Melania Trump is not the problem

Lots of indignation on Twitter and other parts of my social media echo-chamber about the £14 million it will cost to secure Trump Tower because Melania Trump will not be residing at the White House. In case you’re a little behind on this: Melania Trump is not the problem.

The problem is that the USA has a so-called President who is a narcissist fantasist, a self-confessed abuser, a misogynist, a racist, and a fascist, who has signed memos he has not read, who brain-farts threats and bullying on Twitter with no thought for the consequences, who has—through his utter unsuitability for and uninterest in doing the job he was elected to—handed power to the white supremacist Steve Bannon.  The problem is a National Security Advisor who wishes to “excise” Islam. The problem is an Education Secretary who has no experience or knowledge of education. The problem is Jeff Sessions. And the problem is that even if, as seems quite possible, a Trump meltdown leads to him vacating the Oval Office, he will be replaced by a religious fundamentalist.

Leave Melania Trump out of it, unless she actually does something genuinely worth commenting on. Indignation directed at her is, quite simply, judgemental misogyny. There are so many necessary and progressive targets of your rage. Don’t waste it and undermine your supposed progressiveness by indulging in this spite.

Why is a financial autocrat any better than a political one?

George Soros—according to his own website, “a prominent international supporter of democratic ideals and causes,” but according the memory of the majority of people of my generation and above, the man who made one billion pounds from the UK’s exit from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism—has called Donald Trump a “would-be dictator.”

If power must be wielded, then I suppose I would prefer it to be through the dollar than the gun; however the implied criticism (one presumes a “supporter of democratic ideals” opposes dictatorship) rankles bitterly coming from him. Whether it be that of a sociopathic Putin wannabe, or that a malevolent monetarist who will bankrupt a country and put countless millions of people through stress and misery in order to multiply his already unspendably inordinate wealth, excessive and arbitrary individual power is to be resisted and condemned.

The gall of this man calling himself a democrat—when his whole life has been committed to destroying the agency of others—and power-shaming another tycoon—who, however fairly or unfairly, has won a democratic election, something Soros has never even attempted to do—highlights the absurd state of our twenty-first century Mammon-worship, where a small cadre of the “super-rich,” individuals possessing enough personal wealth to bankrupt whole countries, evade the contempt, protest, and opposition we load upon our political demagogues. However philanthropically he spends his ill-gotten gains, George Soros is as much an enemy of freedom, democracy, and open society as his fellow sociopath about to be sworn into the White House.