries. They project Trump as a racist violating “Western values.” Yet Trump’s actions are the logical (and inevitable) culmination of a protracted campaign by Western opinion leaders (liberal and conservative) propagating a false and dangerous narrative that demonises Muslims and criminalises black and brown people.

Democracy assumes that ordinary citizens have power to hold their leaders accountable. However, for citizens to meaningfully perform this function they need to be well informed. Yet many public policy issues are too complex for ordinary minds to digest. John Keynes suggested that ordinary people handle complexity through narratives. A narrative is a complex issue that is made easily understood by ordinary minds. Narratives spread easily and quickly, thereby becoming public goods. But narratives can also stray a long way from the truths, thereby becoming dangerous.

To understand what I am saying, ask what is the biggest threat to the lives of US citizens. You are likely to imagine terrorism. Then imagine the profile of a terrorist. It is likely to be a Muslim male wearing a beard shouting Allahu Akbar! This is because Western media has consistently projected terrorists as Muslims. This media blitzkrieg has led most people to believe that the biggest security threat is terrorism and the perpetrators are Muslims.

This has justified America and her Western allies invading Afghanistan and Iraq, bombing Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Syria in an endless “war on terror”. It has justified the imposition of checks and searches on Muslims traveling to America and the West that make the searches of Hitler’s Gestapo look benign. It has also justified the imposition of security procedures in airports that border on the absurd and forced all governments in the world to follow them. They have arrogated themselves power to monitor all financial transactions not to mention mega data where they eavesdrop on all electronic conversations.

Yet the facts do not prove this narrative. For example, the average number of Americans who die of gun violence is 22,000 per year. Since 9/11, over 300,000 Americans have died in gun violence. How many American citizens have died in terrorism related acts on US soil over the same period? Only 93! Yet over the last 20 years, America has failed to pass even the most modest law on gun control. Why don’t the American media and political elites treat gun violence as a bigger danger? Because the perpetrator has an identity: he is largely an American citizen. He also has a colour, often white.

All societies create narratives on what they think is important and, therefore, see what they want to see. They focus state and public attention on what they have defined as important. But the fact that you do not look at something does not mean it does not exist. And this is where narratives become dangerous. Out of the 27 terrorist attacks (categorised so by the FBI) on US soil since 9/11, only nine have been orchestrated by Jihadist while 18 such attacks have been orchestrated by right wing terrorist groups. The Jihadist attacks have killed 45 people, while right wing terrorist groups have killed 48.

In fact, while Jihadists come from different ethnic backgrounds, the vast majority of right wing terrorists in America are white. For example, out of 182 non-Jihadist perpetrators of terrorist attacks on American soil since 9/11, 165 were by white, right wing terrorists – yes by WHITE right wing terrorists. I am sure you didn’t even know that America has white terrorist groups. The media only makes a murmur about their carnage when they orchestrate one.

America has invaded and/or bombed other countries, established detention facilities around the world where they kidnap young Muslim males and take them for torture in name of this endless “war on terror.” Its media elites have cheered it along. Having spent decades demonising Muslims and projecting them as violence prone, and criminalising black and brown people, the same media/political elites, especially the liberal media, now claim Trump is exploiting this fear, a fear they themselves have stocked for years and years.

Liberals in the West are the worst hypocrites. They indulge in coded racial messages to win votes. They will smile in your face and stub you in the back immediately after. What is refreshing about Trump is that he is the most honest and frank, albeit crude and unsophisticated, president the US has ever had. Every day I see him speak on television, I weep with joy because he is clear about what he stands for. He does not pretend. He does not lie or fake who he is.

In his first year as president, Barack Obama deported more Hispanics than George Bush did in his eight years. In that same first year, Obama threw more bombs (like the coward that he is, using drones) on Afghanistan and Pakistan than Bush had done in eight years. He bombed Libya, armed terrorists, and handed the country to them without bothering, as Bush tried to do in Iraq, to put boots on the ground to ensure order. The liberal media cheered him on.

Obama represented American liberal hypocrisy at its worst. He was able to conduct so much evil while speaking of democracy, human rights and internationalism with a pious expression. Obama put a six months ban on Iraq refugees entering America without a whisper of criticism from the groups now denouncing Trump. It is Obama who signed the law declaring as dangerous people of Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Iran and Iraq (Trump has only added Syria) without a whisper from these groups. Trump is only implementing Obama’s agenda – only in a more transparent way.

Last week, Bill O’Reilly of Fox News asked Trump why he wants to deal with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, a man who “kills people”. Trump was brutally frank and said America kills people too. A pot should not call a kettle black. It caused uproar. But America is close to Jordan and Saudi Arabia, the worst dictatorships on earth. Obama visited Saudi Arabia and kissed the tyrant’s hand. Why not Trump? American liberal elites pretend about their virtues and lie about the vices of others. Trump should not have term limits. The world needs him because he is the most transparent president the U.S has ever produced.
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