Donald Trump’s pendatang pivot and its lesson for Najib on his Umno base

November 10, 2016 at 9:20 am 14 comments

Reblogged from 30 April 2016

Helen Ang

The odds-defying US presidential nomination race among Republican challengers offers an insight for the Umno politburo.

Writing in Salon (a political publication),

“As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump specializes in overturning conventional wisdom.

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  • 1. The Iron Lance  |  November 10, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Netanyahu: “President-elect Trump is a true friend of the state of Israel, and I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region”.

    How many Arab & Muslim countries have called Trump “a true friend” of their countries?

    Modi: “We look forward to working with you closely to take India-US bilateral ties to a new height. We appreciate the friendship you have articulated towards India during your campaign”.

    Has Trump or any of his advisers (Gingrich, Cheney etc) articulated “friendship” towards any Arab or Muslim country?

    • 2. Helen Ang  |  November 10, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      re: “How many Arab & Muslim countries have called Trump ‘a true friend’ of their countries?”

      How many Arab and Muslim countries have ever called (the then) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ‘a true friend’ of their countries?

      The Jewish lobby in Capitol Hill is powerful. President Bill Clinton and the Presidents Bush Sr & Jr were also “true friends” of Israel.

      Congress gave Benjamin Netanyahu a series of standing ovations when he addressed the House (during Obama administration), and this was totally unrelated to Trump who hadn’t blipped on the politcal radar as yet.

      Whoever (tak kira siapa) becomes Potus will be pressured by the powerful Jewish lobby to befriend Israel in a special relationship.

      re: “Has Trump or any of his advisers (Gingrich, Cheney etc) articulated ‘friendship’ towards any Arab or Muslim country?”

      The disintegration of Syria and Libya happened under Hillary’s watch in the State Department. What kind of ‘friendship’ has the Democrats shown?

      • 3. The Iron Lance  |  November 10, 2016 at 1:45 pm

        But of course.

        Might as well ask what kind of ‘friendship’ have the Republicans shown (to Arab & Muslim countries)?

        For the last 50 years, the US has had five Republicans and four Democrats as presidents. Fact.

        Have any of them ever wavered in the commitment to support Israel? Fact.

        • 4. Helen Ang  |  November 10, 2016 at 4:23 pm

          But of course. Congress will be pro-Israel regardless of whether the president is Republican or Democrat. So what was the point of your original comment hitting at Trump?

          • 5. lufang  |  November 10, 2016 at 9:47 pm

            Olang kata , sekali air bah ,sekali pantai belubah , Wa tak tau lea aa ,ini trump bolih kasi apa ubah maa aa .

            America aa aa ,lulu sampai sikalang sama juga lea aa .

          • 6. The Iron Lance  |  November 11, 2016 at 8:17 pm

            All I asked is whether Trump or any of his coterie had ever expressed “friendship” towards any Arab or Muslim country?

            We can do a roll call: Saudi Arabia? Egypt? Turkey? Iran? Iraq? Syria? Abu Dhabi? Pakistan? Indonesia? Malaysia? Brunei?

            And it’s a fact that the US will always be supportive of Israel.

            It’s just a reality that the Arab & Muslim world has to accept.

  • 7. Mulan  |  November 10, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    This is a good article on how to become an A-Me-li-kan citizen. With the blessings of prosperity, one can buy to be one.

    While most U.S. residents cannot put a price tag on the value of citizenship, Svetlana Anikeeva and her husband can — $500,000.
    Immigration Nation

    An in–depth look at immigration in America

    That’s because the Russian immigrants came to the U.S. through the EB-5 visa program, a federal initiative that allows foreigners to earn a green card granting them permanent residency – and a path to citizenship – in return for investing at least $500,000 in an American business and creating at least 10 jobs.

  • 8. Mulan  |  November 10, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    HY, be careful of LOVE.

    “I am Max. I was teaching English in China. I was attracted by the advertisements calling to teach English in China, and for exotic locales and adventure. I got that alright. Now back home in the US, I am completely pissed off and unhappy. I honestly wished to God I had not gone to China and tangled with Chinese women. They are the most cunning and manipulative in the world. I am now left with a whole hole in my life; and a great sense of having been used and abandoned.

    Like Tom I initially thought I found heaven. Indeed, I fell head over heels with my Chinese wife, one of my students at English class. She was so sweet and nice. After marriage, things changed ever so slightly but surely. She became ever so unhappy with my job as English tutor. She said it was ‘a job with no future’. She said it was ‘a low class job’ with little pay and gave her no ‘face’. She egged me to go home to the US telling me how wonderful life would be there.

