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Friday, 11 November 2016

President Elect Donald Trump’s Triumph -A Sad News!

He is back with another blockbuster piece!



“Democracy is tricky; it sometimes ends up as a parody of itself. When the people clamour for change, they can vote with their hearts, and prove impervious to plain sight reason, and overlook likely pitfalls. We can only hope that Donald Trump does not become the symbol of the change that Americans are seeking. That would be sad indeed for the free world.” – Reuben Abati, “Anything Can Happen in America”, The Guardian, March 6, 2016. 


Earlier this year, I had written a piece titled “Anything Can Happen In America”, from which the quote above is excerpted, but I had virtually no idea that the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election could be so shocking, unthinkable and unbelievable. I was like the pollsters, the cultural activists, the Nobel Laureates, the American media establishment and the global community, minus Russia and Vladimir Putin, a Clintonite. I stood with her. When the unthinkable happened on Tuesday, and Americans chose as their 45th President, Donald John Trump, the real estate developer, reality television celebrity, a complete outsider who stumbled on politics and turned it into a celebrity show, I could only ask: how did it happen?

The triumph of Trumpism, a byword for incorrect conduct, misogyny, hate, racism, nativism, isolationism, anger, and defiance is sad news for the world. It is an assault on the ideals of American democracy. Trump’s triumph has left America more divided than it was a week ago, and the prospects of that nation rescuing itself from the tragic mistake it seems to have made may take long in coming. The same country that champions it the most has exposed the underbelly of democracy, that beloved option for global leadership, ironically.


Democracy is said to be driven by the values of good rather than evil, of humanity as opposed to inhumanity, individual freedom and rights rather than oppression, inclusion as different from exclusion but the same model of governance hands over power to the majority. As we have seen, the majority may not necessarily represent the will of all the people, or even the real majority, it is the choice that is made by the voting majority or as determined by the guiding rules as in the case of the United States: and no matter how stupid, illogical or unreasonable that choice may be, it is taken as the voice of the people and it is binding. This dictatorship of the determined majority has nothing to do with popular opinion or goodwill, but the actual choice that is made according to the guiding rules of the game. 



Democracy, relying on the strength of numbers and local rules has fed many countries with statistically right but logically wrong outcomes. The outcome in the United States this week is completely confusing. And that explains why there have been protests across America by those chanting “notmypresident” to express their dismay over Trump’s surprise win. This is the first time in a long while that the outcome of an American Presidential election will leave the entire country so tragically divided the morning after. Even the international community is in shock. Trump’s triumph is a threat to the liberal standards on which the global order is anchored. Hillary Clinton in her concession speech said her defeat is “painful and it will be for a long time.” Not necessarily for her but for America and the rest of the world. The deepest cut is in America’s heart; the wound that has been inflicted therein by Americans themselves will be felt for a long time to come. 



This year’s American general election should inspire a deeper interrogation into the nature of democracy and its many pitfalls. The people of the United States had a plain choice between good and bad alternatives. More than any other American Presidential candidate in this election, Hillary Clinton got the most impactful endorsements, yet she did not win. If the rest of the world had been asked to vote, she would have won by a landslide, but it was up to the Americans themselves to choose their own President, and they have just told us to mind our own businesses in our countries. Hillary Clinton is urbane, experienced, charming and gifted. She has proved her mettle as First Lady, Senator and as Secretary of State. She won the Presidential debates, ran a dignified and organized campaign and won the confidence of every critical constituency. Bernie Sanders who ran against her for the Democratic party’s ticket and Donald Trump, as well as their agents in many places threw mud in her direction, but the polls favoured her to the last minute.



The pollsters have been proven wrong by the choice that America has made. Hillary Clinton gave hope to generations of women across the world. Her emergence as America’s President would have broken the glass ceiling at the most powerful spot in the world, and energized young men and women across the world. America has decided to spit in the face of history and opt for misogyny birthed by ultra-conservatism. Confronted with the obvious choice of a decent, tested and experienced woman who could have given them the prize of two Presidents for the price of one, they chose a foul-mouthed, egoistic, bombastic, free-wheeling outsider with a wife whose body shape and naked assets would be part of a yet uncertain legacy.

