Clowns

Recent sightings of “killer clowns” have spread fear in America. The scary clowns who are terrorising people in the streets first appeared in South Carolina with some reports involving clowns attempting to lure children into the woods. It might have been a joke in the beginning, but people and police are concerned about the public’s safety. 

The craze, which is now spreading to the UK through social media, originates from a 1986 Stephen King horror novel It where a clown called Pennywise terrorises children. The story was made into a film in the 90s giving Pennywise the sinister look that has been imitated by the recent killer clowns. In Durham, four children were followed to school by a man in a clown outfit holding a knife, while a clown in Kent was running around holding a machete and a severed head.

But the biggest clown in the world is none other than Donald Trump. From newspapers to online magazines and blogs, none of them were able to resist the temptation of telling it like it is: “The only clown we should be scared of is Donald Trump.”

His white eyes, orange skin and hair, described like a Peruvian caterpillar, isn’t unlike the appearance of clowns. More sinister are his actions, hidden behind his dishonest promises to his voters, or revealed among his circle in a boastful manner. But, like the killer clowns, no one finds him funny anymore. What’s worse, he is not even a circus clown, but, unfortunately, a real person whose actions can make or unmake the world.

Trump’s Appeal (although I’m aware it’s an oxymoron)

Let’s forget for a minute all the recent wave of sexual allegations against Trump. I’d rather begin by asking what Trump’s appeal is to Americans. The answer lies in his statement: “I’m going to make America great again.” 

People are desperate for hope; they want to believe Trump’s words because they do want change, and most importantly they want to feed their families. In a Guardian documentary Anywhere but Washington series, Paul Lewis and Tom Silverstone find Trump supporters in the poorest county of McDowell in West Virginia, where life expectancy for men is now on par with Ethiopia. A coal-mining county, McDowell favours Trump because of his false promises to reopen the coal mines and bring back miners’ jobs. 

Trump might be blowing his own trumpet, but many people want Hillary to trump him. But if you might get some pleasure out of it, you can blow a virtual trumpet at Donald Trump at Trump Donald.

November Presidential election

The US presidential election is scheduled for Tuesday, 8 November, despite Trump’s call on Tuesday to “Make sure you get out and vote November 28.” 

Unfortunately, 28 November is the scheduled court date for a class-action lawsuit (one or several people represent a larger group of people who are suing the other party) against Trump and his university. Trump University was a for-profit education company offering a real estate training program between 2005 and 2011. Because it wasn’t an accredited university or college it didn’t have any authority to confer degrees. A series of lawsuits eventually shut it down. The impending trial involves defrauded students who paid up to $35,000 for seminars. These seminars were like “infomercials” coercing students to buy more while delivering nothing. The civil lawsuit seeks $40 million in compensation and accuses Trump for running an unlicensed institution and misleading students about lessons they never had. Since the 1980s, Trump has been sued more than 150 times.

Trump campaign bombarded by sexual allegations

Up until now, the two presidential debates showed that Trump is incapable of presenting himself as a strong candidate against Clinton. Not to mention the embarrassing comments from his ally Alex Jones that Clinton and Obama are the devil or Trump’s idea that, if Clinton wins, Isis will take over the US. But, it does get worse. 

A series of allegations about Trump’s inappropriate behavior and alleged sexual assaults have emerged this week. Already last Friday a 2005 video emerged showing Trump and host Billy Bush, now suspended from CBS TV channel, bragging about groping women’s genitals. Since then, a number of women have come forward claiming that Trump touched them or treated them in a sexual and unsuitable manner. 

Two Miss USA 2001 contestants claimed that he walked in on them when they were naked in a dressing room. On Howard Stern’s programme he admitted that he used to go backstage when contestants were changing before pageant shows.  Five Miss Teen USA contestants told Buzzfeed that he had entered the dressing room when they were changing clothes. They were aged between 15 and 19.

In a New York Times interview published yesterday, two women, Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks, have claimed that he groped them in a very sexually aggressive way in the 1980s and 2000 respectively. 

On Wednesday (12 Oct.), The Palm Beach Post published an article about another woman, Mindy McGillivray, who alleges that Trump also groped her at his Mar-A-Lago estate in Florida.

 Wednesday saw another story about a People magazine writer who also claims that Trump forced himself on her in 2005. Natasha Stoynoff wrote yesterday on People.com website that when she was interviewing Trump and his wife Melania, he pushed her against the wall and forced his tongue down her throat.

A 1992 video recording has surfaced in which a 46-year-old Trump is heard sexualising a 10-year-old girl saying: “I am going to be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?” 

The Trump campaign has denied all the above accusations and threatened to sue the Times. In the last presidential debate when he was asked about the lewd accusations he deflected them, denying that he had ever done anything to women. He said: “I have tremendous respect for women.” And it was nothing more than “locker-room banter.” But former Trump supporters withdrew their endorsements and others requested that Trump should step down.

Looking into the Abyss: 

What is more appropriate than to finish with a glimpse into Trump’s soul (that is, assuming he has one). When being interviewed by Howard Stern, Trump remembers the moment he set his eyes on a twelve-year-old girl. In his own words: 

“Now, somebody who a lot of people don’t give credit to but is in actuality very beautiful is Paris Hilton. I’ve known Paris Hilton from the time she’s 12, her parents are friends of mine, and the first time I saw her she walked into the room and I said, ‘Who the hell is that?’ At 12, I wasn’t interested… but she was beautiful.”