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Barbie, Biden and Trump in the US

By the time you read this piece, the US electorate will have decided on the candidates for the elections to be held ten months from now, and therefore on the political issues that will be on the ballot. In a sense, the opportunity for the Republican Party voters to vote in the primaries and caucuses will have ended before it began, and Donald Trump will have secured his place as his party’s nominee. In other words, you and I can now predict the outcome of the US elections like 330 million other Americans (with a 50 percent chance!).

For the average American, though, the primaries did not offer a choice, with even Trump emerging as a “better” choice compared to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. DeSantis’s positioning of himself as a competent governor meant that he was already campaigning with bated breath. Those who have been following Nikki Haley for years, how she has been doing all sorts of somersaults to curry favor with the Zionist Jews in their NGOs in the US, how she twists and turns her words to get their blessings, were already convinced – in the words of a friend of mine – “long ago that Nikki had sold her soul to the devil.”


So, in this case, will what many observers fear happen and the outcome of the November elections in a country like the US, with 160 million registered voters, be decided by seven thousand votes, as in 2020? The security of elections, which is ensured by thousands of different security organizations in a vast area like the United States, is questionable even if the difference between the two candidates is 70-80 thousand votes, let alone seven or eight thousand. As a matter of fact, the shadow that Trump and his MAGA-ist cohorts wanted to cast over the 2020 results has still not been removed. The votes have been recounted at least twice almost everywhere, but 75 percent of the voters who now say “I will vote for Trump” still believe that the 2020 elections were rigged by the Biden team, the Democratic Party, Deep America or the Globalists (or all of them in collusion)!

US politics has always had a conservative tendency. Not only in politics, but in almost every field, from fashion to technology, Americans are known for their attachment to the old and their suspicion of innovation. No matter how much of a center of technological innovation it is, the US will insist on not switching to electric cars and phones with SIM cards for many years to come. Released on March 9, 1959, why, 65 years later, would Barbie, the doll toy, still gross $1.5 billion at the box office? It cost $145 million; $150 million in advertising; and 9 million people who hadn’t been to a movie theater since the Covid pandemic ran out and bought a ticket, paying an average of $11. If there is another social experiment that so dramatically demonstrates the conservative nature of Americans, I don’t know of it. Since this is about Trump, not Barbie, let me leave aside the latest statistics on how many 60-year-old “little girls” who saw the movie – whose first toy was a Barbie – went out and bought another Barbie.

Yes, inflation in the US is not as punishing as it is in Turkey (because there is no so-called “expectation inflation”, where the shopkeeper or market manager raises the price because “it will go up anyway!”, and there are no inspectors watching from the shore, and no unconscious consumers who ignore it and continue shopping); however, the economic situation is not so severe that Biden’s departure will result in a “no”.

It is the unemployment caused by the measures against undocumented refugees and illegal immigrants that Biden repealed. Trump could win this election on Biden’s promise to “send back the 1,800,000,000 South Americans he has flooded the country with.”

Translated from milliyet.com.tr with DeepL.com 

 

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Hakki Ocal

Hakki Ocal

Hakkı Öcal is a columnist at both Daily Sabah and Milliyet newspapers, which are based in Istanbul. He is also an advisor to the President of Ibn Haldun University.

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