America’s future post-Trump’s triumph is uncertain because what Trump stands for, the little that we know about that, raises nothing but anxiety, definitely not confidence. America has as President in waiting a man elected on the wings of sheer populism and racist, nativist propaganda. His campaign was anchored on the hate-propelled belief that the only way to make America great again is to shut out Muslims, blacks, immigrants, intruding neighbours from Mexico and Latin America, keep Americans for Americans only so they can have jobs and prosper, and the spin that America is not safe in the hands of women whom he considers fit only as objects and pieces of decoration.

By voting Trump, America with its intriguing electoral college system, which robs a popular candidate on technical grounds, has deleted the triumph of American-led neo-liberal progressivism in the global order. The sad news in part is that this is also a growing trend in Europe, the equivalent of Brexit. Trump’s triumph is however worse than Brexit. It is not likely “to make America great again.” It is more likely to reduce, if not jeopardize America’s influence as a stabilizing force in the global system. Donald Trump as Presidential candidate repudiated America’s commitments within the global system. He says he will pull out US troops and command stations in Europe and Asia. If he keeps to his words, he could create such instability across the globe that would result in countries which otherwise depended on the United States looking out for themselves security-wise.

Trump is perhaps America’s nemesis: too much rationalization and over-simplification of everything was bound to get the United States into trouble. The chasm between the American establishment and its ordinary people has been blown open. Washington is a living symbol of correctness on every stage, but now the people have rejected Washington and its politics. There have been about 44 female Presidents across the world, and now, the most powerful country in the world has proven itself to be less progressive than India, Bangladesh, Brazil, South Korea, Liberia, Ireland, Sri Lanka, Argentina, Croatia, Nepal, Taiwan, Chile, Costa Rica, Philippines, Indonesia, Iceland, Malta, and even Kosovo! America preaches inclusion and unity in diversity, but the white, blue-collar and middle-class Americans who voted majorly for Donald Trump have shown that the average American is not interested in diversity; they want America to themselves alone. America is not a country of nationalities, it is a country of immigrants, and yet the settled immigrants want to shut the door of the land of dreams to others. Donald Trump exploited their fears. He has proven that it is possible to become President by appealing to the people’s basest instincts. Shameful.

Trump, Machiavelli’s “great-great-grandson” has through dirty tricks created a revolution from which even the same party that saw him as an outsider and treated his emergence as flag-bearer as an accident has benefitted. The Republican Party owes its ascendancy in the White House and Capitol Hill to this outsider who brought the tactics of Machiavelli, soap opera and television shows to push a failing party back to reckoning. Trump is neither Republican nor Democrat; he belongs to the party of the streets, of a racist American street motivated by a determination to reverse the misfortune of disappearing jobs in inner America, inability of make ends meet, pay children’s school fees or live decently. Americans chose Trump because he spoke the language of the streets and projected himself as their messiah. He projected himself, in his own words, as the champion of “the forgotten men and women of our country…People who work hard but no longer have a voice. I am their voice”. And so the people think, and so they voted for him so enthusiastically they even handed him the battleground states of Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and North Carolina, which secured his victory and ended the emerging Clinton dynasty. He is the candidate of America’s children of anger.



Trump’s organized blackmail and dirty job may have given him the biggest job in the world but it will not sustain him there or make him a great President. The easiest thing to do is to promise the people change by pulling down the sitting government and the entire political Establishment. In Trump’s reckoning, he did not just defeat Hillary Clinton; he has defeated Barrack Obama, the entire Washington Establishment and its allies. Inexperienced, badly prepared and ignorant, as is the common consensus, Trump has to run the most complex governance system in the world. He can repudiate his campaign promises and turn 360 degrees. This is not beyond him. In the last year, his position on anything and everything has changed from one stop to another. Or he may choose to fulfill his bizarre promises and imperil the American Presidency and the global order. One option will expose and ridicule him. The other may fetch him the aggrieved assassin’s bullet or a one-term Presidency that could end up either as a tragi-comedy or a nauseating farce. The fulfillment of the Simpsons’ and Michael Moore’s prophecy is the highest point of America’s disillusionment. Soon enough, America will learn, at substantial cost, new lessons about its new reality. Take it easy, Hillary. Destiny is what waits for every person behind the dream.
BY REUBEN ABATI.


66 comments:

danny fisiye said...

