This Potus Will Make The World Go Bust
Tehelka|30 November 2016

The man who believes global warming is a hoax and has a short attention span will now preside over the affairs not just of the United States but of the whole world. A daunting prospect.

Ridhima Malhotra
This Potus Will Make The World Go Bust

It was a gloomy Wednesday morning. After the overnight demonetisation of big currency notes, there was a lot more to lament as the vote counts started trickling in in favour of Donald Trump. It felt like the earth was going to slip off its axis! I anxiously breathed in some highly toxic air of my beautiful city of New Delhi as the man who believes global warming is “an expensive hoax” emerged as the 45th President of the US (POTUS).

It wasn’t unexpected, but unbelievable. Americans have chosen the person who has time and again expressed disregard for civil liberties and scientific fact, and displayed ignorance, vulgarity and crassness. The new President Elect of one of the most liberal democracies in the world is a man who does not represent the country’s value system. On the contrary, during the course of the campaign he distanced himself from the intrinsic ethos of American culture and increasingly polarised the American people through his venomous hate speeches and derogatory comments. He confidently took recourse to an avalanche of xenophobia, misogyny, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and easilyverifiable falsehoods. He offered only rhetoric and no coherent plan explaining how he was going to ‘make America great again’.

This story is from the 30 November 2016 edition of Tehelka.

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