How the media would report on America if it was a Middle Eastern country

Joe Vesey-ByrneLouis Dor
Wednesday 30 November 2016 11:15

On 8 November the head of the plutocratic Trump dynasty was declared the winner of the US election.

The college of elders, who exist to distil the public's wishes and are appointed by the the fifty governors of provinces of America, will be convened in their respective states to nominate Donald Trump on 19 December.

Despite a popular preference for the head of a rival political dynasty, who first surged to power in the 1990s, the college is likely to overrule them and elect Trump.

The nation's constitution allows for this, on the basis that:

A small number of persons, selected by their fellow-citizens from the general mass, will be most likely to possess the information and discernment requisite to such complicated investigations.

- Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Papers, 1788.

The dynasty secures its position

Members of the Trump family have already been installed in unofficial positions of power, perhaps as part of a concerted effort to exert influence over the country and guarantee the electoral college vote.

Ivanka Trump, a powerful member of Trump's tight cabal of advisors, has reportedly 'sat in' on the president-elect's first call with Argentine president Mauricio Macri.

Trump's son in law, who owns media outlets and a significant amount of property, is also a key member of the leader in waiting's circle.

International election observers highlight deficient 'suffrage rights'

Prior to being declared the winner by local media networks, Trump often repeated rumours that the election process would be rigged, a claim which was rejected by international observers.

In a preliminary report by the Organisation of Security Co-operation in Europe, it was stated that:

The 8 November general elections were highly competitive and demonstrated commitment to fundamental freedoms of expression, assembly and association.

However, it drew attention to disenfranchisement of certain groups for partisan purposes.

Recent legal changes and decisions on technical aspects of the electoral process were often motivated by partisan interests, adding undue obstacles for voters. Suffrage rights are not guaranteed for all citizens, leaving sections of the population without the right to vote.

In addition, the observers commented on the lack of representation of women in the country's legislature and other public offices.

Women are underrepresented in elected office, holding only 20 per cent of seats in the outgoing Congress. This was the first time a major party nominated a woman as candidate for president. Some 17 per cent of congressional candidates were women.

They also made reference to the aggressive rhetoric of Trump's campaign, and the scandals that harmed the main opponent, whom was frequently referred to by the allies of Trump as 'crooked' and 'corrupt'.

Intolerant speech by one candidate about women, minorities and people with disabilities was frequent. Both candidates faced scandals during the campaign that provoked widespread public debate about their qualifications for office.

Opponents of the regime took to the streets in major urban centres

Despite the fact that the report broadly endorsed the election as free and fair, many supporters of the Clinton dynasty broke out into protests in major urban centres.

Attendees rejected the result, chanting 'Not my president', while others called for the electoral college of elders to null the vote.

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Hard line policies against 'enemies' of the state anticipated

Defeating the enemies of America is a key part of the new commander in chief's rhetoric - both foreign and domestic.

Even following his victory, Trump has continued his assault on the free press, decrying their questioning in paranoid outbursts.

On Tuesday he released this statement to the people:

This hostility was deemed unfounded by the OSCE observers.

The media is pluralistic and vibrant, although increasingly polarized. A robust system of protection for media independence is in place, but hostility towards the media’s role as a critical watchdog was voiced by one presidential candidate.

Trump also received endorsement of a racialist militia that has previously sought to rid America of its non-Caucasian minorities.

Trump also previously promised to lock up his enemies. He settled a high stakes court case. The sexual assault allegations against the leader are ongoing.

Promising to make the young 240 year old nation 'Great Again', Trump's 'eccentric' behaviour has created a hard right following.

International commentators have frequently remarked on the quasi-fascism displayed at his election rallies.

Impeachment plots already under way

Members of the educated commentariat have already speculated on the legislature overthrowing Trump in a bloodless coup within twelve months of his inauguration.

It would be done through the impeachment mechanism built in to the country's centuries old constitution that would elevate to the presidency the power broker's preferred candidate Mike Pence, a provincial governor and vice president-elect.

However it is recognised that this instability in the region could lead to even greater economic woes for the regime which is a service based economy with some oil and natural gas assets.

Foreign powers at play in a new Great Game

The clerical and professional classes fear that these domestic events in America are just one part of a much larger game of international intrigue.

A group of the nation's academics has called upon the legislature to investigate the possibility of a foreign power influencing the election through cyber attacks.

Rumours that the next president is a puppet of the Russian regime have been repeated in the media.

How long the fledgling union of states can last under the circumstances could be determined by international actors.

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