Abati i hail thee

calabar chick said...

Reuben Abati?

Loveme Jeje said...

Hahahaha Stella. No wonder you said he is back with another piece.

Rueben Abati you need to go back to EFCC office and stay there. chai i had to scroll down to know who wrote this.

hahahaha our Abati is back. abeg write on your experience. leave my Trump alone. Na be get Trump now

xxxTrinityxxx said...

Mr Reuben how was jail? I'm sure you couldn't wait to come out and make us go through the pain you went through in the hands of efcc with your article abi?

Francis ezekwonna said...

welcome back. we want to know how that EFCC detention was for you.

couldn't read because US is not my country.

xxxTrinityxxx said...

Exactly he should write about his experience and leave trump to CNN. I'd love to read about his experience with EFCC but he might write and they'd arrest him again lol

Atheist. said...

Id have known what the writer talked about, if only i read the article.

Kim Kardashian Aka portable queen of sdk blog said...

This man should learn how to summarize.

Pervert said...

I didn't bother reading it, just that osho dey scratch me die.

Anonymous said...

Hoping to hear your jail chronicles

DonMayor said...

Hey! he don come back.

peace maker said...

Good to know

Girl in love said...

They have released him. Mazi Reuben nno.

Kachi said...

It can only be Ruben

Suoebi(Niger delta finest) said...

Lols Reuben hw was ur visit to efcc zone? Anyways that piece up there is way too long for me to read

becky naka said...

You guys should free Reuben.. I like his articles. My "roles" model, I was expecting an article of your experience with EFCC

Blossom said...

What a piece! Sir I have missed your writing. The election result suprised many but let's see that Donald Trump has in store for Americans.

Well writing and thought provoking as always.

Anonymous said...

If the foolish black Americans had goten there lazy ass out to vote,all this would be history. Welfare,section 8,coupons is all they know.lazy fools.

lovelace said...

Side eyes at blockbuster..... 😛

Isolde Fontaine said...

Uncle Reuben I have missed you and your write ups, welcome back!

zion baby said...

Hahahahaha
I have to scroll down to confirm if its him.
Welcome back Sir
Back to the epistle

Anonymous said...

See youngman brother don com bk with his epistles!oga abati welcom bk o!hw was efcc cell?i hope de treated u fine?shey dem no giv u only beans to de eat for der! Well done o! Bros abeg wen wld u be refunding our yams dat u choped? We need it o,cos rit now papa bubu can not fund d budget o! Recession is dealing with us bad bad! We await your robust reply! Well done o!

Anonymous said...

See youngman brother don com bk with his epistles!oga abati welcom bk o!hw was efcc cell?i hope de treated u fine?shey dem no giv u only beans to de eat for der! Well done o! Bros abeg wen wld u be refunding our yams dat u choped? We need it o,cos rit now papa bubu can not fund d budget o! Recession is dealing with us bad bad! We await your robust reply! Well done o!

iam Owen said...

Couldn't read jor....wen iyam busy with my Yam and stew...dis food be bursting my head since 1900 BC.....lunch break Rocks

Starjoy said...

Welcome back Mr Ruben

Audrey said...

I actually enjoyed reading this.
Welcome back Reuben.

Anonymous said...

Of course I certainly agree with Rueben Abati,i am waiting nd watching and so is d world on hw America will fare under Donald Trump,too late to cry.Hilary inspired me as a woman,frm being a first lady to senator n secretary of state..no height is too high to climb

Anonymous said...

As I opened the post I scrolled down first to know the author first soon as I saw the name I lost interest.

AdeEsther (Do you work and live in Abuja, Lagos, ph $ ibadan? do you need a quick loan upto 2.5m without collateral?call/whatsapp 07037873466 said...

I jump and pass after I noticed it was written by Reuben

Moncoeur behbeh said...

Welcome back ReuReu, we miss your epistle. Interesting read.

nzube izuu said...

Abati tell me what I want to hear not this! How is EFCC? Hehehehe

BluntIjebuChic'*GiFTED'* said...

Lmao..same thing on my mind

becky naka said...

*on*

Brown suga said...

This crammer & write up is not for kids ooo but Nigerians should stop crying more than the bereaved, leave America politics to Americans & let's come down & face Nigeria politics.

Anonymous said...

