Bilingual commentary: The Country Loves Him?

August 10, 2017
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By David Magallanes / Guest contributor

David Magallanes

Eric Trump, third child and second son of President Donald Trump, has done well for himself. Clearly, he has taken advantage, in the positive sense, of all the benefits bestowed upon him by virtue of his father’s enormous wealth, power and prestige (or notoriety, depending on one’s view).

But this amply successful 33-year-old businessman appears to live in a sort of red-state bubble, isolated from the frightened and seething masses that don’t quite share his view of his father. In a recent interview*, Eric describes his father as a misunderstood victim of political intrigue as mutiny brews in the ranks of Congress. “How much weight does he have to carry by himself?” he asks plaintively, seemingly not aware that if his father were to stop seeking revenge against his “enemies” (i.e., Democrats and the media), learn to govern properly and cease to surround himself with conspiracists and xenophobes, then perhaps he would accomplish far more than he has demonstrated this far into his administration.

Eric claimed that his father has the voice of this country. Ostensibly having inherited the delusional tendencies of his father, he has the audacity to proclaim that the people of this country love President Trump.

An incredulous pause would be in order here…

One need only look back since mid-2015 at the thousands protesting at rallies and in the streets against the candidate who became the president. Nothing compares to the Women’s Marches soon after Donald Trump’s inauguration. Those protests throughout the country ignited the populace. It was an array of spectacular events that brought out literally millions of Americans, both women and men, who realized the apocalyptic danger of this man who had, against all odds, become their leader.

Eric stated that he wanted someone to start fighting for his father. But “fighting” is the problem. His father is too busy insulting and fighting with the lawmakers who would help him if only he would let them. President Trump needs to stop fighting and start governing, although he obviously doesn’t know where to begin doing that. Nonetheless, it’s too late now. This is the man we elected. And no, at least half of Americans don’t “love” him, and many of those are uncomfortably wary of his instability and megalomania.

Just saying, Eric.

— David Magallanes is a writer, speaker and professor of mathematics.

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¿Todo el País lo Adora?

Por David Magallanes / Columnista invitado

[Notense que las traducciones del inglés al español son mias.]

Eric Trump, tercer hijo y segundo hijo varón del presidente Donald Trump, ha hecho bien por sí mismo. Es evidente que se ha aprovechado, en el sentido positivo, de todos los beneficios que se le otorgan en virtud de la enorme riqueza, poder y prestigio (o notoriedad, según la opinión de cada uno) de su padre.

Pero este exitoso hombre de negocios de 33 años parece vivir en una especie de burbuja republicana, aislada de las masas asustadas y furibundas que no comparten ese punto de vista sobre su padre. En una entrevista reciente, Eric describe a su padre como una víctima incomprendida de la intriga política mientras el motín se trama entre los Congresistas. “¿Cuánto peso tiene que sostener él solo?” pregunta él, aparentemente sin saber que si su padre dejara de buscar venganza contra sus “enemigos” (es decir, los demócratas y los medios de comunicación), aprendiera a gobernar adecuadamente y dejara de rodearse de conspiradores y xenófobos, entonces tal vez lograría mucho más de lo que ha demostrado hasta ahora en su administración.

Eric afirmó que su padre tiene la voz de este país. Ostensiblemente habiendo heredado las tendencias delirantes de su padre, tiene la audacia de proclamar que la gente de este país adora al Presidente Trump.

Una pausa incrédula sería apropiado…

Basta contemplar desde mediados de 2015 a los miles de manifestantes en manifestaciones y en las calles contra el candidato que se convirtió en el presidente. Nada se compara con las Marchas de las Mujeres poco después de la inauguración de Donald Trump. Esas protestas en todo el país encendieron la población. Fue una serie de acontecimientos espectaculares que sacaron literalmente a millones de estadounidenses, mujeres y hombres, que se dieron cuenta del peligro apocalíptico de este hombre que, contra todas las probabilidades, se había convertido en su líder.

Eric declaró que quería que alguien comenzara a luchar por su padre. Pero “luchar” es el problema. Su padre está demasiado ocupado insultando y peleando con los legisladores que lo ayudarían si sólo él los permitiera. El Presidente Trump necesita dejar de luchar y empezar a gobernar, aunque obviamente no tiene ni la menor idea cómo hacer eso. Sin embargo, ya es demasiado tarde. Este es el hombre que elegimos. Y no, al menos la mitad de los estadounidenses no lo “adora”, y muchos de ellos desconfían de la inestabilidad y megalomanía de este presidente.

Sólo digo, Eric.

— David Magallanes es un escritor, orador y profesor de matemáticas.

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