Donald Trump is Not Much Different From ISIS

When I was young, I was never really bullied. I think a lot of the reason for that was just because I was a generally nice and well-liked kid. Some of it though, I think was also because I understood who bullies were, and I never took them seriously.

Donald Trump is a bully. And at the root of eveything a bully does, the violence, the belittling, the noise, is fear — fear of not being accepted, fear of not being heard, and fear of not being taken seriously.

And so to get to the point of this story:

At the forefront of the upcoming election is the dilemma of ISIS, a topic Trump so often likes to make known he is going to conquer. And when I read things about ISIS like ‘I’m going to “bomb the shit out of ‘em,”’ or ‘I’d call for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims” entering the US’, I think back to when I was that kid in grade school, and I think about what I saw in those bullies, and I see Donald Trump. I see fear, I see insecurity, and I see someone who doesn’t know how to handle their problems but by resorting to violence, vulgarity, and belittling. And it makes sense.

When Donald Trump makes the comments he does, he knows he’s going to get a rise, a rise that comes from the same people it did when he was in grade school a long time before I was.

Then what happens next admittedly feels weird at first. When I think about that rise, I relate it to ISIS, a radial terror group which uses fear and suppression to evoke a rise in it’s members. And the more I think about it, it’s not that weird.

When I hear Donald Trump rambling on about ISIS this and ISIS that and “I’m going to defeat ISIS” I laugh a little bit. Because although it manifests itself in different ways within them, at the heart of it Donald Trump and ISIS are not much different. They’re cowards.