US President elect, Donald Trump and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema have many things in common but we are going to take a look at the top 10.
Radicals — reformers, activists, extremists, call them what you will, the world sometimes need people like them to be fully functional.
Here are the top 10 similarities:
10. Excessive use of freedom of speech.
US free speech permits political candidates to be crude and vulgar and, like children when they are cross, to say anything they want.
Just like Malema, Mr Trump’s speech has won him few helpers and friends. Trump has proved in this campaign that a candidate can say anything and get away with it.
9. Both play entertaining politics.
Whether or not both politicians seem to be preaching extremism, Trump and Malema are most certainly an extreme example of the politics of entertainment.
The politics of entertainment lays down that, like everything else in today’s 24/7 surround-sound mass media world, politics has to amuse and divert. If it isn’t entertaining, politics won’t get a look in.
On top of giving supporters some timeless punch-and-judy knockabout, Trump and Malema say all the repugnant things “ordinary people” often feel or want to hear, but fortunately do not generally practice.
8. Making opponents sworn enemies.
Just like Trump made Hilary Clinton a political enemy, Malema on the other hand is the sworn enemy of Pres. Zuma and ANC. The terms of abuse Malema uses to distinguish between the ANC and how he relentlessly attacks Pres. Zuma is noting to write home about. Trump is also fond of attacking his political opponents.
7. Both are Radicals.
Malema gives away nothing to Donald Trump in terms of radicalism. Both believe they have a some sort of Political or social reform.
Trump promised to expel Muslims and to build a wall between the United States and Mexico while Malema’s declared objective, after getting rid of President Zuma, is to rid SA of “whiteness” and overthrow the status quo.
Also, media reports had a racial and religious bigotry accompanied by violence and threats of violence at Trump rallies, including a black protester being punched in the face by a Trump supporter. This also happened in SA, at an Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) rally.
5. Potential dictators.
Malema has been busy naming who he will first arrest when he becomes president. Juju has also been calling for the slaughter of white South Africans and land to be forcefully taken from them. Trump on the other hand declared that he will build a wall on US and Mexico border but says Mexico will pay for the wall. Only a leader with chances of becoming a dictator would say those.
4. Bold and aggressive statements.
Both politicians are known for there boldness, fearlessness and are often aggressive when making statements or speeches.
3. Temper issues.
Trump thinks he’s the best candidate because of his temperament.
”I think my strongest asset, may be by far, is my temperament. I have a winning temperament. I know how to win,” he said in a rally. Malema also has temper issues. When he is angry, the whole world will notice even in parliament.
2. Tax evasion.
Trump admitted he doesn’t pay taxes and he’s been under Federal Investigation by the IRS for Over a Decade while Sars is still after Malema to recover R20 million it says he owes in tax.
1.They live in countries that take them seriously.
That Donald Trump will be the next US president is scary to a lot of people and that makes people take him serious. That Malema might one day become Pres. of SA also scarce some people most especially white South Africans. This makes them take Malema serious too.
They are divisive and stir the passions of followers with emotion, not policies. They are for protectionism, indigenisation and anti-immigration extremism.