My guy is back! Waiting for your article about the whole EFCC saga biko or have you been gagged?

Aunty Lala said...

Lazy Nigerians, learn to read stuff like this, it will help your brains.
Meanwhile, am happy seeing someone thinking the same thing as me. America has made a mistake. How costly this mistake is will be revealed from January 20th when Trump will be inaugurated. Shey Nigerians were hailing the defeat of Jonathan? Me too follow happy that time but the songs died in our throats not long after. *siddon look mode*

Cynthia Iyede said...

And he's back....

cakes by Bella's, Abuja. 58DA8ADF, 07080305132, instagram @cakes_by_bellas said...

Lol, I dint read b4 scrolling to the end. Now oga has time to type, I enjoy your long articles, will still go back to read this one . How was the efcc cell? Happy u are free now. No mind bubu and him boys

Anonymous said...

I was about to read and I said to myself, wait, this must be Reuben. Then I started scrollllllinggggggg all the waaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy down! And yes he was. I just closed the post.

Mao Akuh said...

Mr Abati I dey wait for the bombshell write-up about EFCC and their cunny arrest/kwaraption.

May God help Mr Trump..Amen

Jasmine said...

Let's wait till august next year and see if Americans will start crying like Nigerians. I think Trump will make a good president and all his promises were just for 'hear say' like Buhari did.

Chidinma Gift said...

Me now read this long epistle kam nukwa

Snow Whytt said...

I love his articles jorr. Exactly my sentiments. Trump appealed to the basest instincts of the Americans... they just want America for themselves. Oga sorry for detention.

Anonymous said...

Reuben abati has always been a Fool from the Day One and i was not Surprised when he switched 360 degrees to become GEJ Media Aid. Always looking for attention to benefit his own interest. This is not going to make Buhari free You or Look off You. People like you are the reason GEJ Failed because you are always getting the facts wrong and feed him with wrong facts from the Media. Americans are not fools like most Nigerians, they got tiered of the Lies and actual Hate and deceit from the Obamas and Clintons which your media could not cover again and went for what is Real, Pure and Truth. If I may ask him what did they World and especially African and Nigeria benefit from the Obamas and Clintos except making People refugees, Killings and inept Persidents for countries that had an effective President, Which for Nigeria they Brought Boko Haram and Buhari and where planning to take the Refugees Problem that is increasing in the North to every part of Nigeria. God has Heard the Cry and Voice of His People.

Anonymous said...

Reuben abati has always been a Fool from the Day One and i was not Surprised when he switched 360 degrees to become GEJ Media Aid. Always looking for attention to benefit his own interest. This is not going to make Buhari free You or Look off You. People like you are the reason GEJ Failed because you are always getting the facts wrong and feed him with wrong facts from the Media. Americans are not fools like most Nigerians, they got tiered of the Lies and actual Hate and deceit from the Obamas and Clintons which your media could not cover again and went for what is Real, Pure and Truth. If I may ask him what did they World and especially African and Nigeria benefit from the Obamas and Clintos except making People refugees, Killings and inept Persidents for countries that had an effective President, Which for Nigeria they Brought Boko Haram and Buhari and where planning to take the Refugees Problem that is increasing in the North to every part of Nigeria. God has Heard the Cry and Voice of His People.

my opinion said...

Oh Lord!

I love this write up Reuben!

Well DETAILED! Wow*

Destiny truly is what happened in this election! I also believe it's God's will to catapult America back to their senses! Their over rationalisation and simplicity over issues like u said was truthfully heading them to destruction.

Let the madness happen in the hands of the tyrant (trump)! What was coming for America was BIG! Trust me Reuben, Clinton wouldn't have been able to handle it!

If trump is a wise man, he should surprise the world and choose wat is right and bone the ridicule for not standing on his words like our dear Proff Wolexit*...

#I am still glued to cnn watching EVERY bit of this drama#

Olaide Davies said...

Give us something about your experience with Efcc.I'm sure it will be interesting.

Mosi Jubelo said...

I believe Trump will do well

Just like he said in the article
Americans have told us that we should ducking mind our business,

They have chosen who they want.

In my opinion, it's God ordained, see all the things the Democrats stand for?Many Americans..... Well, it's their country, it's their life

Mosi Jubelo said...

