Daily prompt: Facade or no facade


We all have facades of one sort or another, adopted when it’s borne in upon us that we’re not the centre of everyone’s universe and we need to adapt our behaviour to be acceptable (and hide our tender spots from those who enjoy poking other people’s bruises).

That’s what makes Donald Trump so interesting (from afar). His facade is flimsy to non-existent. What you see is what you get in all its bigoted, intolerant, loud-mouthed glory. Depending on your point of view, this is either ‘refreshingly honest’, or an innate psychological flaw that insists he’s above the normal civilities that oil the wheels of a functioning society.

What’s even more interesting (from a-very-far) is that increasing numbers of his followers seem to be dropping their facades as well. I’ve come across numerous accounts of friendships damaged beyond repair when Trump supporters ‘come out’, you might say, in a flurry of abusive intolerance that leaves their erstwhile friends breathless and gobsmacked.

So what happens when the election’s over? It’s a worry. If Donny wins, will thousands of Americans embrace the opportunity to follow their leader down the slippery slope to white male supremacy and rampant xenophobia? And if so, will female followers be struck down with viral disenchantment? And if Hillary wins, what then? Can all that ugliness be stuffed back in its box, or is it an evil genie that once released, will snigger and cackle at all attempts to recapture it?

But then again, I could be entirely wrong. Perhaps the Trump we’re seeing now is a indeed a facade to protect a man of deep sensitivity, broad understanding and the highest moral and ethical standards.

Why can’t I quite believe that?


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6 Responses to Daily prompt: Facade or no facade

  1. Clive says:

    Our referendum was won by a campaign that appealed to people’s latent racism. Since then, there has been a significant rise in incidents of racial abuse and even murder. I hope the US doesn’t follow the same path – and I hope for all our sakes that Trump loses.

    • I try not to ask ‘what’s the world coming to’ – a sure sign of age – but I can’t see it as progress when so-called leaders appeal the the darker side of human nature to get what they want. I think it’s more a case of the UK following the US down the path than vice versa. These things make me glad I’m old

  2. kimannwil says:

    I can’t believe it either.

  3. Noah Weiss says:

    There have been a lot of comparisons over in the States to the extremist socialist rise to power in 1930s Germany, which is a very scary proposition…

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