Ah, the Donald.
Say what you want about his many quirks, faux pas, and his brash Twitter account, I have to admit I kind of like the man. It’s like he’s a parody of himself. During the middle of what seems like his 7th bid for president, let’s take a closer look at what life could possibly be like under a Donald Trump presidency.
And already, we have a problem. I just spent the last five minutes cruising Trump’s campaign website, and actual positions on real issues are few and far between. I can only guess his stance on taxes, education, health insurance, or foreign policy.
Mostly, Trump is running on his name. Over the years, his name has become synonymous with luxury, success, brash confidence, and one goofy haircut. He’s had one of the most popular reality shows of all time, and has been a tireless activist of veterans and other conservative causes.
Trump is a master of playing the media. He regularly appears on programs like Fox News, which are sympathetic to conservative causes. He also boasts more than seven million Twitter followers, and 1.8 million people Like his page on Facebook. With the exception of Hillary Clinton, most presidential candidates would kill for that many grassroots followers this early in the primary process.
There’s just one problem. The Donald is so over the top that people regularly don’t take him seriously. He’s almost the epitome of the boisterous politician.
What about Canada?
Let’s face it. As Canadians, whoever ends up as U.S. President is mostly an amusing sideshow. Most policies don’t affect us in any way.
There is one thing Trump is pretty vocal about that could affect Canadians, and that’s immigration. Like many others in his party, Trump could be described as somewhat anti-immigration, which could end up affecting Canadians looking to travel south of the border.
Trump is very pro military, and would most likely contribute to the attitude of using the military to deal with problems, which is often argued as the source of most anti-U.S. sentiment around the world. It’s inevitable that Canada gets caught in some of this anti-U.S. blowback at some point in the future.
There’s also the possibility of current Prime Minister Stephen Harper getting along better with a President like Trump, simply because they’re both right-wing politicians.
Will it happen?
As much as I’d like for Trump to become the official Republican nominee for President, the chances of it happening are almost nil.
According to the latest polls, Trump has the support of just 3.6% of Republican voters. That pales in comparison to other choices, like Jeb Bush (10.8%), Scott Walker (10.6%), and Marco Rubio (10%), and even Chris Christie (4.6%). And then, even if he does manage to make it out of the Republican primaries, he’d still have to go up against Hillary Clinton, who is massively popular.
I doubt there are many people reading this who are secretly pining for a Trump in the White House. But if you are, I’d suggest saying “You’re Fired” to those hopes.