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Welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth: Donald Trump

ComptonHerald.com columnist K. Gerard Thomas explores how Donald Trump is playing the nation and barking his way through the primaries.

COMMENTARY: “Donald Trump behaves like a little child and speaks in grade school vocabulary while stoking the fear of his ignorant and ill-informed followers.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been called a modern-day carnival barker, racist, bigot, fear monger, misogynist, and a few other adjectives unfit for publication.

With all the negative feelings towards the blowhard billionaire, Trump continues to dominate the news and recently turned his angst towards Fox News and anchor Megyn Kelly.

At the first GOP debate of the primary season, Kelly questioned Trump about his misogynistic Twitter statements and other questionable comments. Trump did not like her questions and like a spoiled little rich kid cried to his best friend the news media. He called Kelly names and accused her of not being fair.

Roger Ailes, the chief executive of Fox, selected Kelly to co-moderate the last Republican debate before the Iowa caucus. In protest, Trump chickened out of appearing in front of Kelly a second time.

Next to Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, Trump is the most disliked individual running for the highest office in the land. The more abrasive and insulting he is, the more his base supports him. Trump’s rallies are a melee of hate and fear where he gets away with offering zero policy, but spends his time insulting other candidates to avoid talking about real policy issues.

The Greatest Lie on Earth

When I was a child growing up in St. Louis, Mo., one of the most exciting moments in my life at that time was going to the Barnum & Bailey Circus at the St. Louis Arena, known then as the Checkerdome. I remember thinking that the animals performing at the circus were on loan from the St. Louis Zoo in Forest Park, which was located just across the freeway.

Decades later I took my children to the same Barnum & Bailey Circus in Los Angeles. There was a problem, however – my four-year-old son had a fear of clowns, which to my surprise was not abnormal. The term coined for this fear is coulrophobia.

If my son saw a clown he would walk the other way or grab my hand to let me know how terrified he was; we even had to leave the circus early because he could not overcome his fear. I would tell him to close his eyes as we walked past a picture or banner of a clown.

P.T. Barnum, the American circus master of the 19th century, is best known for his ability to exaggerate about his shows. Barnum was best known as the hype man who mastered the art of carnival barking the phrase, “There’s a sucker born every minute” – a phrase attributed to Barnum but most likely not his original quote, but it fit.

Today a very own mimic of Barnum is a man who gives the opinion that he is God’s greatest creation figuratively speaking; Barnum, who brought happiness to generations, outshines Trump even with all of his faults.

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump lacks the intelligence and finesse of a real leader; constantly on the attack against anyone who does not share his opinion. Trump behaves like a little child and speaks in grade school vocabulary while stoking the fear of his ignorant and ill-informed followers.

Trump’s negatives have not stopped those who should know better than to endorse his candidacy, yet Dr. Robert Jeffries, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas; and Jerry Fallwell Jr., the president of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., endorse him.

Politicians, as well as some ministers, have joined with racist White separatist organizations in support of a man who is a throwback to segregationist Alabama governor George Wallace.

Trump is playing the nation and barking his way through the primaries. He is the Frankenstein Monster that the GOP created, and now they are at their wit’s end as to what to do with Donald Trump.

Bottom Line

As stated, Barnum, with all of his faults still continues to bring joy to men, women and children of all ages while Trump offers anger, insults and fear to all ages. America should take a page from my son who eventually got over his fear of clowns, but we should respond to Donald Trump the same way my son did when he saw a clown – avoid him at all cost.

Kevin G. Thomas is a veteran Los Angeles-area freelance journalist whose editorial runs weekly in the St. Louis Evening Whirl, a 76-year-old publication. Locally, he has written for the Los Angeles Wave and the L.A. Watts Times. He is a former educator with B.A. degrees in theology and marketing.


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