Lives*

Anonymous said...

You are sooooo ignorant, chai!!! Get educated biko, it would help you...

Anonymous said...

You are sooooo ignorant, chai!!! Get educated biko, it would help you...

Anonymous said...

You are sooooo ignorant, chai!!! Get educated biko, it would help you...

Anonymous said...

Wow!I have come to realize that the majority of young Nigerians have thrown away the culture of reading. Look at the comments, "summarize", "too long","can't be bothered to read". I weep for this generation.

Anonymous said...

God forgive me o. I no even know Wetin make me remember Stella Damascus sef. I wish Nigerians in the US the best. He may even end up treating them well sef

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Sir

charitybino said...

What a nice read.

Anonymous said...

Reuben! Reuben!! how many times I call you? focus on your problems and country. Have you finished your case with EFCC? How is American Politics your headache? People are dying of hunger in your own country, Nigeria. some don't have hope of 2 square meals a day you are here talking rubbish.

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Reuben

Anything to write about EFCC?

lami said...

Waoh! You never disappoint, nice one.

becky naka said...

He's a writer.....he writes

Sisi Caro said...

I actually read that to d end. Clap for me.

Anonymous said...

Mr Reuben abati hate or love him is a dexterous fencer wt d pen. I may nt c eye 2 eye wt what he says a lot of tym bt 2day,i heartily concur wt him. Yes I know dt I've nt stepped a foot in d US bt I know dt wt affects d US affects d world. My mother's pple say dt when d pillars of a house collapse, u dnt ask if its ceiling is still standing. I can still rmbr d effects of D global financial meltdown of 2008 caused by d failure of D American financial system dt caused my father's stocks & shares initially worth millions 2 shrivel 2 a few hundred thousands. Dt shows d influence America wields on d world so when a megalomanic demagogue assumes d reins of power in dt coun3, D whole world is @ risk. Any1 who is versed in world history wld recognize dt d same base nature dt Trump tapped in2 2 garner votes is similar 2 wt brought d evil Adolf Hitler in2 power in 1930's Germany. A third of D world's population died as a result of Hitler's ascent 2 power. D evils perpetuated by Hitler's Reich is still evident in d world 2day. Nw som1 who preaches a similar message is abt 2 occupy 1 of D most powerful positions in d world & pple tnk Its nt their business? It's until a significant percentage of d world's population begin 2 feel d effects dt pple wld regret nt speaking or acting against ds impending doom bt by den it wld b late.

Anonymous said...

Mr Reuben abati hate or love him is a dexterous fencer wt d pen. I may nt c eye 2 eye wt what he says a lot of tym bt 2day,i heartily concur wt him. Yes I know dt I've nt stepped a foot in d US bt I know dt wt affects d US affects d world. My mother's pple say dt when d pillars of a house collapse, u dnt ask if its ceiling is still standing. I can still rmbr d effects of D global financial meltdown of 2008 caused by d failure of D American financial system dt caused my father's stocks & shares initially worth millions 2 shrivel 2 a few hundred thousands. Dt shows d influence America wields on d world so when a megalomanic demagogue assumes d reins of power in dt coun3, D whole world is @ risk. Any1 who is versed in world history wld recognize dt d same base nature dt Trump tapped in2 2 garner votes is similar 2 wt brought d evil Adolf Hitler in2 power in 1930's Germany. A third of D world's population died as a result of Hitler's ascent 2 power. D evils perpetuated by Hitler's Reich is still evident in d world 2day. Nw som1 who preaches a similar message is abt 2 occupy 1 of D most powerful positions in d world & pple tnk Its nt their business? It's until a significant percentage of d world's population begin 2 feel d effects dt pple wld regret nt speaking or acting against ds impending doom bt by den it wld b late.

James Davidson said...

Eminent Grammarian, wat do i do 2 bcome lyk U? #Thumbs up! I lyk d flow of ideas, u didn't digress, which z unlike u...

Anonymous said...

Reuben no go go find our N50m . e dey here dey blow grammar. I no sabi why EFCC no use serious beating reset his brain. A complete moron of typical afonja folks.

Kelly Buluku said...

While i'm not necessarily a fan of Rueben Abati, i'm in complete agreement with the substance of his article. A Trump presidency will be one of the worst disasters of the 21st century.

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