    Besotted with my ‘sweet’ wife, I became more and more uncomfortable in China when even her parents and relatives became ‘cooler’ towards me, just after a half year of marriage. I decided to go back to US with my wife, moving to San Francisco thinking she would be happy there, many Chinese.

    Indeed in the first year back I thought I found heaven. My wife immediately started to get to know the local Chinese community and started working in the Chinese restaurant, starting as dishwasher and moving on to assistant cook, keeping long hours. Her earnings were not much; how much can you get from a Chinese restaurant? But she was happy and did not have much complaints. She insisted though to get her ‘green card’ as spouse of an American citizen; and I was proud of her to do so, thinking that this proved her commitment to me and my country. Little did I know.

    My ‘sweet’ wife got her US citizenship and things changed from thereon, overnight and never looked back until she left me.”

  • 9. Klentong  |  November 10, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    At the highest odds of 99 to 1, a good punter would be giggling to the bank; a sloppy pundit may jump from a cliff to save face.

  • 10. Mulan  |  November 10, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Something bothers me.
    How can a state with a growing Latino state like Florida have a Trump win?
    Horrors, could there be actual Latinos or Blacks supporting Trump?
    Could there be Latinos or Blacks who are disappointed with Obama that they supported Trump?

    • 11. IT.SCheiss  |  November 11, 2016 at 6:24 am

      I suppose it is due to demographic distribution across Florida, where Hispanics and Blacks tend to reside in certain areas, just like here in Malaysia.

      In fact, Hillary only won in nine of Florida’s 67 counties, whilst Trump won the rest.

      The Florida 2016 presidential election results on may provide some possible answers.

      Firstly, it was a six-cornered fight in Florida with Trump winning 49.1% of votes overall, Hillary 47.8% of the votes with the rest for one of the other four.

      Secondly, Florida’s land area is 170,300 sq km which is slightly larger than Peninsular Malaysia with 130,598 sq km, so there surely is a demographic distribution by race across Florida just as there is across Peninsular Malaysia.

      Click on the interactive map on the to see election results by county. For example, Clinton won big in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties on the north eastern tip for Florida and in six other counties in the middle and north of Florida.

      On the other hand, Trump got a whopping 74.5% of votes in Santa Rosa county in the north west of Florida.

      Then click on the link below and you will see that 75% of Florida’s overall population demographic is white, followed by 22% Hispanic and 15% Black.

      However, I don’t understand why if you add up all percentages by race, they will be over 100% of total population but this is the best by county and city figures I have found so far, so I’ll do with them for this reply.

      Click on the link below to drill down further on demographics by county in Florida and I think you will find the answer why Florida went to Trump.

      Since the demographic figures in the above website are not particularly accurate, you may want to double check on the US Government Census website below as well.

      Now this PDF report below is rather dated since it reports on the year 2010 but it has a map of population by race by county which shows that the percentage of white residents is above the 75% white demographic of Florida overall, whilst whites comprised 73.7% to 82.6% (the median band) in Miami-Dade, whilst whites comprised 59.4% to 73.6% in Broward and Palm Beach counties respectively back in 2010.

      US presidential elections have this rather unique system of electoral votes per state. Florida has 29 electoral votes and the candidate with the majority of votes gets all the 29 electoral votes which go towards the 538 total electoral votes and the 270 electoral votes needed to win.

      This Electoral College system used in the U.S. is said to be weighted in favour of the smaller or less populous states to enable them to have some influence on the election result in the face of the bigger and more populous states.

  • 12. Mulan  |  November 11, 2016 at 12:05 am

    Lighten up Singapore. Donald Trump bergurau aje. Singapore mana boleh bully US. Kalau buli Malaysia atau Indon boleh jadi.

    During his rally speech in Florida on Sunday, republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pointed at the usual job-thieving suspects that are stealing work from America — China, India and Singapore.

    Wait, tiny Singapore? Manufacturing hotbeds like China and India are typical targets for Trump’s anti-offshore rhetoric, but it’s not every day that Singapore’s small and fairly expensive workforce gets pulled into the fray.

    It seems U.S. firm Baxter Healthcare is to blame. Trump said the firm laid off 199 workers and moved those jobs to Singapore. “It’s getting worse and worse and worse,” he said.

    • 13. The Iron Lance  |  November 11, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      Google just opened it’s new Asia-Pacific HQ in Singapore. About 1,000 good jobs will be created in the city-state.

      Will Trump be targetting Google too?

      I am sure that Google could have set up their Apac HQ in Malaysia. It didn’t. I wonder why?

  • 14. akutakdapat  |  November 13, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    trump won because america is not ready for a lady president.. and if i am an american, yup yet a muslim, i ll vote for trump, because banning same sex marriage is really Islamic… lol


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