[648]: Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump by Aaron James

Double Day Canada | May 3rd, 2016 | 3 out of 5 Stars


All right, then. Just so you know, this might be a bit ranty. I’m going to try my best to be objective and try to stick to the point of the book. Also, if you’re a fan of this orange dimwit, you might want to skip reading this rant review. Because I can’t promise you that my feelings will not get in the way of delivering you a fair review.

“We are not asking whether Trump is, in fact, an asshole. On this much, there seems to be a broad consensus.”

In this essay, Aaron James aims to classify just how big of an asshole Donald Trump is. You can say that he is a bit of an expert. He studied assholes of different sorts in his previous work, after all. Mostly, he wanted to study how he is still managing to gain the votes of the right-wing America regardless of the foul garbage that comes out of his pie hole.

“Indeed, to many of his supporters, this may be his primary selling point.”

If there is such a thing as a charming asshole, Donald Trump is it – at least, to his supporters. They take his blatant disregard for TRUTH and pass them off of courage to speak what they are thinking. As if a racist bigot would be the answer to the  political reform America so badly needed. To his supporters, the truth doesn’t matter. You can cite facts, statistics, and educated findings till the cows come home; you can tell them that Trump doesn’t have any concrete policies – domestic or foreign –  to speak of but instead uses words that paint himself in egotistical grandeur, and still you will not be able to convince them otherwise. There is something about him that calls to their inner racist – which makes America a very scary place at the moment, to be honest.

“Can you trust an asshole?”

But if there’s anything I’ve learned from the current electoral race, is that America should be pleased for doing you a solid. For this, I agree with James. Because ever since he came out of his hole, a legion of hateful citizens has come out of the woodwork. Nowadays, social media sites have become the battleground for the ignorant Populi who supports him,  the lucid right who thinks GOP can do better, and the liberal. Since the spread of the orange disease, I’ve had to unfriend a few people on Facebook. I cannot believe I’ve been interacting with people who carry that much hate against whoever Trump was targeting on any given day. Some would disagree with me for unfriending people just because they support Trump. But my stance is, I cannot have you spewing that garbage on my timeline. So yes, in some ways, I’m pleased that he exposed the ugliness that most of us have hidden over the years. And I live in Canada! I can only imagine how fraught things have been for you in America.

I’ve been reading books practically all my life. I’ve loved more than I despised. I find that the deciding factor for my reading experience is how fondly I enjoy reading about the character. And it was tough to write an unbiased opinion if you have the satan incarnate himself as the topic. As I was writing this drivel, the Senate rejected the gun reform that will prevent suspected terrorists from buying high-powered weapons.  And I’m livid. Therefore, my thoughts are all over the place. But mostly, I want to shake every single one of his supporters and yell at them in the face: for the love of your country, wake the fuck up. This blatant hatred is not what you need right now. Vote out those that are in the NRA’s pockets. I know I shouldn’t care. I know I’m not an American. But I’m a citizen of the world. I can’t help but feel for the victims of these senseless killings.

In retrospect, I think you should read another person’s review of this book. Because while Aaron James may have reached a conclusion to the kind of asshole Trump is, my opinion remains unchanged. Trump is, and always will be an asshole who do not belong in the White House.