It is my opinion that Donald Trump has garnered a following by catering to peoples’ fears and anxieties to the detriment of U.S. national interests to where he is leading in all the polls to become the next republican presidential nominee. His confident stance against immigrants and now Muslims may not diminish the minority of folks who are supporting him, but now the Muslim world is about to hit him where it hurts, his pocketbook. The CEO of Qatar Airlines has publicly stated that Mr. Trump will no longer be welcome in the Muslim world.
Donald Trump’s forceful, charismatic pronouncements, promising all his admirers that America will be great again; that illegal immigrants will be deported if he is elected; that he will bring back good paying jobs; that he will ban Muslims and any Syrian refugees from entering our borders; and that he knows how to get things done have been described as the behaviors of a politician catering to peoples’ darker angels to garner support.
There may be a reason for his type of pandering, as it appears that he is an aficionado of Hitler’s speeches as portrayed in an August 5, 2015, Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner, “7 Takeaways from Vanity Fair’s 1990 Profile of Donald Trump.” The following are some excerpts:
4. “When pressed on awkward topics—such as whether or not he regularly read Adolf Hitler’s speeches—he turns skittish and, perhaps, inventive.
Last April, perhaps in a surge of Czech nationalism, Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed. Kennedy now guards a copy of My New Order in a closet at his office, as if it were a grenade. Hitler’s speeches, from his earliest days up through the Phony War of 1939, reveal his extraordinary ability as a master propagandist.
“Did your cousin John give you the Hitler speeches?” I asked Trump.
Trump hesitated. “Who told you that?”
“I don’t remember,” I said.
“Actually, it was my friend Marty Davis from Paramount who gave me a copy of Mein Kampf, and he’s a Jew.” (“I did give him a book about Hitler,” Marty Davis said. “But it was My New Order, Hitler’s speeches, not Mein Kampf. I thought he would find it interesting. I am his friend, but I’m not Jewish.”)
Later, Trump returned to this subject. “If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them.”
He does appear to be hypocritical on the subject of hiring undocumented immigrant workers which is also referred to in the Vanity Fair article.
5. He has a long history with undocumented immigrants, whom he recently smeared as “rapists.” When Brenner was reporting the story, Trump was in the middle of a lawsuit about his alleged hiring of undocumented immigrants from Poland, who said they were paid four dollars an hour.
Before Donald Trump’s recent rhetoric banning all Muslims from coming to the U.S., his Muslim friend and Qatar Airway’s CEO, Akar al-Baker as per a NY Times quote was still backing him.
“Look, Donald is my friend, and we have been friends for a long time. I think it is an exercise only to gain political mileage. Nothing more. This is the opportune time to excite more extremist people so that they could give him their votes.”
It appears that this CEO of Qatar Airways has recently changed his tune as reflected in the December 11, 2015 Doha News article, “Qatar Airways CEO: Donald is my friend,” by Shabina S. Khatri. The following are some excerpts:
“However, in a interview with CNN, Al Baker said he had taken offence to Trump’s remarks and that the US presidential hopeful “will not be welcome” in Muslim countries where he has investments.”
“Al Baker is not alone in being offended by Trump’s comments.”
“Shortly after Trump called for the Muslim ban following last week’s mass shooting in California by two suspected ISIS sympathizers, Dubai-based Landmark Group removed all Trump-branded products from the shelves of its Lifestyle home furnishing stores.”
“Meanwhile, Dubai businessman and columnist Khalaf al-Habtoor, who previously endorsed Trump’s campaign, is now calling on others to distance themselves from the candidate and his business interests.”